Spotlight on the PELTOR Wireless Communication Accessory

Today we’re looking at an interesting new accessory as part of our PELTOR spotlight series. 3M has unveiled a wireless earmuff Bluetooth accessory to make your workday that much easier. Compatible with the X Series of PELTOR earmuffs, the cushion accessory is like any other replacement ear cushion. What is has extra, however, is a microphone and speaker that allows you to maintain communication with your team. This is a revolutionary product that can restructure workflow by allowing for easier movement of information.

 

Think of it as a stripped-down version of the elaborate communications sets we’ve shown here before, minus the voice-guided menus, densely structured frequency selection, and all those other bells and whistles. All that’s here is a simple mic and speaker that connects through Bluetooth with your external device, whether it’s a phone or a walkie-talkie or whatever else. This enables full conversations without interfering with your hearing protection. It’s all too common to see a worker in a loud area lift their ear cup to hear what their colleague or supervisor is saying, thereby exposing themselves to potentially dangerous noise. That’s unacceptable, yet many feel like there’s not much to be done about the noise problem, even with the sophisticated products that PELTOR offers.

 

The downside of PELTOR’s tech-heavy communication headsets is obvious: they’re expensive! The average construction manager can’t afford a $200+ headset for every single worker. The cushion accessory provides an imperfect solution to this problem by serving as a means of direct connection between team members that doesn’t have to break the bank. Important updates can be distributed in seconds across the work area, so no one’s out of the loop.

 

The accessory is designed to be easily wearable for hours at a time, integrated as it is into the supportive cushion itself. It’s resistant to harsh conditions in the environment, be they from sweat, rain, or whatever else the day throws at it. As for the noise, whether it’s from a jackhammer, a crane, grinding metal, or a roaring engine, you’ll be safely ensconced in a protective layer of comfort that lets you hear what you want to hear.

 

Workers shouldn’t have to expose their ears to hazardous noise to get the information they need to do their job, and hearing protection shouldn’t also isolate you from your work community. With this wireless accessory, these apparently irreconcilable situations have an elegant and permanent solution.

 

Keep in mind that this product is sold separately from the actual headset itself, and hygiene kits (also sold separately) are available to help keep it in top working condition.

Spotlight on the PELTOR Junior Earmuffs

I hope you all (assuming this blog has anything resembling a consistent readership) are having a great holiday season. The gift-giving may be behind us, but the spirit should live on. As we go back to the daily grind of our lives, we can’t forget those less fortunate than us, no matter how many distractions the world throws at us. The shapers of our society would like nothing more than for us to disregard the existence of the marginalized in our world. Extermination policies did not begin or end with the Third Reich; an undeclared war has been waged against undesirable populations for many centuries, and we see the casualties today in homelessness, economic inequality, racism, political corruption, addiction, and our broken healthcare system. Out of the many marginalized populations that take the brunt of this abuse, the autistic community is one of the less visible. You probably wouldn’t imagine the writer of this blog as autistic, but I am.

 

We’ve all seen the propaganda, mostly courtesy of pressure groups like Autism Speaks, portraying autism as a world-ending plague on mankind. Anyone living with an autistic loved one knows that this isn’t true, and that autism in its many manifestations is simply a difference that society doesn’t like. As autistic people start to speak up and advocate for themselves in the coming years, opposition from these hate groups will intensify.

 

Here at Enviro, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon in the reviews for one of our products, which is next in our PELTOR spotlight series. The PELTOR Junior earmuffs are designed for the younger set: children, teens, and infants. They’re a basic passive hearing protection product with an adjustable headband, vibrant colors, and deliberate exclusion of small parts that could pose a choking hazard. 3M doesn’t make clear what exactly the intended application is; kids don’t usually work in high-noise environments, so it would seem they’re intended for children who want to accompany their family to the gun range or out hunting. Which is great! It gives parents or other family members an opportunity to share their hobbies with their kids, maybe introduce them to something they’ll come to love themselves. That’s awesome.

 

In the reviews, however, it looks like our customers have found some more creative uses for them. A recurring theme is that they’re used for kids on the autism spectrum. Autistic kids are often hypersensitive to loud noise, especially when it’s sudden and unexpected. Earmuffs are an excellent solution to that problem, and the PELTOR Juniors are affordable and convenient. I think 3M would do well to refine the product further and market it directly to the special needs community. For example, one reviewer wishes the earmuffs were collapsible and could more easily fit in her purse. That’s an easy fix.

 

Obviously, Christmas is over and the time is past for you to buy a set for an autistic child or teen in your life, but the awareness is what counts here. It’s important, even on a tiny platform like mine, to push back against the mainstream notions of what autism is, how it works, and what should be done about it. I don’t think 3M cares much about us; they’re a massive conglomerate with their own agendas and concerns. But they made a product that serves a very real need, and it’s in the best interest of everyone involved to explore that relationship further. As for you, take the time to hear what autistic people actually have to say about autism, and cherish the autistic people in your life for who they are, while you still can.

Find out more about autistic issues from an autistic perspective at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Spotlight on the WorkTunes Pro

The grand 3M PELTOR parade continues, this time with the WorkTunes Pro. This headset offers an uncanny blend of high-quality hearing protection and built-in AM/FM radio listening capability. If that sounds familiar to the PELTOR Alert from a few months ago, the difference is that this is a passive hearing device without level-dependent noise cancellation technology, and therefore much cheaper.

 

3M’s hook for this product is that listening to music or radio while you work can be a great motivator to get you “ ‘in the flow’ of your workday” (the bizarre quotation mark placement is theirs). And this is definitely an impressive device, with a 26 dB noise reduction rating and inner workings isolated in their own compartment to prevent sweat exposure (something I always assumed was true of these products and seems odd to emphasize here). But my initial concern with the Alert is that having one’s attentions divided between physically demanding work with dangerous equipment and auditory entertainment or news seems like a recipe for disaster, even with the level-dependent technology. So, for that article, I emphasized the Alert’s applicability to leisure or home activities that involve loud noise, such as sport shooting or mowing the lawn.

 

I was a bit confused, then, when I encountered promotional material for the WorkTunes Pro that emphasized its use in the workplace, when it doesn’t have the level-dependent technology that enabled communication with coworkers and awareness of the environment that the Alert does. Wouldn’t it be even more dangerous to use a passive hearing protection device in situations with that kind of noise level? I was assuming that such situations would also involve heavy equipment moving around, be it a forklift or a winch or a saw whatever other object in the space that the wearer should be aware of for their own safety. That’s not always necessarily true, though. There are definitely jobs in controlled, safe environments that have loud occupational noise in the vicinity (a generator, for example) and will still require hearing protection. In that context, it’s up to the manager to decide if personal listening devices will be allowed.

 

The WorkTunes Pro features a voice-guided menu system that eliminates the need for dials and buttons. Simply tell it what station you want, your preferred volume, etc. and it will do the adjusting for you. It also announces when it’s low on battery, and will turn off automatically after 4 hours of non-use to conserve the battery. This won’t affect the hearing protection, just the media player. It’s also available as a hard hat attachment that goes with any 3M hard hat, which would seem to hew closer to my concerns above. 3M’s website mentions manufacturing facilities and industrial sites as being good applications for this device; all I can say is check with your manager or, if you are the manager, give it a good amount of thought before you allow personal listening devices in your workplace. The luxury of listening to music or talk radio just isn’t worth an accident.

Spotlight on the LiteCom BRS

Today we’re continuing our 3M PELTOR spotlight series with a look at the LiteCom BRS two-way radio headset. These high-end headphones offer not only top-notch hearing protection, but also full set-to-set communication on multiple frequencies. 3M goes the extra mile when engineering these products, and here at Enviro we make sure to provide only the best, so you get the best.

 

The LiteCom’s noise reduction rating (NRR) of 25 decibels allows for peace in the storm, or the factory, or the loading deck, wherever you happen to be. The soft padding on the headband and deep earcups allow for an unusual level of comfort, making it easy to wear for prolonged periods. The star of the show here, however, is the two-way radio.

 

The built-in two-way UHF radio is a cable-free communication system that can connect your whole team together to optimize productivity and communication. The microphone is engineered to filter out sounds beside speech, so you don’t get any unwelcome noise in your ears. If you go without talking for more than two hours, the headset switches off automatically to conserve energy. When you start talking again, the channel reopens within milliseconds, so no one should miss any of your words.

 

The headset itself also communicates with you, and may even start to feel like part of the team. When initially turned on, the unit notifies you of its battery status and guides you through a voice-activated menu. The 8 BRS channels and 38 CTCSS subchannels are compliant with the FCC’s narrowbanding mandate. When it switches off after two hours of inactivity as mentioned above, it tells you it’s doing so and you will hear a ten-second sequence of short tones.

 

The microphone sensitivity can be adjusted to your needs, though the manual informs that a lower level makes transmission easier. The only situation that would require a high setting would be in environments so noisy that it could simply drown your voice out. Otherwise, the mic should be fine at the default level. There’s also a feature humorously named “squelch,” which reduces the background hiss common to most communication systems. The squelch level can be adjusted similarly to the sensitivity. Again, this depends on your needs, in this case how far apart the units will be. A lower squelch level can permit transmission across longer distances.

 

The channel system is very sophisticated, with 8 primary channels that can be organized based on your needs; this team doing this job uses channel 1, another team uses 2, and so on. The 38 subchannels are more complicated. CTCSS stands for “continuous tone-coded squelch system,” and these frequencies can detect inaudible tones in human speech that determine whether the channel is open or closed. It’s all arcane and mysterious from where I’m sitting and I’m not going to pretend to know how it works, but it allows multiple conversations to be happening on the same frequency without audibly interfering with each other. Crazy, right?

 

The PELTOR LiteCom BRS headset is a great choice for employers trying to put together a hearing protection program for a high-noise environment.

Spotlight on the TEP-100

We’ve discussed at length 3M’s sophisticated level-dependent hearing protection technology, but this is a good place for a quick recap. Passive hearing protection, like the Optime 105 from our last post, blocks out most to all sound without discerning between one sound and another. Active protection (fancy protection, smart protection, expensive protection, call it what you will) incorporates an ambient microphone and sensory technology into its design that actually measures the noise level coming in, determines if it is dangerous based on a preprogrammed threshold, and either allows the sound to go through or cuts off the mic feed based on the result. All that happens in a fraction of a second. Today’s spotlighted product is also an active protection item, but instead of a headset like you usually see, the TEP-100 takes the form of a pair of removable earplugs.

 

At first glance, outfitting earplugs with this kind of technology seems like a bad idea. Plugs are notoriously prone to falling out, and adding a chunky piece of tech to the end would seem to make the problem worse. Fear not. Each plug is only 0.13 oz (about 3.7 grams), so if they’re being worn properly they should be secure in the ear. They’re also water-resistant, making them ideal for application in challenging environments.

 

The TEP-100 is designed to provide excellent hearing protection when things get loud and equally excellent ability to hear in quiet situations. In promotional materials, 3M particularly focuses on the tactical applications for law enforcement and soldiers. The online brochure has pictures of a line of armed men in silhouette, a man speaking into a walkie-talkie in night-vision green, a helmeted trainee pointing a gun around a corner. Tactical would seem to be the main context they want these to be used in. There’s a wrinkle to this, however. Amazon user E. B.’s review caught my eye while I was researching, and seems to indicate that 3M has somewhat oversold the TEP-100’s capabilities. It doesn’t mean they’re useless, just that you can’t always take a company’s information at face value. E. B. describes the plugs as being highly susceptible to wind noise (which the brochure says the mic port on the side is specifically meant to minimize) and that, because the units are identical, one of the mics is always facing backwards. He describes this creating a phenomenon of muffling in the left ear.

E. B. claims to be an avid shooter (“several hundred to several thousand rounds per month”), hunter, and Iraq veteran who has led dozens of combat patrols. I’m inclined to believe him based on the detail with which he fills his review (and others on his profile). A man with such credentials knows exactly what a tactical earplug needs. The sound quality must be pristine, and the sensors need to be sophisticated enough to indicate which direction the sound is coming from. The left-ear muffling in particular severely curtails perception of depth and direction. These flaws, he points out, make the TEP-100 “unusable for most types of serious hunting,” and would be “downright dangerous” on the battlefield. Personally I’m inclined to trust the vet, and if I were working at 3M I’d offer this guy a consulting job and rebrand the TEP-100 in a way that highlights the situations where it shines most: the shooting range.

 

Most people who work in a field that would require tactical ear protection probably have some degree of enthusiasm for guns and shooting, and may frequent a range for fun. Despite his harsh criticism, E. B. absolutely loves how these earplugs work when he’s at the range with friends. Everyone shoots in one direction (unless there’s an accident, God forbid) and the level of sonic detail that’s required in the woods or at war isn’t necessary there. You only need to protect your ears from shot blasts, but you also need the situational awareness that active protection can provide. The TEP-100 fills that role perfectly.

Spotlight on the Optime 105

Today we’re going to take a look at a hearing protection classic from 3M: the PELTOR Optime 105 earmuffs. These bad boys are time-tested and field-proven, rising in the ranks to become one of 3M’s (and ours) most popular baseline hearing protection products. They’re a great addition to any protection collection, whether you’re an employer looking out for your workers or a layperson looking for cheap and effective noise reduction without all the extra features of the more advanced products. Be it ever so humble, however, the Optime 105 is one of the most powerful protectors on the market.

 

As we’ve said before, harm done to the ears by excessive noise levels is irreversible, and often worsens so gradually that you don’t even notice until it’s too late. 3M’s leading position in the protection industry has been earned as they have consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in noise reduction, doing their part to curtail the rampant hearing loss in the labor industry. The Optime 105 represents a cornerstone of that achievement.

 

The 105’s signature design element is its “double-shell” earcups, featuring two nested cups on each side fused together with an inner layer of foam. This doubling serves to minimize resonance on the inside, providing optimal protection in extremely high-noise situations. This serves to completely muffle dangerous high frequencies while allowing you to still hear speech. Lab tests have given the Optime a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 30 decibels, which is slightly higher than they’re expected to perform in the field but is still the highest possible NRR. You’re highly unlikely to find protection this comprehensive for a competitively low price.

 

Also notable is their ergonomic qualities. The padded headband may not look like anything special, but it’s made of durable stainless steel that will resist warping and is designed to distribute weight across the surface area, which translates to a low-pressure fit on the skull allowing for hours of comfortable use. The sealing rings, likewise, are filled with foam cushioning that conforms to the unique shape of your head, creating a perfect seal with low contact against the skin.

 

The number 105 refers to 3M’s guideline noise level, in decibels, that the Optime works best in. 105 decibels is somewhere between a motorcycle engine and a jackhammer, neither of which are pleasant sounds for the average listener and which will damage the ears after prolonged exposure. If the Optime is worn correctly and cared for to keep it in good condition, it will work perfectly in that ballpark of the noise level spectrum. The sophisticated muffling design I’ve described will still perform at higher levels, however, so don’t be discouraged if it technically falls below the noise level in your workplace.

 

In a formalized working environment, these earmuffs should be used as part of a comprehensive hearing protection program in cooperation with OSHA. This will involve regular assessments of the noise level in the workplace and audiometric tests for the products themselves to ensure they are operating at full capacity. Life can be loud, and 3M is committed to raising awareness and quality of life for workers worldwide with products like the Optime 105.

Detective Sonics

Damage to the ears from hazardous noise levels is gradual and subtle, and cannot be reversed. It is absolutely necessary, as an employer, for you to protect the hearing of your workforce with an exhaustive auditory protection program in cooperation with OSHA. Today we’re continuing our 3M PELTOR series with a look at the Sound Detector SD-200, which can be used to measure noise levels in a space to determine if hearing protection is required to work there. The SD-200 instantly provides this vital data at the touch of a button and with intuitive user-friendly interface. When sound levels surpass one of three user-set thresholds, indicators on the unit will flash from green to yellow to red, reflecting the rising auditory danger.

 

Another key feature for accurately assessing noise safety in your workplace is measurement integration. Most areas don’t have a single, unwavering noise level over the course of a day. Machines start and stop, go into periods of high and low activity, and so on. The consequences of equipping workers with protection that neglects those higher noise levels is obvious. You also don’t want to give your employees more protection than they need. With this reality in mind, the SD-200 automatically calculates the average sound pressure level (SPL) over the course of a testing session, allowing you to visualize the “shape” of the soundscape you’re dealing with. There’s a “play/stop” button that initiates the run-time sequencing, and different mode screens you can scroll through will tell you the SPL average, maximum, minimum, alert trigger, and calibrated figures. Noting these will give you a better idea of workplace risk, and OSHA likes to see precise data.

 

Going deeper, we have something called “frequency weighting.” The SD-200 has filter settings that approximate human hearing at different SPLs. A typical reading will be weighted towards “A” frequency. This causes the meter to mimic typical human response to noise at lower levels, excluding frequencies at the extreme ends of what we can hear. “C” frequency weighting, on the other hand, represents how the ear responds to extremely high noise levels. You probably won’t need a reading at that level though; unless extraordinary conditions are present, you should be find measuring the sound with A frequency weighting, slow time response, and an exchange rate of 3 decibels, which are factory default settings for each unit.

 

As far as care and maintenance goes, this is by no means an indestructible device. As the manual says, “this product is not intrinsically safe” in explosive or flammable environments. The lithium polymer battery can cause serious personal injury if it explodes, so make sure you’re using it in a stable environment and don’t try to open up the unit to get at the battery. The unit should never be submerged in liquid (it’s wise to keep it away from condensation as well, which can affect accuracy) or stored in temperatures above 70°C (158°F). The battery plugs into any USB port, but should be charged within a window of 0-40°C (32-104°F), well within the temperature range of an average room. It’s also worth using it as often as possible, as the battery has a limited shelf life whether or not it actually gets used.

 

All in all, the SD-200 is an impressive piece of technology that can take hearing protection beyond guesswork, allowing for a level of precision that ensures the best auditory health for your workers.

I Dream of Hygiene

Yesterday I discussed 3M’s PELTOR Hearing Defender headset, which is ideal for rough and rugged jobs. It’s important to remember though: as impressively durable as these products are, they house extremely expensive and sophisticated technology. You don’t have to worry about dirt getting into the housing itself, but this is still a product worth taking care of in the long term. That’s why 3M provides hygiene kits and accessories to keep the equipment looking nice and lasting long.

 

For the microphone, it’s a good idea to have a windsock. As the term implies, it slips onto the head of the mic like your favorite socks, protecting it from airborne debris and cutting down on interference from the wind itself, just like a boom mic on a movie set. It will fit the microphones found on a wide variety (if not all) of 3M’s PELTOR products. Interestingly, it’s actually our single highest-selling PELTOR product.

 

Hygiene is important. We think we’re much cleaner than we are in America, and neglect areas of self-care that we should emphasize. This also extends to our property. We care more about how things look than how clean or safe they actually are, often not bothering to clean something until filth is visible. We’re a mess! In the case of PELTOR headsets, these hygiene kits come with replacement foam pads that maintain the attenuation levels of the headset itself. If you don’t keep up with replacing them (3M advises once or twice a year depending on usage) you won’t be getting the full value of the product. What a waste that would be, both of a great product and your money. These kits also provide easy replacement parts in the event of damage (note the two reviewers on our site who had the misfortune of their headsets being found by eager puppies).

 

The hygiene kits also include padding for the outer rim of the ear cup, the part of the headset that physically rests on the skin. You’ll probably be sweating to some extent out in the field so it’s a good idea to replace all the padding every six months in the interest of sanitation, especially if the headset is going to be shared between multiple users. You can wipe down the parts of the ear cup that actually rest on your head, but there will come a point where they’re simply too gross to continue using. Single-use hygiene pads are available in 100-pair boxes. They look kind of like band-aids that adhere to the padding and provide a clean surface that can be thrown away when the user finishes their work. They work fine and could bring the replacement rate for the main pads down to once a year, but not enough to eliminate the need for hygiene kits.

 

It’s not just a good idea to take care of your PELTOR products if you remember to, it’s actively protecting your investment and maximizing the value. We stand by the integrity of 3M and its products here at Enviro, and we want to make sure you have the best customer experience possible.

First Line of Defense

Enviro Safety Products has a long and prolific partnership with the research-and-development giant 3M, who have been providing us with their latest surprising innovations in protection and productivity for nearly 20 years now. This blog is going to start shifting away from situational and categorical topics (we’ll probably run a few of those pieces every so often) towards spotlighting specific 3M products. Today we’re going to look at the PELTOR ComTac III Hearing Defender. 3M’s PELTOR line of hearing protection sets an industry-wide standard for quality and convenience using sophisticated level-dependent functionality that keeps your ears protected while letting you hear what you want to hear.

 

The Hearing Defender’s name has a martial ring to it, which is fitting since this product and others like it have become standard issue in tactial settings for the military, law enforcement, and other public protectors. It’s an active hearing protection device with a microphone and inner programming that analyzes sounds and determines if it should muffle them for the wearer based on their volume, all within a fraction of a second. It’s called environmental listening, level-dependent functionality, or ‘talk-thru” (because it allows you to talk to people without removing or lifting the headset). Often with talk-thru systems you’ll get what’s called a clipping effect, in which the first few syllables or words of a sentence may be lost as the software kicks in, which can lead to garbled and misunderstood commands. The Defender’s refined reaction time eliminates that issue almost completely.

 

The headset is compatible with external communications systems (two-way radio, intercom, etc), which work completely distinct from the talk-thru function and, therefore, won’t be affected by electric failure or low battery. Such an event is highly unlikely given the battery’s superlative 500-hour life, but it’s always nice to have a failsafe. The headset has been rigorously tested in accordance with standards set by the Department of Defense, is designed with standard tactical helmets in mind, and can even function after being submerged in water.

 

The noise-cancelling microphone inside the ear cup can be moved to either side to accomodate left or right-handed shooters, or whatever other need the user may have depending on the situation. The ear cups themselves (which are actually providing the physical protection and would simply become passive in the event of outage or failure) come with a noise reduction rating of 20 decibels, which makes a huge difference in dangerously loud environments.

 

While you could say the military and law enforcement are the target audience for the Hearing Defender, it’s not just for those kinds of applications. Its spartan design and elegant functionality will resonate with certain kinds of personalities that don’t need (or want) the extra complications of a built-in radio or whatever else. Yet its field-tested ruggedness seems ill-suited for the factory floor. It ought to be outside in its element, and will probably appeal to folks working in construction, lumber, shipping yards, oil rigs, and the like. It’s not just for work, either. The level-dependant protection is ideal for sport hunters who need to hear the subtle noises of the forest without compromising their safety when it’s time to pull the trigger.

 

All in all, the Hearing Defender embodies the formula for excellence that 3M has honed over the decades. Its combination of sophisticated tech and down-to-earth function make it a simple choice for anyone working in environments with high noise levels.

Great Scott!, Pt. 2

As we announced on Tuesday, 3M is integrating Scott Safety into their impressive arsenal of safety equipment. Today I’m going to explore their line of gas and flame detection products. Before we go exploring it’s worth asking what exactly these products do. How does one “detect” gas or flame, and what does it matter? What’s the difference between these products and the thermal imagers we saw before? Thermal imaging is for when the fire is already in progress. These products are designed to head dangerous situations off at the pass and prevent fires from breaking out in the first place. Let’s start with gas detection.

 

Different gas detectors have different capabilities, intended for various environments and situations. For example, there’s the Protege Multi-Gas Monitor. It looks like a Tamagotchi from the 90’s, but this is a sophisticated piece of tech that can save lives. With the bush of a button it can analyze the atmosphere in a space to determine if hazardous gases and fumes are present. It can also analyze oxygen and carbon monoxide levels to determine the breathability of the air. OSHA uses devices like this to determine if respiratory protection is required (by law) in a given work area. These devices have to be unbelievably precise, and the craftsmen at Scott hold their products to that high standard. It can be hooked up to a computer and calibrated to your specifications. The single-gas version of the Protege comes with thirteen different “chemical sensors” that plug into the device one at a time to detect a particular gas. It’s slightly lower tech with fewer bells and whistles, but the same great performance.

 

Flame detection is a bit more arcane. Flame detection systems are similar to a smoke or heat detector in someone’s home, but far more advanced. The Flame Vision FV282f+, for example, uses triple infrared (IR3) sensing to verify and reverify the presence of a fire within seconds of it starting, minimizing false alarms. It’s ideal for areas with flammable chemicals that can ignite suddenly and burn rapidly, a process which usually creates massive amounts of dark smoke in a very short time. It comes with a CCTV camera built in that can send a live feed of the room to a security monitor, providing a visual of the situation (at least until the entire room is black with smoke). There’s also the FV-40, which has seven different models: IR1, IR3, multi IR, UV, UV/IR2.5, UV/IR4.5, and ultra-fast UV/IR. Which model you choose depends on many factors, such as the dimensions of a room, the potential fire hazards present, budget, etc. Standard UV, for example, can detect organic and inorganic flames (depending on the flammable material) but trades a slightly higher false alarm rate than the UV/IR models in favor of higher reaction speed.

 

This is just a taste of Scott Safety’s top-tier gas and flame detection products, which provide specific services that I haven’t known 3M to provide (though the conglomerate is vast, so they could very well have products like this already). The Scott brand is strong enough that a merger with 3M is a no-brainer, and the partnership will surely be a fruitful one, for them and us!