The new FV-500-20 weld fume source capture system with Ergomax fume guns from FumeVac (New Berlin, WI) is a highly effective, efficient and versatile system for dust and fume control. Unlike many other air extraction systems on the market, it can meet the stringent ACGIH guidelines and OSHA standards for mitigating harmful welding fumes, including manganese and hexavalent chromium. With a superior air flow rating that’s approximately 20 percent to 30 percent higher than the next best option on the market, this system captures fumes and dust that others can’t.
Key to the system’s ability to create a safer, healthier work environment is the new ErgoMax MIG gun. Designed to perform in even the most challenging welding environments, these guns offer the highest volume throughput of any competing guns. Compared to older fume guns that are heavy and bulky, this model is lightweight because it moves more air, effectively cooling the gun and allowing for a lighter design. Its 360 deg ball-joint flexible design and ergonomic handle additionally help reduce operator fatigue and enhance maneuverability and adaptability to a wide array of work positions. Constructed of high quality, durable materials, including copper alloy tips and crush- and heat-resistant vacuum hoses, the ErgoMax gun is designed for a long service life and easy maintenance. Both models – the 400A and 500A – come with low-friction liners to provide exceptional wire feeding performance that leads to consistent arc starts and weld stability.
A polished nickel-plated metallic outer neck tube provides additional heat dissipation for super cool operation, and a simple, high-strength stainless steel trigger provides additional durability. The gun works in conjunction with the FV-500-20 high-vacuum extractor to provide optimal filtration – as high as 99.97 percent. Multiple configurations are available, including a four-gun continuous duty unit. It can be adapted to handle up to eight guns of intermittent duty. An optional system component is the all-new FumeVac welding boom that provides added reach, expanding the available workspace. Available in multiple lengths to adapt to most applications, this boom features simple hand crank height adjustment, integral components for high vacuum delivery, and other features that make it a valuable addition to any work environment.
“We see this new gun as a real game changer,” said Chris Bailey, the company president. “Welders who have previously tried fume extraction guns will definitely see and feel the improvements we’ve made. This is like nothing else on the market when it comes to ease of use and maximum source capture capability. Of course, the gun can only reach peak performance when used as part of the entire FumeVac system. The before-after images we’ve captured from manufacturers that have tested out the system say it all. You can literally see the difference.”
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