March 11, 2008
The Speedglas™ SL (super-light) welding helmet and autodarkening filter (ADF) from 3M™, St. Paul, Minn., recently received an international Red Dot Design award. With more than 7,000 submissions from 60 countries, the international Red Dot program ranks among the largest and most renowned design competitions in the world, 3M reports.
The helmet, which is 25 percent lighter than 3M's previous ADF helmets, uses a liquid crystal cell design and lighter materials. The company says the ADF can be used with all arc welding processes, including MMAW, MIG/MAG, GTAW, and microplasma.
Each year an international jury reviews and evaluates submitted products according to criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, and quality. Additional information about the Red Dot Design award is available at www.red-dot.de.