Do I Need An Industrial Dust Collection System Podcast Options:
Dust collectors may not be the most glamorous equipment in a manufacturing plant, but they are the workhorse of industrial manufacturing and play a crucial role in keeping the facility clean and safe. Without industrial dust collectors, the production of products like iPhones, watches, and cars would not be possible. However, not all dust collection solutions are equal, and choosing the wrong one can do more harm than good. At US Air Filtration, we are dedicated to helping you find the right dust collection system for your operation. One that will save you time, reduce expenses, and avoid unnecessary shutdowns.
In our first episode of “Filtered on the Air”, our experts discuss the importance of industrial dust collection systems and the different types available. Tara Brown, US Air Filtration’s Equipment Project Engineer, explains that dust collectors are critical for most industrial manufacturing facilities. Industrial dust collection systems ensure high-quality air for both workers and equipment, and may also be required to comply with air emission guidelines or workplace safety standards. Typically, the rule of thumb is if you need less than 500 cubic feet per minute of air volume then we would suggest a shop vac. If your machinery has a port of 3 inches or smaller, a shop vac would be just as effective.
Industrial Dust Collection Systems
Baghouses offer larger scale filtration and capture large to moderate sized particles with the use of a fabric bag and cage system. They are suitable for high-volume, high-temperature applications. Although, since they require a larger space they are not as compact as other industrial dust collection options. Industries that benefit from a baghouse system include, foundries, casting, mining and minerals and more.
Common Baghouse Advantages:
- Walk-in plenums, and easy maintenance access for small or large projects.
- Self contained
- Fully automated
Cartridge collectors use cartridge filters made of pleated filter media instead of the bag and cage system. The design of a cartridge collector allows the capture of fine particulates. and are more compact and suitable for smaller facilities. You can find cartridge collectors in industries such as steel, synthetics, or paint/powder booths.
Common Cartridge Collector Advantages:
- Modular for easy expansion
- Ease of maintenance design features allow for change outs in under 30 minutes
- Designed with non-proprietary replacement parts that provides significant cost savings now and in the future
If a cartridge collector is the right solution for your unique application, get to the next step by taking our Cartridge Collector Sizing Quiz. Get a free engineering drawing of your recommendation and pricing immediately. Our cartridge collector sizing quiz is meant for commercial and industrial applications. Not for a residential or home shop.
Installation of bin vents are common on top of silos or large containers that displace air. Common industries that use bin vents can include asphalt, cement, agriculture, tank loading and more. The advantages of installing a bin vent are:
Common Bin Vent Advantages:
- High Efficiency – Filter media removes 99.99+ percent of entrained particles.
- Low Energy Requirements – Compressed air usage is minimized through precise matching of cleaning requirements and cleaning frequency.
- Low Maintenance Requirements – No moving parts inside the collector. Pulsing system can be inspected without shutting down the collector.
- Quick Installation – Welded housing is shipped ready to install for minimum erection costs. may be mounted directly to the bin or silo, or supplied with a hopper and support legs as a freestanding unit.
Choosing the Right Industrial Dust Collection System
At US Air Filtration our experts emphasize the importance of choosing the right dust collection system for your specific needs. Factors to consider include the volume requirements, dust characteristics, and the size and layout of the facility. In our podcast episode, U.S. Air Filtration’s Operations Manager, Tim, shares how you can avoid overpaying or underpaying for an industrial dust collection system.
In conclusion, dust collectors may not be the most exciting equipment in a manufacturing plant, but they are essential for keeping the facility clean and safe. At US Air Filtration, we have the expertise to help you find the right dust collection system for your operation. If you would like to contact an equipment specialist for more information, you can reach out at 888-221-0132, email [email protected], or schedule a one-on-one consultation.
If you’re just beginning your dust collection journey, we’d like to recommend our “Dust Collector Purchasing Guide” that you can view or download for free here.