(EAST GREENWICH, Rhode Island, USA, April 23, 2014) — Optrel Inc., the global innovator of auto-darkening filter technology for welding helmets, has introduced the new e3000, a NIOSH-approved powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) that optimizes welder uptime while minimizing distractions. Designed with welders working in extreme conditions in mind, the e3000 improves personal comfort and enhances productivity.
“Welders who require respiratory protection are most likely working in hot environments or in confined spaces, and require the highest degree of concentration,” said Renee S. Bessette, Vice President of Marketing and Operations. “We designed the Optrel e3000 specifically to ensure that welders are comfortable and not distracted by their equipment when they work.”
Central to the e3000’s comfort innovations is its exclusive two-channel air distribution inside the helmet. The e3000 presents clean air to both the mouth and nose for breathing, and to the forehead for cooling. Welders can adjust the air flow to three levels (200 – 240 NL / minute) depending on environmental requirements or personal comfort preferences.
The e3000’s design also minimizes distractions to the welder when working. Its hose connections to both the helmet and belt-based blower unit swivel to ensure full range of movement, reducing the potential for tangling or snagging on surrounding structures or equipment.
Flow sensors perform an automatic air flow check at start-up, eliminating the need for welders to manually check their system every time it is used. Audible alarms alert welders of a missing or clogged filter, or when the battery is low. Plus, welders can easily access controls on the e3000’s belt-based blower without removing gloves or the unit itself.
The e3000 has been certified by NIOSH to its highest protection class of P100 (42 CFR 84). HEPA class Th3 filters block more than 99.8% of particulates, providing maximum protection from exposures to Hexavelent chromium and other particulates commonly found when working with stainless steel, high chrome alloys, and chrome-coated metals.
The e3000 can be used with Optrel’s e680, e670, or e650 helmets, and can be used in all welding processes.
The Optrel e3000 is now available through safety and welding distributors in the United States and Canada.