The Speedglas 9100 FX Flip-Up Visor Is Not Just For Grinding

Article By: Team AWS

The 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Welding Helmets allow the welder to effortlessly flip-up the auto-darkening welding lens to reveal a curved 170 x 100mm clear visor. Compliant with Australian and New Zealand standards for high impact face protection many welders assume this feature is only intended for grinding. The high impact visor is, of course, perfect for grinding applications but the purpose of this visor is for so much more than just grinding.

Find out more below.



Respiratory Protection Considerations for Welders

When you consider that a welding fume particle that is 0.5 µm in size will take 2 days to reach the floor when dropped from a height of 1.5 metres you start to understand how long welding fume can remain suspended in the air.

You also begin to understand that if you weld using a PAPR but you lift the auto-darkening welding helmet to view your workpiece or complete non-welding tasks then you have just broken your positive pressure seal and allowed particles still suspended in the air to enter your breathing zone, compromising your respiratory protection.

With the Flip-up FX feature, welders can have completely clear and uninhibited views of their workpiece and surroundings while maintaining their positive pressure seal and desired level of respiratory protection at all times.



Mobility: Protection on the Go

Following on from above, welding fume doesn’t just remain suspended it also spreads through the work-place.

Therefore if you finish welding using a PAPR and then lift your welding helmet so you can move around safely, you have again broken your positive pressure seal and compromised your respiratory protection.

The Speedglas 9100 FX Air Welding Helmet allows you to flip-up the auto-darkening lens so you can move around your workplace with perfect vision and uninterrupted respiratory protection.



High Impact Protection

The points above should encourage welders to keep their visor in the safe down position at all times as opposed to lifting-up or removing their respiratory welding helmet.

By keeping the FX Air Welding Helmet on at all times this gives the welder the added benefit of continuous high impact protection.

High-velocity hazards are not only generated by you. They can be generated by those around you.

Therefore by keeping your respiratory protection in place, the welder is also ensuring they are always wearing a protective visor compliant with Australian and NZ standards for High Impact Protection.



Speedglas 9100 FX Flip-Up Wrap-Up

Therefore not only is the FX visor perfect for grinding, it’s also an incredibly important consideration when it comes to welders respiratory protection, mobility and protection from hazards generated by those working around you. When this 9100 FX visor is combined with the Speedglas 9100XXi TrueView welding lens and Speedglas SideWindows, this helmet gives the welder a view of their surroundings like no other respiratory welding helmet on the market.

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