ASTM F2178

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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ASTM F2178-17b has been published!

A new version of ASTM F2178, Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Rating and Standard Specification for Eye or Face Protective Products has been published. Changes to the standard include more detailed information for testing laboratories on cooling and curing sensors after resurfacing. The proposed, balloted, and approved changes will not affect test results. […]

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ASTM Issues New ASTM F2178-17 Standard for Arc Flash Face Protective Devices offers Substantial Improvements

The new standard clarifies that the fabric in fabric based hoods can be the limiting factor in an arc rating.  While ArcWear’s arc flash testing has always assumed this, other labs have wondered.  This will keep hoods from being over-rated, a concern ArcWear has always addressed. The other changes may not affect ratings but will […]

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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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