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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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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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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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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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