Lifecycle of Nomex® Essential Arc - an Inherent Flame-Resistant (FR) Fabric Solution for Workers




DuPont Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) offers excellent wear life that helps lead to a greater overall value, compared to flame-retardant-treated (FRT) fabrics.

Garments made from Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) fabric help provide very favorable results to a company’s bottom line. When it comes to flame-resistant (FR) garments, it’s important to consider the initial cost divided by the number of wears, in order to calculate return on investment.

For example, an FRT cotton garment may initially seem like a better value than a garment made with Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®). Over the course of time, however, the FRT cotton garment may be worn far fewer times, which can result in a much higher ultimate cost-per-wear than Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®). Professional launderers have already learned the benefits of Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®), as have those who purchase or manufacture Nomex® for industrial workers who need FR protection.

Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) Benefits

Durability - For protective FR garments, a single rip or tear requires proper repair and depending on the size and nature of the tear, may require replacing the entire garment. However, NFPA 70E–compliant garments made with DuPont Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) fabric, with twice the strength of FR cotton-nylon blends, help minimize that risk and extend the lifecycle of the garment.

Ease of care - In addition, garments made with Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) have better color fastness and appearance retention versus FRT cotton/nylon, with superior professional appearance throughout the lifecycle of the garment. And they rarely need pressing; they come out of the dryer ready to wear, in contrast to FRT cotton garments, which wrinkle significantly during washing and drying.

Thermal performance - The inherent thermal resistance of Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) fabric means protection will not wash out or wear away.



Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) for thermal protection, superior lifecycle and durability
Garments made with Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) are extremely durable and resist abrasion and tears. In lease, rental, and purchase programs, for example, the outstanding wear life of garments of Nomex® Essential Arc (Protera®) can help contribute to bottom-line savings.