December 2018 our aramid flame retardant fabric Artex-210 has been successfully retested and renewed EN 1149-5 (Protective clothing. Electrostatic properties) certificate.
EN 1149-5 is European standard for garments that protect against electrostatic discharge where there is a risk of explosion e.g. in oil refineries.
It is part of a series of standards for test methods and requirements for electrostatic properties of protective clothing.
EN 1143-3 is a test method, that uses induction charging to evaluate how fast a fabric discharge, i.e. looses its electrostatic charge via air. According to the Standard the charge decay value should be no more than 4 seconds according to test method EN 1149-3. It means that antistatic fabric should loose its electrostatic charge in less than 4s.
The testing was done at independent international laboratory AITEX (Spain).
Artex-210 is an innovative inherent flame resistant fabric for protective and fr clothing. This fabric is best used for emergency services (EMS clothing), for firefighters gear as well as for special forces, for marines uniform, for military pilots flight suits. Artex-210 is also suitable for FR bibs and FR overalls for workers in the oil and gas, chemical and power industries. Artex-210 fabric provides protection against Fire, open Flame and Electric Arc. Inherent thermal protection cannot be washed away. The fabric is very durable and super-resistant to abrasion.
Artex-210 has been successfully tested to the following test:
CHARGE DECAY (EN 1149-3:2004 – after 5 washing cycles at 400C, ISO 6330:2012, Tumble Dry, F) – performance level – PASS
According to Standard EN 1149-5:2008 for the induction charge method (EN 1149-3:2004) the requirements are:
t50< 4 s or S > 0,2
During the testing, Artex-210 has demonstrated the following results:
- S = 0,94 – Shielding factor – PASS
- t50 = < 0,01 – Decay half time – PASS
It means that when tested, Artex-210 fabric dissipated (lost) its electrostatic charge in less than 0,01 second. So it’s 400 times better, than EN 1149-5 requirements.
More info about Artex-210 fr fabric and its properties you can find at the product page