Tweco Introduces New Auto-Darkening Welding HelmetJuly 1, 2012
The new Tweco WeldSkill auto-darkening welding helmet features four sensors for enhanced performance, the company said. It can be used in both weld mode and grind mode and will darken when TIG welding even at 5 amps. The helmet has a viewing area of 3.86" x 1.69", weighs 16 oz. and uses solar power to eliminate the need to change batteries.
"When switching from light to dark, this WeldSkill helmet darkens in 33 microseconds, or 1/30,000th of a second, one of the fastest reaction times available (by way of comparison, a human eye blink takes 3/10th to 4/10th of a second)," said a company spokesperson. "When switching from dark to light, users can select from three switching speeds: short (0.25 to 0.35 sec), medium (0.35 to 0.50 sec) and long (0.50 to 0.80 sec). Operators in high amperage applications prefer a longer transition time, giving the red-hot weld puddle a chance to cool.
"The Tweco WeldSkill four-sensor helmet passes all of the 49 tests required under the ANSI Z87.1-2010 standards. This includes the ability to retain its auto-darkening performance even after high impact by a steel ball.
"Tweco placed the sensitivity and delay knobs on the outside of the helmet shell so that operators can make adjustments while welding. When setting the helmet down, a recessed lens design prevents the faceplate from touching the table, protecting it from scratches."
For more information contact:
Thermadyne Industries, Inc.
16052 Swingley Ridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63017