Why is welding helmet care and maintenance important?

Article By: Team AWS

Your welding helmet protects you while you weld. But what protects your welding helmet?

Welders work in tough conditions every day; hot, humid and dirty environments, plus constant exposure to welding fume, can have a significant impact on the service life of your welding helmet and welding powered air purifying respirator (PAPR). To protect your gear against the elements, a regular welding helmet care and maintenance schedule is recommended.

Below, we take a look at how to care for both your Speedglas welding helmet and Adflo PAPR.



Caring for your Speedglas Welding Helmet

Caring for your 3M™ Speedglas™ welding helmet can have a positive impact on both performance and protection. Regularly changing your cover lenses when they become damaged or pitted helps maintain clear vision – meaning more precise welds and less time grinding or reworking. Inspecting your welding helmet for cracks or other impact damage also ensures your helmet is providing the correct protection and complies with relevant Australian & New Zealand Standards.



Caring for your Adflo PAPR

When it comes to auto darkening welding helmets with respiratory protection, consumables and respiratory filters must be changed at suitable intervals to maintain the desired level of protection. If you’re welding with a Speedglas™ G5-01 or 9100 respiratory welding helmet with Adflo™ PAPR, this means the following: monitoring the condition of your particle filter, pre-filter, spark arrestor or optional gas filter for particle breakthrough or damage.

It is important to remember never to clean your Adflo filters using compressed air, as this may puncture small holes in the filter, often invisible to the naked eye. This means that your Adflo filter will no longer effectively filter particles, and you will not be receiving your desired level of respiratory protection. What’s more, particles can make their way through to the Adflo motor and cause costly damage, which will not be covered under warranty!



Care & Maintenance Tool

We understand this may be a lot to take in at once. With that in mind, we have built a custom Care & Maintenance Tool to help assist you in understanding what needs cleaning, checking and replacing (and how often). Simply select your 3M welding helmet from the list and we’ll send you a customised care & maintenance poster including a breakdown with all spare parts and recommended change frequencies. Just print it off as a poster for home or the workshop!

Find your customised Care & Maintenance Poster

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