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Upgraded powered air respirator is 17% lighter, thanks to new battery

3M : 24 November, 2013  (New Product)
Welders can feel more comfortable whilst remaining fully protected as 3M has upgraded the Adflo Powered Air Respirator by introducing a new battery, making the whole system around 17% lighter. The current NiMH batteries in the Adflo Powered Air Respirator from 3M have been replaced with Lithium Ion batteries which are 40% lighter and provide a significant weight saving overall. An additional feature of the upgrade is the new matt black filter cover, designed to give a slimmer and neater finish.
Upgraded powered air respirator is 17% lighter, thanks to new battery
3M recognises that there are a number of contributing factors to making the welding experience a safe yet comfortable one. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plays an integral role in keeping the welder protected from exposure to airborne particles such as welding fume, which can cause long term health effects. As PPE is often worn for long periods of time by welders, compliance can be an issue and if they do not wear suitable safety equipment or remove items even for a short amount of time, it can have a dramatic effect. 
 
A study investigating Occupational Asthma suggests that a typical stainless steel welder may accumulate 22.4 years of exposure to varying degrees of harmful particles/fumes throughout his working life. Of the 34 Occupational Asthma patients studied only two were considered able to continue welding.
 
Robert Brill, technical engineer from the Personal Safety Division of 3M explains: “A lighter product is more likely to be comfortable, especially over a long period of time, which could lead to other benefits such as an increase in productivity or efficiency.”
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