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Workplace staff to benefit from motorcycle and ski airbag technology
Release date: Wednesday 11th October 2017

 

Dainese, the Italian brand who protect thousands of UK motorcyclists and pioneers of motorcycle airbag technology, who also protect multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and skiing’s Olympic Champion Matthais Mayer, have developed an airbag system to protect staff in the workplace.

Working with ENEL – the Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas, Dainese together with D-AIR LAB has created a safety jacket, where the first prototype is currently being tested at ENEL power stations and is designed to protect workers incase of a fall or impact when working at height. With the jacket in a real-life situation at the power plants its ergonomics and functionality can be verified. Once refined, the jacket will find application not only in the utilities arena, but in many other industrial fields too.

The jacket, based on Dainese’s D-air® technology – the protective airbag system already being successfully used across motorcycling, skiing and equestrian to protect the body from injury – has been designed and developed in collaboration with occupational health professors and doctors at Bologna’s Università Alma Mater and Policlinico Sant’Orsola.

The Safety Jacket is composed of two elements: the electronic part, which recognises fall conditions and sends an activation signal, and the pneumatic part, which protects the worker against impact by inflating specially designed airbags around the body. The two components derive from the D-air® architecture that was specifically designed for competition sports.

The electronic system is equipped with three accelerometers and three gyroscopes, which send a continuous stream of data analysed by the device’s electronics through a sophisticated algorithm. It is able to identify fall conditions and activate inflation in a matter of milliseconds, significantly reducing the probability of physical injury following impact.

The design of the Safety Jacket, with particular reference to the pneumatic part, is the result of scrupulous planning and testing using simulation programs on the finished elements dedicated to the airbags (Madymo) normally used in the automotive field. As a result, the design has been optimised to ensure maximum protection of the body parts exposed to trauma in the case of a fall from a height of up to two metres, a situation that does not require use of a harness, or in case of any pendulum-effect impacts for those working at heights above two meters, when a harness is used.

“The safety of those working in our plants is our top priority, something we commit to each day. To further improve on the significant results already achieved, we need to harness all the tools that technology makes available to us, continually question what we are doing, and think in an innovative way. The technology we are testing with Dainese and D-air Lab is a very important step in that direction,” affirms Enrico Viale, Director of the Global Thermal Generation Division.

“To be able to contribute to improving worker safety is a very stimulating goal, and to do so together with a prestigious multinational like ENEL is an honor. The use of D-air® technology in this project is an extraordinary opportunity to extend the possible applications of this ‘intelligent garment’,” states Vittorio Cafaggi, CEO of D-AIR LAB. 

“Improving safety in dynamic sports has always been the Dainese mission,” states Dainese Group CEO Cristiano Silei. “Inspired by the potential of the human race, we study people’s protective needs in the most extreme conditions: riding a motorbike on a track at 350 km/h, downhill skiing at 150 km/h, sailing a regatta at 50 knots, reaching zero gravity in Space. Dainese is committed to ongoing research into innovative systems that serve to continually redefine protective standards from head to toe. The Dainese D-air® platform constitutes the maximum expression of this philosophy, while the application of airbag technology in environments outside of sports represents another milestone and the natural evolution in the process of disseminating those technologies applied to safety.”

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For further information about the system, contact: info@dairlab.com

 
 

ENEL
The ENEL Group operates in over 30 countries across five continents, producing energy through a managed capacity of approximately 85 GW. ENEL distributes electricity and gas through a network measuring more than 2 million kilometers, and, with more than 65 million business and household customers worldwide, it has the largest customer base among European competitors. ENEL is the largest utility in Europe in terms of market capitalisation and figures among Europe’s leading power companies for installed capacity and reported EBITDA. ENEL’s green energy division, Enel Green Power (EGP), manages approximately 38 GW in wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower plants located throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and, more recently, Australia.

 

DAINESE GROUP – MISSION SAFETY
Founded in 1972 by Lino Dainese, true to its mission of advocating and delivering safety in dynamic sports, the Company designs advanced protective head-to-toe gear for motorcycling, winter sports, cycling, horse riding and sailing. In 2007 Dainese acquired the iconic premium sport helmet manufacturer AGV, established in 1947. In 2015, the Group expanded with the acquisition of Swedish POC, global leader in protective gear for winter sports and cycling. Dainese, AGV and POC products represent the technology frontier in the field of protection for dynamic sports and are used by the world’s top athletes including Valentino Rossi and Emirates Team New Zealand.

 

D-AIR LAB
D-air Lab is an innovative start-up founded by Lino Dainese; its mission is to apply D-air® airbag technology to protect people during their daily activities. D-air Lab is linked to Dainese S.p.A and the two collaborate to transfer the patrimony of technological know-how originating from the world of competition and sports to everyday life.