What's so special about Dynalon?
Dynalon is a superior performance fabric that Fairborn
created specifically for the demands of dock seals and
shelters. We performed extensive research to identify the points
where damage was most likely to occur. Our studies
proved that the exposed surfaces of a fabric were considerably
more vulnerable to damage than interior surfaces, due
to their increased exposure to abrasive contact.
We developed Dynalon to
provide maximum protection.
To achieve this, we started with the strongest base fabric we
could find, to prevent tearing, then coated it with an
exclusive compound in a unique way to guarantee superior
We apply 85% of the Dynalon coating on the exposed
surfaces, where it's needed most, and 15% on the interior
By contrast, other seal and shelter fabrics use a 50/50
coating, putting more coating than needed on the interior
surfaces and not enough on the exterior. Additionally, the
base fabric incorporated in the construction of Dynalon has
a tear strength far greater than any material utilized in today’s
dock seal or shelter market.
How does Dynalon compare to the fabric I'm using now?
When put to the test of federally certified laboratories,
plus three decades of in-field use, Fairborn's Dynalon outperformed
every other popular seal and shelter fabric now
being used, regardless of the other fabric's weight.
Using a Federal test specification that is accepted
industry wide (Federal Standard 191), Fairborn undertook a
comparison between Dynalon and Dynaflex to the other
fabrics typically used in the manufacture of dock seals and
As you can see, Dynalon was far and away the winner. It offers 5 times greater
resistance to tearing and up to 20 times more resistance to
So fabric weight doesn't really measure fabric strength?
Absolutely not! That's why you should insist on a
material performance standard, not just a fabric weight,
when you specify your building's dock seals and shelters.
Here's how a performance based specification would be written:
FABRIC: Dock seal or shelter shall incorporate a Dynalon
cover having the characteristics listed above. All bidders must
submit certified test results with bid. The manufacturer shall
state the characteristics of the fabric offered and that all tests
are done in accordance with Federal Standard 191 and the
specific method as listed above. Wear characteristics of any
substitute material shall meet or exceed performance
You now have the means to specify a material that
possesses the strength, durability and weather-ability you
require, with a technical specification based upon a defensible
Specifying the exact tongue tear, abrasion resistance,
grab tensile strength and cold test, per Federal Standard
191, guarantees that you or your customers will get the very
best material available. Dynalon.
OK ... but how much does it cost?
Since Dynalon can last up to eight times longer than
traditional fabrics, you’d probably expect Fairborn’s dock
seals and shelters to be expensive. But in fact, a Fairborn
unit constructed of Dynalon, costs about the same as other
dock seals or shelters made with fabrics having substantially
less property values.
When you consider how much longer a Fairborn seal or
shelter will last before you’ll ever need to replace it, a Fairborn
unit will actually end up costing far, far less.