Automotive Castings Plant Baghouse System

USAF Dust Collection Case Study

  • Type of Collector: Baghouse
  • Application: Metalworking Automotive Castings

Project Summary

automotive castings plant baghouse

An industry leader in automotive castings required an extensive three part air pollution control system to capture a significant amount of silica, sand, and metallic dust and fumes created at several processing points in the work environment.

USAF manufactured and installed four turnkey baghouse systems from the ground up including a dual baghouse system outside the plant and two internal units. Complete installation included all concrete, electrical, duct work, equipment, and baghouse install. Airflow for the entire system captures nearly 200,000 CFM dust and fumes with an average 4 to 1 air-to-cloth filter ratio across all units.

The dual outdoor pulse-jet baghouse system provides ventilation and capture of dust and fumes generated during mold pouring, mold cooling, shake-out, casting sorting and blast cabinet processing. Another baghouse was installed in the plant to provide ventilation and capture of silica and sand dust created at sand cooler, sand bins, bucket elevators, aerator, mullor, sand transfer points. The fourth baghouse unit was installed to ventilate the close captured furnace charging & melting process.

Features of the project include enclosed hoppers for the outside units, emission testing platforms installed on all units, PTFE treated filter bags, bag leak detectors and an advanced state of the art electrical system for on all three baghouse system which included Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and HMI touch screens , system protection field devices, and exterior & interior lighting.

Project Details

Installation Date: 2013



  • Dual Baghouse: 150,000 CFM
  • Sand Baghouse: 32,000 CFM
  • Induction Furnace Baghouse: 16,000 CFM
  • Ventilation Taps: Ventilation Taps

Type of Dust:
  • Dual Baghouse: Silica, Sand Fume Fines
  • Sand Baghouse: Silica, Sand Fines
  • Induction Furnace Baghouse: Metallic Fumes and Magnesium Oxide


Ventilation/Capture Point:
  • Dual Baghouse: Mold pouring, Mold Cooling, Shake-out, Casting sorting and Blast Cabinet processing
  • Sand Baghouse: Sand Cooler, Sand bins, Bucket Elevators, Aerator, Mullor, Return Sand belt
  • Induction Furnace Baghouse: 9MT Induction Furnace

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