Since releasing the first auto-darkening welding lens in 1981, Speedglas has continued to innovate and expand the horizons of what a welding helmet can do. This has culminated in Generation 5, the latest collection of Speedglas helmets that host a groundbreaking array of never-before-seen features.
One such feature, available in both the Speedglas G5-01VC Heavy-Duty Welding Helmet (part no. 617830) and the new Speedglas G5-02 Curved Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet (part no. 621120), is Bluetooth® connectivity. This gives the welder the option to control their lens settings directly from their smart phone, where they can select shades and sensitivity, switch between 4 pre-set memory modes, view their welding statistics, and much more.
This effectively ensures that even the most highly advanced welding lenses on the market can be easy to use, seamless to adjust, and fully customisable to your exact needs.
But how does Speedglas Bluetooth® work?
Firstly, download the 3MTM Connected Equipment App onto your smart phone. This app will provide the means to securely pair your smart phone to your Generation 5 welding lens. Don’t worry though – the lens can only be paired to one device at a time – so your workmate can’t use their phone to mess around with your lens settings while you weld! Once connected, you can not only remotely adjust your welding lens, but also review your own welding statistics! Think hours on, hours in the dark and light state, AND the number of on/off cycles.
So, what are the advantages?
The option to operate your welding lens remotely is especially valuable in terms of maintaining your welding helmet’s integrated respiratory protection. For instance, if you adjust the G5-01VC lens settings on the lens itself, you may run the risk of breaking the positive pressure respiratory seal and compromising your respiratory protection as a result. On the other hand, a Bluetooth® enabled helmet allows you to make these adjustments from the palm of your hand, keeping your eye, face, and respiratory protection intact at all times.
As aforementioned, an obvious benefit of Bluetooth® is convenience. Instead of having to select your shade, sensitivity and delay settings each time you want to change application, you can now store the relevant settings for your most used applications in the app. From there, you can jump between a TIG setting, a High Amp MIG setting and 2 other settings at the press of a button.
It’s also important to note that this feature is optional. You can still always set your parameters manually: to that end, each lens has been designed to be as intuitive as possible with the most frequently used controls in the most accessible locations (see G5-02 example below).