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Innovative Battlefield Contributions

Practical Applications of Innovative Technology

Specialty Finishes

With almost 150 years in consumer textiles to draw from, some of the most practical applications of innovative technology for the military side have civilian beginnings. Milliken Military commonly uses Visa®, VisaEndurance®, and StainSmart® for a wide variety of military fabrics and products. With the ability to function as an additive in most cases and therefore easily spec'd-in, these super-duty fabric technologies are an innovative way to keep warfighters and their apparel looking and performing their best.

 

VisaEndurance® Technology for Odor Control

One of the most significant contributions to Milliken’s involvement with the US Military is being able to bring unprecedented levels of comfort and function to the gear used by warfighters. VisaEndurance®, a product traditionally associated with Milliken’s consumer side, has a multitude of applications within Milliken Military’s line of fabrics.

VisaEndurance® is combination of moisture wicking, quick drying, stain releasing and odor control through the use of silver antimicrobial technology to fight the growth of odor causing bacteria. This combination makes it perfect for day-in day-out use in the field.

VisaEndurance® technology is able to be applied to a wide variety of fabrics, including baselayers and combat uniforms. It is currently used in the liners in the 3SSS and ExCWS sleep systems. 

Visa® Technology for Comfort and Easy Care

From its first generation formula invented by Milliken in the 1960s to the high performance formula we use today, Visa Technology enables polyester and polyester blend fabrics to wick moisture, dry quickly, and release stains easily in the wash. This technology is used by major performance apparel brands, as well as commercial workwear fabrics, and in various military fabrics for baselayers and dress uniforms. 

StainSmart® Technology for Longer Lasting Appearance

Oil and grease can be encountered anywhere, from the deck of a ship to the dressing on your salad. Easily cleaning these out of your uniform can keep it looking sharp longer.  StainSmart combines the soil release found in Milliken's Visa Technology with a soil repellent.  Water based spills roll off, while oil based stains wash out. this technology is incorporated in the US Coast Guard Operational Dress Uniform, enabling them to wash their uniforms at lower temperatures, and the color to last longer, and in the US Marine Corps optional dress white cover, for easy care at home, instead of at the dry cleaner.