USA: Safety ap­parel man­u­fac­turer RPS So­lu­tions de­vel­ops cov­er­all for Hal­libur­ton women em­ploy­ees

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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.

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