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What are Welding Fume Extractors and What are Their Benefits?
Welding is an industrial process that involves melting two pieces of metal together. Welding also produces harmful fumes and gases that can be hazardous to the health of the welder and others in the area. Weld fume hoods are a critical safety device that can help to protect workers from harmful fumes and gases.
Welding fume extractors or welding fume hoods are devices that remove harmful fumes from the air around a welding operation. Welding fumes are a mixture of gases and particles that are released when metal is melted and fused. These fumes can contain a variety of hazardous substances, including metal oxides, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide. A recent evaluation by IARC shares that welding fumes and UV radiation from welding are classified as carcinogenic.
Welding fume extractors work by drawing the fumes away from the welder's breathing zone and into a filtration system. The filtration system removes the hazardous substances from the fumes, and the clean air is then returned to the work area.
Donaldson’s Torit® Fume Hood provides fabricators with multiple fume extraction capabilities. Welding operations are expanding, and along with it, the need for flexible workflows and safe workplaces. Designed for robotic or manual welding applications, the Fume Hood’s low-profile allows for a more flexible installation than traditional canopy-style hoods. When paired with the optional weld curtains, it can be sized to reduce airflow requirements, ultimately lowering the overall cost of a filtration system.
The Torit® Fume Hood can be easily integrated with an existing system or paired with a Donaldson cartridge collector for enhanced filtration. It also comes in multiple sizes and is available in free-standing and ceiling-mounted configurations for better integration into facility workflows.