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MSA showcase next generation in safety technology and innovation at A+A

MSA recognise that for industries that require personnel to work at heights, such as wind energy, utilities, construction, telecommunications and transportation, where safety standards are more stringent than ever, the demand for high-quality fall protection equipment has never been greater.

In line with this safety at heights focus, MSA Safety showcased a broad new line of innovative fall protection devices at the A+A Show in Dusseldorf, Germany, October 17 to 20.

Among those products was MSA’s new line of V-Series Harnesses which include a lightweight and durable model called the V-FORM harness, as well as a padded and tailored V-FIT option. Both models feature fully adjustable straps, comfort features and dual load indicators to alert wearers that the harness has been involved in a fall event. The V-FIT model also includes shoulder and leg padding for increased comfort.

MSA also unveiled its new V-SHOCK Personal Fall Limiter (PFL) which, when used with a compatible MSA harness, quickly and effectively slows and halts a wearer’s descent in the event of a fall. The V-SHOCK PFL incorporates MSA‘s patented spring radial energy- absorbing technology that requires no calibration or adjustment. It also features a super- strong rubberised casing to provide exceptional durability, making it ideal for the building and construction industry sectors.

The V-Series range of fall protection equipment is named after MSA’s iconic V-Gard® safety helmet, which is used by millions of workers across the globe. The V-Series line, when used in conjunction with MSA’s suite of Latchways engineered lifelines, offers one of the highest levels of fall protection available today. It also means MSA can offer customers a full portfolio of work-at-height solutions, ranging from permanent guard rails and engineered lifelines to personal protective equipment (PPE).

Also making its expo debut was the company’s new mobile Fall Protection Training Centre, a fully-equipped vehicle capable of interactive fall protection product demonstrations. The vehicle was on hand throughout the show and located outside.

In addition to fall protection equipment, MSA offers a complete portfolio of safety solutions, ranging from self-contained breathing apparatus to fixed gas and flame detection systems, to industrial head protection products and fire and rescue helmets, plus training and product selection expertise – all with the singular goal of helping protect workers on the job.

MSA also shone a spotlight on its wireless gas detection technology, highlighted by the ALTAIR 4XR Multigas Detector which provides real-time alarm and event notifications, with speed, reliability and durability that delivers an entirely new level of gas detection performance. With Bluetooth connectivity, the ALTAIR 4XR detector is a four-gas device that, when paired with the MSA ALTAIR Connect app, can text alarm notifications to supervisors and team members.

With a focus on reducing the overall cost of ownership for safety investments, MSA also presented game-changing technology in the area of “fixed” gas and flame detection solutions. Specifically, its new line of ULTIMA X5000 Gas Monitors with advanced OLED display, two sensor inputs, and MSA XCell gas sensors with extended calibration periods.

This ULTIMA X5000 monitor is the first product to have two sensor inputs into the one transmitter – meaning coverage is doubled. The ULTIMA X5000 is powered by a series of best-in-class sensors and its performance is assured by the industry’s most comprehensive warranty coverage. MSA is also introducing a new breakthrough with TruCalTM technology on selected XCell toxic gas sensors.

TruCal technology compensates for sensor drift caused by environmental changes. In other words, users don’t have to touch or calibrate the detector for up to a year and a half. The high-resolution OLED display has been designed in such a way that users can tell at a glance the status of the detector, keeping safety as easy as possible.

As a leader in FGFD technology, the company also displayed new technology driven by its 2016 acquisition of UK-based Senscient. The Senscient ELDS is a laser-based open path gas detector providing unmatched filtering technology to reduce the likelihood of nuisance alarms. Available for a wide range of toxic and flammable gases, it utilises Bluetooth technology to provide a wireless solution that offers fast response time for safety-critical ventilation zone and cross duct application.

For more information visit www.msasafety.com

Image shows the new mobile MSA mobile Fall Protection Training Centre, a fully-equipped vehicle capable of interactive fall protection product demonstrations.

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<p>Digital Editor for MDM Publishing Ltd</p>

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