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Reminder: Techtextil NA Begins Tomorrow

Techtextil North America will be held June 20-22 at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago. If you’d like to attend, register here. The symposium begins on Tuesday, June 20th, at 8:30 AM (see full schedule).   Expo Floor Hours: Tuesday, June 20th: 10AM- 5PM Wednesday, June 21st: 10AM- 5PM Thursday, June 22nd: 10AM-3PM   ArcWear […]

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NFPA 2112 Q&A: Component Recognition Explained

You may have heard about “component recognition” or wondered about supplying or purchasing certified components compliant to NFPA 2112. Below are some common questions regarding components and certification and answers on how to navigate the waters.   Q: What does component certification mean? What about component recognition? What’s the difference? For NFPA 2112, components refer […]

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What is IEC Box Arc Testing, and How Does it Compare to Open Air Arc Testing?

You may have heard of “box testing” or seen the standard designation for “IEC 61482-1-2”. What is this test, and how is it different from open-air arc testing and an ATPV or EBT arc rating? Box testing, as performed by IEC 61482-1-2, does not produce an arc rating. Instead, 2 different “arc protection” classes are […]

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ArcWear Announces Affiliation with Dr. William Baitinger for Consulting Services

The ArcWear team is excited to announce an affiliation with Dr. William F Baitinger, who will serve to provide expert consulting services to the electrical, flame, and thermal industry. Dr. Baitinger holds a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. Since 1967, he has worked in the field of textiles, primarily with cotton and cotton blends. […]

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ASTM F1959 or ASTM F2675? Which Test Should Be Used for Gloves?

Question: Should I be Testing FR Gloves for Arc Flash Exposures to ASTM F1959 or ASTM F2675? Answer: Today, gloves should be tested to ASTM F2675. ASTM F2675 is a specific test for gloves. ASTM F1959 is used to test flat fabrics on a panel. ASTM F2675 allowed materials previously tested on panels to be […]

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What Does Flame Resistant (FR) Really Mean, and How Do We Test it in Protective Clothing?

You hear requests for flame resistant (FR) clothing and gloves all the time…but what does that really mean? What is an end user with this request expecting from you? Have you ever been in a situation where it seems impossible, and even like a liability, to label a product as FR when there are no […]

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Q&A Series: What are the Retest Requirements for Arc Flash PPE?

Q: What are the retest requirements for arc flash PPE? A: This is a question we get a lot, and we hear it from both manufacturers and end users. Read on to learn when arc testing should be repeated. MANUFACTURERS Garments In the U.S., there is currently no requirement to retest for arc ratings in ASTM […]

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ASTM F2302 Withdrawn by ASTM

ASTM F2302, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, is no longer an active standard. At the latest ASTM meeting held early this month in Norfolk, Virginia, the ASTM F23 Technical Committee on Personal Protective Equipment voted to withdraw ASTM F2302.  While the scope of the standard specifically stated that it did […]

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