New helmets offer protection, comfort

Welding Industries of Australia (WIA) has released two auto-darkening welding helmets.

Offering protection, comfort and performance, WIA’s new BlueFX and ViewFX welding helmets are packed with features, coupled with excellent reliability, value for money and warranty.

The new BlueFX Auto-Darkening helmet is designed for welders looking for protection, performance and comfort.

Providing the operator with continuous arc sensing capability, the BlueFX comes with two arc sensors and has a viewing area of 97mm by 46mm.

The BlueFX features a high-quality shell in a slightly metallic, matte blue colour. Designed with quality in mind, the BlueFX comes with a one-year warranty.

The ViewFX is completely new to WIA’s helmet range and has been designed for professional welders who are looking for extra performance.

A step up from the BlueFX helmet range, the ViewFX comes standard with four arc sensors and has an extra wide 97mm by 60mm viewing area, giving operators a greater view of the weld.

The ViewFX shell is high-quality and durable, and comes in a metallic matte grey colour. Reliable and dependable, the ViewFX features a two-year warranty as standard for extra peace of mind.

Both helmets are suitable for all general welding applications, including stick, MIG and TIG welding plus plasma cutting, and come with a grind mode as standard, meaning users need only one helmet for all their welding requirements, including weld preparation and clean-up.

Battery powered with solar assist, the helmets offer exceptionally long life before charging is required.

Delivering up to 1500 hours of interruption free welding with MIG, stick, TIG and plasma power sources, the helmets are always ready to go.

As well as the lithium battery being replaceable, the helmets feature gold contacts on the battery terminals to ensure dependable contact, an auto on/off function and a low battery indicator.

To protect welder’s eyes, the lenses automatically switch from light state four to adjustable welding shades nine to 13 whenever an arc is struck, and extremely quickly.

The lens darkening reaction time is a lightning fast 1/12,000 sec for the BlueFX and 1/15,000 for the ViewFX.

After welding, the dark to clear state speed of the lens can be easily adjusted from 0.1 sec to 1.0 sec for maximum control when welding.

This feature is found to be very useful in eliminating bright rays often present in high amp applications.

The helmets feature an innovative sensitivity control which makes the lens more responsive to different light levels in various welding processes.

Users have found the midrange or 30 to 50 per cent sensitivity setting is their preference for most applications.

For extra view of the weld both helmets also come with a built-in provision for a magnifying lens, if needed.

Designed with operator comfort in mind, the helmets feature high-quality, lightweight headgear at 510g for the BlueFX and 550g for the ViewFX.

In addition, the headgear is fully and easily adjustable, providing welders with maximum face and neck protection.

Tested in Australia, the lens and helmet comply with Australian Standards and have a high impact rating; AS/ NZS 1338.1 (Auto-Darkening) and AS/NZS1337.1 B (High Impact).

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