ERJ staff report (DS)
Asheville, North Carolina -- US company Milspec Inc has developed a set of hand restraints (handcuffs to you and me) which use Sarlink TPV from DSM.
The restraints use two loops of Sarlink together with a ratchet-like stem. They operate in a way simlar to cable ties. When an officer needs to restrain a suspect, the officer places the two lops over the suspect's wrists and pulls the strap tight. A second clip lock then prevents the cuffs from being released.
Dubbed Cobra Cuffs, the restraints can be colour-coded and replace metal style cuffs. The new cuffs are lighter and less costly than the metal equivalent, and can be discarded and recycled after one use. Metal cuffs need to be cleaned and disinfected before re-use.
Milspec Cobra Cuffs' CEO Jim Reaves adds to this: "Using Sarlink in our Cobra Cuffs Restraint application gave us the strength we needed along with the flexibility required so that the product could be folded. We could find no other product that offered this balance of properties and could also be processed in a complex tool. The Sarlink material allowed us to provide a product that is virtually unbreakable and quickly becoming the premier disposable restraint in the market today."
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