USA: Safety apparel manufacturer RPS Solutions develops coverall for Halliburton women employees
US-based safety apparel manufacturer RPS Solutions has teamed up with Su-Jeong Hwang Shin, Associate Professor and Director of Apparel Design and Manufacturing at Texas Tech University. Under the collaboration, the company has developed new oilfield uniform design for the women employees of Halliburton.
Halliburton is one of the world’s largest oilfield service company with operations in more than 70 countries. It is located in USA.
Designing uniform for women in the oilfield service was a challenging task because typically oil field is a maledominated industry. Therefore, the uniforms which were earlier available had been developed keeping men in mind.
The major issue was that of fit. RPS’ existing uniform patterns and designs did not fit women at Halliburton. That’s where Shin’s role came into play. She analysed the company’s size charts. Starting with measurement of body statistics of a female employee through body scanning, she simulated a virtual clothing fit using an advanced 3D software
3D Optitex PDS.
“The size chart was way off from the actual female model. The company’s previous pattern set was not close to women’s body shapes. Again, these are very common issues in the apparel industry – it’s not only one company’s issue. Developing a good clothing fit for individual customers is a challenge for the whole clothing industry,” said Shin.
The new womens’ design features a red coverall with a mandarin collar, a higher, cinchable waist that should hit at the natural waistline, number of pockets and tailored sizing. To ensure a proper fit, women’s chest, waist, hips, inseam, sleeve length and height are measured.
Shin feels that fit is a very important factor while working in industries such as oil drilling.“The uniform should fit well so that workers feel comfortable and do not need to adjust clothing while working,” said Shin.