Glen Raven now offers its GlenGuard® FR protective fabric line for automotive racing as well as industrial applications.
By Janet Bealer Rodie, Associate Editor
lenGuard® FR fabrics from Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven,
N.C., debuted about three years ago to offer comfortable, optimal
protection from flash fires and arcing — potential dangers in the oil and
gas, electric utility and other such industries. However, these dangers
are not limited to industrial situations, and the company now has launched
the line to the automotive racing market after showing the fabrics to
Terri Popielarz, who races in the USA Modified Series.
“We showed it to Terri, and she said, ‘This would be perfect for the racing business,’” said Hal Bates, marketing director, Glen Raven. “So we took a fabric we had created for another market and did the market extension. GlenGuard FR offers not only excellent protection from flame and heat but, because it is so pliable, the fabric protects in a way that doesn’t hinder driver flexibility like other fabrics can.”
Made of a blend of inherently flame-resistant (FR), solution-dyed Kermel® aramid and modacrylic fibers, the fabrics comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace; and 2112: Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire. GlenGuard FR equals or surpasses other FR fabrics, including other aramids and FR cottons, in the degree of arc and body-burn protection, and also demonstrates the best protection-to-weight ratio in single-layer garments, according to Glen Raven.