News & Case Studies

How to check a powered air respirator before each use

Posted by Andy Thomas on 24 September 2019

Like any item of protective equipment, your powered air respirator should be tested to make sure it is working correctly before each use.  After all, you don't want to end up in a cloud of dangerous welding fumes before finding out something's not quite right!  Here's a quick run through of how to self check your PAPR before each use...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

Troubleshooting Your Powered Air Respirator

Posted by Julian Prestidge on 17 September 2019

Having trouble with your PAPR unit?  Is it not quite working like it used to?  Or not working at all?  You've come to the right place!  Here's some of the most commonly found problems with powered air respirators and how to fix them...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

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

Troubleshooting Auto Darkening Helmets - Common Problems & Remedies

Posted by Liam Henry on 28 August 2019

Need some help troubleshooting your auto darkening welding helmet?  You're in the right place!  Below are some of the most common problems when getting to know your welding helmet, and remedies to fix them...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

5 Signs it's Time to Upgrade to Powered Air Respirators

Posted by Shane Carroll on 13 August 2019

Have you been dreaming of a welding helmet with powered air, but you're not sure if it's really a NEED or a WANT?  After all, combining a half-face respirator and a regular welding helmet provides all the protection you need right?....Wrong!  Welding helmets with PAPR are more than just a luxury item...  Here's 5 signs it's time to upgrade to an air fed welding helmet...

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Topics: Safety, Respiratory and Welding Safety

When do welding helmet & respirator parts need replacing?

Posted by Gus Broomhall on 06 August 2019

Keeping your welding helmet & respirator well maintained has great health and financial benefits!  You'll find your helmet will always be comfortable, perform at it's best, and you're unlikely to experience downtime in having to repair or replace your helmet.  Proper maintenance is really just giving your welding helmet a good clean after use, storing it in a clean place, and replacing consumable components when they are due.  Generally, better quality helmets will have components that not only perform better, but last longer and are replaceable.  Below is a guide for how to know when a part needs replacing, and how long you can expect TECMEN welding helmets & Freflow respirator parts to last.

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Topics: Safety, Respiratory and Welding Safety

How often should a respirator filter be changed?

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 30 July 2019

Whether you're using a disposable, half-face, full-face or powered air respirator, at some point you'll need to change the filter....but when, and how often should it be changed?  Here's all the info you need to know...

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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

Patchell's show how health & safety is more than just being compliant

Posted by Stefan Joseph on 02 July 2019

Patchell Industries, Rotorua - case study

'From a health & safety compliance perspective we would have no hesitation in recommending TECMEN...'

We catch up with to Amy Adler from the HR and Health & Safety Team at Patchell Industries on why they offer their engineers the option of TECMEN TM1000 Auto-Darkening Helmets with FreFlow Respirators

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Topics: Case Studies, Respiratory and Welding Safety

It's clear why Rivet made the big change to TECMEN

Posted by Shane Carroll on 25 June 2019

Rivet, New Plymouth - case study

'Now we can start and work right through the day comfortably with no problems'

We meet with Nana and Ganesh, two of the engineers at Rivet about what they think of the TECMEN TM1000 Flip Front Helmet with FreFlow Respirators 

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Topics: Case Studies, Respiratory and Welding Safety