There are two critical elements which determine the protective quality of a fabric: its chemistry and its weight. The chemistry of the fabric and its fibers is a well-recognized subject for many years now. The chemistry of the fiber content of the fabric and the finishing of the fabric contributes to the ability of the fabric to be flame resistant, that is, extinguish when the flame source is removed.
I know standardization can be a dirty word in today’s society. People want to be individuals, they want to express themselves and they want to be different. That’s fine, at home, out socially being an individualist is all well and good.
However at work, standardization in manufacturing allows companies to build interchangeability in their products, ease of manufacturing and ease of repair. The assembly line gave us standardization allowing the world to build more for less money giving people the products they wanted at prices they could afford.
I have heard it said that ‘quality wins out in the end.’ For over 40 years I have been selling industrial safety equipment, first as a distributor in a family owned safety equipment distributor, for a safety equipment manufacturer with eleven product lines and now with the Oberon Company. I have always tried to sell the products that my customers needed even when they weren’t aware of it. Many times I have found that customers were using a product that they started using because it was convenient. One exa