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    What's New — Shade Selection

    Care and Maintenance: Welding Helmets

    You only have one pair of eyes and one set of lungs. A welding helmet with suitable respiratory protection for your specific application will go a long way in protecting these valuable organs. But, is buying a welding helmet and respirator system all you need to do and what steps can you take to protect the equipment that protects you? 

    Most auto welding helmets have cover lenses to protect the inside and outside of the auto-darkening lens. You will notice a purple coating on almost all auto-darkening lenses. This purple coating is a UV and IR filter which means it blocks Ultra Violet and Infra Red light from reaching your eyes. The only light that passes through this filter is visible light that can be controlled by way of variable shade selection. Therefore, if the purple coating is damaged or scratched in anyway it takes away that UV/IR protection and this will allow harmful light to pass through which will lead to arc eye and many other painful conditions. Damaging the coating on the auto darkening welding lens through misuse will also void your warranty with many welding helmet suppliers. Therefore it's important to always monitor the condition of your inside and outside cover lenses - keeping them clean and changing them regularly.

    Welding powered air respirator systems also need a regular consumable change program in place. Most of these welding respirator systems will come with a particle filter and pre-filter as well as gas filters if required. It is essential to monitor the load on these filters regularly to maintain the desired level of protection. Many systems come with particle filter indicators which is a good place to start but nothing beats opening up the system and doing a manual check. If you see break through in the particle filter - change it immediately. Not only will breakthrough ruin the powered air respirator it can cause serious issues for the welder if left unprotected from particles and fume. What kind of issues? Here's just a quick list of diseases or ailments linked to welding fume (if you want more info on this - click on the relevant blog tag):

    • Bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia
    • Emphysema and siderosis
    • Ulcers & kidney damage
    • Heart and skin disease
    • Damage to the central nervous system 
    • Brain damage  

    The pre-filter on your powered air respirator system should be changed regularly to maintain the life of the particle filter. In basic terms: replace the cheap bit to prolong the life of the more expensive bit. The pre-filter will pick up the particles that could lead to breakthrough in your particle filter. Both pre-filter and particle filter must be used at all times in most systems.  

     

    Here we have created a suggested change frequency guide for the Speedglas 9100 welding helmet product series that we feature and supply on this site. Now every welder's application is different and trying to put something like this together is like asking how long is a piece of string. But as an example, a welder who welds 4 hours a day should be looking at replacing his or her gear at the suggested time intervals below. Again, it could be more frequent or less frequent, really depends on you. Our advice would be to use this as a guide and tinker where required.

     

    If you have any questions or would like a change frequency guide for one of our other products - let us know!!  

     

     

    Outside Cover Lenses Part Number Change
    OUTER COVER LENS STD 9100 PK=10 526000 Once-twice a week
    OUTER COVER LENS HC 9100 PK=10 527000 Once a fortnight
    OUTER COVER LENS HT 9100 PK=10 527070 Once-twice a week
    VISOR PLATE 9100 FX PK=5 523000 Once a month (occasional grinding), Once a fortnight (daily grinding)
    VISOR PLATE ANTI-FOG 9100 FX PK=5 523001 Once a month (occasional grinding), Once a fortnight (daily grinding)
    Inside Cover Lenses
    INNER COVER LENS 9100V PK=5 528005 Once a month
    INNER COVER LENS 9100X PK=5 528015 Once a month
    INNER COVER LENS 9100XX PK=5 528025 Once a month
    Sweatbands
    SWEATBAND 9100 MP PK=2 168010 Once a month
    Adflo PAPR System
    PRE-FILTER ADFLO PK=5 836010 Once-twice a week
    PARTICLE FILTER ADFLO 837010 Once a month
    OUTER COVER LENS STD 9100 PK=10 526000 Once-twice a week
    OUTER COVER LENS HC 9100 PK=10 527000 Once a fortnight
    OUTER COVER LENS HT 9100 PK=10 527070 Once-twice a week
    VISOR PLATE 9100 FX PK=5 523000 Once a month (occasional grinding), Once a fortnight (daily grinding)
    VISOR PLATE ANTI-FOG 9100 FX PK=5 523001 Once a month (occasional grinding), Once a fortnight (daily grinding)
    Inside Cover Lenses
    INNER COVER LENS 9100V PK=5 528005 Once a month
    INNER COVER LENS 9100X PK=5 528015 Once a month
    INNER COVER LENS 9100XX PK=5 528025 Once a month
    Sweatbands
    SWEATBAND 9100 MP PK=2 168010 Once a month
    Adflo PAPR System
    PRE-FILTER ADFLO PK=5 836010 Once-twice a week
    PARTICLE FILTER ADFLO 837010 Once a month

    New Speedglas Mobile App and Youtube Channel

    3M Speedglas have just launched a mobile phone product selector app! 

     

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    All you need to do is answer 10 easy questions and the app does the rest. Instantly the app will present the welding helmets best suited to your individual needs and requirements. The Speedglas welding helmet mobile app also allows you to "Sort by Feature" within the Speedglas portfolio of welding helmets and features a "Product Overview" section. The Speedglas mobile phone app only works on mobile devices (iOS 5 and higher (Apple) & Android 2.3 and higher). Visit - app.speedglas.com or scan the QR code above (not in the app store) - on your mobile to use the app and discover which Speedglas welding helmet is best suited to your needs!! Then simply type the part number into the Eweld product search (top right of every page) to buy the helmet you are after.

     Already a proud Speedglas welding helmet owner?

    Speedglas have also just launched their very own Youtube channel where you can watch videos on everything from Speedglas welding helmet features and benefits to welding helmet care and maintenance to welding tips and tricks. The Speedglas Youtube channel has tutorials on how to change a Speedglas face seal, how to change a Speedglas battery and how to add a Speedglas head cover - really useful resource. The Speedglas Youtube channel can be found at

    www.youtube.com/3MSpeedglas - Some of our favoutrites are below:

     

    Welding Methods & Shade Selection

    It's a question often asked by welders - "what shade should I use for my specific welding method". No longer do welders use passive welding helmets that only offer one shade, they now understand the safety and productivity advantages of using auto-darkening welding lens technology. However, auto-darkening lenses do not automatically adjust to visible light (at least yet) so if your desired amperage varies so should your auto darkening welding lens shade. But how do you know what shade to use and won't it change according to the welding method used - Stick, MIG, TIG, Cutting, etc? 

    Below you will find a recommended shade selection table that outlines what shade should be used according to your specific welding method by amperage level. Simply find the welding process to the left of the table, then follow along the top of the table until you find the amperage level you plan to weld with, link the two and you will find the right shade for you. The shade above or below that outlined in the table can be used based on personal preferences. Hope it helps!