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Toluene – C7H8

This page presents information on toluene or methyl benzene (C7H8): characteristics, effects on health, detection devices & systems – Toluene gas detector – and proper respiratory protective equipment (gas mask or PAPR with A gas filter).

Toluene gas detector and C7H8 respiratory protection against hazards

Toluene properties

Heavily produced during the Second World War to produce TNT, methyl benzene (C7H8) – or toluene – is a volatile organic compound. This substance is now used in many fields of activities such as construction sites (paint solvent, glue or polish), printing plants (ink) or the pharmaceutical industry.  It can also be found in some petroleum products to enhance the octane rating in fuels.

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Toluene effects on health

Featuring a specific smell (dissolvent), toluene (C7H8) is a colorless, flammable and explosive gas. It reacts with many volatile organic compounds and oxidizers to produce even more explosive gaseous mixtures. This gas is also very harmful and even lethal if swallowed or absorbed by the breathing tracts. Chronic exposure can lead to severe effects to vital organs and can impair fetus health in pregnant women.

Toluene hazards and effects on health: why use a C7H8 gas detector

Toluene hazards and effects on health (C7H8)

Toluene gas detector - C7H8

Despite its detectable smell, only a toluene gas detector can accurately measure concentrations of this gas. Even if it can explode at 1.2% volume, an explosivity monitoring is pointless because this gas is highly toxic. It is then recommended to use a toluene detection equipment performing ppm measurements.

Featuring PID technology (photo-ionization sensor) and designed for organic vapor detection, the CUB COV detector (for volatile organic compound) offers ppb or ppm VOC and TAC (total aromatic compound) measurements.

  • volatile organic compounds detector for VOC monitoring
  • Product now obsolete replaced by: Pac 8000 OV detector
  • Ultra-light, discrete, robust and easy to use
  • High sensitivity measurement (from 0.001 ppm depending on the version) and high reactivity (less than 5 seconds)
  • Alarm levels triggered by concentration levels (86 dB audible alarm, LED and vibrating alarm)
  • Data-logging
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, China, USA and Canada (class I, II, III, Division I) approved
  • Additional information
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VOC detector CUB

Featuring PID technology (photo-ionization sensor) and designed for organic vapor detection, the CUB COV detector (for volatile organic compound) offers ppb or ppm VOC and TAC (total aromatic compound) measurements.

volatile organic compounds detector for VOC monitoring
  • Product now obsolete replaced by: Pac 8000 OV detector
  • Ultra-light, discrete, robust and easy to use
  • High sensitivity measurement (from 0.001 ppm depending on the version) and high reactivity (less than 5 seconds)
  • Alarm levels triggered by concentration levels (86 dB audible alarm, LED and vibrating alarm)
  • Data-logging
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, China, USA and Canada (class I, II, III, Division I) approved
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The CUB is a portable VOC detector with photoionisation detection (PID) technology designed to quickly and accurately detect volatile organic compounds, keeping workers safe within working environment. With parts-per-billion (ppb) sensitivity, the CUB personal gas monitor gives an early warning of exposure to hazardous gases. Comfortable and unobtrusive to wear, the CUB can be easily worn close to the breathing zone thanks to its crocodile clip and is to date the smallest, lightest, personal VOC detector available.

CUB personal detector has a dynamic range of 0 to 5,000 ppm – the widest on the market – measuring 480 selectable compounds. When worker exposure exceeds pre-set limits, an audiovisual and vibrating alarms alert users on hazardous gases concentrations. Readings are displayed on a bright, backlit LCD display with selectable data logging time. Its long duration battery enables a continuous operation during 16 hours when fully charged.

CUB’s patented photoionisation detection (PID) sensor technology has been independently verified as best performing for speed, accuracy and humidity resistant operation. The PID sensor’s Fence Electrode features a humidity resistant and anti-contamination design providing extended run-time in the most challenging environments. Thanks to this technology, the CUB gas detector offers fast response to hazardous gases and vapors (less than 13 seconds).

The CUB personal VOC monitor is available as a standard instrument with 10.6 eV lamp for accurately detecting a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in parts per million (ppm) levels. The CUBTAC ppm variant version with 10.0 eV lamp can accurately detect total aromatic compounds (TACs), including benzene. Both models can be quickly and easily upgraded with parts per billion (ppb) sensitivity.

This small and lightweight VOC portable detector is easy to use with a simple one button operation and an intuitive software. The instrument kit includes a charging docking station and calibration certificate.

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MX6 6 gas detector (EXPLO, toxic and/or VOC): very large range of detected gases (IR absorption or electrochemical sensor), volatile organic compounds (VOC) with photoionization (PID) from 0 to 2,000 ppm.

  • Detection of the combustible gases, CL2, CLO2, CO, CO2, H2, HCN, HCl, H2S, NO, NO2, NH3, O2, PH3, SO2, VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Colored graphic LCD display for better view on gases concentrations. Simultaneous and continuous display of all gases.
  • Available with optional sampling pump
  • User-friendly multilingual menu for easy operation
  • Additional information
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Multi gas detector – MX6 ATEX – UP TO 6 GASES

MX6 6 gas detector (EXPLO, toxic and/or VOC): very large range of detected gases (IR absorption or electrochemical sensor), volatile organic compounds (VOC) with photoionization (PID) from 0 to 2,000 ppm.

Portable gas detector MX6
  • Detection of the combustible gases, CL2, CLO2, CO, CO2, H2, HCN, HCl, H2S, NO, NO2, NH3, O2, PH3, SO2, VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Colored graphic LCD display for better view on gases concentrations. Simultaneous and continuous display of all gases.
  • Available with optional sampling pump
  • User-friendly multilingual menu for easy operation
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The MX6-iBrid gas detector is an high-tech portable multi gas detector. Thanks to its rechargeable ion-lithium (Li-ion) battery, it can operates around 24 hours continuously. The optional extended battery can replace the standard one and extend the autonomy up to 36 hours. A lighter version with AA battery is also available for 10 hours of operation.

The MX6-iBrid portable multi gas detector can detect up to 6 gases simultaneously according to the configuration (some locations are dedicated to specific sensors). A large range of gases is furthermore available: combustible gases, chlorine (Cl2), chlorine dioxide (ClO2), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrogen (H2), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3), oxygen (O2), phosphine (PH3), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and many volatile organic compounds (VOC).

The MX6-iBrid combines the highest sensor technologies for accurate measures. Oxygen and toxic gases are detected with an electrochemical sensor. Combustible and explosive gases are on the other hand detected with a catalytic sensor or through infrared absorption. This IR technology is also used to detect carbon dioxide. Lastly, volatile organic compounds are detected with a photoionization sensor (<10,6 eV).

This portable multi gas detector is considered as a high-technology device as it is the first portable gas detector featuring a colored display. This allows users to easily read events curbs of every gas without misunderstanding. The MX6-iBrid is compliant with the most demanding ATEX standards and with the IP67 ingress protection level thanks to its shock-resistant polycarbonate overmolded housing.

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The TVOC is a VOC (volatile organic compounds) detector with stationary photoionization for continuous accurate measurements.

  • VOC fixed detector
  • Product now obsolete replaced by: XDI PID fixed VOC detector
  • PID sensor: 10.6 eV lamp and Ion Science technology
  • Power supply: 5 to 23 VDC and 4-20 mA or IS 8 – 30 VDC output
  • 4 digit LCD display, 4 alarm colored LED
  • Measuring range: from 0 to 100 ppm and from 100 to 1,000 ppm
  • ATEX approved for use in hazardous areas
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Volatile organic compounds detector – TVOC

The TVOC is a VOC (volatile organic compounds) detector with stationary photoionization for continuous accurate measurements.

VOC fixed detector
  • Product now obsolete replaced by: XDI PID fixed VOC detector
  • PID sensor: 10.6 eV lamp and Ion Science technology
  • Power supply: 5 to 23 VDC and 4-20 mA or IS 8 – 30 VDC output
  • 4 digit LCD display, 4 alarm colored LED
  • Measuring range: from 0 to 100 ppm and from 100 to 1,000 ppm
  • ATEX approved for use in hazardous areas
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Especially designed to simultaneously detect from 1 up to 7 gases, the X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector can also be equipped with an external sampling pump to draw remote samples. For combustible gas (catalytic or infrared), amines, Cl2, ClO2, CO, CO2 (electrochemical or infrared), H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SO2 and volatile organic compounds (10.6 eV PID lamp) monitoring.

  • 7 gas monitor by Drager: the X-am 8000 multi gas detector with 5 sensors
  • Five sensor locations to detect up to 7 gases
  • Inductive charging
  • Colored display for easy readouts
  • Impact detection system
  • Optional external gas sampling pump
  • Additional information
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X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector

Especially designed to simultaneously detect from 1 up to 7 gases, the X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector can also be equipped with an external sampling pump to draw remote samples. For combustible gas (catalytic or infrared), amines, Cl2, ClO2, CO, CO2 (electrochemical or infrared), H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SO2 and volatile organic compounds (10.6 eV PID lamp) monitoring.

7 gas monitor by Drager: the X-am 8000 multi gas detector with 5 sensors
  • Five sensor locations to detect up to 7 gases
  • Inductive charging
  • Colored display for easy readouts
  • Impact detection system
  • Optional external gas sampling pump
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Especially designed for use in pump mode or diffusion mode, the X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector can simultaneously monitor up to 7 gases.

 

Particularly well-suited to perform control measurement before operating in confined spaces, the 7 gas monitor X-am 8000 can be equipped with an external sampling pump available in option. Using the pump mode is very convenient and useful to monitor spaces hard to access. Easy to mount and to remove, this pump requires no tools and is it very easy to switch from diffusion mode to pump mode.

 

Compact and discrete, this portable 7 gas monitor features 3 navigation keys and a colored display for easy and swift measurement values readout. Very convenient, this detector has been engineered for one-handed operation. As it is also robust and rugged, this multi gas detector is extremely efficient in hostile environments and in the harshest conditions.

 

This device also features three bright LED indicators based on a color code compliant with the NF EN 60079-29-1, NF EN 45544-1 and NF EN 50104 standards. This way, the red light indicates an alarm due to hazardous concentrations gas; the yellow light an alarm is related to a device failure –like a low battery status for example - and the green light indicates the proper operation of the device and that it is ready for use. In case of an alert event, audible (110 dB at 30 cm) and vibrating alarms are activated in addition to the visual alarm.

 

The 7 gas monitor X-am 8000 also integrates an impact detection system. This way, any mechanical impact that can damage the device is stored in the device’s memory. This data is stored in the device internal memory that can also store data on hundreds of exposure hours.

 

Lastly, the X-am 8000 portable mutli gas detector is powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be charged through an induction charger. Thanks to this innovative non-intrusive charging system, common issues from standard charging systems are removed – such as pin corrosion and contact problems.

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Based on gas chromatography (GC) and photo-ionization detection (PID) technologies, the Dräger X-PID 9500 is the first ever selective VOC (volatile organic compounds) gas detector providing analytical results worthy of laboratory tests.

  • Drager X-PID 9500 for discriminant VOC monitoring
  • Measurement unit with sampling pump (up to 10 meters)
  • High gas selectivity for precise VOC analysis
  • Reliable performance even in difficult conditions
  • Simple and fast use
  • ATEX, IECEX, RoHS, CE compliant
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X-PID 9500 Chromatography & PID VOC detector for selective analysis

Based on gas chromatography (GC) and photo-ionization detection (PID) technologies, the Dräger X-PID 9500 is the first ever selective VOC (volatile organic compounds) gas detector providing analytical results worthy of laboratory tests.

Drager X-PID 9500 for discriminant VOC monitoring
  • Measurement unit with sampling pump (up to 10 meters)
  • High gas selectivity for precise VOC analysis
  • Reliable performance even in difficult conditions
  • Simple and fast use
  • ATEX, IECEX, RoHS, CE compliant
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Used in a complete gas detection system or as a stand alone monitor, the VOC detector XDI-PID is dedicated to  volatile organic compounds monitoring. This fixed detector with a photoionization lamp is an ATEX certified transmitter, with a 4-20 mA linear output, a digital display and alarm relays.

  • VOC monitor, volatile organic compounds fixed detector with PID lamp
  • ATEX VOC detector
  • 4-20 mA output + 3 configurable alarm relays (alarms and/or fault)
  • Humidity-resistant (no compensation needed)
  • Solid and resistant device for the most demanding environments
  • Large optional backlit LCD display
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Fixed VOC detector XDI PID

Used in a complete gas detection system or as a stand alone monitor, the VOC detector XDI-PID is dedicated to  volatile organic compounds monitoring. This fixed detector with a photoionization lamp is an ATEX certified transmitter, with a 4-20 mA linear output, a digital display and alarm relays.

VOC monitor, volatile organic compounds fixed detector with PID lamp
  • ATEX VOC detector
  • 4-20 mA output + 3 configurable alarm relays (alarms and/or fault)
  • Humidity-resistant (no compensation needed)
  • Solid and resistant device for the most demanding environments
  • Large optional backlit LCD display
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C7H8 respiratory protection

As toluene is highly toxic, it is advised to wear a purifying respiratory protective equipment such as half-masks or full-face masks for short interventions or a much more comfortable powered air purifying respirator equipped with a type A filtering cartridge. The use of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA or airline system) is mandatory if the toluene concentration exceeds 60 times the OEL in the concerned environment.

Half-mask respirator X-plore 3300 with innovative mounting system for optimal operating comfort. This Gas mask is fully compatible with the X-plore bayonet filter cartridge range.

  • half mask respirator , dual cartridge gas mask Dräger X-plore 3300
  • Flexible nose area for optimal sealing
  • Reduced and cost-effective maintenance
  • Large field of view
  • Innovative X mounting system
  • Large range of compatible filters
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Half-mask respirator X-plore 3300

Half-mask respirator X-plore 3300 with innovative mounting system for optimal operating comfort. This Gas mask is fully compatible with the X-plore bayonet filter cartridge range.

half mask respirator , dual cartridge gas mask Dräger X-plore 3300
  • Flexible nose area for optimal sealing
  • Reduced and cost-effective maintenance
  • Large field of view
  • Innovative X mounting system
  • Large range of compatible filters
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Available in three different sizes – S (small), M (medium) and L (large) – the X-plore 3300 half mask respirator has been designed to provide maximum comfort to its user.

Made of soft material, this dual cartridge respirator features a specific design especially well-suited for use in addition to head protective units and safety goggles. Thanks to a soft and flexible nose area and the lateral location of air purifying filters, the X-plore 3300 gas mask provides its user with large field of view and optimal adjustment. Because of a specific X design of the harness, this dual cartridge respirator is very easy to don and to remove and fits perfectly with the user’s face. Moreover, this harness allows better weight balance and enhances comfort of use without pressure.

Particularly cost-effective, the X-plore 3300 half mask also features reduced maintenance. The right choice for operators who need comfortable respiratory protective equipment at lower prices.

Finally, the X-plore 3300 respiratory protective half mask respirator is made for use with the X-plore series bayonet filters. This filtering cartridge range combines air purifying power to modern design for an optimal comfort of use. Thanks to their rugged plastic design, these filters are highly resistant.

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The X-plore 5500 is a full facepiece respirator mask especially designed to provide its users breathing and visual protection against gases and particles.

  • X-plore 5500 gas mask by Drager: dual filter respirator
  • Airtight and secured design
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • 180° large field of view
  • Efficient ventilation system
  • Compatible with the X-plore filters range
  • Additional information
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Full facepiece respirator X-plore 5500

The X-plore 5500 is a full facepiece respirator mask especially designed to provide its users breathing and visual protection against gases and particles.

X-plore 5500 gas mask by Drager: dual filter respirator
  • Airtight and secured design
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • 180° large field of view
  • Efficient ventilation system
  • Compatible with the X-plore filters range
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Especially designed to provide an optimal protection in presence of gas or particles, the X-plore 5500 full facepiece respirator is widely used in many industrial applications (particularly in the chemical and steel industries) but also shipyard industry…

Equipped with a visor made of polycarbonate or triplex glass, the X-plore 5500 mask provides its wearer a large field of vision without distortion. The polycarbonate panoramic visor features a frame made of plastics and is highly resistant to shocks while the glass visor – with stainless steel frame – is treated against scratches and chemical products.

The mask itself features a specific dual seal with triple sealing edges to offer optimal tightness and protection. The body of the dual filter gas mask is made of ultra-resistant EPDM elastomer that fits any morphology and face shape. This way, the mask remains comfortable to wear. Moreover, thanks to its unique standard size, this full facepiece respirator is easy to transport and to store.

As it is a respiratory protective full face mask, steam can appear on the visor. In order to resolve this matter, the le X-plore 5500 is equipped with a special integrated ventilation system. This system has been engineered to protect the visor against any risk of condensation in order to ensure clear view in any situation.

Thanks to its comfortable 5-point flanged harness, the X-plore 550 can be worn and removed easily and quickly. Moreover, its connecting straps have been especially designed to avoid pressure on the head or the face of the user.

The X-plore 5500 dual filter gas mask features two connectors located on both sides to connect two air filtering cartridges. Furthermore, as the filters are positioned laterally and backwards, the field of vision of the user remains perfectly unobstructed. This breathing protection equipment is fully compatible with the X-plore series bayonet filters. These filters are especially designed to provide optimal protection against harmful gases, vapors and particles. Thanks to their bayonet connection system, they can be easily and quickly installed in order to operate as soon as possible.

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The X-plore 6300 is a respiratory protective full face respirator. Cost effective, this is an ideal solution for industrial applications, providing users comfort and air purifying performance.

  • The X-plore 6300 full face respirator, a single filter gas mask by Dräger
  • Universal size
  • Large field of view
  • Hypoalergenic material
  • Integrated ventilation system
  • Compatible with X-plore Rd 40 filter series
  • Additional information
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Full face respirator X-plore 6300

The X-plore 6300 is a respiratory protective full face respirator. Cost effective, this is an ideal solution for industrial applications, providing users comfort and air purifying performance.

The X-plore 6300 full face respirator, a single filter gas mask by Dräger
  • Universal size
  • Large field of view
  • Hypoalergenic material
  • Integrated ventilation system
  • Compatible with X-plore Rd 40 filter series
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The X-plore 6300 single filter gas mask is a respiratory protective device that has been especially designed for use in industrial environments.

Made of ultra-resistant and hypoalergenic EPDM elastomer, this full face respirator features a dual airtight seal for maximal reliability, comfort and safety. Cost-effective, this mask fits perfectly in any morphology and any face shape witout annoying its wearer.

The large facepiece visor is made of PMMA plexiglass (polymethyl methacrylate) and features a plastic frame to offer a large 180° field of view without distorsion and an outstanding panoramic view. This visor is also especially treated to be scratch resistant. Moreover, the X-plore 6300 mask is equipped with an integrated ventilation system in order to avoid presence of steam and condensation inside the full facepiece.

Thanks to its universal size and its 5-point specific harness, this respirator is very easy to don and to remove. The special design of its donning straps avoids any pressure on the head or the face of the user. This way, the X-plore 6300 can be worn during long periods of time without annoying the user. taille. Furthermore, thanks to this standard size and its low weight – approximately 500 grams – the X-plore 6300 single cartridge respirator is easier to carry and to store.

Lastly, this respiratory protective full face respirator is fully compatible with X-plore Rd 40 series filters. These filters feature universal 40 mm connector threads in compliance with the EN 148-1 European standard. These filters are especially designed to purify air from any contaminant that could be harmful for the user. This filter range provides reliable and efficient protection in any situation against toxic substances – gas or particles. Thus, the X-plore 6300 single filter gas mask can be equipped with a particle filter, a gas filter or a combined filter to respond to any demanding application.

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The X-plore 8000 is a powered air purifying respirator especially designed to provide a reliable and convenient respiratory protection solution. Fully modular, this system can operate for at least 4 hours with only one charge for safe applications.

  • The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator system by Dräger enhanced positive pressure respirator
  • Rugged design for daily use
  • Modular and versatile
  • Comfortable and secured with rubber protectors
  • Easy to disassemble for easy servicing
  • Compatible with a large range of accessories
  • Additional information
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PAPR respirator system X-plore 8000

The X-plore 8000 is a powered air purifying respirator especially designed to provide a reliable and convenient respiratory protection solution. Fully modular, this system can operate for at least 4 hours with only one charge for safe applications.

The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator system by Dräger enhanced positive pressure respirator
  • Rugged design for daily use
  • Modular and versatile
  • Comfortable and secured with rubber protectors
  • Easy to disassemble for easy servicing
  • Compatible with a large range of accessories
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The X-plore 800 PAPR respirator system has been especially designed to enable its user to operate safely in toxic environments. Thanks to its robust designIP65 certified against dust and water jets – this positive pressure air purifying respiratory protective device is particularly well-suited for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX).

The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator system is composed by a rugged casing that can includes a whole range of specific PAPR filters in order to meet requirements of almost any industrial application. A breathing hose available in three different versions and a face piece (PAPR mask or hood) complete this system. The device can be worn with a special belt and can be equipped with a standard battery, which provides at least 4 hours run time, or a high capacity battery for an extended run time of at least 8 hours. The belt ensures optimal comfort of use and perfect weight balance. This positive pressure respirator has been especially engineered to fit perfectly the user without disturbance.

Available in standard version as well as ATEX certified fireproof version, the X-plore 8000 respirator features protected air inlets which ensure that no dust, water or even sparks come into contact with filters.

Thanks to its enhanced technology, the PAPR respirator system automatically detects the connected face piece in order to adjust the injected airflow. Integrated temperature and pressure sensors in the housing also enable the automatic adjustment of the airflow. A wide range of face pieces – PAPR hoods & masks - is available to meet even the most demanding requirements from any application. This way, the housing of the X-plore 8000 can be connected to half-hoods, full hoods, protective visors, helmets, half-masks, panoramic masks or even helmets specifically dedicated to welding activities.

The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator also features a smart alarm system which purpose is to alert user in case of problems. This way, if the air flow is not sufficient or in case of low battery status, visual (operational display), acoustic (80 dBA at 1 meter) and vibrating alarms activate to alert user of the failure. Moreover, an integrated optical sensor avoids any use without a filter for an optimal safety of use.

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