Optimum Comfort, Trusted Protection

Optimum Comfort, Trusted Protection
3M™ Speedglas™ 9100 Welding Shield
Optimum Comfort,
Trusted Protection
We meet the challenge
of welders worldwide
Welders tell us
what’s optimum
In 1981 we turned the world of welding on its head by
introducing the first comercially-viable auto-darkening
welding filter. Ever since then the Speedglas™ brand and the
technology behind it has been the standard to which others
Continually inspired by welders
For almost three decades now, we have worked closely
with welders, safety engineers and ergonomic specialists
to constantly improve the performance and comfort of our
products. And we’ve persistently collected user insights and
comments from around the world to inspire us to create this,
our next generation of welding protection.
Our Voice of Customer studies revealed the following user
”Coverage is key.”
We made the new shield deeper and wider, providing greater
coverage of ears, neck and sides of the head.
”The shield must be comfortable to wear.”
We’ve totally changed the interface between the welder’s
head and the shield’s suspension system, eliminating pressure
points, optimizing its center of gravity, and adding multiple
adjustment options.
”The welding shield must be reliable.”
The Speedglas 9100 shield and auto-darkening filters are
based on our more than 25 years of expertise in developing
and producing extraordinarily reliable and durable equipment
for highly-discriminating professional welders.
Our sincere thanks to the professional welders that contributed
their thoughts and experiences to the development of the
Speedglas 9100 shield – we hope you will enjoy the results!
”Fits just the way
I want it to”
The comfort of the Speedglas™ 9100 shield is the result of
extensive research and development processes. We consulted
with international experts in ergonomics and anatomy to
ensure that we would produce the most comfortable and
protective welding shield ever.
”This changes how I experience welding”
Professional welders marvel at the stability and balance of
the shield in all positions - up, down or anywhere in between,
the new pivot location keeps leveraged forces to a minimum.
With our new patented head suspension we avoid pressure on
vulnerable nerves, arteries and acupressure points; areas that
might cause pain or discomfort if they are set under pressure
for a period of time.
“So many more options!”
Welders are delighted to see all the filter options: A grinding
shade 3. Gas welding shade 5. Micro-plasma welding shade
8. Arc welding shades 9 through 13. Sensitivity settings for
normal welding to low-amp inverter TIG welding, and even
low-sensitivity setting for when other welders are working
nearby. More versatility, greater optimization… and more
user satisfaction.
The new head suspension system provides
for several adjustment combinations, so the
welder can “fit” the shield to his personal
preferences and comfort settings.
Designed for
ultimate protection
Safety is our ultimate directive; all features must inevitably
enhance the user’s protection. Even our improved comfort
designs are ultimately rooted in safety: a shield can only work
when the user wants to continually wear it. By enhancing the
shield’s performance at all levels, we have made the most
appealing - and compelling - professional welding shield
within the Speedglas™ range.
Great tools let you concentrate
Precision welding is demanding, but with the Speedglas
9100 shield you can fully concentrate in safety and comfort.
Protecting your eyes and face from radiation, heat, and sparks
- while providing an accurate view of your work area - your
Speedglas 9100 shield might soon be considered your most
important welding tool.
The shield is made from a
lightweight, but durable material
that meets the mechanical strength
requirements of EN 175 level ”B”
and ANSI Z87.1-2003.
An auto-darkening welding
filter with superior optical
performance enables
constant, comfortable vision.
Ultraviolet (UV) and infrared
(IR) radiation protection at all
times, in all states.
Increased coverage for
ear and side of neck.
Heat reflecting silver front.
SideWindows: Exclusive, patented shade 5 filters that
widen your field of vision. SideWindows enable you to be
more aware of nearby moving machinery, tools and other
peripheral hazards.
Increased coverage for lower neck from heat
and welding sparks. Also available: flameresistant Tecaweld™ protector for extended
neck and ear coverage. See page 14 for more
The shield is available with or without SideWindows;
welders can also use removable cover plates for when
peripheral vision would be distracting.
A head suspension
that shapes to your head
The outside of the human head is lined with nerves, arteries,
and acupressure points. Applying pressure to some of these
spots actually makes a person feel fatigued.
Working with Western and Chinese medical experts, we
mapped out the vulnerable areas of the head and avoided
them with our new head suspension design. Then, we
created a design that better cradles the head. As a result, you
do not need to tighten the headband as much as you do on
conventional headbands to firmly hold the shield on your head.
Two crown straps gently saddle the
top of the head for increased shield
stability and better weight distribution.
Both straps are adjustable to fit
virtually all head shapes and sizes.
The back portion of the headband
is self-adjusting and swivels to
fit different head shapes.
When wearing a cap
backwards you
simply turn the
back portion
The headband
can also be manually
tightened to your
personnel preference. The
smooth ratchet mechanism
allows for precise tightening
A snap adjustment allows you to set
the shield at 9 different angles.
Less pressure, more comfort
Less pressure on your head means improved comfort that
lasts all day long. And the more comfortable you are in your
protective gear, the more you want to keep it in position,
providing you more continuous eye and face protection from
workplace hazards.
The front of the headband selfadjusts to match your forehead.
Pressure is evenly distributed to
sets of twin pads to fit the exact
shape of your head.
Four settings let
you determine the
distance between your
face and the shield.
Allows you to keep
the shield as close as
possible to your face
for a great view and
reduced loads on your
neck muscles.
Small, Medium or Large?
You can adjust the width of the head suspension
to your own head size – from size 50 to 64.
We’ve lowered the center of gravity to be just above your ears! This
makes the shield more stable in both the up and down positions,
as well as reducing the leveraged strain on your neck. Large,
rubber, overmolded knobs make it easy to select the settings for
the up-and-down pivot action, even when wearing gloves.
Reducing the
possibility of neck strain
Feedback from professional welders lead us to research ways
to further reduce the possibility of neck strain. Our answer
was: reduce the static and dynamic loads on the neck. From
a shield design standpoint, that means keeping the shield as
close as possible to the head. By lowering the pivot point
to just above your ears, the shield stays as close as possible
to the top of your head when in the up position. In essence,
we’ve shortened the length of the ”lever” to help reduce
forces on your neck muscles.
The lowered center of gravity makes the
shield feel more balanced and stable in all
positions-up, down, or anywhere in between.
Because the shield is more balanced, you do
not need to tighten the headband as much,
further increasing your wearing comfort!
Improved shield angle adjustment
and pivot action
For optimum vision and comfort viewing angle through
the welding filter can be adjusted (to handle workpieces at
different heights) without loosing the close-to-face fit of the
shield. You can now adjust the shield angle while wearing
the shield. The shield also has a smoother up-and-down pivot
action that gently ”locks” in the up position - a light pull
lowers the shield.
Keeps you
cool and fog-free
Very often welders who keep their shield in the down position
for prolonged periods of time complain of discomfort from
stale air and reduced vision from humidity inside the shield.
A patented design
It can also reduce the build-up of heat, moisture, carbon
dioxide (CO2) and stale air within the shield. Welders report
feeling more refreshed, energetic and clear-headed all day
We have improved our patented ”breathability” design to
more efficiently direct exhaled air out of the shield with
reduced fogging of the welding filter as an effect.
A patented ventilation solution:
exhaust vents direct your
exhaled air out of the shield
more effectively.
The inside protection plate now slides
in from the side to get a tighter fit,
that helps to lock out fog-producing
The exhaled air is
channelled out via
the side exhaust
The new inside cover
plates quickly attach or
detach over the SideWindows (from
the inside of the shield) for either focused
or full-viewing. There is also a shield option
available without SideWindows lens.
The design of the exhaust vents
reduces the likelihood of a foggy
welding filter.
The shield design is compatible
with most 3M™ Maintenance-Free
Respirators that provide protection
against hazardous welding particles.
Better optics,
bigger views
The Speedglas™ 9100 Welding Filters continue our tradition
of outstanding optical quality, including extremely uniform
shading and minimal distortion across the entire filter viewing
More options mean more viewer control
There are seven dark shade settings to choose from:
shade 5 for gas welding/cutting and shade 8 for micro-plasma
and low amp TIG welding as well as variable dark shades of
9 to 13. If needed, you now also have the option to lock-in
your shade, including the light state (shade 3) for grinding.
A patented comfort mode for tack welding helps to reduce eye
fatigue resulting from the eye constantly adjustingto differing
light levels.
Magnification made easy. In the new welding filter
design, with holders for magnifying lens inside the
shield, attaching the lens is easier and the fit is
more accurate.
Seven user selectable
dark shades: shade
5 for gas welding/
cutting, shade 8 for
microplasma and low
amp TIG welding and
shade 9 to 13 for
most other types of
arc welding.
No compromises needed
By selecting just the right setting for each task, the welder
reduces eye strain and improves the quality of every weld.
Pick your viewing size: the Speedglas 9100 series welding
filters features three models – normal, large and extra-large.
The extra large Speedglas 9100XX filter is 30% larger than
any other Speedglas filter!
The shield option with SideWindows increases your vision
even further, enabling you to be more aware of peripheral
hazards. All of these option are about user comfort, personal
preference, and optimum performance for each specific
The Speedglas 9100 series includes three new auto-darkening
filter models that are differentiated by size: the viewing area of
the extra large Speedglas 9100XX filter is 73x107 mm, making it
30% larger than any other Speedglas welding filter!
The ”tack welding comfort mode”
uses an intermediate light state
(shade 5). If a follow-up arc is
not struck within two seconds,
the welding filter switches to the
normal light state (shade 3). Which
may help reduce eye fatigue
resulting from the eye constantly
needing to adjust to differing light
levels during tack welding.
The delay function allows the user to
set the dark-to-light switching time.
Conforms to European Standard 379 for eye
protection for welders, as well as other national
standards (USA, Canadian, Australian - to
name a few).
Sensitivity of arc detection can be adjusted to provide reliable switching
for a wide range of arc welding processes, amperages and situations.
And you now can ”lock-in” any shade: the light shade for grinding or other
non-welding activities, or one of the dark shades—to have it function as a
passive welding filter..
If versatility is what you want from a welding
shield then Speedglas 9100 is the shield for
you. It is designed to work in most welding
situations and applications.
Technical Data/
Ordering Information
3M™ Speedglas™ 9100V Filter
3M™ Speedglas™ 9100X Filter
3M™ Speedglas™ 9100XX Filter
Eye protection
Conforms to
EN 379
Conforms to
EN 379
Conforms to
EN 379
Switching time, light-dark
0,1 ms (+23°C)
0,1 ms (+23°C)
0,1 ms (+23°C)
Delay (Switching time dark-light)
40 – 1300 ms
40 – 1300 ms
40 – 1300 ms
UV / IR protection
Shade 13 (permanent)
Shade 13 (permanent)
Shade 13 (permanent)
Viewing area
45 x 93 mm
54 x 107 mm
73 x 107 mm
Light state
Shade 3
Shade 3
Shade 3
Dark state
Shade 5, 8, 9 – 13 (variable)
Shade 5, 8, 9 – 13 (variable)
Shade 5, 8, 9 – 13 (variable)
Fail / Safe state
Shade 5
Shade 5
Shade 5
Solar cell
Battery lifetime
2 800 hours
2 500 hours
2 000 hours
Ordering information
Part No
50 11 05 (without SideWindows)
50 18 05 (with SideWindows)
Part No
50 11 15 (without SideWindows)
50 18 15 (with SideWindows)
Part No
50 11 25 (without SideWindows)
50 18 25 (with SideWindows)
3M™ Speedglas™ 9100 Welding Shield,
including welding filter
Accessories for expanded comfort
and protection
Magnifying lens
New holder provides a more precise lens
attachment on the inside surface of the
Head proection
Extended head coverage made
from flame-resistant Tecaweld™
(a blend of 75% cotton and 25%
Kevlar™ fibers). Simply fasten it on
the shield to protect your head from
sparks, flames and UV/IR radiation.
Neck protection
Neck protection made from flame-resistant
Tecaweld™, helps protect from molten metal,
sparks and flames. Completely new construction
that does not interfere with your eyes when
wearing the shield in the up position.
Part No 16 90 10.
Part No 16 90 10.
TecaWeld™ is a trademark of Dupont. Kevlar™ is a trademark of TenCate.
Suggested models of respirators
Part No
3M™ 4000 Series
The 3M 4000 series are a range of ready-to-use, maintenance-free
half masks designed for effective and comfortable protection against a
combination of many gases, vapours and particulates. For welding
protection the 3M 4277 model is approved to protect against ozone
when TIG welding stainless steel.
EN 405:2001
4251 - FFA1P2D
4255 - FFA2P3D
4277 - FFABE1P3D
4279 - FFABEK1P3D
3M™ 7500 Series
Half mask
The 3M 7500 series half mask has set a new standard in introducing
the highest levels of comfort to half mask respirators.
With the 3M 2000 series particle filters it fits comfortably inside the
Speedglas 9100 shield.
7501 - small
7502 - medium
7503 - large
3M™ 2128 and 2138
Series Particle Filters
The 2128 and 2138 series filters offer particulate protection and
additional nuisance level protection against organic vapours and acid
gases. Both filters are compatible to 3M 7500 series half masks.
EN143:2000 P2 R
EN143:2000 P3 R
2125 - P2 R
2135 - P3 R
3M™ 9900 Series
Particle Respirator
Maintenance-Free Particulate Respirator for protection against fine dust,
oil, water-based mists and metal fume. The 3M Cool-Flow Valve reduces
heat build up to offer comfortable protection, particularly in hot and humid
EN149:2001, FFP2
The Speedglas 9100 shield design is compatible with most maintenance-free respirators that provide protection against hazardous welding particles. The products selected in chart are the
models we can guarantee fits inside the shield and are suggested due to the most frequent particles from welding. Always consult your safety engineer for advise!
Speedglas™ is the world’s leading
brand of welding shields and is a
vital part of 3M’s diverse range of
personal protective equipment.
Just as hundreds of thousands of
users rely on the Speedglas brand for
their best welding performance, 3M
relies on welders’ feedback for its
future product innovations.
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