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Project Management

At Apparel Supply we guarantee that all requirements and quality compliance standards are fulfilled in a
time-sensitive manner during all stages.

Product Development

We carry out the development of Class I medical products by cooperating closely with our partners to deliver
the optimal cost, manufacturing process, and quality aligned with our unwavering commitment to the safety of
the end user, the patient, across a wide range of manufacturing areas.  Learn More>

Risk Assessment

Our experts will review, analyse and provide guidance in relation to the requirements for your product or process
by performing a risk assessment in line with ISO:14971 and the European Union Medical Device Regulation. Learn More>

Validation and Certification

As manufacturers of regulated medical devices our team of experts has been securing our quality over many years
through validations in line with EN | ISO standards. Learn More>

Regulatory Compliance

We are registered with HPRA and have the capacity to engage with regulatory bodies in Europe and the USA to provide
you with relevant and reliable medical device guidance. Learn More>

Manufacturing and Packaging

We offer a wide variety of tailored manufacturing solutions for you from low volume and flexible manufacturing to
high volume automated manufacturing. All manufacturing, component supply, assembly and packaging are carried out
from our 11,500 sq. feet facility in line with ISO 13485. Learn More>

Supply Chain Management

Our supply chain management service ranges from sourcing to delivering, inventory control and monitoring, logistics
and supply chain improvement. Learn More>

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What Is An Arc Flash?

An arc flash is a sudden release of electrical energy that occurs when current jumps across a gap between two conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The arc flash generates an intense burst of heat and light that can cause serious injuries, damage to equipment, and fires.

Arc flashes can occur in a wide range of electrical systems and equipment, including switchgear, transformers, motors, and other high-voltage components. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including equipment failure, human error, or a short circuit.

The intense heat generated by an arc flash can cause severe burns, as well as ignite clothing and other materials in the surrounding area, leading to secondary fires. The bright light from the arc flash can also cause temporary or permanent vision damage.

To prevent arc flash incidents, it’s important to follow proper electrical safety procedures, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), de-energizing equipment before working on it, and maintaining a safe distance from energized equipment.

Understanding Arc Ratings and Calories

Now that you understand FR clothing is tested and given an arc rating, you know that the arc rating measures the amount of heat the flame resistant fabric blocks when exposed to electric arc. The arc rating is the number of calories that the garment is expected to “absorb” if exposed to an electric arc. Arc rating is, in essence, the level of protection provided to you, the wearer.

Calorie is the unit of measure of the heat energy of an arc flash and the protective level of FR clothing. The bigger the calorie number, the greater the heat energy level of arc flash and the greater the protective level of the clothing. You will be protected from an electric arc if your clothing has a higher calorie arc rating than the calories of heat generated by the arc.

While it does not matter if the fabric has an Ebt,  ATPV and or ELIM value, it is important to pay attention to the calorie level the fabric can support* (as expressed in cal/cm2)