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October 10, 2012 - For workers in demanding environments, 3M Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100 MP integrateshead, eye, face, respiratory, and hearing protection. Adjustable settings for headband and face seal profile each user's head and face, and clear 8.0 x 4.25 in. visor is curved to allow up, down, and side-to-side viewing. Along with adjustable auto-darkening, features include hard hat shell made from heat-resistant polycarbonate; 3M Adflo Powered Air Purifying Respirator; and 3M Peltor Earmuffs.

3M Welding Helmet Integrates Five Levels of Protection

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3M Corporate Headquarters, 3M Center
St. Paul, MN, 55144

Press release date: October 3, 2012

Helmet increases user comfort with all-in-one head, eye, face, respiratory and hearing protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The new 3M Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100 MP seamlessly integrates five levels of protection – head, eye, face, respiratory and hearing – into one convenient system. The all-in-one helmet helps provide a more comfortable experience for workers in highly demanding environments that require multiple types of personal protection equipment (PPE), such as in mining, shipbuilding, marine repair, heavy construction, oil and gas, wind farms and heavy-duty maintenance welding.

“When PPE is competing for space on the same face and head, and the products are designed to be used individually, workers might be tempted to remove or improperly use one component or another,” said Derek Baker, Technical Services, 3M Occupational Health Environmental Safety. “By integrating all the essential PPE into one system, safety and health professionals can help improve comfort and compliance for welders.”

The helmet features adjustable settings for the headband and face seal to profile each user’s head and face. The clear protective visor is wide (approx. 8.0in x 4.25in) and curved to offer views up, down and side-to-side. To further optimize peripheral vision, the pull-down welding shield features side window views. Welders can dial in filter settings for fast auto-darkening switching of the 3M Speedglas welding filter 9100. The hard hat shell is made from heat-resistant polycarbonate and meets the ANSI Z89.1-2009 requirements for Type 1 Class G hard hats, as well as the requirements of CSA Z94.3 for CSA marked products and the high impact requirements of ANSI Z87.1 - 2010. An optional, aluminum fabric reflects radiant welding heat.

The 3M Adflo Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) has a slim, light weight and ergonomic design that fits into tight welding spaces. The airflow is always a constant rate of approximately 7 CFM (205 liters/minute), regardless of the battery’s charge or the particle loading of the filter. Also available with the Adflo PAPR is an optional organic vapor/acid gas OV/AG cartridge for removing nuisance odors generated from welding processes.

For welding environments where supplied air respiratory protection is needed, the 3M Speedglas Fresh-air III Supplied Air Regulator System can be used. The lightweight, belt-mounted regulator allows welders to regulate the airflow from a supplied air source and cool or heat the air entering the headgear by as much as 50F (28C), ideal for extreme temperature work environments. The Fresh-air III system meets National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards for supplied air respirators.

For hearing protection, the welding helmet can also be equipped with 3M Peltor Earmuffs. These low-profile hearing protectors have liquid/foam ear cushions for increased comfort and orange housings for maximum visibility.

The Speedglas welding helmet 9100 MP has an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assigned protection factor (APF) of 25.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs about 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About 3M Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Safety Solutions
3M offers a comprehensive, diverse portfolio of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) solutions providing respiratory protection, hearing protection, fall protection, reflective materials for high visibility, protective clothing, protective eyewear, head and face protection, welding helmets, and other adjacent products and solutions such as tactical safety equipment, detection, monitoring equipment, active communications equipment and compliance management. In 2012, 3M celebrates 40 years of safety leadership – recognizing the company’s respiratory and hearing protection solutions introduced in 1972. Visit or

For more information:
• 3M Occupational Health & Environmental Safety website
• 3M Speedglas Video
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3M Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100 MP
3M Speedglas 9100 MP series

Press Contacts:
Colleen Harris
Heidi Wight
Padilla Speer Beardsley

3M, Speedglas and Adflo are trademarks of 3M Company, used under license in Canada. Peltor is a trademark of 3M Svenska AB used under license by 3M.
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