Dual-Action Air Conditioner Protects Workers in Hot and Cold Environments

Feb. 20, 2013
New personal air conditioner delivers both warm air and cool air for body cooling to be used in all seasons.

Workers can fend off the effects of working in extreme temperatures with ITW Vortec’s new dual-action Personal Air Conditioner (PAC). The unit is coupled with a light-weight vest that delivers either cool or warm air to the wearer’s torso and neck. By wearing the vest and PAC, industrial employees working in extreme temperatures can avoid the negative impact of low temperatures in winter as well as heat stress and fatigue in the summer.

The increased comfort can help workers remain productive regardless of extreme temperatures. Because the PAC offers both heating and cooling capabilities, it can be used in all seasons. Workers can adjust the PAC to provide either heating or cooling. Thanks to vortex tube technology, the dual-action PAC provides air temperatures ranging from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

The diffuse air vests are available in three sizes to accommodate a range of body types. The durable, flame retardant vest permits full range of motion with no airflow restrictions. The material does not absorb sweat or other contaminants. The vest can be worn under other protective clothing and features a collar that can be unfolded to deliver airflow to the neck and face.