Case study welding goggles

Maximum protection in the workplace

New generation of polycarbonate welding goggles

Safety is a top priority at Covestro. Our polycarbonate materials help reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace and at home, and during sports and leisure activities.

Industry: Consumer ProductsSafety & Security 
Application: UVEX welding goggles
Product: Makrolon FP3087 polycarbonate

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Tinted protective goggles made of materials other than polycarbonate, such as glass, generally change color perception. This makes it difficult for users to distinguish between different colors. In some cases, users may be forced to remove the goggles, putting them at risk of getting hit by flying particles.

Covestro and UVEX ARBEITSCHUTZ GmbH collaborated to produce a new generation of welding goggles using Makrolon® FP3087 polycarbonate. The goggles – in a gray tint – provide optimal protection, because they enable welders to clearly recognize signal colors such as yellow, red or blue despite the tinting of the lenses. Color Competence & Design Center (CCDC) provided color matching services to UVEX.

Makrolon® FP3087 polycarbonate fulfills the color perception requirements defined in the standard EN 172 for personal eye protection with sun glare filters for industrial use. The safety goggles also provide protection against ultraviolet and infrared radiation. With thicknesses between 2 and 3 millimeters, they correspond to Protection Stages 1.2 to 7.0 and satisfy the transmission requirements defined in the standard DIN EN 169 for filters for welding and related techniques.

The main properties of Makrolon® FP3087 polycarbonate are:

  • High impact strength
  • Excellent colorability
  • Optical properties / High transparency
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