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Country France

The challenge

Mr. Guy Duret, Design Engineer of Manitowoc Cranes for Potain products, explains the challenge:

“Welding fumes are extremely fine and volatile, and contain suspended metal particulates. We wanted to protect our operators from those particles. Some welding places were already provided by source extraction (extraction arms), but the size of the components we fabricate made it impossible to use only source extraction. Anyway, the multiple arm system was not fully satisfactory, as it did not offer complete protection for welders and non-welding personnel. They were still exposed to welding fumes. This is why we decided to use personal protective equipment. At the same time, we were also looking for a more complete solution to make the entire atmosphere in the workshops healthier.”