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  1. Upcoming Event: WaveCel Next-Gen Hardhats to be Unveiled at ASSP Safety 2022

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    Summer is upon us, and our busy trade show season is in full swing. Later this month, we’ll be attending a great event in Chicago – ASSP Safety 2022. Among the things we’re excited for at this year’s expo will be the unveiling of next-gen hardhats from our friends at WaveCel™. Paulson is proud to collaborate with WaveCel™ in producing face protection solutions for the new hardhats.




    ASSP Safety 2022 | McCormick Place Convention Center | Chicago, IL

    Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29, 2022


    Safety 2022, put on by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), will feature over 450 exhibitors representing safety and risk management, engineering, fire protection, industrial hygiene, construction, training and more. Innovation and excitement will dominate the expo floor, with exhibitors ready to help you find solutions that you can put to work right away. Attendees can exchange ideas with industry professionals who are passionate about safety and are committed to improving safety programs. Safety 2022 brings together all the latest cutting-edge products, innovations, services, and technologies to take your operations to the next level.


    Expo Hours:


    Monday, June 27: 11:15 am – 4:30 pm

    Tuesday, June 28: 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

    Wednesday, June 29: 8:45 am – 12:30 pm


    Paulson Mfg. will be in attendance from Monday, 6/27/2022 through Wednesday, 6/29/2022. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.


    To learn more about ASSP Safety 2022, please click here.



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    WaveCel™ Hardhats at a Glance


    Using their proven technology applied to their line of cycling helmets, WaveCel™ has created a line of hardhats to better protect workers against traumatic brain injury.


    Features of the WaveCel™ hardhat include:


    • Made in the U.S.A.
    • Lightweight
    • 360° protection with low profile full brim
    • Absorbs up to 73% more rotational force caused by a blow to the head
    • Reduces predicted risk of concussion by up to 98% compared to standard hardhats



    WaveCel™ will be exhibiting at booth # 929 at ASSP Safety 2022. For more information on their next-gen hardhats, please contact the exclusive distributor, TPR Industrial, to learn more about WaveCel™ next-gen hardhats.

  2. Upcoming Event in Minneapolis: IWDC Sales & Purchasing Convention

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    Next week, Paulson Mfg. will be attending the annual IWDC Sales & Purchasing Convention taking place in Minneapolis, MN.




    IWDC Sales & Purchasing Convention | Hilton Minneapolis | Minneapolis, MN

    Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26, 2022


    IWDC (Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative) is a member-owned purchasing and marketing cooperative. Its membership and approved manufacturers/suppliers work together to grow and strengthen a North American network of independent gas and welding hard goods distributors. IWDC Members are leading independent welding & gas distributors located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    The IWDC Sales and Purchasing Convention is an annual 3-day event that allows members and vendors to network and educate themselves in training workshops and seminars, key speaker presentations, new product displays, and a full-day booth program. Much of the convention consists of product and program training and workshops.  Members and vendors give presentations that demonstrate specific products and services they feel will help the distributor or end user become more efficient and successful in the marketplace.

    Aside from the great networking opportunities, members can also purchase products right from vendors during the full-day booth program. Members come ready, with purchase orders in hand, to take advantage of deep discounts, while vendors can increase their sales and grow their customer relationships.


    Trade Show Hours:

    Thursday, May 26, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Booth # 61


    To learn more about the IWDC Sales & Purchasing Convention, or the high-quality welding PPE we manufacture, please contact us today.

  3. Paulson Manufacturing Celebrates 75 Years of Safety

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    It’s hard to believe that 2022 marks 75 years in business for Paulson Manufacturing. What started with one man and an idea conceived on the battlefield during WWII has evolved into a world-class manufacturer of face & eye protection for industrial workers and first responders around the globe. Since 1947, we’ve been making our products right here in our facility in Temecula, CA. A lot has obviously changed over the years. One thing that has remained constant is our commitment to innovation. This has been at our core since the very beginning when we produced one product – the iconic Bubble Goggle.


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    Every Company has an Origin Story. This is Ours.

    While fighting in World War II, our founder, Tom Paulson, thought he and his fellow soldiers needed better eye protection from the sand being kicked up as they stormed beaches in the Pacific Theatre. From this premise, Tom envisioned a basic goggle that would protect against debris while providing clear peripheral vision. After the war, Tom went home to Racine, Wisconsin, and he and his family packed up and moved to where Tom did his basic training for the Army – sunny Southern California. Upon settling in Temecula in 1947, Paulson Manufacturing Corp. was born, with the Bubble Goggle as the first item produced.


    Initially, the Bubble Goggle was not marketed toward industrial workers or first responders, but rather as a promo for … Kellog’s cereal! Marketed as the “Tom Corbett Space Cadet Goggle,” children could send in two cereal box proofs of purchase, plus $0.25, and would receive the goggles by mail. Unfortunately, this promo did not have the wild success Mr. Paulson had hoped for. However, there was an unintended consequence of these goggles being sold as a cereal promo item. Parents started to take an interest in the goggles their children were receiving. That interest soon spread to what would become a rabid fanbase of the Bubble Goggle – stock car & motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts. Paulson quickly pivoted to cater to this market, and in a short amount of time, the Bubble Goggle became a mainstay in the motor racing community and would remain so for decades to come. Shortly after, we developed the Bubble Visor for motorcycle helmets, and Paulson’s reputation among the racing community spread even further.


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    Notable Milestones & Events in Our Company’s History 


    • Early 1960s: First injection molding machines are installed in the factory
    • Mid-1980s: Contracted by the U.S. Navy to develop a gold hard coated face shield for aircraft rescue & firefighting (ARFF). This technology was soon applied to our heat reflective face shields for industrial workers in the molten metal industry.
    • Late 1980s: Factory operations system is computerized
    • Early 1990s: Tom Paulson’s son, Roy Paulson, transitions from V.P. to CEO of the company, and shifts our company focus primarily to make products for industrial workers and first responders. Roy Paulson remains CEO to this day.
    • 1990s – Early 2000s: Contracted by the U.S. Army for 12 years to perform R&D work. This led to the development of the DK5 and DK6 series of riot face shield solutions for ballistic combat helmets.
    • Late 1990s – Early 2000s: Performed extensive R&D to develop arc flash face shields for electrical safety, with the first face shields selling commercially by the turn of the 21st century.
    • 2004: Paulson International is established in Frankfurt, Germany, and we begin to sell our products to a global market. All production continues to remain at our Temecula, CA facility.
    • 2009 – 2016: CEO Roy Paulson sits on the President’s Export Council under the Obama Administration, positioning Paulson Mfg. as an expert in global trade.
    • 2016: Paulson officially discontinues its Sports product line, ending the production of such products as the Bubble Goggle, motorcycle helmet visors and paintball goggles.
    • 2020: In response to COVID-19, Paulson produces 2 million disposable infectious disease control (IDC) face shields & goggles per month. These IDC items were used by frontline healthcare workers and first responders throughout the U.S. during the COVID crisis.


    Paulson International: U.S.-Made Products with a Global Reach

    Since 2004, Paulson International, the international sales entity of Paulson Manufacturing, has distributed our high-quality products to the entire world by a globally acting network of authorized distributors. Represented in over 70 countries with over 250 authorized distributors, the headquarters and warehouse of Paulson International are in Frankfurt, Germany.


    Paulson Manufacturing Today: Advanced Materials Science Drives Innovation

    Today, Paulson Manufacturing continues to be at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of what we thought was possible in the development of next-gen safety gear. A great example of this is the integration of nanoparticles into our arc flash face shields. Through extensive study and careful manipulation of these particles, Paulson has developed specialized nanomaterials with unique properties, resulting in arc flash face shields with better impact and UV light resistance, evenly distributed particles for better energy absorption, and enhanced reliability. For the electrical worker, this means better protective gear that is comfortable to wear and provides a level of protection that is second to none.


    Unparalleled Protection in the Face of Danger

    From our humble beginnings with the Bubble Goggle, through the ups and downs over the decades (including a fire at the factory in 1991!), all the way to the present day, Paulson Manufacturing has stayed true to our credo of “Quality Products to Protect People.” The industrial workers and first responders around the globe that use our products face potentially life-threatening hazards every day while on the job. While they serve us and our way of life, we serve them by producing the highest quality protective gear in the industry. Here’s to the next 75 years of safety!

    Please contact us today for further information on our company or the products we make.

  4. Why Laser Protection is Important for Crowd Control Situations

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    Tactical officers often encounter dangerous, high-impact situations as part of the lifesaving jobs they perform. Equipment constructed for tactical purposes must withstand the extreme environmental hazards of emergency medical operations, forced entries, victim extractions, and rescue operations. This is no different for riot control officers, who deal with any number of hazards during a riot or civil unrest situation.

    Following the 2020 riots in Portland, OR., deputy director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli reported that federal officers protecting a courthouse sustained a total of 113 eye injuries due to protestors armed with lasers. Lasers also prevent officers from looking directly at the beams to apprehend the perpetrators. The officers recovered, but not after suffering from temporary blindness or flash blindness—a blind spot that prevents someone from seeing their entire field of vision. This incident demonstrates why it’s important that tactical professionals have laser protection.

    Why are Lasers Used in Protests and Large Crowd Situations?

    Protesters use lasers for various reasons, including:

    • Flash blinding: Temporary flash blinding effectively distracts authorities from seeing the people in front of them, including those pointing the lasers at them.
    • Targeting counter protesters: Laser pointers can also target counter protesters with the intent to blind or distract them. During the March 2021 protests in Salem, Ore., police stated that protesters aimed lasers at cars driven by counter protesters.
    • Disabling camera sensors: Camera sensors can also be flash blinded. During the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, protesters used lasers to disable cameras utilizing facial recognition technology.
    • Attracting attention: Projecting lasers on crowds, helicopters, or buildings is a way to gain the attention of onlookers or stimulate a crowd. Often no harm is intended, but lasers may incite protestors against authorities.

    What are the Benefits of Paulson Tactical Laser Shields?

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    Paulson tactical laser shields defend users from lasers and high-intensity strobe lights. Quick flashing strobe lights can cause the brain to take a moment to adjust to visual stimuli. Sometimes called flicker vertigo or the Bucha effect, it gives users time to subdue or evade officers.

    To understand the disorienting effects of strobing, we need to understand how humans process visual information. The eye’s lens focuses on the image using the retina, a collection of photoreceptors or light-perceiving cells. The image is converted into electrical impulses and sent to the visual cortex via the optic nerve, which interprets the impulses as an image. The brain has a limited frequency range under which it can process visual information. If information comes in faster than the brain can process it—between 7 to 15 hertz—the brain can become overwhelmed and incapacitate the person.

    In the development of our Tactical Laser Shield line, we considered multiple critical factors. First, there are many different colors of laser pointers, so our laser shields must protect against the full spectrum of colors. Second, visibility is critical, especially since many riots tend to be a “nighttime activity.” That said, we needed to make sure the shields protect against laser beams while providing optimal visibility. Third, high intensity light protection is also critical, as many assailants use strobe lights to disorient officers. There are all important factors to consider, and the end-result is a laser protection product unlike anything else on the market.

    Our Tactical Laser shield line consists of protective shields designed to attach to both Paulson’s line of riot face shields and riot body shields. Utilizing a riveted Velcro° attachment system, the laser shields can be easily attached and removed. The laser shields that attach to riot face shields are 3 inches in length, while the models for riot body shields are 6 inches in length.

    Riot shield

    Other features of our Tactical Laser Shield line include:

    • Meets ANSI Z136 for laser protection.
    • Designed to reduce the dazzle effect of red, green, blue, violet, and other colors of laser pointers up to a rating of 3R for an exposure time of 1/4th of a second.
    • Available reflective models reflect 70% of the laser energy back toward the source.
    • Reduces 95% of high intensity light and steady strobe beams.
    • Designed to allow a small percentage of laser to pass through the shield, enabling the user to identify the source of the laser while not being harmed.

    Why Should You Choose Paulson Tactical Laser Shields?

    Paulson Manufacturing Corp. is a world leader in transparent eye and face protection for first responders and industrial workers. Our core purpose is to provide safety and protection for our customers in their critical line of work. We fulfill this mission by designing and manufacturing the most reliable and high-quality protective gear in the industry.

    Our tactical PPE and safety equipment comply with national & international standards as well as military specifications. We test and certify our equipment to ensure in compliance. Paulson designs, manufactures, and distributes products to a global market.

    Contact us to learn more about laser & high intensity light protection shields.

  5. Upcoming Events in Indianapolis: GAWDA Spring Management Conference & FDIC International

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    There are two great upcoming events in April that will both be taking place in Indianapolis, IN. The GAWDA Spring Management Conference takes place the first week of April, while FDIC International is during the last week.




    GAWDA Spring Management Conference | JW Marriott | Indianapolis, IN

    Sunday, April 3 – Tuesday, April 5, 2022


    Founded in 1945 as the National Welding Supply Association (NWSA), the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has represented the distributors and manufacturers of welding supplies and materials for over 75 years. The association was formed to facilitate the industry’s supply chain and to promote the value of distribution. Interestingly, even at the inception of NWSA, the welding supply industry hinged, in large part, on the distribution of industrial gases. Many NWSA members grew the gases side of their businesses and began to incorporate medical gases into their product offerings. In 2002, to reflect the changing industry and membership more accurately, the National Welding Supply Association changed its name to the “Gases and Welding Distributors Association”.


    GAWDA serves over 550 gases and welding supply distributors, manufacturers, independent manufacturer’s representatives, and individual members, and is the major trade association representing the industrial gases and welding supply industry. GAWDA provides the industry’s foremost resource for safety and compliance information with member access to five expert safety and compliance consultants.


    The GAWDA Spring Management Conference (SMC) is designed to target the needs of management

    and operations decision makers. It serves as an ideal platform for tactical networking, process-oriented business education, and actionable take-home solutions.


    Expo Hours:


    Monday, April 4, 2022, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Booth # 525


    To schedule an appointment with Paulson Mfg. at the GAWDA SMC, please contact us today.




    FDIC International | Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis, IN

    Monday, April 25 – Saturday, April 30, 2022


    FDIC International offers thousands of Fire & Rescue professionals from around the world, quality world-class instructors, classrooms, workshops, H.O.T evolutions and the most innovative products and services available to the industry displayed by over 800 exhibiting companies. The FDIC Experience is more than your traditional trade show. It’s about the learning and sharing with your peers formally and informally through hallway conversations, developing life-long friendships, and recharging your passion for the industry. Simply, there is no other event for the firefighting community like FDIC International.


    Expo Hours:


    Thursday, April 28, 2022: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Friday April 29, 2022: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Saturday April 30, 2022: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


    Paulson Mfg. will be in attendance on Thursday, 4/28/2022 and Friday, 4/29/2022. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

  6. An Introduction to Arc Flash PPE Categories in NFPA 70E

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    Arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE) plays an essential role in protecting electrical workers from dangerous accidental arc flash events. Individuals that work in environments with various electrical hazards must be adequately trained in the use and application of electrical PPE, such as hard hats, ear protectors, face shields, insulated rubber gloves, and more. All PPE worn in these environments must adhere to the standards set forth by NFPA 70E to ensure optimal protection from potential electrical arc flashes.

    The type of PPE required depends on the incident energy level, or arc rating, within a work area. Generally, a higher rating means it requires higher levels of protection. Here, we will go over the four main categories of arc flash PPE to help you determine which is right for your needs.


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    PPE Category 1: Minimum Arc Rating 4 cal/cm2

    PPE Category 1 is the lowest level that requires arc-rated PPE. This category only requires a single layer of PPE that typically includes the following:


    • Arc-Rated (AR) long-sleeved shirt and pants or bodysuit with a 4 cal/cm2 minimum arc rating
    • Arc flash suit hood or AR face shield with wraparound guarding
    • AR jackets, rainwear, hard had liners, and parkas as needed


    PPE Category 2: Minimum Arc Rating 8 cal/cm2

    PPE Category 2 likely requires only a single layer of AR PPE. In many situations, companies that require Category 1 PPE opt for Category 2 PPE so that they meet both requirements. Since Category 2 PPE is comparable in comfort to Category 1, it makes more sense to choose Category 2 clothing.


    Required Category 2 PPE includes:


    • AR long-sleeved shirt and pants or coveralls with an 8 cal/cm2 minimum arc rating
    • AR face shield or flash suit hood with a sock hood or balaclava
    • AR jackets, parkas, rainwear, and hard had liners as needed


    PPE Category 3: Minimum Arc Rating 25 cal/cm2

    PPE Category 3 protection requires additional layers of protective clothing. Flash suit hoods are a standard requirement as well as AR heavy-duty insulated rubber gloves and leather protectors for the gloves


    Required Category 3 PPE includes:


    • AR flash suit jacket and pants or coveralls with a 25 cal/cm2 minimum arc rating
    • AR flash suit hood
    • AR rubber insulating gloves and leather protectors
    • AR jackets, parkas, rainwear, and hard hat liners as needed


    PPE Category 4: Minimum Arc Rating 40 cal/cm2

    PPE Category 4 currently represents the highest level of compliance, with arc ratings going above 40 cal/cm2. This category requires additional layers of clothing and typically includes:


    • AR flash suit jacket and pants or AR coveralls with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2
    • AR flash suit hood
    • Rubber insulating gloves, leather protectors, and AR gloves
    • AR jackets, rainwear, parkas, and hard hat liners as needed



    Discover the Best Safety Equipment from Paulson Manufacturing

    The NFPA 70E exists so that you don’t have to make the wrong decisions when choosing arc flash and flame retardant PPE. An arc flash risk assessment should precede every decision, as it will help you learn which category of PPE you require for your work environment.

    At Paulson Manufacturing, we provide electrical PPE and industrial protection gear that meets the highest safety standards. Contact us to learn more about our arc flash PPE and other products.

  7. Upcoming Event: IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop

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    It’s no secret that Paulson Mfg. makes world class arc flash PPE for electrical workers. That said, we are excited to be attending the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) in Jacksonville, FL in early March.




    IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop | Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront | Jacksonville, FL

    Tuesday, March 8 – Friday, March 11, 2022


    Since its inception in 1991, the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop has provided the forum to enable and accelerate change in the electrical safety culture and enhance the prevention of workplace injuries from electrical hazards.


    The ESW provides attendees with the forum to:


    • Hear presentations addressing leading edge topics in electrical safety after the in-person event
    • Network with and ask questions of the session speakers
    • Receive a copy of the Conference Record, including all technical papers and presentation slides
    • Engage with manufacturers and suppliers at the virtual Electrical Safety Products and Services Expo
    • Earn continuing education credits


    Paulson Mfg. will be in attendance on Tuesday, 3/8/2022 and Wednesday, 3/9/2022. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

  8. The Paulson Rundown: Flip-Front Face Shields 101

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    At Paulson Mfg., we pride ourselves as experts in the field of transparent face & eye protection for industrial workers. Over the years and decades, we have developed and produced face shields for a wide variety of severe industrial applications, including arc flash protection, radiant heat protection and chemical splash protection, as well as general protection from impact and debris.

    However, there are many industrial work environments that are dynamic in nature, and a worker may need several different types of face protection within a single shift. For example, a shipbuilder might be machining or grinding one minute, and welding the next. A steelworker might need the high visibility of a clear face shield for some applications, and the radiant heat protection of a gold coated face shield for other applications. Dynamic work environments like these were the driving force behind the development of our QuickView™ line of flip-front face shields.

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    QuickView™ Flip-Front Face Shields: An Overview

    The concept behind the QuickView™ line of flip-front face shields is simple—provide a base clear face shield for general protection and high visibility and attach an outer flip-front shield that can be deployed for specific tasks such as gas cutting & welding or molten metal operations. The type and size of outer-flip-front shield will depend on the task being performed.


    The QuickView™ line of flip-front face shields for dynamic work environments contain 3 basic elements—the clear polycarbonate base face shield, a flip-front outer face shield attachment and cap bracket to attach to a hardhat. These are available in the following varieties:

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    The clear base face shield is made from durable polycarbonate, which performs excellent against both high temperature and high impact hazards. Each shield is injection molded to shape, allowing for optimal durability and superior optics.

    The gold flip-front face shield attachments are for protection against extreme radiant heat commonly found in molten metal facilities. Many of these facilities tend to be somewhat dark inside. The base face shield offers great visibility when needed, while the gold outer shield can be deployed when facing a furnace or other heat source.

    The shade 3 & 5 green flip-front face shield attachments are for gas cutting & welding applications, while the shade 5 cobalt blue attachment provides excellent eye protection from the bright “sodium line” produced by molten metal slag.Flip-Front Face Shield


    Innovation in Face Protection

    Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Paulson Mfg. We are known across the globe for our commitment to extensive R&D, materials science, and customer-driven PPE solutions. The QuickView™ line of flip-front face shields is a great example of this innovation, as it considers the fluid nature of many industrial applications where a worker may need multiple types of face protection in a single shift. For more information, please contact us today.

  9. Upcoming Events: See You in Vegas!

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    As we enter the New Year, we wanted to keep you up to date on some upcoming events that will be taking place this month. Paulson Mfg. will be attending two trade shows in January, with both events taking place in Las Vegas, NV during the same week.

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    SHOT Show® | Venetian Expo + Caesars Forum| Las Vegas, NV

    Tuesday, January 18 – Friday, January 21, 2022

    The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show®) is the largest trade show in the world for target shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products. Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the SHOT Show® will feature:


    • Over 60,000 attending industry professionals from the firearms and outdoor industries, as well as military & law enforcement professionals
    • More than 2,500 exhibiting companies
    • Over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space—equivalent to nearly 14 football fields-worth of space


    Attendance to SHOT Show® is restricted to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade, and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products & services only. The show is not open to the public, and no one under age 16 is admitted.

    Expo Hours:


    Tuesday – Thursday

    Venetian Expo: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

    LE Ballrooms at Venetian Expo: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Caesars Forum: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm



    Venetian Expo: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    LE Ballrooms at Venetian Expo: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Caesars Forum: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm


    Paulson Mfg. will be in attendance from Tuesday, 1/18/2022 through Thursday, 1/20/2022. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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    World of Concrete | Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

    Monday, January 17 – Thursday, January 20, 2022


    World of Concrete is the industry’s only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. The event features indoor and outdoor exhibits, leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions, and a world-class education program. WOC will feature approximately 1,500 exhibiting manufacturers and distributors of equipment, tools, products and services for the commercial construction, concrete and masonry industries, and will occupy more than 700,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space.


    Expo Hours:


    Tuesday, January 18 – Thursday January 20, 2022: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm


    Paulson Mfg. will be in attendance on Tuesday, 1/18/2022 and Wednesday, 1/19/2022. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

  10. GORE-TEX Professional Fabrics & Paulson Mfg.: Leaders in Arc Flash Safety Pt. 3 of 3

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    Pt. 3 of 3: Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology


    In our first installment of this 3-part series, we discussed some of the key trends the electrical PPE market, and how GORE-TEX Professional Fabrics & Paulson Mfg. employ advanced technology to improve electrical PPE. Arc flash suits that are lighter weight and more breathable, and face shields that provide enhanced visibility are examples of these improvements and this is driven heavily by feedback from the end-users.

    In the second installment, we discussed the specific technology used in Paulson’s next-gen arc flash face shields.

    For our third and final installment of this series, we’ll take an in-depth look at the technology behind Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® Fabrics, specifically the next-gen single-layer 40-cal suit.

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    Need in the Marketplace for a Lighter, More Comfortable 40-cal Suit

    Performing tasks exposed to high incident energy with a risk of arc incidents of up to 40 cal/cm² is often physically demanding and requires highly reliable personal protective equipment. The standard compliant 40-cal (CAT 4 NFPA70E / CSA Z462) switchgear suit needed to protect electrical workers are often heavy and based on multi-ply fabric systems. The multi-ply fabric switch suits result in bulkier solutions that lead to restricted freedom of movement and discomfort. This discomfort leads to less wearer acceptance and reduces likelihood to wear the PPE properly.

    Following intensive research and development, and combining proprietary technologies, GORE-TEX Professional has developed the only single-ply CAT 4 (40 cal/cm²) and lightest weight (less than 10 oz/yd²) functional fabric for designing the new Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® suit. High arc protection and the benefits of lightweight, high breathability, and freedom of movement are incorporated into all garment elements. With this innovation from GORE®, electrical consultants, contractors, and electrical and instrumentation (E&I) technicians exposed to arc incidents up to 40 cal/cm² no longer must compromise protection over comfort.


    The Science Behind Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® 40-cal Suit

    The Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® fabric technology used in 40-cal switchgear suits consists of four main functional components engineered into a durable single-ply material that interact with each other.

    These components consist of:

    1. Nylon Outer Shell: Brings the benefits of the versatile nylon material, such as easiness to dye into different colors, color fastness, tensile strength, and excellent abrasion and wear resistance.


    1. Protective GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology: Made up of countless little reactive dots, this breakthrough technology is self-extinguishing. This adds inherent and durable heat, flame, and arc-resistant properties to non-flame retardant textiles such as nylon, while leveraging properties that have traditionally been difficult to achieve with conventional FR textiles.


    1. GORE® ePTFE Membrane: The highly breathable and thermally stable GORE® ePTFE membrane provides the required strength, flexibility and mechanical integrity at extremely light weight and thickness.


    1. Flame-Retardant Backer: This textile provides thermal stability, reduce burn caused by heat transfer and contributes to optimize the wearing comfort.


    Integrating these four key components has produced fabric technology with a unique structure that incorporates air pockets between the layers. This enhances both thermal protection and wearing comfort.

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    How Does this Fabric Technology React to an Arc Flash?

    During an arc flash exposure, GORE® PYRAD® fabric technology (dots) rapidly reacts to the heat even before the outer shell starts to burn. The reaction of the dots causes them to expand by a magnitude of more than 10x higher than its original size. This forms a stable insulating protective shell of carbonaceous char, with the face fabric (without melting or dripping) blocking the heat transfer to skin, stopping flame propagation, and blocking heat flow from the arc flash exposure. As an additional protective mechanism, the air pockets between GORE® ePTFE membrane and flame-retardant backer expand by adding more air to form an additional insulating layer that blocks heat transfer to the skin. After arc exposure, the fabric exhibits best-in-class mechanical integrity with no hole formation to the innermost layer.

    Key Features & Benefits to the End-User

    Based on rigorous scientific testing, the Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® 40-cal suit has been developed with real-work situations in mind, so that hard-working professionals in challenging environments can stay protected, and simply focus on their important work.

    Compared to multi-layer switchgear suits, the key benefits for wearers of garments made of the single-ply Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® Fabric include:

    • High arc protection
    • High freedom of movement
    • Light weight
    • Reduced bulk
    • High breathability
    • Protection against Incidental flame exposure

    The fabric technology provides a reliable protection above and beyond ASTM F1506 requirements with an arc rating ≥40 cal/cm² (ATPV), allowing fabric elements of the switchgear suit to with NFPA 70E (USA) and CSA Z462 (Canada) CAT 4. It is also up to 20% lighter than competitive products, allowing for a thin, less bulky, yet robust garment with easy donning and doffing. The unique fabric structure not only enables high levels of protection against thermal hazards but allows for more functional garment designs with a high freedom of movement that wearers can feel.

    The material used in the Arc Rated GORE® PYRAD® 40-cal suit is a very breathable fabric that keeps the wearers dry and comfortable on the inside while performing highly physical tasks without compromising thermal protection required in case of an electric arc flash incident.

    To learn more about the rest of standard compliance of this new fabric technology visit the GORE-TEX Professional Website here: https://www.goretexprofessional.com/technologies/gore-pyrad/work-wear-arc-rated-garments-40-cal-suit

    Leaders in Arc Flash Safety

    This wraps up our 3-part series on the latest innovations in arc flash protection fabrics from GORE-TEX Professional Fabrics and next-gen arc flash face protection from Paulson Mfg. To learn more, please contact us today.