April 20, 2015
Brite Star, a uniform rental company in South Texas and a distributor of TECGEN® FR, recently attended a STEPS meeting where TECGEN® FR exceeded expectations in a head-to-head burn test with competitive fabrics.
"When I saw the difference between the TECGEN® FR fabric and 88/12, I thought that it was impressive,"
A burn test
is a demonstration on how well fabrics in FR garments hold up under extreme circumstances. In this case, a "smart" mannequin was outfitted in a variety of different fabrics including Nomex and 88/12 blended options. The mannequin is designed to evaluate the percentage of second- and third-degree burns a human could experience in a parallel real-life situation. This test is an extreme simulation of a fire directly engulfing a person for four seconds.
"When I saw the difference between the TECGEN® FR fabric and 88/12, I thought that it was impressive," said Richard McIntyre, Brite Star Services General Manager. "In the oil and gas industry, these guys are out in the sun and they usually seek an 88/12 option. But TECGEN® FR performed so much better, it really stood out, plus it's comfortable and breathable in the heat."
"At the very end of the burn demo, a used TECGEN® FR coverall was given to the group who was conducting the burn simulation to test," said McIntyre. "The mannequin in the TECGEN® FR coverall experienced 67% less third-degree burns than when it wore any of the 88/12 blended cotton fabrics tested here today."