We all know that auto-darkening welding helmets are a) more comfortable than conventional 'flip' welding helmets and b) safer than conventional welding helmets, however, it may surprise you to know that your business will also save money or increase profits when using an auto-darkening welding helmet. Studies show that welder's can increase efficiency substantially when using an auto darkening welding helmet. Not only can you work faster when you can always see, but you move more efficiently, placing electrodes more precisely. Most "bad weld starts" can be eliminated. Fewer bad welds mean less grinding and higher overall quality levels.
But how does working more efficiently translate into savings or increased profits?
Productivity gains are, of course, dependent on the application. If you do lots of tack welds, you will have much greater productivity gains than a welder doing long seam welds. With that said, this example uses a conservative 15% gain in productivity. If a welder’s salary is $30 per hour, the top-of-the-line 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100XX FX Air with 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Respirator will pay for itself in less than three months. In one year , the productivity gain will be $9,360 in savings (also known as new profits).This example uses the premium 9100XX FX Air with Adflo powered air respiratory protection - obviously if you were to purchase a welding helmet without powered air the pay-off would be even quicker and the profits even higher.
So, if you are still on the fence about whether auto-darkening is worth the investment, maybe you should instead be asking whether not having an auto welding helmet is hurting your business and bottom line??