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RS Components adds to portfolio of high-quality personal protection equipment with innovative 3M hearing-protection devices

12 October 2016

New hearing protectors target employees working in noisy environments in diverse industrial, construction and factory automation applications

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, is extending its portfolio of safety equipment from 3M with two new products that are designed to protect employees from high levels of noise. The LEP-100 earplug and ProTac III headset offer state-of-the-art protection for workers and operators in a wide range of industrial, construction and factory automation applications that feature invasive noise levels, such as in packaging, processing, mining and aerospace, as well as the food and beverage, oil and gas or print production industry sectors.

The 3M Peltor LEP-100 level-dependent earplug attenuates potentially harmful loud noises – at up to an SNR of 32dB – while also amplifying low sounds up to double normal hearing levels, enabling the user to hear ambient noise within the operating environment or critical communications from colleagues. Sounds are analysed at high speed before they can reach the user’s ears, and the unique digital-sound circuit reacts instantaneously ensuring that the sudden muting is rarely heard during activation. The earplug uses well-positioned sensitive surround microphones to capture external sounds with high accuracy to provide a natural sound. The stereo feedback improves situational awareness and communications in quiet environments by helping workers to determine the direction of sounds without needing to remove their hearing protection.

The easy-to-use, comfortable, small and lightweight earplug includes features such as: charging contacts that allow the unit to be recharged in its case; a Li-ion battery providing up to 16 hours of continuous operation; and intuitive one-button operation to turn the unit on and off, or select volume settings. The device includes replaceable communications eartips, available in multiple sizes and types to fit most ear canals.

The new 3M Peltor ProTac™ III headsets provide stereo feedback hearing protection using level dependent functionality with harmful noise levels attenuated instantly to below 82dB, allowing users to be heard when speaking normally. The ambient sound level can be adjusted in five steps to enable warning signals and other relevant sounds to be audible. The product also has an external audio input and can be used in combination with a mobile phone via the 3.5mm jack to receive phone calls directly, or with a two-way radio. Featuring a practical rugged design with dual shells to protect the electronics from moisture and sweat, both inside and out, the headset is available as a standard model and a slim cup version for use in less noisy environments.

Now available in the EMEA region, and initially exclusive to RS, these competitively priced hearing-protection products from 3M target health and safety managers and industrial buyers. RS also provides a large range of information about important aspects of PPE and health and safety via its Personal Protection Equipment and Site Safety micro-site.

For more information, please visit: www.rs-online.com.
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