Giving welding screens the safety edge
02 May 2018 | Web Article Number: ME20189588
THE patented Balledge design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace.
That’s according to Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, who added that the reinforced edge on the individual strips allows these to part easily, facilitating access for both personnel and equipment.
Locally manufactured Apex Welding and Safety Screens are used in many manufacturing facilities in southern Africa. The PVC screening material is used to cordon off welding and grinding bays.
Made from specially formulated material, which incorporates a heavy duty ultra violet light absorber, the screens contain UV radiation in the curtained-off area. This protects workers in close vicinity to welding and grinding activities.
According to the company, extensive tests conducted by the SABS have proved the material in the product is superior to conventional material used for these products.
Tested for ultra-violet transmittance, the conventional material gave readings of 0,005%, 0,008% and 5.0% as opposed to the Apex readings of 0,005%, 0,001 and 0,005%. When tested for total visible light transmittance, the tests were conclusive - the conventional material allowed 78 % while the Apex material allowed only 15,5% light transmittance.
The screens are impervious to burning, and this is of particular importance should the material come into contact with welding splatter.
Available in several configurations to suit individual applications, the most popular version is the free-standing frame that facilitates both easy handling and portability. The screens’ angled feet allow optimum utilisation of the floor space as the screens can be butted together at 90-degree angles.