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  1. Intro to Plastic Injection Mold Making

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    As a vertically integrated company, Paulson Mfg. handles almost all production processes in-house. Everything – from product conception & design, 3D printing & prototyping, injection molding, CNC machining, assembly, and packaging & labeling – all done under one roof. In addition to manufacturing the products themselves, we also make the injection molds that make the products. Not only does this help us maintain a rigorous quality control system in accordance with ISO 9001 but gives us flexibility in offering innovative engineering solutions.

    Plastic injection molds are typically constructed from hardened or heat-treated steel or aluminum. Steel molds cost more but are often preferred because of their high durability. Hardened steel molds are heat treated after machining, and they are by far superior in terms of wear resistance and lifespan. In fact, many steel molds are designed to process well over a million parts during their lifetime. For this reason, most injection molds made by Paulson Mfg. are constructed from hardened steel. 

     

    Plastic Injection Mold Cavity Core / Core Cavity

    Plastic Injection Mold Design

    Plastic injection molds consist of two halves – the cavity and the core.

    The cavity is the void inside the mold that the molten plastic fills. Plastic enters through a “sprue” or “gate” on the cavity side and forms the final shape of the part.

    The core is usually the interior of the part and contains the ejection mechanism that pushes the completed part out of the mold. Molds are typically designed so that the molded part remains on the core half of the mold when it opens. 

     

    How are Plastic Injection Molds Made?

    There are two primary methods for constructing a mold – computer numerical control (CNC) machining and electrical discharge machining (EDM).

     

    CNC injection mold making processCNC Machining

    CNC machining for constructing a mold is typically an automated process utilizing machining and cutting equipment that follows computer-programmed instructions to shape the mold into specified dimensions. CNC systems translate in-depth design files into programmable instructions that CNC machines read and execute. Product design engineers create a precise, virtual product design using computer-aided design (CAD) software that specifies every construction detail.

    Once the CAD design is complete, tooling engineers can translate the CAD using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to produce instructions the CNC hardware can understand. The resulting commands are then uploaded into the CNC machine and, utilizing the proper cutting tools, precise cuts are made into the metal to the exact specifications of the product design. The majority of CNC cutting tools utilized by Paulson Mfg. are Vertical Machining Centers (VMC), which feature vertically oriented spindles that approach the mold from above. Other common cutting tools include lathes, mills, and drill presses.

     

    EDM Injection Mold Machine

    Electrical Discharge Machining

    Like laser cutting, EDM does not require or use mechanical force to cut into the metal. Rather, it utilizes an electrode, typically made of graphite, which is mounted in an EDM machine and positioned over the mold submerged in a dielectric fluid.

    The electrode is then lowered to the mold, and using a controlled electrical source, destroys and disperses the metal in the area opposite of the electrode, all while never touching the mold. Despite typically being a slower method, the EDM process can produce shapes that are not possible with conventional CNC machining.

     

    Precision Mold Making from Paulson Manufacturing

    As a manufacturer of world-class PPE designed for hazardous and/or life-threatening situations, Paulson understands the importance of quality and precision in producing our products. Designing and constructing the injection molds that make our products is an essential part of our production process and helps us ensure a level of protection for our customers that is second to none. To learn more about our injection mold making expertise, please contact us today.

     

  2. Paulson Heat Reflective Face Shields: What You Need to Know

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    Workers across many industries require adequate protection from various hazards. Metalized heat reflective face shields offer a protective solution for the facial area, protecting the face and eyes from harmful extreme radiant heat, UV light, and infrared (IR) heat & light.

    What Materials are Used in Our Heat Reflective Face Shields?

    Paulson metalized heat reflective face shields incorporate one of the following two materials:

    Gold

    Gold is unique for its ability to reflect light while allowing visible light to pass through. Its characteristic yellow hue is right in the middle of the luminous spectrum that the human eye is capable of seeing. The visible light spectrum passes through the  gold coating more easily than the longer red and shorter blue wavelengths of the visible spectrum, resulting in a high level of visible light transmission (VLT).

    These same IR-blocking properties also give gold heat-blocking characteristics. The amount of heat flux an energy source radiates depends on its temperature and mass. For example, a larger casting pot containing molten metal at 1,500° F radiates more energy than a smaller crucible of metal at 2,000° F. Because heat mostly radiates through the IR spectrum, it can be reflected by gold coatings.

    Aluminized Film

    Aluminized face shields provide almost the same amount of heat-shielding as gold in most cases, but at a more affordable price point. Our aluminized heat reflective face shields are made of polycarbonate with an aluminized surface. Although only available with a clear base resin, aluminized face shields offer a more cost-effective alternative to gold face shields in applications where durability is less of a concern.

     

    What are Some of the Various Types of Reflective Face Shields Paulson Manufactures?

    At Paulson, we offer the following types of metalized heat reflective face shields:

    • Gold Hard Coated Clear Shields. Designed for high-heat mill and foundry operations, our gold hard coated clear shields are made with injection-molded clear polycarbonate face shield with 99.99% gold and protective hard coating on the exterior. Popular models include: IM14-GHC12F, IM20-GHC6F and IM22-GHC6F.
    • Gold Hard Coated Green Face Shields. For brighter conditions that require more reduction in visible light, we offer gold hard coated medium green face shields. These injection molded green polycarbonate shields feature the same gold hard coating as the gold coated clear shields. Popular models include: IM13-GHC8FM, IM20-GHC6FM and IM20-XGHC6FD.
    • Aluminized Face Shields. Our aluminized heat reflective face shields are made by carefully laminating aluminized film onto flat clear polycarbonate material. Our S72-L4HR and S73-L4HR aluminized face shields have a universal hole pattern to adapt to a wide range of headgear and cap & hat brackets. Ideal for “lower temp” high heat applications such as aluminum casting or glass blowing. Typically cost about half as much as our gold hard coated shields.
    • QuickView™ Flip-Front Face Shields: For dynamic work environments, the QuickView™ enables the worker to easily flip the gold hard coated front visor up or down as needed, while still having the impact protection of a clear polycarbonate full face shield underneath. This product can be easily attached to a face shield and cap bracket, with gold hard coated front visors available in 4 inch and 6 inch lengths.

    Why Should You Choose Paulson Manufacturing for Your Heat Reflective Face Shield Needs?

    For 75 years, Paulson Manufacturing has built a reputation for designing and providing high-performance PPE solutions for the most demanding work environments. With the highest quality material, backed by our longstanding commitment to advanced materials science and innovation, our gold harc coated and aluminized high heat reflective face shields meet all relevant industry standards, including ANSI Z87.1+. We can also produce these heat reflective face shields with different tints and other features to meet your specific needs. 

    Heat Reflective Face Shields from Paulson Manufacturing

    Paulson Manufacturing proudly advances worker safety with reliable, high-quality heat reflective face shields. To learn more about our products, contact us today. We are eager to serve you and your company by ensuring the safety, comfort and efficiency of your employees with our long-lasting and industry-leading PPE solutions.

  3. 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.

     

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    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.

  4. 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.

     

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    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.

  5. 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 

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    • 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.

  6. 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.

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    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.

  7. 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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

     

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    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.

  10. 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.