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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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Post-Use Analysis of Firefighter Turnout Gear

An article based on the durability studies titled “Post-Use Analysis of Firefighter Turnout Gear” completed at the University of Kentucky has been published in Fire Technology. The studies analyzed used firefighter turnout gear, with the manufacture date ranging from two to greater than ten years.   The testing and procedures used for analysis were pulled […]

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