Optrel Satellite Auto-Darkening Filter Helmet Improves Weld Accuracy

Directed by President Jason Rubach from its Northvale, New Jersey (NJ) headquarters, RCS Northvale markets and sells a wide array of specialty construction, cleaning, and safety products. Though based in NJ, RCS Northvale operates call centers that can supply businesses across the United States with premium industrial-grade products, such as the Optrel Satellite welding helmet.

Designed and manufactured by Wattwil, Switzerland-based Optrel AG, the Satellite is equipped with one of the company’s advanced auto-darkening filters (ADF). To detect the brightness of a welding arc, light sensors are positioned around the helmet’s ultraviolet and infrared safety-coated liquid crystal display (LCD) viewing lens, and the ADF automatically adjusts to an appropriate tint.

When a welder is not using his torch, the ADF adjusts the shade-level to #3 or #4, which is relatively easy to see through under normal lighting conditions. Nearly instantaneous with the initiating of a welding arc, the lens will darken to a tint from #9 to #13, depending on the brightness of the torch. Unlike standard lens helmets, which have a static #9 or #10 shade, the Optrel Satellite allows the wearer to pause in the middle of a weld and position the torch accurately to the welding joint, without having to raise the helmet. This is advantageous because it allows the welder to keep the helmet down throughout a job, ensuring safety while increasing efficiency and precision.

The Optrel Satellite also allows users to deactivate the ADF cartridge and manually adjust the lens shade to a setting suitable for a specific welding procedure. By pushing a button on the outside of the helmet, a welder can override the ADF and enable shade 4 grinding mode. In this mode, the user selects one of two shade ranges, #5-#9 or #9-#13, then dials in the preferred tint number using a knob on the helmet shell.

Compliant with ANSI Z87.1-2003, the Optrel Satellite also meets OSHA shade-level standards approved for use with all electrode sizes and arc currents employed in metal arc welding. It is not intended for use in laser or plasma welding.


TRACK – Wounded Warrior Project’s Education, Work, &Wellness Program

Based in Northvale, New Jersey (NJ), RCS Northvale supplies its customers across the United States with industrial-strength cleaning systems, construction products, and safety equipment. Besides managing client accounts and call center operations from the company’s NJ headquarters, President Jason Rubach leads RCS Northvale in its support of philanthropic organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Through the TRACK program, WWP provides education and civilian career training specially developed for Wounded Warriors, those who have sustained physical or mental injuries in military service since September 11, 2001.

With facilities in Jacksonville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas, TRACK enrolls teams composed exclusively of eligible Wounded Warriors in a 12-month education, career readiness, and support program. Thus, participants progress through the entire program among students who all share the experience of wartime injury. This increases participants’ chances of success by fostering an environment of peer encouragement and group identity not available to veterans in conventional academic settings.

The first of the three elements of TRACK is an educational unit that constitutes the first nine months of the program. TRACK teams take classes through Florida State College at Jacksonville or the Alamo College System in San Antonio. An approved Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, TRACK allows participants to concentrate on their studies by providing them with a subsistence stipend. TRACK also covers school-related expenses, such as class fees and text books. Those participants who go on to pursue vocational certificates or associate’s or bachelor’s degrees can obtain credit hours for their TRACK coursework.

After finishing the nine-month education segment, TRACK participants enter the work experience phase of the program and spend three months in an externship with a civilian employer. Placement with a local Jacksonville or San Antonio employer is conducted with the assistance of WWP.

Throughout all 12 months, participants are also engaged to take part in TRACK’s health and wellness program. Activities teach coping mechanisms for anxiety and depression, techniques for alleviating stress, and time management skills to balance school and work responsibilities. Additionally, the Health and Wellness Coordinator designs exercise regimens tailored to each Wounded Warrior’s abilities.