The Ozarks welding program hosts several classes per day in order to teach students on the fundamentals of the welding process. There are 32 weld stations where students can master their craft. The ongoing welding created an unsafe environment with noxious fumes.
Before coming to Robovent, Jim Bridwell, the Director of the welding program, was experiencing several symptoms indicative of Metal Fume Fever—and he noticed his students were exhibiting some as well. Mr. Bridwell tried employing a high-pressure, low-volume system provided by a competitor. “Within minutes of class beginning, there would be a thick cloud of smoke ten feet off the ground,” he said. As a result, many students began to complain about the smoky conditions.