Your guide to Welding Fume Extraction Systems!

Article By: Team AWS

It’s been well documented that welders on average present a 43% increased risk of lung cancer when compared with those who have never been exposed to carcinogenic welding fume. This risk also extends to those working in close proximity to, but not carrying out, direct welding.

If these hazardous chemicals in welding fume can’t be substituted or reduced, engineering controls like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) must be brought in. You’ve seen us discuss PPE at length… but what is LEV, and why is it necessary?

Why use LEV?

The standout benefit of LEV systems is that they capture welding fume at the source (see below):

Nederman LEV Systems capture welding fume at the source

This is recognised as the most effective way to collect and remove welding fume, as it extracts the fumes before they can spread throughout the workplace. When you consider that small welding fume particles can remain suspended in the air to endanger workers for up to 48 hours after welding is completed, you can see the value in capturing these particles as soon as they are generated.

Nederman is the established market leader in LEV systems, with over 60 years’ experience in welding fume extraction. But what exactly sets their fume extractors apart from the rest?

Why choose Nederman?

Cleanable Filters

Most LEV systems employ disposable filters to capture welding fume. As these filters become loaded, the system’s flow rate and extraction power is compromised; flow rates have been known to drop by over 10% after just 2 hours of use. In this case, the only solution is to constantly replace the filters and vastly inflate the system’s overall cost to run.

The AWS FPS900 and FPS1800 fume extractors by Nederman include cleanable filters, along with a blowgun to carry out the cleaning process. This makes them longer lasting, better for heavy-duty environments and keeps running costs low!

Easy to Manoeuvre

Nederman’s fume extraction units are built specifically to be seamlessly incorporated into welding environments. To this end, the AWS FPS150 unit is entirely portable and, at 16kg, is easy to carry to and from the working area at your convenience.

On the other hand, the AWS FPS900 and FPS1800 systems include extraction arms with the best flexibility on the market. These arms can be swivelled 360 degrees with one hand, ensuring you can easily position the unit without impacting the welding process.


High filtration efficiency (≥ 99%)
Large air volume (up to 1800 m3/h)
Base level spark protection
Low energy consumption
Motor overload protection

If you’re interested in exploring the range of AWS Welding Fume Protection Systems by Nederman, download the brochure below!

Download the NEW Nederman brochure for free here

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