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ILC Dover’s Flex-Wall Verified to Factory Mutual Standards

Parul Dubey on March 29, 2018 - in News, Products

Frederica, DE  — ILC Dover, a world leader in the innovative design and production of engineered products employing high-performance flexible materials, announces its Flex-Wall® dry floodproofing solution has completed rigorous testing to Factory Mutual (FM) standards. The Flex-Wall® uses high strength textile-based materials to withstand a water surge of six feet—80 percent more than any other dry floodproofing product on the market. FM is an international leader in third-party testing and certification of property loss prevention products and services—for use in commercial and industrial facilities. The Flex-Wall® certification by FM is expected this spring. 

The ILC Dover Flex-Wall® can be configured to surround buildings or to cover doorways, storefront windows, and vehicular entrances. The Flex-Wall® flood protection system is stored at the point-of-use, enabling rapid deployment and retraction before and after a flood event, eliminating costly downtime at the facility.

“This FM certification will be an important milestone for our Flex-Wall® dry floodproofing solution,” said Brad Walters, ILC Dover’s Vice President/General Manager. “ILC’s flood mitigation products have had proven success in New York City protecting subway entrances and other critical infrastructure. Our customers have already benefited from the rapid deployment attributes by being able to wait until the last minute to utilize our solution to optimize their operational up-time. Along with our sales and marketing partner, Smart Vent, we hope to use this product as a springboard to key areas of the market that need flood protection.”

The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) and FM Approvals have together developed and standardized a water testing program for temporary flood barriers. “If recent flooding has taught us anything, it’s that we must continue to identify flood risk, communicate that risk to the public, and to implement those tools and certified flood barrier products, such as the ILC Dover’s Flex-Wall®, which can be used in certain circumstances to eliminate the damages due to flooding,” said Randall L Behm PE, CFM Chair, USACE National Nonstructural Committee USACE-Omaha.

For more information regarding the national flood barrier testing and certification program: http://nationalfloodbarrier.org/

For more information go to www.dryfloodproofing.com or www.ilcdover.com



Since 1947, ILC Dover has built a global reputation for out-of-the-box thinking that makes the seemingly impossible possible. Our engineered solutions solve our customers’ most complex challenges through the creative and efficient application of flexible materials often integrated with advanced equipment and hardware.

We look beyond the boundaries of convention to help customers see what could be, and discover the extraordinary possibilities within everyday things. We are a diverse company serving many markets. We are dreamers, engineers, scientists and pragmatists—all dedicated to outperforming tradition to better mankind. 

We apply our vast knowledge of materials, soft goods, film-based solutions and design to move the world forward, from advancing spacesuits for astronauts to developing solutions for NASA Mars missions to engineering lighter-than-air vehicles here on Earth. We continue to pioneer the use of flexible containment solutions to support advanced pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and we’re revolutionizing the packaging and extraction of bulk liquids to enhance customer profitability and sustainability. 

Additionally, we create quick-deploy systems that protect cities and critical infrastructure from floods, and design and manufacture advanced respirators to protect against a range of chemical and biological threats.


Founded in 1997, Smart Vent Products, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of foundation flood venting systems and has an ICC-ES Certified product line with dual-function and insulated engineered models for residential and commercial applications. Smart Vent through its Dry Floodproofing division and its Technical Flood Mitigation Specialist field team covers North American education and sales for the ILC Dover Flex-Wall line. With their guidance and expertise, they are supporting ILC with the development of other innovative floodproofing systems. A new division called the Flood Risk Evaluator (www.yourfloodrisk.com) was recently born to evaluate and provide detailed reporting to property owners on what can be done to reduce rising NFIP flood insurance premiums. For more information about SMART VENT PRODUCTS, INC., call 1-877-441-8368 or visit www.smartvent.com.

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