31 Jan BURN TESTS
One of the issues that always upsets textile processors is when processes or treatments are carried out by topical treatment of finished articles.
This can never deliver the evenness of treatment, the process conditions that ensure adequate and often necessary temperature control in processes and most of all QUALITY CONTROL OR PROCESS CONTROL that ensures the textile is properly finished and will deliver the required performance. FRETWORK has just re-run some aspects of our burn video and included one point that always is a critical issue for us: The difference between process control of production that may include a soil or stain repellant finish together with achieving FFR Compliance and the subsequent overspray of upholstery without recognising that these types of finish are often the cause of great variability in flame retardant finishing. Such finishes are usually highly flammable and, although they are applied at low add-on, they can significantly affect burn performance and hence the safety of the final article.
Fluorocarbon resins have come under increasing pressure in recent times. Having said that it must be made clear that an immersion of pad application within a textile process not only is the best approach for Worker Health and Safety, Environmental Impact Assessment and Effective Performance that includes durability, they are also incorporated within the flame retardant finishing controls and therefore is only delivered when it is within the compliance requirements of the FFR. Application outside of an Industrial Process i.e. to finished upholstery is hardly likely to have been tested for FFR Compliance.
Be in no doubt:
FLUOROCARBON RESINS BURN
FLUOROCARBON RESINS CAN IMPAIR
OR EVEN TOTALLY COMPROMISE
FLAME RETARDANT EFFECTS
So… we made a video to show what can happen. Enjoy.