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3 Reasons to Use Fume Extraction Welding

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Jan 9, 2017 10:35:54 AM
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Every welding project generates hazardous fumes and smoke that can be dangerous to welders if inhaled.  One way to improve the safety of welding torch operators is with fume extraction welding.  Fume extraction welding offer efficient fume extraction through the torch itself through source capture.

Fume extraction guns use a unique design solution that make it the best option for fume extraction while welding.  While there are multiple fume extraction guns in the market, here are three things to consider when making your selection.

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Fume Extraction Guns' Operational Use

When choosing a fume extraction gun, it is important to consider how the size and bulkiness of the torch will affect welding operations. Many fume extraction products on the market are heavy and cumbersome for the welder to use because of the technology added to the torch for the fume extraction process.  This added weight and size can make it difficult for a welder to perform their tasks properly, and can lead to welder fatigue and potentially injury.

The xFume solves this issue by using aluminum in extraction tube for weight savings, and uses a smaller diameter extraction hose for better handling and flexibility. It also has a handle with extraction control and a swivel joint. 

An innovative lightweight Bikox® cable also allows for considerable weight reduction for air-cooled guns.

Fume Removal at the Source 

Many fume extraction torches on the market do not remove welding fumes at the source of the arc. By not extracting fumes at the source of the arc, they run the risk of hazardous fumes entering the workspace and potentially causing harm to the welder. 

xFume™ has a special design which guarantees highly efficient smoke removal directly at the source without affecting the protective gas shield.  This direct extraction at the arc is the best way to ensure protection of the welder’s respiratory system.

Welding Station Flexibility

Depending on the number of welding work stations in your facility, a portable or centrally located fume extraction system may meet your needs. Those decisions are matters of your workforce size and budget, and the type of system you would use would impact the kind of fume gun that would work best for your operation. 

An example of this is that any fume extraction system is a high vacuum system, but with portable systems, the air flow is normally less, meaning a low-flow gun would be a better operational fit. 

For a Central Vacuum system, a high-flow gun would be the best option. xFume™ easily installs to any of these high vacuum systems and  in all existing MIG work stations, making it the best fume extraction torch solution for any welding environment. 

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