3M brings feminine touch to welding
26 October 2010
Diversified technology company 3M has introduced the first line of welding helmets with graphics designed specifically for female welders.
3M Speedglas 100 helmets give women welders the opportunity to express themselves without sacrificing quality or safety while welding.
Female welders can choose from four distinct designs: Steel Rose – delicate rose graphics mixed with steel aesthetics; Wild-N-Pink – a pink and white background with floral vines, barbed wire and razor-sharp metal sculpture; Steel Eyes – dark blue focused eyes looking through a blaze of white and lilac flames; and Skull Jewels – an elaborate floral grill motif which emerges into a decorative skull and floral design.
The collection takes inspiration directly from women welders, who are often experts on very detailed welds, which encouraged the design team to use intricate patterns and graphics.
Besides appearance, these helmets also feature an ergonomic headband that accommodates smaller head sizes, and optional accessories such as additional neck and head protection and magnifying lenses.
Each of these designs is available with an auto-darkening filter (ADF), and offers the same protection, comfort and performance for which the Speedglas brand is known.
The helmets can be used with most arc welding processes, such as stick (MMA), MIG/MAG and TIG applications greater than 10 amps.
Aicha Kabil of 3M’s Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Division explained: “Building on the success of the existing Speedglas 100 graphic helmet designs, we can now offer a unique product for the female welding segment. In many cases, welders use their helmets as an avenue for personal expression - they want a helmet that they are proud to wear. Each design expresses a characteristic ‘welding personality’ but with a slightly more feminine expression.”
For further information, visit www.3M.co.uk/speedglas.
3M and Speedglas are trademarks of 3M Company.