How does a welding fume extractor work?

Welding is the most economical and efficient method for joining metals permanently – making it the preferred choice for many different industries. Much more than soldering and brazing, welding requires extreme heat and sometimes other metals or gases, which is why it’s so important you know exactly what you’re doing and what you need.

When a metal is heated above boiling point, it condenses into fine particles or solid particulates to form welded fumes. Extraction at the source has proven to be the most effective and efficient method for capturing and removing these fumes from the atmosphere.

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Here at Defuma, we supply an extensive range of welding fume extractors which meet stringent health and safety requirements. They each benefit from their own unique features – ensuring we have the ideal extractor for your business.

How does a welding fume extractor work?

Designed to remove small dust particles and weld fumes effectively, a welding fume extraction unit will control air quality – providing the extraction arm is placed correctly, capturing fumes at the source.

All the units we supply at Defuma are designed to be extremely functional and incorporate a timed, automatic cleaning filter. This makes them perfect for applications that produce high levels of smoke and dust as you can set them to clean at a specified time at allotted intervals, making it more convenient for you to extract welded fumes.

Mobile welding fume extraction units, like the MaxiFil clean welding smoke filter unit, are ideal for confined spaces and areas that are difficult to reach. The MaxiFil clean welding smoke filter unit has a 360-degree radius so it can operate continuously.

It also has an optional automatic start/stop function (as does the FumeCube), which makes welding fume extraction easier for you because it automatically kicks in when levels get too high. The FumeCube is a robust unit, designed for the workshop, used to purify weld fumes and can be easily relocated to wherever it is required.

What welding safety equipment do you need?

Remember to take extra care when using welding equipment to prevent hazards. As well as a welding fume extractor you will also require several other safety items. Here’s a checklist to help:

  • Welding goggles
  • Welding gloves
  • Welding helmet
  • Safety shoes
  • Welding apron
  • Fire extinguisher

Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when welding will protect your face – keeping dust out of your eyes and allowing you to see exactly what you’re doing., Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) will enable you to breathe easily.

If you need to know more about welding fume extraction, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Defuma experts on 01480 455 466. We are always on hand to help and will be more than willing to share our expertise.

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