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Etienne Blouin

Etienne is District Sales Manager for ABICOR BINZEL covering Canada from Ontario east including Quebec. He has a degree in Physics Engineering from the University of Laval.
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Explaining Fume Extraction Mitigation Measures

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Jun 9, 2020 11:12:00 AM

How to mitigate welding fume is a big topic. People, by instinct, oftentimes say, "Oh, I'll put a mask on and that'll be sufficient"

Now, however, there is a systematic approach that's been used by OSHA or any health and safety offices. Now, the approach is to start looking at the process, and starting at the bottom of mitigation pyramid and systematically moving up.

Eliminating or Substituting the Weld Process

The first question to ask is if it is possible to eliminate or substitute the process that's causing the fume? Obviously, most of the time it's not possible to remove welding from the operation. But it's worth considering if you are using stick welding or flux core welding whether you can substitute this process for a better process as far as smoke creation?

Topics: Fume Extraction

What is Welding Fume?

Posted by Etienne Blouin on May 25, 2020 11:09:00 AM

What is welding fumes? We all have an idea of what is welding fume. It is obviously coming from molten metal that you create when you're welding. The mixture of the welding smoke is changing from one process to the other, but overall, it's a mixture of very fine particles and gases.

Topics: Fume Extraction

Source Capture Fume Extraction Options Explained

Posted by Etienne Blouin on May 12, 2020 10:43:00 AM

When you start looking at fume extraction solutions, there are a multitude of engineered possibilities to assist in the capture of weld fume. These are typically the most effective way of dealing with weld fume in the workplace apart from removing the welding process.

Topics: Fume Extraction

Fume Extraction Shrouds: A Detailed Explainer

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Feb 24, 2020 9:30:00 AM

If you are a welder, weld foreman, or welding engineer using a fume extraction welding gun, the shroud is one of the more unique features you have questions about.

Topics: Fume Extraction

Fume Extraction Units - Telling a Good One from the Rest

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Dec 2, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Fume extraction systems are not all created equally for welding. While the basic premise of a system is the same, and from the outside many look similar, like any product there are a variety of features and specifications that impact fume extraction welding performance in an industrial setting. The factors you will be looking at when sorting through all the choices will be items like:

Topics: Fume Extraction

How Do Fume Extraction Systems Work?

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Nov 25, 2019 2:55:00 PM

Fume extraction is becoming a more necessary solution for industrial companies in the wake of continued research findings and government recommendations. Having a good grasp on what fume extraction systems are and how they work is important as you begin to consider fume extraction in your plant.

Topics: Fume Extraction

Fume Extraction Guns: How They Work

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Apr 15, 2019 1:18:33 PM

As more people become aware of the harmful effects of welding fumes and regulations are put in place, more are moving to fume extraction torches as a solution.

In this blog we will go into detail on fume extraction torches; how they operate, design features, limitations, and maintenance so that you know what to expect before making the jump.

Topics: Fume Extraction

How to Test Your Fume Extraction System

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Jul 30, 2018 2:29:52 PM

With fume extraction welding, the effectiveness of the smoke capture is always dependent on the strength of the fume extraction system. No matter how effective the torch or skilled the welder, without a system strong enough to capture the smoke, both the welder and the environment will not be spared from the harmful effects of metallic fumes.

Topics: Fume Extraction

4 Problems with Fume Extraction MIG Guns (and How to Overcome Them)

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Dec 29, 2017 8:26:00 AM

We get it, not everyone loves fume extraction torches. For one reason of another, whether you're a welder or a welding engineer or a project manager, the same problems or complaints come up when it comes to fume guns.

Topics: Fume Extraction

Air-cooled vs. Water-cooled for Robotic Welding Torches

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Sep 18, 2017 9:30:36 AM

When it comes to robotic MIG welding you often have to ask the question about whether you should go air-cooled or water-cooled. It's always good to have the right tool in the right place for both optimal performance and cost. Looking at water-cooled versus air cooled, there are obvious cases where you would choose one over the other.

Topics: Robotic Welding