Safety clothing: Flame resistant fabric provides flash fire, arc flash protection

Arc flash clothing: Polartec updates flame resistant layering system to provide dual-hazard protection.

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Lawrence, MA – Utility safety: In 2009, after many years of development work with the US Military and work-wear markets, Polartec® launched a flame resistant (FR) fabric system that merged performance with protection. Today, Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, launches an updated Polartec FR layering system with a proprietary high performance yarn blend that provides both flash fire and arc flash dual-hazard protection.

Even lighter, this second generation system meets both NFPA 2112 Flash Fire and NFPA 70E Arc Flash protection standards and includes an option to add high visibility for triple hazard protection. The updated Polartec FR collection includes Polartec® Power Dry® FR baselayer fabric that is 25% lighter than the previous generation product while offering both NFPA 70E HRC2 and NFPA 2112 certified protection. This evolutionary fabric is also rugged and is in an industrial laundry trial program for use in the rental laundry market.

Unlike all other FR fabric suppliers, Polartec offers a full layering system of FR knits in the new yarn blend including Power Stretch® High Efficiency grid fleece fabric, double velour Polartec® Thermal FR® fleece, and wind, rain, and soil resistant Polartec® Wind Pro® FR outerwear sweatshirt fleece. In addition, Polartec is in the late stages of development of Polartec® Power Shield® FR wovens and soft shell fabrics all made from the same patent pending technology.

“After three years of research and development, we’re launching this new collection which we feel offers the best combination of inherent flame resistance, performance, comfort and value on the market,” states Michael Batson, Polartec Senior Business Manager for Professional Workwear and Military.

Polartec FR fabrics are tested in state-of-the-art laboratories and exceed relevant industry standards confirmed by independent testing. Please click here for more information on the full range of Polartec FR fabrics.

About Polartec, LLC
Polartec, LLC is the premium producer of innovative textile solutions. Since inventing modern synthetic fleece in 1981, the engineers at Polartec have continued to push the limits of fabric technology. Today, Polartec supplies the world with the most advanced fabric innovations. Polartec products range from advanced lightweight wicking fabric, to insulation and weather protection textiles and are utilized by leading apparel brands, the U.S. military and other global militaries, flame resistance, work wear, and contract upholstery markets.

For more information about Polartec or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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