Ballyclare has always focused resource in new innovations and our brand new GORE-TEX PYRAD® Garments are an excellent example of next a generation development. Our new range gives wearers a very high level of protection against arc flash hazards and maintains all the core benefits of using GORE-TEX Fabrics that are known for their high performance waterproof and breathable properties.
What our GORE-TEX PYRAD® Garments offer is lightweight, comfortable and ergonomic designs normally associated with consumer outerwear garments. Traditional arc flash solutions are heavy and cumbersome and most don’t allow moisture to escape quickly enough when worn in normal atmospheric conditions. Our partnership with WL Gore & Associates goes back decades and working closely with them and our customers we’re able to offer another game-changing innovation, providing the best solution available.
Heavy rain in the morning. Rising temperatures in the afternoon. Long working days. It is tough to work outside in hard weather conditions. And in some jobs, it is getting even tougher. The risk of an electric arc incident can put railway and electrical utility workers into extreme danger every day. Of course, there is norm compliant protective gear available but those materials are heavy, bulky and absorb rain. In addition, on warmer days, you tend not to wear them. All this puts your protection at risk. Until now. Available for railways and electrical utility: Arc rated GORE-TEX PYRAD® garments stay lightweight and comfortable when wet or dry. They are durably waterproof and reliably protect you against the thermal hazards of an electric arc. Maximum comfort combined with the highest protection level. Be safe – whatever the challenge.
Arc rated GORE-TEX PYRAD® jackets (EN 61482-1-2 class 2) are up to 45% lighter in dry and wet conditions.
GORE-TEX PYRAD® Fabric and the garment construction are durably waterproof, windproof and highly breathable. Garment constructions and styles are tested for a full hour in heavy rain to ensure waterproofness and ensure they reach and exceed the rain tower test new (EN 14360). W. L. Gore & Associates also test durability through industrial laundry tests, approved to ISO 15797 at 60°C.
”THE TEST JACKET DRIES REALLY WELL.‘‘ END-USER QUOTE
GORE® PYRAD® fabric technology blocks convective heat flow during arc exposure and stops flame propagation by forming a carbonaceous char with the textile.
"THE LIGHTNESS OF THE TEST JACKET IS SUCH A BONUS BECAUSE MY HARNESS IS SO HEAVY," END-USER QUOTE
Our GORE-TEX PYRAD® Garments provide lightweight, comfortable protection, not only against flame but can also limit the effect of arc flash. This video shows a GORE® PYRAD® Jacket being tested in an arc flash situation. Ballyclare uses this technology in our high visibility, arc protection, waterproof range for railway and electrical utility workers.
Video by WL Gore & Associates