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Translas On-Gun Fume Extraction

Translas On-Gun Fume Extraction

Posted by The ACL Team (Credit: AWS) on 14th Jun 2022

“On-gun fume extraction is too heavy, too bulky, and impacts the shielding gas”... Not anymore.

On-gun fume extraction is one of the safest and most effective methods of controlling welding fume and is heavily used and relied upon in Europe and North America. However, for the reasons above, on-gun extraction has not taken off in Australia or New Zealand.

AWS has teamed up with Translas, Dutch on-gun fume extraction specialist, to launch an industry first: a range of lightweight, manoeuvrable, and ergonomic extraction guns that deliver the highest capture rate on the market – up to 98% - while leaving the shielding gas completely unaffected.

No other welding fume control solution captures welding fume at the source, removes it from the environment, and most importantly, follows the welder as they move. Experience Translas fume extraction technology today.

  • The safest and most effective method.

    Extraction at the source is the safest and most effective solution to control welding fume in the work environment. Translas on-gun fume extraction captures harmful welding fumes and individual particulates as soon as they are generated, keeping the welder protected and the work environment fume free.

  • Highest capture rate and duty cycle in the industry.

    Translas leads the industry with a welding fume capture rate up to 98%. However, like the eye of a storm, the cyclonic extraction effect leaves the shielding gas completely unaffected. The Translas range of fume guns are built tough and offer a 100% duty cycle.

  • Lightest fume gun on the market.

    The 8XE MINI Extractor is the lightest fume extraction gun on the market and is the same weight or lighter than the majority of standard welding guns. The small ergonomic handle makes it one of the most comfortable guns to work with for any welder.

  • Low maintenance with self-cleaning and self-regulating extraction.

    The extraction system has an automatic cleaning function. The moment the pressure in the filter is too high, the units begin to automatically clean the filters. A variable frequency drive motor ensures extraction flow rates are always maintained at a precise level, making this powerful solution suitable for high production welding environments.

  • Confined spaces, not a problem.

    On-gun fume extraction captures welding fume before it can be released into the environment or build up around the welder, making Translas a potential option for confined spaces*. Due to the powerful variable frequency motor, the extraction unit can be positioned over 20 metres away from the welder and still deliver the same industry leading capture rate of up to 98%. 

* Confined spaces can be deadly and decisions on how to handle a specific confined space must be assessed on the spot and always comes down to the specifics of the individual situation. There should be a suitably trained and knowledgeable person doing the assessment and design of a safe system for any confined space entry.
When you consider a welding fume particle that is 0.5 μm in size can take 2 days to reach the floor when released from a height of 1.5 metres, you begin to understand how long these carcinogenic particles can remain suspended in the air. This is vital to consider when sharing a work environment with welders, as the air could contain respiratory hazards long after welding has been completed.

On-gun fume extraction can assist in reducing exposure to welding fume and other airborne contaminants, not only for the welder, but also for those who work near welding operations. This is the key difference between on-gun fume extraction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used by the welder. PPE can only protect the welder, while on-gun fume extraction can protect the welder and stop the spread of fume throughout the workplace protecting all workers from welding fume exposure.

For this reason, on-gun fume extraction can be the most economical method to protect all workers from welding fume exposure in shared working environments.