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Tips to choose best fabric for ppe welding clothing

Welder welding metal in workshop with sparks

Currently the fabrics used for making protective suits in basic/plasma welding companies and cutting processes, are generally weighty heavy items, either 100% cotton or FR fabrics. Depending on the intensity of the welding or cutting operations, protective clothing of these groups has a low durability. Moreover, in these cases skin or leather are also used and heavy weight (over 700 gr/m2), being a very uncomfortable solution by weight, low breathability and for its lack of flexibility.

Although the more effective level of tissues protection and the comfort problems previously mentioned, the leather has other drawbacks such as the fact that it cannot be washed or the veto in some countries for environmental reasons due to waste subsequent to manufacture and disposal.

After over two years of study and with the conviction that the Standard EN ISO 11611 does not reflect the real risk and hazard that the activity requires, Drotex has developed a new range of products under the name FRCOTTON, fabric weight of which is about 400 gr/m2, supporting 30 seconds of continuous welding after 25 washes, as you can see in our catalogue on our website.

The conclusion of this range of fabrics is to get the same or better protection of current solutions with more textile concept, i.e. without reducing the protection, having better values of comfort and durability.