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ASTM F2178-20 for Arc Rated Face Protection Published with New Arc Rating Limit

A major improvement in ASTM F2178 for end users and manufacturers has been published. The 2020 version recognizes that hoods are limited by the rating of the fabric and that 20 minimum samples tested to levels much higher than the final rating provide no value to end users or manufacturers. ArcWear and Kinectrics took the […]

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Proposed TIA to Address FR Cloth Face Coverings in NFPA 2112

ArcWear has proposed a TIA to address FR cloth face coverings in NFPA 2112. TIA, or Temporary Interim Amendment, Log No: 1513 is open for public comment until June 29. ArcWear has been working to address masks in FR Standards since the CDC cloth face covering recommendations were handed down last month. We have received […]

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ArcWear Expands its Standards Development Efforts in NFPA

ArcWear has expanded its standards development role with staff recently appointed to an additional NFPA Technical Committee (TC). Brian Shiels is now a Principal member of the TC on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment. Likewise, Stacy Klausing is now an Alternate member. Standards developed and maintained by this TC include NFPA […]

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Evaluating Non-Arc-Rated Products in an Electric Arc Exposure

The recently updated ASTM F2621 now allows for the evaluation of non-Arc-Rated products in an electric arc exposure. The Standard had previously limited evaluations to only arc-rated products. This prevented users for evaluating products that were necessary for the job, but were not available with an arc-rating. Why expose non-Arc-Rated products to an electric arc? […]

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ArcWear Expands its Scope in UL DAP

ArcWear Certificate of Participation - UL DAP

ArcWear is proud to announce a newly expanded Scope in UL’s third party Data Acceptance Program (DAP). ArcWear joined the program earlier this year with a limited scope to perform tests in ASTM F1506 and NFPA 2112. As part of our continual improvement efforts, ArcWear has added several upgrades over the past few months. And […]

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Industrial Laundry Test Method Development Initiated in ASTM F23

ASTM F23 has approved a new Work Item (WK69917) to develop a Standard Test Method for Industrial Laundry of FR Clothing under the technical direction of Dr. Bill Baitinger.  The task group will hold its first meeting at F23’s February 4-5, 2020 meeting in Atlanta, GA. There is currently one standardized procedure for simulating industrial […]

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ASTM Announces 2021 Symposium on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers

ASTM F18 issues Call for Papers for the 2021 Symposium EDIT: The Symposium has been postponed until October of 2021. Please watch for important updates and deadlines on our blog as they become available. The ASTM International Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers is planning its next Symposium for October 2021. The Symposium […]

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IEC 61482-1-1 Edition 2.0 Published

The IEC has recently published the latest version of 61482-1-1. The standard now includes a new type of arc rating – ELIM. In addition to ELIM, the update also contains a variety of other improvements. We updated you about ELIM, or the Incident Energy Limit Value, in our blog article on the topic last year. […]

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Milliken to Acquire Polartec

Textile powerhouse, Milliken & Company, announces plans to purchase Polartec brand from Versa Capital Management Spartanburg, SC based Milliken announced this week that it has agreed to terms with Versa Capital Management to purchase Andover, MA based Polartec, LLC. While details of the transaction have not been released, it is set to close later this […]

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ASTM F2302 Reinstated by ASTM

ASTM F2302 has been reinstated as, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing Which Provides Resistance to Incidental Exposures to Heat or Open Flame. The previous edition of ASTM F2302, which was titled Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, had been administratively withdrawn in February 2017 by ASTM because […]

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