Exclusive / How do we make our life jackets? Secumar opened its doors to us.


By opening the doors of their factory near Hamburg in Germany, Secumar allowed us to see the care taken in the production of their life jackets. Safety equipment to which you entrust your life and which must not fail.

Secumar is the only manufacturer of safety equipment in Europe to produce its vests entirely in its factory in Germany. The visit of the factory and the care taken at each stage of production remain a good showcase of the quality of its products. We were able to walk among the 120 men and women who train the plant staff, take all the photos we wanted and ask all the questions. Here everything is transparent with only one objective: the security of the end user.

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This visit shows that each stage of the manufacturing process is controlled, verified and tested. Nothing is left to chance.

The visit begins with the product quality test room before production.

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Each tablet measured and weighed

One might think that the cellulose tablet is a small, cheap and simple element. But it is on her that the triggering of the vest depends. Each pellet produced is measured and weighed by a machine that does this all day long. The machine is specific, designed by Secumar engineers.

CO2 cartridges whose production is subcontracted are also all tested and certified. They then receive a label that validates their use.

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The firing pins put to the test

An operator also tests each firing pin. The firing pin installed in a specific machine, it checks that it pierces a metal pellet (similar to the head of a cartridge) and especially that the length of the needle which pierces the cartridge is well in conformity with the recommendation. Each firing pin is registered with its serial number so that the vest can be traced afterwards.

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Precision cutting and assembly

All textile parts of the vests are cut on a digital machine. Then they are assembled by seamstresses in a large workshop. Here, not a word, just the sound of sewing machines working.

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In a room next to it, the lungs are ironed in a huge machine piece by piece. Every 100 pieces produced, a lung randomly taken from the production line is subjected to a stress test. That is to say that the lung is inflated until explosion (an enormous detonation such as a shot!). The pressure value is checked before the explosion.

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Then all the lungs without exception are inflated to the standard pressure, the inflation valve with mouth checked then the lungs thus inflated are stored overnight to validate the holding of the pressure.

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It is only the next day that the lung and cover are assembled and folded to make the vest ready for sale. They also receive the tablet which indicates the date of the next revision (validity date which runs from the date of manufacture and not from the date of sale...).

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A well organized production

Since 2004, SECUMAR has moved into new premises. These are really functional with a kind of production chain that starts with the deliveries of raw materials, the warehouse of storage then the assembly with the final deliveries of the ordered products. Very clean, well insulated and comfortable, the premises encourage the workers to work while respecting them with a great listening on their working conditions.

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A laboratory that looks like a torture chamber

In addition to the production line, a laboratory with equipment designed for testing is available to the design office. This is where all research tests for product development are carried out.

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In the laboratory is Scotty, a faithful adult mannequin who does not hesitate to take to the water to test the latest inventions of the design office. He's sometimes dressed. We were able to see it for example with all the SNSM equipment to validate the tests as close as possible to the real conditions. The lab also has:

  • A washing machine drum type machine to measure the resistance of the outer cover.
  • A traction bench to validate the strength of the harness.
  • Another machine that reproduces repetitive traction on the harness.
  • A body that moves to validate the effects of wear when wearing the vest.
  • There is also a climatic oven in which it can be very hot or very cold to see how the vest performs at its extreme temperatures.

Discover below the exclusive video shot in Secumar's lab.

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