There is a new telescoping-arm option available for some models of Miller Electric Mfg.’s Filtair fume-extraction systems, offering users the possibility of maximizing workspace — notably in welding training centers where the welding booths may be smaller than in commercial or industrial operations.

The telescoping arm is available for Miller’s Filtair SWX series stationary fume extractors, and the Filtair 2000-12000 centralized system models.

It is offered as an 8-inch diameter version for the SWX series, and 6- or 8-inch diameter versions for the Industrial Centralized fume extraction systems. Both systems are effective welding-fume capture technologies that address the safety and compliance standards for work and training environments.

The arm can be shortened or extended between 3 and 4.5 feet, depending on the weld booth space requirements, so it is easy for users to adjust the fume extraction system to the effective length for capturing welding fumes, and thus to maintain a safe, clean environment.

The new arm style also offers a wide range of motion, so the users can adjust it to various angles for maximum performance.

Standard fume extraction arms are significantly longer, with options for 7-, 10- or 12-foot lengths, and typically better suited for use outside of standard weld booths.

Miller explained that the telescoping arm complements the fume extraction capabilities of its Filtair systems. Filtair SWX systems are designed to be wall- or column-mounted where welding areas are near the filtration system. Industrial Centralized Filtair models are part of a high-volume engineered system designed to manage weld-fume particulate via installed ductwork in larger facilities.

Both the SWX and Industrial Centralized systems are designed to incorporate high-efficiency filters capable of capturing up to 99% of fumes from the welding environment.

The developer also claimed that FilTek XL surface-loading filters last up to twice as long as many competing styles, and provide more efficient airflow through the filter, resulting in lower operating costs, stronger suction power and a cleaner work space.