The future of full face innovation from 3M
23 January 2013
Diversified technology company 3M has been at the forefront of innovation in respiratory protection for decades and is the market leader in Western Europe Now, 3M has launched a range of full face masks designed for m
Now, 3M has launched a range of full face masks designed for maximum comfort and flexibility in the most demanding environments.
The FF-400 Full Face Mask Series by 3M has been engineered to be durable, robust and versatile and is packed with advanced design features which optimise functionality and wearability.
In developing the new range, responding to customer needs was the key influencer. Jim Betz, senior product development engineer at 3M, explains: "Customer priorities were where we put our efforts to innovate. They enabled us to deliver solutions that mattered to them." 3M interviewed more than 250 customers worldwide, across 12 industries. They expressed a desire for a product that was effective, suitable for a range of demanding applications and could be worn for long periods of time comfortably.
Nathan Abel, senior industrial designer at 3M, adds: "In designing the FF-400 Series I wanted to understand, address and solve customer needs. The series is designed to be completely intuitive and comfortable to the user." The new mask features a large lens for superior peripheral vision and delivers the highest class of optical clarity: EN 166 Class 1. The lightweight, streamlined design and low profile of the mask ensures more equal weight distribution, reducing pressure to the nose cup.
In addition, the FF-400 Series is the only full face mask available with Scotchgard Protector by 3M - a specialist scratch-resistant coating that makes the lens more resistant to dirt, paint and stains - keeping the lens clear and making it easier to clean.
The mask also features the Cool Flow Exhalation Valve by 3M to minimise breathing resistance and prevent heat and moisture build up, delivering a cooler and more comfortable wearer experience.
Anja Buchan of 3M Safety Solutions explains: "In demanding environments where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential and may need to be worn for long periods of time, it is crucial that items not only offer the level of protection needed but are also comfortable for the wearer.
"The FF-400 Series features a soft, silicone nose cup and face seal and is available in three sizes to suit a broad range of face shapes. The mask is also durable, with long-lasting harness straps pulled more than one million times in durability testing.
They are also compatible with hard hats." Andy Viner, senior research specialist at 3M, adds: "The product is an excellent balance of simplicity and durability. A tremendous amount of testing and review went into the design of the final product and I believe that when a customer picks up an FF-400, they get a sense of that effort. The design of every component balances the need for functionality and style and when a wearer can see how everything fits together they think 'that makes sense to me - I see how it all goes together and I believe it will protect me'." The FF-400 Series utilises a twin, bayonet connector system for the added benefits of improved weight distribution and balance. The system also enables a secure fit between the mask and all 3M bayonet-style gas/vapour and particulate filters.
The masks are fully maintainable and a selection of complementary accessories are available including lens covers, a spectacle kit and the new 107 Carry/Storage Bag for Full and Half Face Masks by 3M.
For further information and to request a free trial visit www.3M.co.uk/FF400 or call 0870 60 800 60 (UK) or 1 800 320 500 (Ireland).
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