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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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ASTM F1506-19a Updated with New Testing Requirements for Closures and Visibility Enhancements

The most current edition of ASTM F1506 includes changes to reporting, updated references, terminology and new testing requirements related to closures and visibility enhancements. A summary of updates: New terminology and references in addition to the weight claimed by the Addition of fabric weight, actual (conditioned weight, as measured by the lab, prior to laundering) […]

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ArcWear’s Role in the Development of a New ASTM Testing Method

ArcWear is at the center of the development of a new ASTM Standard Test Method that could better predict the potential for burn injuries for various materials used in garments and ensembles. The proposed standard (WK70964), which is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Subcommittee F23.80, outlines a new way to evaluate flame-resistant clothing that bridges […]

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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Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, had been administratively withdrawn in February 2017 by ASTM because […]

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Flame Resistant, Flame Retardants, Rated Materials and Garments: What’s the Difference?

In terms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), what is the difference between Flame Resistance, Flame Retardants and “Rated” materials and garments? These are words commonly seen in the industrial AR and FR market–so what do they mean, and what hazard can you expect “flame resistant” clothing to protect from? Defining the Terms Flame Resistance– “The property […]

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Trade Shows for Arc Rated PPE Manufacturers

If you are making industrial flame resistant and arc rated PPE products, the wide range of trades shows for safety professionals can be overwhelming. Which trade shows will give the most bang for your buck and provide access to the safety and technical resources needed to pitch your innovations? Many fabric and garment manufacturers attend […]

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ArcWear Announces Affiliation with Dr. William Baitinger for Consulting Services

The ArcWear team is excited to announce an affiliation with Dr. William F Baitinger, who will serve to provide expert consulting services to the electrical, flame, and thermal industry. Dr. Baitinger holds a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. Since 1967, he has worked in the field of textiles, primarily with cotton and cotton blends. […]

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What’s New in 2017?

2016 brought a lot of activity for the technical committees that develop FR and AR industry standards. The staff at ArcWear is proud to participate on technical committees for standard development and to relay a summary of what we know to our readers. If you missed the OH&S Webinar presented by Hugh Hoagland last week, read […]

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Free Webinar: FR/AR Clothing and Weather-Related Issues

What should be considered when wearing PPE in unpredictable and adverse environments? Register for a free OH&S Webinar on Thursday, November 3rd at 2:00 p.m. EST to listen in as Hugh Hoagland presents the challenges for end users wearing flame resistant and arc rating clothing in various weather conditions.  

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