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How to keep your PAPR clean & maintained

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 10 September 2019

If you want maximum functionality and long life from your powered air respirator, you need to keep it clean and well maintained.  The good news is, it's pretty simple to do and won't take much effort as long as you make it a regular thing.  Here's a so quick, so easy guide to keeping your PAPR clean and maintained...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

Why Bladerunner Boats gave up on welding fumes...

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 09 July 2019

Bladerunner Boats Ltd, Auckland - case study

'If you can make the environment better for the welder, a) they’re happier, and b) it’s easier, and there’s also the occupational health concept as well, which is a big thing these days.'

We talk to Greg Shine from Bladerunner Boats about why he's bought the TECMEN TM820 Auto-Darkening Helmet with FreFlow Respirators for his workshop. 

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Topics: Case Studies, Respiratory and Welding Safety

Everything you need to know about workplace hearing protection

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 22 May 2019

Hearing protection is a serious matter - once it's gone, it's gone!  The good news is, keeping everyone safe from excessive noise in the workshop doesn't need to be complicated - keep reading for your so quick, so easy guide to workplace hearing protection...

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Topics: Safety

The 7 most commonly asked questions about safety glasses

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 22 January 2019

Whether you're doing a bit of DIY or engineering's your day job, safety glasses are a must in almost any workshop.  We get asked a lot of questions about eye protection.  Here's some answers to our 7 most commonly asked questions in no particular order....

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Topics: Safety

Why go Platinum? Just ask Priest Sheetmetal & Plate Ltd [case study]

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 19 February 2018

Priest Sheetmetal & Plate Ltd, Christchurch - case study

When good just isn't enough - go Platinum!  At least that's what Priest Sheet Metal & Plate Ltd did.  While some might be satisfied with good, they say the only option is THE BEST. 

" The boys were struggling before with the other discs but now they’re probably getting 2-3 times more cutting life out of Euromarc ones"

We talk with Sam – Workshop Manager, at Priest Sheetmetal & Plate Ltd about what they use their thin cutting discs on, and why some Engineers might be saisfied with good, but their option is only the best, it’s got to be theTaipan Platinum Razor-Hub 1mm thin cutting disc.

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Topics: Case Studies, Metal Cutting & Removal

Welder's most frequently asked questions about respiratory protection

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 11 December 2017

Clean air and respiratory protection is a hot topic amongst welders and metal fabricators as more information comes to light about just how dangerous welding and other fumes can be. Here's 10 of the most frequently asked questions:

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Topics: Safety

Get the big tick from WorkSafe if you wear one of these...

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 25 October 2017

Worried about the air quality in your workshop and what WorkSafe might say? Here's one thing that will get a big tick of approval from WorkSafe AND your welders. Once you try it, you won't look back!

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

How to get optimum performance from your abrasive flap discs

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 01 May 2017

Are your abrasive flap discs tearing or not giving you the right finish?  There might be some things your flap discs are trying to tell you.  Here are some tips on increasing the life of your metal flap discs and getting the best performance...

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info

Linishing belt troubleshooting guide

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 16 September 2016

Answers to help your performance in sanding.

If you have been having problems with your sanding belt or machine, it's not the end of the world. We have looked at all of the problems like belts not running correct on your machine, low cutting rate, or the finish you are getting isn't right. Look over the list and find the answer in every area.

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Topics: Metal Finishing, General Abrasives Info

Offering the 3 key benefits to engineers in NZ

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 23 June 2015

Introducing Taipan Abrasives to New Zealand

The three key benefits that New Zealand tradesmen are looking for are: performance (works quick like you would expect), reliability (lasts the distance) and value (priced right). It is commonly known that a product will usually have strengths in one or maybe two of these benefits, but very rarely do you get all three. 

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Topics: Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info