Apparel Supply will be attending Toys4Engineers 2023

We are delighted to be attending the annual Toys4Engineers conference expo on the 5th of October at SETU Arena.

This will be the 6th year of the event that will host over 100 companies from  Engineering, Tech, Pharma, Biomed, Agri-Food, Manufacturing, Construction & Renewable Energy industries.

Last year we were delighted to be able to organise many fruitful meetings through the conferences “Meet the Buyer” offering, while developing new and interesting relationships organically on the expedition floor. 

This year we will be showcasing our sustainability initiative, which turns used PPE, such as face masks and bouffant caps, into more permanent products. Cllr. John O’Leary (Mayor of Waterford City at the time)  enjoyed holding one of our Hurley’s made entirely of used Surgical Face Masks (photo bottom right).

During the pandemic we started a Surgical Face Mask plant in WorkLAB, Waterford, in order to provide our front line workers with an indigenous, guaranteed supply of High quality Surgical Face Masks. We have since added a Bouffant cap machine and will be showing videos of how these machines operate.

We will also be displaying our highly complex PPE products such as Structural Fire Fighting Suits and ARC protective clothing, which are designed to meet strenuous EU standards. 

Come by to say hello if you’ve an interest in our products or the process that goes into manufacturing them. 

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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)