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Webinar for Arc Flash and Flash Fire Protection for the Hands

Coming up: ArcWear’s own Hugh Hoagland will be participating in a webinar for Occupational Health & Safety — a presentation on Arc Flash and Flash Fire Protection for the Hands! The presentation will feature information on the new and proposed arc flash protector glove standard and arc flash glove test methods. The new standard and methods […]

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ArcWear at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo!

Flashcert is ArcWear’s new certifying process, made possible by a partnership with third-party testing labs BTTG Testing & Certification Ltd and Kinectrics; and SEI, a third-party certification body. Kinetrics and BTTG are, like us at ArcWear, ISO 17025 accredited third-party testing laboratories, while BTTG and SEI are ISO 17065 accredited third-party certification bodies. In other words, […]

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The Stoll Curve and PPE for an Arc Flash Rating

Have you ever wondered how, quantitatively, we can determine the thermal protective rating of protective materials and garments? These quantifiable ratings wouldn’t be possible without something called the Stoll Curve. The Stoll Curve is one of the great determinants for pass/fail criteria across the board for personal protective equipment, and was developed as a basic […]

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Behind the Arc Rating: The Burst Test

Picture this: you’re getting ready for work, you grab your long sleeve T-shirt, and as you’re pulling it on you hear that ever-dreaded, riiiippppppp. Your elbow has just burst through the arm of your shirt! In order to avoid this happening again, wouldn’t it be great if there were some way to know how much […]

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Behind the Arc Rating: Dimensional Change

Have you ever bought a new pair of jeans, wore them once, washed them, and when you try to wear them again come to find… they’ve shrunk!? If your clothing vendor of choice was required to conform to the ASTM F1506 specifications of AATCC 135 Dimensional Change of Fabrics after Home Laundering, that might not […]

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Multi-Hazard PPE

Multi-hazard PPE is the new buzzword in the FR marketplace – referring to fibers designed to protect against multiple industrial threats like electric arc, flash fire, and molten metal. Having one garment suitable for all threats in the workplace is convenient and economical, and can help employers simplify their PPE program while meeting the requirements […]

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Behind the Arc Rating: Flammability

ASTM D6413-15 Standard Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles (Vertical Test). This is one the most important tests we run here at our lab in Louisville, as it is among the required testing in ASTM F1506-15 Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Arc Rated Textile Materials for Wearing Apparel for Use by Electrical […]

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The 2015 version of ASTM D6413 has been released!

Some updates have been made to ASTM D6413 Standard Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles (Vertical Test) commonly used in flame resistant apparel testing. The most significant changes are based around the char length measurement: The basis weight defined by the standard as “the weight of cloth before the addition of any fire retardant […]

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Modacrylic Fiber: Protex M vs. Protex C.

We frequently get questions about different fibers for arc protection.  This is to answer a common question on testing in ASTM F1959 to meet ASTM F1506 or  ASTM F1891. Protex M fiber contains approximately 2x the amount of Antimony Trioxide as compared to Protex C. It is designed to be used primarily in blends with […]

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