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Case Study: Fume extraction to comply with HSE regulations

A manufacturer of machine components already had mobile fume extraction units in place from other manufacturers, but not all the points in the factory were covered. These mobile extraction units were expensive to run due to the cost of the replacement filters. This manufacturer approached Extractability as they had previously purchased mobile ProtectoXtracts to add to their original mobile units finding they were more cost effective to run. Extractability were asked to provide a tailor made proposal to capture the stainless steel welding fume at source when they were creating a new welding section in the factory, this included two lathe welding systems and three fully enclosed welding booths. The solution Objective 1: To capture the stainless steel welding fumes and return clean air back into the workplace with a low ongoing cost. Solution: Fixed ductwork to two supporting arms and three enclosed welding booths and all attached to a self cleaning Protecto EcoCube. Objective 2: Cover the area where they have seven lathe welding systems. Solution: Seven self-supporting extraction arms connected to a ductwork system, which was joined into an external mounted fan that vented to the atmosphere. Objective 3: Provide fume extraction to the main welding system area, which consisted of seven hand welding processes and two fixed robotic welding systems. Solution: Hand welding - self supporting extraction arms which capture the fumes at source. Robotic welders - direct connection to the booths. All extraction devices were linked by ductwork into a standalone self-cleaning ProtectoCube 11KW which recycled clean air back into the workplace. Additional project 1: To provide extraction to four enclosed welding machines, which were linked into ductwork and connected into a ProtectoCube 5.5KW recycling clean air back into the workplace. Additional project 2: To provide two self-supporting arms again into ductwork and then into a self-cleaning Protect Continued support All the systems are tested annually by Extractability and the performances are of high standards. So much so, that when air monitoring was carried out the personal and background levels in the welding areas were lower than 0.02mgs. Extractability took care of all the LEV through examination and testing not only on welding extraction systems but for all the customer’s other extraction systems already onsite. The manufacturer was so impressed by the efficiency, low operating costs of the products and the after sales service, that they will continue to choose Extractability for all their fume extraction solutions. Products ProtectoArm- ProtectoArmLAB - ProtectoXtract - Protecto EcoCube 2N-2H - Protecto EcoCube 4N-4H - If you would like to speak to one of our team regarding the products mentioned in this article or would like to discuss your own challenges please email

Weldability Sif has just arrived in Dubai

For over 90 years, Sif has been trusted by welders and brazers across the UK and Europe for quality wires, fluxes and equipment. The vast Weldability range of welding, cutting and safety products has a solution for every joining application. From air-fed welding helmets, torches and regulators, to brazing rods, cored wires and industrial inverter welding machines, we are the professional welders' one-stop shop, for same-day dispatch and reliable, fast delivery. Now, Weldability Sif are excited to announce the opening of new offices in Dubai with orders fulfilled via Powercept, effective from 31st March 2020. We will now be able to deliver our first-class service directly from our Dubai offices serving the Middle Eastern market with stock held locally, enabling us to meet your welding requirements quicker. It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we wish to introduce the newest member of our team, Pramod, who will be able to answer all your queries and support your welding and cutting business from our Dubai office.

New era for Newarc under Weldability Sif

Weldability Sif are pleased to announce the purchase of the business of the Newarc group of companies, including Newarc Newcastle Ltd, Newarc Aberdeen Ltd, Newarc Exports Ltd and Newarc Ltd, the assets, operations and staff of which have now transferred to Weldability Sif, helping to save seventeen jobs. Newarc - since its inception in 1973 - has established a strong reputation as a British manufacturer of robust and reliable welding machines, with heavy duty cycle designed for a challenging environment such as: R5000 series CC/CV industrial inverter power sources, RT2500 dual voltage single phase TIG welder and the Viper universal DC HF TIG conversion unit. Newarc are trusted by customers internationally in the offshore, petrochemical, marine and defence fabrication sectors, and has delivered a suite of welding and industrial products and services from its facilities in Newcastle and Aberdeen, including comprehensive equipment hire and machine validation/calibration and maintenance services. By joining forces, Newarc provides Weldability Sif with stockholding, demonstration and service locations in the North-East of England and the North-East of Scotland, to better support its network of Distributors and further assist its Product Users. In turn, by becoming part of Weldability Sif, Newarc joins the wider Indutrade group, benefiting from the strength and sustainability of a rapidly growing international industrial corporation. It is Weldability Sif's intention to support the hardworking Newarc team in delivering customers the professional quality of service that Newarc and Weldability Sif are each known for.

Pushing the envelope with new HSE enforcements

It has been nearly a full year after the change in health and safety guidance for all welding fume, including mild steel welding, and The Health and Safety Executive HSE have increased their field presence in the industrial world. Many of you will have received letters from The HSE confirming that the Fabrication and Engineering sectors will be the subject of unannounced inspections which have now begun. The inspections are focused on welding fume and required control measures and look at two key areas: control measures for the release of welding fume internally, through Respiratory Protective Equipment RPE and Local Exhaust Ventilation LEV, and outside welding operations. You’ll need to put appropriate controls in place. This includes looking at how you control fumes, as all indoor welding activities will require suitable engineering controls, such as Local Exhaust Ventilation LEV and extraction. Where these alone cannot control the exposure adequately, additional controls should be implemented, such as the use of Respiratory Protective Equipment RPE to protect the welder from residual fume. A quick and easy solution for the business unsure of the effectiveness of their current fume extraction is the introduction of PAPR, air fed, welding helmets. Extractability’s Phantom Air lightweight power air-purification respirator PAPR units provide a 2-speed clean air flow of 170 lpm or 220 lpm and is fully CE rated to EN 12941 TH2, which makes them ideal to use either alone or in conjunction with other fume control measures. View Phantom Air PAPR + ADF Package Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Act 2002 means, in part, accepting that opening a window or relying on general ventilation is inadequate in terms of welding fume control. Similarly, welding outside will also require controls, such as suitable Respiratory Protection Equipment RPE at the very least. This RPE should be provided and employees should understand why these controls are in place and how to use the equipment safely. All equipment must also be suitable for the task at hand. There is no identified safe level of exposure, so the HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken without suitable controls in place regarding exposure, irrespective of the duration of the task. Regardless of whether or not you have received a forewarning letter from The HSE, the time to take precautions against putting your workers’ health at risk and your business at risk of an unwelcome visit from the authorities, is now. Are you ready? Are you compliant? Contact us today for full details of our Fume Extraction solutions.

Weldability Sif begin the festive season by donating to local food bank

Weldability Sif has organised a collection of non-perishable food items and donated them to the Letchworth Foodbank on Tuesday 3rd December. The Letchworth foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities and across the entire UK. Every day, people in the UK go hungry for reasons including redundancy, illness, receiving an unexpected bill on a low income, and giving up work to care for a family member. Foodbanks provide a vital service for people in their time of need. As the decorations go up and the festive season begins, it's important to also think about those who are looking to local charities for support. The staff at Weldability Sif teamed together and filled several boxes with tins of food, long life drinks and shampoo. Please see the website linked below for more information and details about how to find and donate to your local foodbank: Weldability Sif wish you all a happy and safe festive season!

Weldability Sif launch new ARC160DV dual voltage inverter welder

Weldability Sif are pleased to announce the launch of their brand-new dual voltage inverter welder, released towards the end of 2019. This modern welding machine is perfect for beginners and professional welders, featuring IGBT technology it delivers a compact and lightweight efficient package for use with most types of welding electrode. It also comes supplied in a moulded carry case with earth clamp and electrode holder. Beneath its sleek design, the ARC160DV has auto sensing input Voltage detection and can be used from a 110V or 230V power supply. The machine incorporates a user-friendly control panel with logical layout for operation in MMA and is suitable for DC+ MMA, DC- MMA. The ARC160DV delivers a stable, consistent smooth welding arc. Target applications for this machine include general fabrication, sheet metal work, precision pipe work, stainless steel fabrication, process engineering and repair maintenance. You can take a closer look at the ARC160DV here.