Posted at Thursday, 12 May, 2022

3M prioritise vision protection - introducing the world’s first curved auto-darkening filter

Paul Skade
By Paul Skade
Category Manager, Industrial MRO and Safety

I’ve been in the Tools and MRO industry since leaving school 45 years ago. I’ve enjoyed a wide and varied career in a variety of Sales and Procurement roles in th...

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Understanding the value of precision, visibility, and comfort is one thing. Delivering all three in one convenient package is another. But now, thanks to 3M’s unrivalled innovation, you can concentrate on the precision of your welding, rather than the standard of your equipment.

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3M prioritise vision protection - introducing the world’s first curved auto-darkening filter.

A dangerous task with risk of severe injury, historically, TIG welders would have had to compromise, opting for either a slim helmet or a wide view. Compromises now no longer need to be made. Introducing the 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet G5-02, setting new world standards for precision welding filter viewing.

Unleashing new welding performance

The latest, high-end, inverter based TIG machines offers incredibly stable arcs. So, utilising 3M’s most advanced electronics and four arc sensors, the G5-02 welding filter has the capability to reliably switch even at very low amperages, for example, for example 1 amp, TIG settings, meeting the new pr ISO 16321 “TIG+” standards.
 
Innovatively manufactured to be as light as possible, complete with an extremely thin, curved filter glass pack, users will notice that the centre of gravity is closer to the centre of the forehead providing better weight distribution, leading to improved comfort. In addition to the slimline silhouette, 3M have listened to feedback from a selection of highly skilled welding professionals, who know their craft and are passionate about doing a good job, following tests and created a new exhaled air venting system to significantly reduce heat and humidity.

Why curved?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that the wider a flat filter gets, the wider the helmet must become in order to accommodate its dimensions. 3M’s latest solution utilises curved glass to allow for a slimmer profile. In fact, the combination of the curved welding filter and a slimmer helmet can reduce reflections and other distracting glare inside the helmet, greatly improving visibility (150mm field of view), safety, and efficiency.

But wait! Surely curved glass is more fragile than flat glass, right? Well, the glass used in 3M’s G5-02 filter is actually extremely flexible. Certified using the same, standardised impact resistance testing procedures used for traditionally flat welding filters, both the filter and protection plate meet EN 166:F and EN 175:F, providing resistance to high speed particles at up to 45m/s.

More importantly, users are benefiting from 3M’s best optics to date, due to the ‘glass pack’ that’s 1/3 as thick as their thinnest welding filter. Stefan Henriksson, 3M Welding Eye and Face Product Manager commented: “We’ve challenged ourselves to find an appropriate solution for a curved filter. We tested – and rejected – curved filters made with plastic substrates. We have found a plastic has low heat resistance and is permeable, absorbing contaminants that reduce filter visibility and longevity.

“Of all the materials we tested, we could not find anything that out performs glass.”

 
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3M prioritise vision protection - introducing the world’s first curved auto-darkening filter.

Natural colour technology

Providing the best-in-class in terms of clarity, thanks to the new 2.5 light state (before weld) and SpeedGlas Natural Colour Technology (during the weld), colours now appear brighter and more realistic in both the light and dark states. This means that better control over your arc can be achieved courtesy of a more realistic view.

Designed to be more intuitive, the G5- 02 features a strategically placed control panel, with controls located on both sides of the viewing area, meaning that the most frequently used controls (SHADE and SENSITIVITY) are in the most accessible areas – the lower left and right corners.

Complement your welding experience

The different environments, risks, and hazards presented in day-to-day operations mean that no two workplaces are the same. And 3M fully understand the scope and variety of industry, and that’s exactly why they offer a range of innovative Personal Protection Equipment specifically designed to enhance your experience and, ultimately, keep you safe from harm.

From respiratory protection to eyewear and hearing aids, 3M solutions are specifically designed to work in unison with each other, allowing you to select the level and type of protection, comfort, style, and maintenance requirements you need to work safely, comfortably, and effectively in any given environment.

Get Connected

You can now seamlessly and securely pair your smartphone device with your G5-02 welding filter via the 3M Connected Equipment App. This innovative and exciting app can program up to 10 memory modes (settings for dark shades, sensitivity, delay etc.); easily record your welding helmet maintenance log; and have instant access to usage statistics, user manuals and parts lists.

For more information on Safety solutions and to get in touch with one of our ERIKS Safety Specialists, please contact your local ERIKS Service Centre, who will be happy to discuss your options.

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