After an air quality control measurement, it was concluded that the harmful fumes and gasses from welding at HAGS UK plant were higher than the tolerable level. Paul Cusson, Manufacturing Team Leader, explored 15 other solutions before he arrived at the 7XE Extractor and ClearO2 W200 Pro hi-vac solution from Translas. The solution helped to clean the air at the HAGS UK factory with a 75% improvement.
HAGS is a leading provider of outdoor fitness and playground equipment shipped all around the world. They have three European plants, located in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Poland. HAGS’ mission is “to produce highest quality most durable play equipment in the world”. They pride themselves in quality, cost and, greatly, in durability of the product.
After being tested by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the WEL-levels (Workplace Exposure Limits set on the amount of a substance that can be present in workplace air) at the fabrication shop of HAGS were above the allowed measure of up to 5 mg/m³ over the span of an 8-hour working day. Several solutions were tested and evaluated.
“Welders could not believe how light the torch was.” – Paul Cusson, HAGS Selby
The Chosen Solution
The welders at HAGS Selby work between 8 to 10 hours daily. With the fabrication of outdoor fitness and playground equipment, they are forced to weld in tight spaces and to constantly switch positions to weld various pipes. With a light torch that barely has an impact on the wrist and arm, the welders feel comfortable to take any position to continue working during an eight to ten hour working day.
Each ClearO2 W200Pro unit is designed to connect 2x 7XE Extractors. HAGS has employed 5 of the units and 10 of the integrated fume extraction torches for their plant of 15 fabricators. The whole solution took no more than two days of setting up, including training of the staff.
The post-test results proved positive. The WEL-levels improved 4 times since the hi-vac solution from Translas extracts 90 to 95% of the harmful welding fumes at the source. The air pollution in the whole fabricating plant went down to values of 2.03. “This was a massive improvement in the test results.” Furthermore, Paul Cusson appreciates the time and cost savings with regards to the maintenance. The W200Pro is equipped with an easy-to-clean dust collecting box which is emptied once a week and the filter is cleaned automatically. The benefit from the perspective of the welders themselves is the possibility to clearly see the weld pool and weld arc.
“The hi-vac filtration solution from Translas is simple, easy, light and one the welder is happy with.” – Paul Cusson
Welding torches and welding equipment from Translas are distinctive in ergonomics, durability, performance, shape, and appearance.