The Lincoln Electric Company
Perhaps a welder’s most personalized accessory is his or her helmet. It provides critical protection from damaging arc flash, yet must remain comfortable enough for a full day’s work. In today’s market, often the most convenient helmets sold are auto darkening. Properly built, they protect you from harmful light emissions at all times and automatically darken in milliseconds to an appropriate welding shade when the arc is struck for additional user comfort.
But beyond providing safety and comfort throughout the work day, helmets now are also more functional, to accommodate a welder’s personal needs. The auto-darkening cartridge in a helmet makes it easy for a welder to quickly adapt to the requirements of a wide variety of welding, cutting and grinding applications. Through the magic of quick-changing LCD (liquid crystal display) technology, auto-darkening cartridges allow a welder to see even while the helmet is in the down position. This provides a measure of physical protection in the work environment, protects against harmful UV and infrared radiation (IR) light, makes it much easier to position and start welds for best results, and reduces unnecessary stop and start time.
So how do you choose the right auto-darkening helmet? There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a helmet that is safe, comfortable and functional.
• Does the helmet meet current safety standards (ANSI Z87.1) addressing light leakage as well as flame and impact resistance?
• Does the helmet include power circuits for extended dark storage so the product always starts right out of the box?
• Is the cartridge rated to darken at the low end amperages you will be using?
• Are the shade controls easily accessible for adjustments?
• Is it easy to confirm the status of your current settings every time you return to the helmet?
• Is it easy to access the front spatter lens, inside cover lens and auto-darkening cartridge?
• Is the headgear adjustable up, down, forward, back and easily tightened around your head?
• Is the headgear made of flexible and comfortable material with no sharp edges?
• Is the rate of fall and degree of tilt controllable so the helmet lowers in a controlled manner?
• Is the helmet lightweight enough to minimize fatigue at the end of the day?
And what’s more, today’s auto-darkening helmets don’t just come in basic black anymore. They come in a wide range of graphic alternatives, allowing you to show a little attitude while wearing a comfortable, functional and safe helmet.
For more detailed information and some of the latest auto-darkening helmets, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.