What is NFPA?
The National Fire Protection Association, otherwise known as NFPA, is an international nonprofit organization that has been establishing fire safety standards, providing research, education and training to the public and private organizations for over 115 years. NFPA is declared as "the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety".
Norfab strictly follows NFPA standards for testing applicable fabrics.
Does Norfab have a research and development department? How does Norfab stay on the forefront of a highly competitive industry?
Norfab has an experienced research and development team who stay on top of the latest research and trends in textiles and finishing. The R&D team is constantly developing ideas and adapting them to product forms that meet the diverse needs of our customers. Norfab is dedicated to educating its staff and customers, supporting creativity and investing in new equipment to continuously improve service, goods, efficiency and production.
What is FR or FRC?
Flame Resistant and Flame Resistant Clothing. Safety garments, such as flame resistant clothing are necessary for people who work in hazardous environments.
Are you able to perform fabric performance testing at your facilities?
Yes, Norfab proudly performs many different tests on fabric. Each manufacturing facility is able to perform internal testing on yarn and fabric. We have many different pieces of testing equipment, including abraders, tensile testers, flammability testers, laundering equipment and two ovens with different capabilities. Norfab utilizes global testing facilities to augment internal testing to provide our customers with the best evaluations possible.
Your part numbers are unique- what do they mean?
Once decoded, Norfab's part numbering system is quite simple. Take for example OMNI Vantage ™- part number 08PT352-60-51BK, the 08 is the approximate weight of the fabric. The following letter(s) indicate the weave pattern; PT stands for plain weave, TT for twill, HT for Herringbone twill and Q for quilt. The next three numbers, 352, indicate the style code. The following 2 digit number is the width of the fabric. Finishes and dyes complete the part number and help you to customize your fabric. After the width, if the fabric is untreated, also referred to as loom stage, there will be a 00 code. In our example the fabric is treated with a durable water and oil resistant finish, #51. The final letters indicate color- BK standing for black.
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