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Miller’s CoolBand Keeps Welders Cool Under the Helmet

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Heat stress relief, especially in welding environments where temperatures regularly exceed triple digits, is extremely important for the well-being, satisfaction and productivity of your welders. We recently spent some time with Valmont Industries in Tulsa to discuss their welding operation and to discuss their use of Miller’s CoolBand helmet-integrated cooling system for heat stress relief. Here’s an excerpt with a video of the interview that follows:

Valmont Industries—a worldwide leader in the fabrication of structural and transmission towers used by municipalities, utilities, communication companies and irrigation professionals—has 95 facilities worldwide, including in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Outside temperatures in the summer regularly reach triple digits in Tulsa, and temperatures inside the plant can reach as high as 110 degrees. Noting the effects that heat stress was having on his crew of 100 welding operators, Valmont Operations Director, Tony Schuler, worked with Bobby Goodman of Best Welders Supply to identify a solution to keep the staff cool.

The company decided to test trial Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s exclusive new CoolBand™ headgear-integrated cooling system coupled with its Performance™ Series line of welding helmets. The result: cooler, more comfortable welders who are able to get more work done in the same amount of time because there is substantially less fatigue and they spend less time wiping sweat and de-fogging glasses and lenses.

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Welder Heat Stress: Keeping Workers Comfortable, Safe and Productive

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

With numerous studies pointing to heat’s negative impact on performance, fabricators are naturally searching for technologies that offer a combination of convenience and results. Miller’s CoolBand™ and CoolBelt™ are solutions that have been shown to reduce temperatures significantly with minimal extra weight or feeling cumbersome to the welder. At a price of $150 and $295, respectively, they also offer a quick return on investment through increased productivity and product quality.

There is no singular solution when it comes to heat stress prevention, and specialized apparel by itself may not be enough to keep workers functioning at their best. Every welding environment is different, and organizations typically employ a combination of measures that meet their needs. However, the welding helmet cooling devices now available on the market represent a big step forward in terms of convenience and effectiveness. Already used in a variety of demanding environments, they’ve proven to be highly effective as part of an overall plan to maintain the welder’s well-being and performance.

Check out this article for more on welder heat stress relief and actions you can take to keep your staff safe and productive: read now!

As Always, Safety First When Welding

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Let’s face it. Safety is important, especially when welding. Below are a few tips to keep you safe and comfortable for those long nights in your garage.

Make sure you have a pair of welding gloves and I highly suggest sleeves, too. A pair of these will protect you from burns, hot parts, flying metal and arc rays. The rays from a welding arc will burn you faster than sitting on the beach.

Eye protection is also a must. Invest in an auto-darkening helmet for welding and have a pair of shaded safety glasses on-hand for plasma cutting. Anyone with a bad case of welder flash can tell you they would rather take a mixture of salt in the eyes.

When welding, it can get warm quick. There are some nice fresh-air breathing accessories on the market now. The Miller CoolBand™ is an integrated headgear cooling system that optimizes airflow under the hood, making it up to 8 degrees cooler while welding. I often use it when I am working long events and race tracks where we provide welding demos and offer free repairs on participants’ racecars. You wouldn’t believe the difference that fresh air makes.

In addition to the CoolBand, wearing a welder cap or beanie is nice too for soaking up sweat. A cap also adds extra protection from sparks or flying spatter when you’re welding out of position, like overhead, for example. Some of the nice beanies even cover your ears!

While multiple brands offer welding protection and accessories, you can visit MillerWelds.com for safety products like the CoolBand and other items mentioned.

Until next time, stay safe and have fun welding.

Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager

 

Heat Stress Webinar — In Case You Missed It

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Miller Product Manager Bill Gardner, along with two industrial hygiene and safety experts presented an hour-long webinar discussing heat stress in welding environments, including common symptoms of heat stress, their dangers and best practices for preventing heat stress-related illnesses and injuries.

In case you missed it (or if you did catch it and want to download the PowerPoint document) the webinar is now archived on the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) Web site, and will be available until June 23, 2011. Visit the ISHN Web site to register (free) and begin listening to the webinar. Click here learn more about Miller’s CoolBelt and CoolBand products, as featured in the webinar.

Free Heat Stress Webinar

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Summer’s almost here, and for many welders that means one thing — heat. Heat from the arc. Heat from the base metal. Heat from the safety apparel. These three factors combine to make welding an unusually dangerous occupation when the ambient temperatures reach into the 80′s and hotter. In addition to heat exhaustion and other heat-induced illnesses, heat stress can also reduce a welder’s ability to recognize and respond to other physical dangers in the workplace.

To call greater attention to this issue, Miller will be presenting a free, one-hour Webinar that will discuss the dangers of heat stress, national regulations pertaining to heat stress in the workplace, options for reducing heat stress and ways to monitor employees’ heat stress exposure. The Webinar will take place at noon (Central time) on Wednesday, June 23, and will be hosted by Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN). You can read more about the Webinar and sign up on ISHN’s registration page.