Breathable Welder Apparel Fabric is flame-resistant.

Press Release Summary:

WeldX(TM) Arc Armor(TM) apparel is available as standard welding jackets, sleeves, cape sleeves, bibs, and aprons. It is lightweight and breathable, and provides flame and spatter resistance. Fabric consists of blend of oxidized acrylic fibers and strengthening fibers, treated with embedded compound that allows resulting material to shed spatter and sparks upon contact. Material will not burn, melt, ignite, or shrink in even most extreme environments.

Original Press Release:

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. Introduces WeldX Apparel Line - A Revolution in Welder Protection

Originally developed for military applications, Miller's new WeldX fabric combines the lightweight and breathability benefits of cotton with exceptional spatter and flame resistance to provide maximum welder protection.

Highlights/Key Facts

o Innovative new fabric causes spatter and sparks to simply "roll off" the garment upon contact.

o WeldX material protects like leather at less than half the weight.

o Miller exclusive WeldX garments are available as jackets, sleeves, cape sleeves, bibs and aprons to meet a wide variety of needs.

APPLETON, Wis. - Miller Electric Mfg. Co. today introduces WeldX(TM), a revolutionary new apparel line for personal welding protection that is lightweight and breathable, yet provides exceptional flame and spatter resistance. Sixty percent lighter than most leathers and also lighter than many flame resistant cotton garments, WeldX represents the next generation in protecting welders from the hazards of heavy-duty welding, while also reducing the potential for heat stress-related injuries.

Flame resistance is inherent to WeldX - laundering will not degrade its performance over time. WeldX is based on a fabric technology that has proven its performance and durability in iron production, race car driving, high voltage electrical work, firefighting and other potentially catastrophic applications. The fabric consists of a blend of oxidized acrylic fibers and modern strengthening fibers, which are then treated with a proprietary compound that allows the resulting material to "shed" spatter and sparks upon contact. The proprietary compound is embedded into the individual fibers rather than being applied topically, allowing the garment to retain a high degree of pliability and maneuverability. In even the most extreme environments, WeldX will not burn, melt, ignite or shrink.

The newest addition to Miller's popular Arc Armor(TM) line of welding protection, WeldX garments are available as standard welding jackets, sleeves, cape sleeves, bibs and aprons, offering a range of protection options for a variety of applications and industries. For most applications, WeldX will deliver the highest level of welder protection required without a corresponding increase in heat stress, keeping your welders safe, comfortable and more productive.

Product Manager Quote

"Recognizing the weight and heat stress drawbacks of leather, as well as the protective and durability limitations of FR cotton, Miller sought out a fabric that provides the benefits of both these industry staples but not their disadvantages. For the majority of welding applications, WeldX is a new protective option - providing optimal performance and comfort."

-Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Specialist, Miller Electric. Mfg. Co.

About Miller

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., headquartered in Appleton, Wis., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller brand arc welding equipment and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW).

For more information, visit Miller's Web site at, call 1-800-4-A-Miller (800-426-4553), e-mail, fax 877-327-8132, or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.

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