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June 9, 2010

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Protective workwear – Arcban

J & K Ross and DuPont Personal Protection have developed Arcban, a range of arc-flash protective garments made from Nomex™.

According to the manufacturers, the range is CE-certified and has been designed to be layered, to offer the relevant level of protection when required and ensure that the worker is not restricted or compromised.

Flame-resistant clothing can be rated according to its arc thermal performance value (ATPV) in cal/cm2, says DuPont. It adds that to properly protect a worker, the ATPV rating of the fire-resistant clothing must exceed the calculated incident energy generated by an electric arc-flash event to which a worker might be exposed at a given location. Layering the garments can help increase the ATPV levels, owing to air gaps in between the garment layers.

All the layers include undergarments made of Nomex, which is described as a flame-resistant, meta-aramid fibre that does not melt, drip, or support combustion in the air.

For further information on the J&K Ross range of arc-flash protective garments, visit

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