We find out more about how a revolutionary piece of technology from Snickers is helping work clothes to act even ‘smarter’.
Snickers Workwear has always been renowned for its modern designs, innovative functionality and market-leading fabric technology. Now its WorkTrousers are getting even ‘smarter’ with the integration of technology to improve performance and wellbeing at work.
Wearable Technology is already woven into our daily lives through smartphones, fitness devices, sports clothing and accessories – to help monitor and improve performance.
A recent study carried out in Scandinavia (carried out among professional craftsmen in Sweden by Kantar Sifo) showed that more than 50% of the professional craftsmen there are cutting corners at work and don´t use the available health and safety equipment as they should.
David Clark, Managing Director of the Hultafors Group UK, says: “Our experience is that craftsmen usually are so focused on getting the job done that personal protection tends to be overlooked.”
But repeated ‘corner cutting’ over the years definitely creates a long-term health problem – an issue that Snickers Workwear has been continually addressing with its patented KneeGuard System.
“The study shows that 6 out of 10 craftsmen are suffering from pain in their knees. So we see that there is definitely room for improving their wellbeing beyond just knee protection – and our ‘Smart Workwear’ is one way”, adds David.
‘Tracker 1’ is Snickers’ first prototype of wearable technology, a chip fitted to a pair of WorkTrousers enabling the user to monitor work place noise levels, heat conditions and knee impact.
He concludes: “Market-leading technology and innovation have long been hallmarks of Snickers Workwear. We’re well known for our KneeGuard System, 37.5 Fabric Technology and technical functionality, but the integration of ‘smart’ wearable technology into our clothing shows the extent to which we are looking at working clothes and wellbeing on site in a completely new way”.