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.

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