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At Steel Guard Safety Corp, we are committed to providing high-quality welding products designed to fit a wide variety of industrial safety needs. Our dedication to customer service means we always go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are equipped for every industrial need, whether through the use of our heavy-duty products, or the helpful information and tips we provide. One question we commonly receive is, how often should you replace your welding curtains?
The various materials that make up modern welding curtains each have their own useable life. Under normal conditions, it can take up to 50 years for photo degradation to happen from the sun with PVC. However, the harshness of the UV radiation present while welding brings this number down. Welding produces intense light that covers both visible and non-visible light. Wavelengths from 200 nm to 1,400 nm are emitted in welding radiation. That means UV A, B, and C light hitting your retina. UVC has the highest energy and is responsible for the most damage. The radiation is intense enough that even being exposed to reflections of the light from a welding arc can result in conditions like arc eye.
PVC is often the material that binds everything together. It is Depending on the usage, vinyl curtains will last 7-10 years before they start cracking. Nylon will often be added to add strength and make the curtains more resistant to tears. The nylon will also degrade, but at a slower rate. Welding curtains are designed to take the abuse of radiation, what will affect their useable life more is how close they are placed to the process. If the curtains are set up too close to the operation, allowing sparks and slag to burn-in, they won’t last.
Barriers such as welding curtains or protective screens are vital for protecting welders and those working nearby from the ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation, and intense visible light caused by welding. Ideally, welding curtains should be replaced if they show any sign of wear, frayed hems or seams, mildew, rotting, or holes that cannot be patched. With high-intensity processes like welding, by the time you are starting to see the wear, the product is likely compromised. How strictly this advice should be adhered to depends on where the curtains are placed. If they are close to the action, they will need to be monitored more closely.
High-quality safety curtains, such as those manufactured by Steel Guard Safety Corp., can provide years of protection for your workplace. In fact, our premium manufacturing and materials come with a 6-year warranty on heat welds and sewn seams. Here at Steel Guard, we don’t just talk about durability; we redefine it.
We’re proud to offer top-quality, long-lasting safety curtains, screens, blankets and weld strips to protect your workers from the unique risks and hazards of welding. Our wide selection of industrial-strength fabrics and mounting options can be customized to meet your individual welding project needs and requirements.
That being said, never risk exposure. Request a quote today on safety curtains you can trust to keep your workplace and employees safe. If you’d like to know more about our safety products, or have further questions on replacing welding curtains, contact us today. We’ll be happy to give you the information you need. We look forward to hearing from you!