Total comfort whatever you do, wherever you are, and whatever you wear. Apparel with Comfortemp® is soft on your skin, functional in outdoor sports fashion, protective and comfortable in work wear.
Comfortemp® is the brand name for intelligent non-wovens, into which mPCM materials have been integrated. They interactively react to changing body or outside temperatures. Depending on the individual situation or activity level they absorb excess body heat and store it until it is needed again. This keeps you in the comfort zone longer.
With Comfortemp® in all of Zentek Clothing’s Products, it will make your pet stay warmer when it is cold and cooler when it is hot.
What are nonwovens?
Nonwovens are textile materials made from high quality fibers. Their properties are as versatile as the applications in which they are used. They do their job, hidden away in filters, sanitary products, in many technical applications or as inserts in garments where they provide support for the shell materials and give them form and durability. They add beauty and style to fashion. Nonwovens adapt to the garment design, not the other way round. In Zentek Clothing products it allows for easy movement and keeping your pet healthy.
What is mPCM?
mPCM are Phase Change Materials that are contained inside a durable microcapsule. PCM, are substances that can change their physical state because of external forces such as temperature. The best known PCM is water. When the temperature rises above a preset level, the PCM turns from a solid to a liquid state. When the temperature drops below a preset level, the PCM reverts from a liquid back to a solid state. This process will repeat as long as the temperature crosses the preset level.
PCM technology was originally developed in the 60’s for use in NASA space suits. With the successful introduction of micro-encapsulated PCM (mPCM), this technology became available to the consumer and industrial markets.
Comfortemp® nonwovens contain millions of these mPCM as is shown in the enlarged photo on the right. These mPCM are too small for the human eye to see.
How does the mPCM technology work?
As is explained above, the PCM inside the micro capsule changes physical state because of a rise or drop in the temperature. In the world of apparel, shoes and accessories, this change in the temperature can also be caused by the initiation of intense physical activity which will increase body heat.
When the temperature rises above a preset temperature, the PCM automatically absorbs and stores the excess heat from the body, causing a cooling effect. This process turns the PCM from a solid state to a liquid one. When the outside temperature drops below a preset temperature, the PCM automatically releases the stored heat back to the body, causing a warming effect. This process turns the liquid PCM back to a solid state.
Because the PCM inside the microcapsules responds automatically to changes in the temperature, the body will remain in a comfortable temperature range longer. With the mPCM technology, you stay warmer when it is cold and cooler when it is hot..