Welding is not a simple task. It takes a skilled technician with years of experience to master the technique of welding. However, having trained employees won't reduce the risks associated with it. There are several things that one must consider to ensure the safety of the welder and others within the facility. Installing a fume extraction unit and welding filters is one of the first steps. Let's take a deep dive into welding filters in this blog.
An introduction to welding filters
How do welding filters work?
A lot of fumes are produced during welding. To ensure the purity of the breathable air, the fume produced during welding is sucked in by the fume extraction unit. This fume then travels through the welding fume extraction torch and extraction arm, before reaching the filter and passing by it.
How effective are they?
No filter can fully remove harmful particles from the fumes. However, the finer the medium, the better it is. The finer medium can trap the smallest fume particles and release cleaner air into the machine shop.
What are the various types available?
- The two common types are cleanable and non-cleanable welding filters. The right kind of filter depends on the welding type, welding time, welded material and preparation of the materials.
How to clean welding filters?
- Welding fumes contain oil that can clog the filters faster. Hence, regular cleaning is required to ensure optimum function. Regular cleaning also helps prolong the life of the welding filter. While many air filters and custom air filters come with auto-cleaning technology, manual cleaning would be required. They can be cleaned using a cloth, a soft brush or a gentle stream of water. If the filter is too clogged, it is ideal to replace it.
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