Lo­cal Auck­land man­u­fac­turer pro­tects welders

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - WELDING -

EGMONT AIR, in­dus­try lead­ers in ‘dust and fume ex­trac­tion’ re­cently de­signed, sup­plied and in­stalled a new weld­ing fume sys­tem for Tri­al­com.

Trail­com, a renowned sup­plier of trailer parts, re­quired an ex­trac­tion sys­tem that was ver­sa­tile for their ap­pli­ca­tion of weld­ing axle as­sem­blies. Nat­u­rally most of the weld­ing is done for the hubs at each end of the axle.

Egmont Air pro­duced a dou­ble-hood ex­trac­tion sys­tem that utilises two ar­tic­u­lat­ing ex­trac­tion arms that can be strate­gi­cally placed at each end of the axle to cap­ture the fumes. In this way the fumes are cap­tured as they are cre­ated, be­fore they reach the op­er­a­tors breath­ing zone or spread through­out the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Mr Ken from Tri­al­com re­ports great suc­cess with the Egmont Air sys­tem and com­ments the ‘fume com­plaints have now stopped’. Tri­al­com place a large fo­cus on Health and Safety and the Egmont Air sys­tem pro­tects the weld­ing op­er­a­tors from po­ten­tial weld­ing fume dis­ease.

“Weld­ing with­out ad­e­quate ventilation is dan­ger­ous,” com­ments Mr Prestidge from Egmont Air. “Symp­toms of a sore throat, dry cough, bleed­ing nose, headaches, breath­less­ness, nau­sea, sweat­ing, chills and pneu­mo­nia are all signs that a cor­rectly de­signed fume ex­trac­tion sys­tem is ur­gently over­due.”

Egmont Air, spe­cial­ists in dust and fume ex­trac­tion, of­fer a huge range of so­lu­tions for ex­tract­ing weld­ing fumes. “In­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity, em­ployee well­be­ing, re­duc­tion in ab­sen­teeism and staff turnover are di­rect ben­e­fits we have seen from in­stalling an Egmont Air ex­trac­tion sys­tem.

“Our sys­tems are de­signed to com­ple­ment the work en­gi­neers do, so that pro­duc­tiv­ity in­creases be­cause of the im­proved and safer work­ing con­di­tions for welders,” Mr Prestidge ex­plains. “Job sat­is­fac­tion and care of em­ploy­ees is seen as a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to re­tain­ing staff and cre­at­ing loy­alty be­tween work­shop em­ploy­ees and man­age­ment.”

A case study that re­in­forces the mes­sage in­volves a 54-year- old welder who had never smoked but de­vel­oped em­phy­sema. Em­phy­sema does not oc­cur with­out an en­vi­ron­men­tal cause (usu­ally smok­ing) ex­cept in peo­ple with a ge­netic ab­nor­mal­ity, which this man did not have. Lack of any other fac­tors im­pli­cated weld­ing fumes as the ma­jor cause of his dis­abil­ity. He had been weld­ing for 30 years us­ing a va­ri­ety of pro­cesses and ma­te­ri­als – how­ever de­spite this mans his­tory, he was un­able to re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion.

Egmont Air Fume ex­trac­tion sys­tems are de­signed to suit weld­ing bays, gen­eral engi­neer­ing or main­te­nance work­shop sce­nar­ios. Op­tions are avail­able for spe­cial pro­cesses such as ro­bot welders, plasma fumes, grind­ing, and dust ap­pli­ca­tions.

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