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Military Webbing, Mil-Spec / PIA-Spec Webbing, Parachute and Ballooning applications

Nylon, Kevlar®, Nomex®, and Textured Nylon are just a few of the many fibers used by Bally Ribbon Mills to manufacture the highest quality of woven narrow fabrics for “critical use” applications. No substitute is adequate for Mil-Spec webbing and tapes where high performance, process control, and complete traceability are required to maintain life support and systems.

Since the PIA (Parachute Industry Association) has taken control of the narrow fabric Mil-Spec, Bally Ribbon plays an instrumental role in their development. Bally offers both Mil-Spec webbing and PIA-Spec webbing.

Bally continues to meet the demands of the parachute industry by offering both Class 1 (critical use, shuttle loom), Class 1a (critical use, shuttleless / needle loom), and Class 2 (non-critical use, shuttleless / needle loom) material.

Class 1, shuttle loom weaving is a traditional method that utilizes a uniform woven edge on both sides of the webbing. This construction has been necessary to minimize failure due to abrasion at the edges of narrow fabrics. Research has been conducted conclusively by the members of PIA that substantiate the importance of shuttle loom construction.

A large portion of Bally Ribbon Mills’ production still consists of shuttle loom weaving. We maintain excess capacity of shuttle looms and have no immediate plan to discontinue our shuttle loom capacity.

When safe deliveries of payloads are required, shuttle loom production is the correct choice.

Common Mil-Specs/PIA-Specs Manufactured

Mil-W-4088 / PIA-W-4088 – Nylon Webbing
Mil-DTL-5038K (Mil-T-5038) / PIA-T-5038 – Nylon Tape
MIL-T-87130 – Kevlar Tape/Webbing
Mil-W-5625 / PIA-W-5625 – Nylon Tubular
Mil-T-5608 / PIA-T-5608- Nylon Parachute Tape
Mil-T-6134C – Nylon Parachute Tape
Mil-W-17337 – Nylon Webbing
Mil-W-27657B- Nylon Webbing
Mil-W-43668C – Textured Nylon Webbing
Mil-W-43685B – Nomex Tape
Mil-T-43709B – Nomex Tape
Mil-W-87127 – Kevlar Tape

Other Specs

AMS 3718 – Nylon Webbing
AA55301 and other Commercial Equivalent Specifications
Industrial Cross References

Many other Mil-Spec materials are manufactured at Bally Ribbon. Please contact us directly for more information.

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