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Welcome to ZRID.Pty.Ltd

About zRID

zRID, the Zero-Volt solution for Welding Control.  


The zRID is a new generation personal protection Deadman device, combining automated isolation switching and 

hand-piece trigger switches. 


This device complies with International Welding Standards IEC 60974.1-2012 and all relevant Standards that have 

adopted it (ANSI, AS/NZ, SANS, CAN, EN).

.Clause 11.1.5b from IEC 60974.1-2012 under heading Rated no-load voltage states: 

"Welding power sources shall be

b) fitted with a protection system, which switches off the voltage at the output terminal within 0.3s and shall not be reset automatically." 


Being a true Deadman Switch with the assurance that on breaking the weld, the electrode automatically 

drops to zero-volts and cannot re-strike until re-initiated via the trigger.

A Deadman switch is defined as:

  • "a safety feature integrated into many machines which works to turn the machine off if the operator experiences a problem." (WiseGeek)
  • "a switch that is automatically operated in case the human operator becomes incapacitated, such as through death or loss of consciousness." (Wikipedia)

  

The trigger is the most successful hazard control device in history for human hand control. 


Hazard Control, 

The first step in the hierarchy of risk control/management is to eliminate the hazard, which in this 

case is electricity. OS&H is the law and it is recommended that the welding machine be switched off every time the boilermaker

is not welding. This can become a tedious task for the operator especially if working in positions 

above or below ground and distances from the machine.

For boilermakers who are exposed to the invisible electrical hazard on a daily basis, greater protection is required. 


zRID, being the first patented technology worldwide, addresses this by providing a zero-volt OCV at the electrode holder. 

This reduces the electric shock hazard when changing electrodes especially in welding Categories B and C (wet or confined spaces). 


Accidental arc-ray flashes are present when welding on a daily basis where the welder unexpectedly 

contacts the work piece or structure with the electrode.

 With the zRID system installed the electrode is 'dead' by automatically de-energising the output of the welding machine when 

not welding. 


This hazard of not making the electrode 'dead' can cause temporary blindness to the welder or observer and 

over time can lead to a loss of sight. 

(Temporary blindness could result in secondary accidents such as trips, falls, or the live electrode hitting a flammable 

area/pipe which could have a catastrophic effect.)


zRID protects the operator and the workplace when not welding. 

zRID devices do not dictate the value or produce any full open circuit voltage (OCV), but are designed to 

switch off existing OCV on welders. With a manual ON and automatic OFF, the zRID acts to make the machine

 weld so; it's NOT working when you're not welding. 


    

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1/77 Motivation Drive, Wangara Western Australia 6065, Australia

(08) 9302 2120