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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Redi-Care First Aid Kits

RCS Northvale is a distributor of custom safety products and cleaning systems based out of Northvale, NJ. Led by President Jason Rubach, RCS Northvale provides customers with a variety of specialty items, including first aid kits.

nr-018500-4222Redi-Care is one of the most trusted brands in the first aid kit industry. Large Redi-Care First Aid Kits are packed in a durable nylon bag fitted with a strap that makes the large kit easy to transport from one site to another. All Redi-Care kits meet ANSI requirements for first aid kits in the workplace, indicating the inclusion of gauze pads that measure at least 16 square inches, a box of adhesive bandages, some form of cleansing agent that can be applied to open wounds, and latex gloves. All workplace first aid kits must also include information for contacting emergency help. There are medium-size and small Redi-Care kits in addition to the large model, as well as specialty models that include belt loops for improved mobility and CPR barriers.