Monday, 12 May 2014

Never compromise on protective Eyewear

Safety eye-wear can be something that we take for granted and sometimes we do so at a huge cost. The quality of some of the cheap eye-wear currently on the market sometimes leaves a lot to be desired and could have huge consequences for the wearer if something went wrong.

We at A.R Brownlow Ltd are delighted to be an authorised distributor of Bolle Eye-wear; we stock a huge range of Bolle products at very competitive prices. The peace of mind gained from buying a product of this quality often comes at a surprisingly cheap price compared with eye-wear that comes from a questionable origin.

We can also arrange for the spectacles to match your prescription and carry bifocal spectacles ex stock. Give us a call for more information today. 

Bollé Safety continues its mission around a single goal: to detect all potential risks that may arise in the work environment, and provide tangible technological solutions and targeted therapies, in strict compliance with European standard.

Bollé's culture

Bollé Safety provides an effective and innovative response to each risk.

Bollé has been pursuing the same single objective for more than a hundred years: to detect all possible work environment risks and provide tangible technological solutions and specifically targeted treatments, that comply with the most stringent European Standards.
Industry, public works, construction, aeronautics or the military, Bollé Safety caters to all markets and constantly improves its models with technological and ergonomic solutions to satisfy users daily.
At Bollé Safety, we are constantly innovating to bring to each specific trade, effective protection solutions that are pleasant to wear. Always bearing in mind that the best protection are those that make you want to wear them, Bollé Safety is developing complete product lines that are tailored to the needs of its users.

Bollé Safety is also the culture of sport and design: a shared culture with Bollé Sunglasses. It is our shared commitment to providing the highest quality protection for our users which is why the Bollé brand is a strong brand.

Basic standards
EN 166 Specifications
EN 167 Optical test methods
EN 168 Test method other than optical

Standards by use

EN 169 Welding filters
EN 170 Ultraviolet filters
EN 171 Infrared filters
EN 172 Solar protection filters for industrial use
EN 175 Welding work equipment
EN 207 Glasses for laser protection
EN 208 Glasses for laser adjustment
EN 379 Specification concerning welding filters
Bollé Safety product approval certificates to CE standards will be sent on request.

Frame markings

Frame marking must include the CE Symbol and manufacturer's name (logo or brand). If the glasses refer to the EN standard, the EN standard number is mandatory together with the various use and mechanical strength symbols, in accordance with the tests requested by the manufacturer.
Use symbols:
3. Liquid droplets or splashes.
4. Large dust particles > 5 microns.
5. Gas and fine dust particles < 5 microns.
8. Electrical short circuit arc.
9. Molten metal and hot solids.
Mechanical strength symbols:
S. Extra strong, resists a 22 mm, 43 g ball falling 1.30 m.
F. Low energy impact, resists a 6 mm, 0.86 g ball at 45 m/s.
B. Medium energy impact, resists a 6 mm, 0.86 g ball at 120 m/s.
A. High energy impact, resists a 6 mm, 0.86 g ball at 190 m/s

Products tested and certified

Bollé Safety designs and markets personal protective equipment for eye protection for industrial use consistent with the Directive 89/686/EEC, and to the harmonized standard EN 166:2001.
Each Bollé Safety product is tested and certified by independent laboratories (Certottica, INSPEC, Vincotte, etc...) According to European standards.

Lens markings

Lens marking must include:

The scale number for filtering lenses. The manufacturer's name (logo or brand recommended by the manufacturer).
Optical class symbols:
1. Continuous work
2. Intermittent work
3. Occasional work, but must not be worn continuously.
Use symbols:
9. molten metal and hot solids.
Mechanical strength symbols:
S. Extra strong, resists a 22 mm 43 g ball falling 1.30 m at 5, 1 m/s
F. Low energy impact, resists a 6 mm, 0.86 g ball at 45 m/s
B. Medium energy impact, resists a 6 mm, 0.86 g ball
at 120 m/s
A. High energy impact, resists a 6 mm, 0.86 g ball at 190 m/s
K. Resistance to surface damage by fine particles (optional)
N. Resistance to fogging (optional)
T. The letter T, immediately after the mechanical strength symbol, authorises use for high speed particles at extreme temperatures


F. Maximum protection for glasses.
B. Maximum protection for goggles.
A. Maximum protection for face shields.
If the S, F, B and A symbols do not apply to both the lens and frame, then the lowest level must be assigned to the protective eyewear
Quality commitments Bollé Safety
Bollé Safety is certified ISO 9001:2008 which includes the establishment of a control process and traceability of all products until delivery. The quality initiative has several objectives which all converge towards customer satisfaction on compliance issues, effective and participative work.
In parallel, Bollé Safety is committed to helping its partners and customers on the following points:
·            provide quality products tailored to customer needs and meet their expectations and the market price
·            guarantee a service rate of over 98% across Europe
·            constantly innovate: with 4-5 products developed every year, Bollé Safety is constantly seeking new
·            Technologies for eye protection and surface treatments.          
·            Regular visits to the customer to understand their expectations and requirements.

Bollé Safety’s environmental commitment:
Bollé Safety is committed to offering an alternative "environmentally responsible" option that is in tune with the needs of its customers.
In recent years, Bollé Safety now distributes its products in individual recyclable bags. For the launch of the Solis B-green model, the 1st environmentally friendly eyewear, Bollé Safety offers cardboard packaging, marking a single colour leaflet and instructions printed on paper made from protected forests.
From manufacturing to logistics
All Bollé Safety products are subject to regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), which ensures that all substances used on Bollé Safety products do not harm health or the environment.
Finally, in 2010, the Bollé Safety logistics platform is ISO14001 certified, based on the principle of continuous improvement in environmental performance by controlling impact associated with the activity of the company
So remember to never compromise on the quality of the eye protection for yourself  or the employees you are responsible for. Trust Bollé Safety products and A.R Brownlow and you wont be disappointed

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

When you buy cheap Mig wire are you really saving money?

When you look at the total cost of any welding project the cost of the wire is more than likely less than 2% of the entire cost of the job, if this is the case then why is Mig wire so price sensitive?

When choosing a coil of Mig wire the customer should look at the quality of the wire rather than the cost for lots of reasons.

·         The better the quality of the wire the less re-work and ultimately more profit. Here’s why;

At least 50% of the total cost of any welding project is labour so ultimately the less rework involved then the less man hours involved.

 Re-work also has hidden costs in consumables. The abrasives and power tools and other consumables used in the post weld clean-up process are a huge hidden cost that has to be considered. Saving a few Euro on a coil of inferior wire will ultimately cost you more in man hours doing post weld tiding up that can be avoided.

·         Less clean up.

·         A better flow and a sounder weld even in less than perfect conditions.

·         Less spatter

·         More forgiving on consumables like torches, tips and shrouds which ultimately is another cost saving

So talk to us about our Alexweld  SG3 quality wire and think about the process and the project rather than the price the next time somebody tries to sell you cheap quality SG2 wire.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Arriving this week from Metabo Professional Power Tools


  • Extremely compact design for versatile use
  • The Metabo Quick system: Versatile and comfortable
    Fast and efficient working thanks to a tool free switch between different applications using the Quick system.
  •           Spindle with hexagonal recess for screwdriver bits .
  •   Angle attachment for drilling and fixing screws at hard to reach places

Technical data

 PowerMaxx BS Quick Pro
PowerMaxx BS Quick Basic
No-load speeds0 -360 / 0 - 1.400 /min 
Max. torque hard34 Nm 
Drilling diameter in  
– steel10 mm 
– wood22 mm 
Weight0,8 kg 

10.8 Volt Cordless Drill / Screwdriver PowerMaxx BS Quick Basic

PowerMaxx BS Quick Basic

2 x 10.8v 2.0Ah Li-power battery packs, charger LC40, Quick change chuck, belt hook and plastic carry case
Order no. 600156580

10.8 Volt Cordless Drill / Screwdriver PowerMaxx BS Quick Pro

PowerMaxx BS Quick Pro

1 x 10.8v 2.0Ah Li-power battery pack, 1 x 10.8v 4.0Ah Li-power battery pack, Quick change chuck, Quick change angle adaptor, belt hook, charger LC40 and plastic carry case
Order no. 600157580