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Q&A Series: Care of Arc-Rated (AR) PPE

End-users contact us frequently with questions regarding the use, care, and retest requirements of their arc-rated PPE. To help get the message out, we’ve compiled a series of 3 posts that answer the questions we are most commonly asked, and a list of standards that provide more information on caring for flame-resistant (FR) and arc-rated […]

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Arc Rated (AR) vs Flame Resistant (FR): Understanding the Difference

Similar but different – How do you tell the difference Between Arc Rated (AR), Flash Fire Rated (FFR), and Flame Resistant (FR)? In 2012, NFPA 70E changed the terminology referencing personal protective equipment (PPE); what was formerly referred to as FR (flame resistant) clothing is to be called Arc Rated or AR, according to the […]

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SEI Becomes Subsidiary of ASTM International

For Immediate Release ArcWear is proud to announce that our FlashCert program partner, Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), has become a subsidiary of ASTM International.  ArcWear has long served on ASTM committees and serviced the PPE community, doing most of the world’s arc flash testing with the Kinectrics laboratory.  All FlashCert partners offer services with a […]

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When Product Tests Fail: Tips from a Laboratory

Failures are a common, almost inevitable experience in product development. While it’s always disappointing, read on to learn three tips from a testing lab on how to mitigate risk and ease the painful effects of a product failure in testing. 1) Be actively involved in the process Our goal is to make sure you get the tests you need […]

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ANSI-ISEA 107 Update: What’s New in the 2015 Edition?

I’m too busy to read this. Please summarize the ANSI-ISEA 107-15 update. The standard was revised to merge ANSI/ISEA 107 and ANSI/ISEA 207 to include all high-visibility safety products, including vests and accessories, under one new umbrella known as “HVSA”. Garment types were added to ease selection for type of use (Types: Off-road, Roadway, and Public safety). To […]

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FlashCert: Global Testing and Certifications in a Flash!

ArcWear, Kinectrics, BTTG, and SEI have partnered to offer new services under FlashCert: streamlined testing and certification for flame resistant clothing and PPE in the US and EU. Services offered include testing and certification for the following hazards: electric arc, flash fire, wildland firefighting, and welding. Further, the service was designed to simplify the certification […]

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Industry Update: Static Electricity is Re-charged

At ArcWear, we have seen an increasing number of fabrics with anti-stat fiber content, so it comes as no surprise that the materials have sparked interest for industry re-evaluations regarding wearables and static electricity. Coming this fall, after years of dormancy, The AATCC’s Static electricity group will re-emerge. The group in attendance will be discussing […]

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Industry Update: DRIFIRE® takes Australia!

  The high performance FR Garment Supplier recently formed a partnership with Australian Defense Apparel, a uniform supplier for industries including Healthcare, Emergency Services, Utilities, and Armed Services in Australia and internationally. The two have joined in efforts to outfit Ergon Energy, an electricity supplier in regional Queensland, in the top-of-the-line, fire resistant and rated […]

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