How to Avoid Getting an Undersized Dust Collector

Appropriately sizing a dust collector for your application is going to be one of the most important considerations when starting your new equipment project.   

Baghouse Dust Collector

Some of the biggest problems we see people run into with an inappropriately sized dust collector are:

  1. Consistently clogged filters
  2. Reduced filter life
  3. Higher maintenance costs 

To avoid the dangers of  an undersized dust collector we ask you to consider both CFM and Air to Cloth Ratio.  

Cubic Feet Per Minute

Dust collector volume is measured in cubic feet per minute or CFM.  To put it simply, CFM is a measurement of how much airflow your dust collector can move per minute.  To determine your CFM, there are a few variables you should consider:

  1. The size of the area that needs ventilation.
  2. Method of ventilation
  3. Volume of dust being produced

Air to Cloth Ratio

The other important factor to consider when sizing your unit will be Air to Cloth ratio. This is the amount of filter media relative to the amount of air passing through the dust collector.  You typically want to operate with a lower a air to cloth ratio because that will be better at removing dust from your environment.  With a lower air to cloth ratio you have plenty of filter media available to capture the dust coming through from the air stream, and you aren’t trying to push as much dust through the filter media.  When you air to cloth ratio is too high, the dust you are trying to collect is embedded into the filters too fast for your system to efficiently pulse.  You end up with rapid build up of dust, which ends up clogging your filters and making your dust collector work even harder than it should be.

For more detailed information on sizing your collector, a helpful guide, or to speak to one of our equipment specialists please contact us at 888-221-0312.

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Dust Collector Change Out Check List

There are typically two reasons people change out their filters:

  1. The build up of filter cake is so excessive that it is blinding your filters.
  2. You have a hole/leak in your filter(s).

Your dust collector is a major investment.  Maintaining your system’s vital components is going to play a critical role in keeping your production down time and maintenance costs to a minimum.  To help you determine if your filters are compromised and it’s time for a change out, check out our brief video here:



What Volume Dust Collector do I need?

Do you have a new Dust Collector project in the works and need some help determining the volume for your application?

With your new project, one of the most important considerations you will need to factor in to a new dust collector is making sure the airflow or volume of the system is efficient at capturing dust and the system volume is right for your application.

If the volume of your system is too low, your system will not filter dust as efficiently which can impact production, air quality and shorten the life of your collector.  If the volume of your system is too high, your energy consumption costs will be higher and you may disrupt the process of your application. 

Dust collector volume is measured in cubic feet per minute or CFM.  CFM is a measurement of airflow especially related to air conditioning, heating and ventilation environments like those requiring dust collection.  In dust collector applications CFM measures the amount of air per minute that can be moved from a space.  

Work environments vary dramatically from one another based on several variables, and even very similar environments can require vastly different volume. To determine the right volume capabilities for your new dust collector, consider some of the following variables carefully.

  1. How are you collecting dust?
  2. What is the size of the duct being used to collect the dust?
  3. Cubic feet of the work environment
  4. New Dust Collector Installations: Calculate Volume

For more in depth information on each variable, you can download our full guide on Dust Collector Volume. The guide comes with a volume chart that can be useful when you are determining volume size for your new Dust Collector project.

 A Guide to Dust Collector Volume

Our equipment specialists are also available to answer any questions, and you can contact us at 888-221-0312.

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Cost Saving Tips for your Dust Collector

Are you looking to explore cost saving options for your new Dust Collector? Here are some tips and tricks that you can take advantage of now.

On Demand Cleaning: This is a feature that comes standard on our equipment. On Demand Cleaning can help improve Dust Collector performance and efficiency while decreasing the maintenance and labor costs over time. To learn more about how it can help you, download a free “Three Benefits of On Demand Cleaning for your Dust Collector” sheet.

Benefits of On Demand Cleaning

Subscription Program: Enroll into our 2 or 3 Year Subscription Program for replacement parts to take advantage of it’s benefits:

  • You can potentially save up to 20%* on your order.
  • Never have to worry about price inflation for the length of your subscription.
  • No more running around to get replacement parts the last minute! Your parts are automatically shipped to you based on a schedule you specify.

Blanket Order: An alternative to our Subscription Program, a Blanket Order for replacement parts provides you with cost savings and allows you the flexibility of a 1 year time frame.

Preventative Maintenance: By using leak detection powder as part of your preventative maintenance program, it allows you to address any issues before they become a bigger problem.  Leak powder can quickly and efficiently pinpoint any leaks, holes, or tears in your dust collector filters, seams, or cell plate. If you are looking to order leak detection powder, we keep those in stock and are able to ship to you same day.  To learn more about how to use leak detection powder, download our guide here.

Leak Detection Powder

If you are looking to speak to an equipment specialist, you can contact us with any questions or concerns at 888-221-0312.