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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

 

Miller Kicks Off Safety 2011 Show in Chicago

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Miller’s excited to be exhibiting at the 2011 ASSE Exposition and Conference this week in Chicago. You can find us in booth 1078, where you’ll be able to see our auto-darkening welding helmets, jackets, gloves, heat stress relief products and powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), among other welding safety accessories.

If you’re at the show, stop in and see us. If not, check out these videos on some of Miller’s premium welding safety products:

WeldX

PAPR

Arc Armor Protection and PPE

WeldX and Heat Stress Products

 

PAPR now comes with Titanium 9400i helmet

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Miller announced last week that it’s adding the Titanium 9400i industrial auto-darkening welding helmet as an option to its line of powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs). You can read all about Miller’s full line of PAPRs here.

Who needs a PAPR? People are using it for more than safety these days, as it also substantially improves the comfort of a welder throughout the day. Here’s an excerpt from an article put together last year with our friends at Ultra Machine and Fabrication. You can read the whole article here.

Ultra’s welding operations are intensive: two eight-hour shifts with almost non-stop welding (and thus, non-stop exposure to welding fumes). Miller’s PAPRs are integrated with EliteTM auto-darkening welding helmets to create a solution that fully covers the welder’s face and neck. Such a design minimizes direct contact with the welding fumes. Miller’s PAPRs (NIOSH Certified 42 CFR Part 84, Assigned Protection Factor (APF): 25) protect the welder beyond what OSHA regulates as acceptable levels in an eight-hour time period. Both audible and vibrating alarms notify the welder if air levels coming into the helmet fall below NIOSH specified levels”It alleviates breathing harmful vapors and smoke,” says David Setzer, welder/fabricator, Ultra Machine and Fabrication. “It keeps you cooler, and I go home at the end of the day and it’s not as hard to breath. It’s the best thing they’ve done.”

 

You can see Ultra’s feedback in video here.