Figure 1: Personal protective equipment manufacturers continue to improve their products and to search out new strategies for increasing shop floor safety.Figure 1: Personal protective equipment manufacturers continue to improve their products and to search out new strategies for increasing shop floor safety.

New products

Finnish manufacturer Kemppi announced additions to its e-series welding helmets and respirators. These helmets are lightweight, durable, affordable and suitable for both general and heavy-duty professional use. Both the Alfa and Beta series accommodate eyeglasses and half masks, flip-up lenses and integrated magnifying lens holders and are easily adjustable for personal fit. Alfa series, Kemppi’s lightest-weight helmets, are a low-cost option for general welding tasks. Designed for professional welders, the Beta series encompasses three models, two of which (Beta e90A and Beta e90 SFA) come with the new SA60B ADF welding lens. The lens offers a 30% larger viewing area, excellent optical performance and brighter colors.

Three new helmet models from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. hit the market in March 2020. The Imperial is the most recent addition to the Digital Infinity Series, offering the largest viewing area in Miller’s catalog and features redesigned headgear for wearer comfort. The Digital Performance Series Crusher is a lightweight helmet with improved digital controls and headgear. Classic Series Liberty, also lightweight, is marketed as a simpler option and good value for money. Each helmet boasts several choices of distinctive, stylish trim.

New to John Tillman’s line of protective gloves is the Tillman 1457, a lightweight cowhide glove lined with DuPont Kevlar that meets the ANSI A7 standard for cut resistance. Designed for general construction and warehouse work, the glove is also suitable for light-duty welding.

Corporate news

A new partnership between Ansell Limited and Modjoul will apply IoT technology to hand safety in industrial settings. The partnership’s focus is on motion-ergonomics. Ansell produces a wide range of mechanical and chemical hand and body protection for multiple industries, including automotive, machinery and metal fabrication. Modjoul brings to the partnership existing expertise in collecting and analyzing motion, location and environmental data to proactively identify injury risk potential.

Walter Surface Technologies announced in February 2020 its acquisition of industrial safety products manufacturer ArcOne, expanding Walter’s existing offerings in metalworking equipment to include personal protective equipment. Taunton, Massachusetts-based ArcOne designs and manufactures welding helmets and accessories, glasses, goggles and visors. ArcOne will continue to operate under its own brand.

The patent portfolio of Save Phace is for sale. Patents include several specific face protection mask designs, most commonly used for welding and action sports. In addition to mask designs, the portfolio includes a lens assembly method specific to the masks. The welding helmet claims three different applications: welding helmet, grinding mask and splash guard. It offers a 180-degree field of view with an integrated 4 x 4 in auto-darkening filter. Offers for the package closed on April 14, 2020; intellectual property advisory firm Hilco Streambank is managing the sale.

New to John Tillman’s line of protective gloves is the Tillman 1457, a lightweight cowhide glove lined with DuPont Kevlar that meets the ANSI A7 standard for cut resistance. Designed for general construction and warehouse work, the glove is also suitable for light-duty welding.