Do you currently have any plans to purchase or improve dust collector filters for your facility? If so, we suggest the following six considerations to ensure you get what you need:
- What are your dust control needs?
Every situation can be a very unique dust collection if you collect the wood chips, welding fume, or soy; Therefore, it is important to understand not only the dust that you generate, but also how you process it. In addition to simply determining the volume of air required to capture and control the dust created in the process, you need to understand and define all requirements in your operations.
For example, if your process generates dust only under the condition of sorts, or dust produced continuously during processing? Is your process running intermittently for several hours a day? Or is it running continuously for 8, 16, or 24 hours a day? If you have a lot of processes, whether they are all running at the same time? Or do some processes on a different schedule? Each of these conditions affect the number and style of collectors who might consider.
Do you produce a sufficient amount of dust to throw dust several times a day? Or whether the dust load is light enough for the disposal of the daily, weekly, or even monthly? Your answers will affect whether you consider disposal methods to remove dust from the collector and the collector may suggest an alternative with fewer or more hoppers.
Are there regulatory standards you need to meet when returning the filtered air to your facility to take advantage of energy savings in heating and air conditioning make-up? Or are you going to put out the filtered air into the atmosphere? If you exhaust the filtered air into the atmosphere, whether there are regulatory limits on air quality is needed? These considerations will all have a direct influence on the choice of the collector and your filter media, and they can drive decisions about the secondary filter insert or monitoring.
Knowing the details of your operation allows you to make better decisions on strategy dust collectors, and assist in the critical step of selecting the appropriate dust collector.
When the plant space is at a premium, consider a centralized dust collection system.
- Can the supplier of the dust collector be configured to meet your needs?
When it comes to the dust collector, the approach of one-size-fits-all rarely meets the specific needs of each customer. Can your supplier provide the features you need for your situation? In many cases, space restrictions on the height or footprints led to the need for customization collectors. Will the supplier of the dust collector include additional items such as exhaust devices, monitoring equipment, or equipment mitigation of fires and explosions? Can they provide special coatings or modify the collector to provide a special pressure rating if needed? How often do suppliers provide this type of modification? And whether they are willing to help with advice about the options and accessories such as that?
Your collector customization to suit a particular trail.
- What solutions are available for your application?
The answers that you specify for the first consideration in this list will suggest a range of solutions – some offer benefits over other solutions. Do your dust collector suppliers offer a variety of solutions? Or will an attempt to make one collector supplier fits each situation?
In addition to choosing the cartridge, bag or fluted media available on the market, such as the option of intermittent or continuous cleaning can play an important role in the strategy of your collector. Optimize your processes and the compatibility between the collector design can reduce the cost of equipment and operating costs.
It is also important to consider the needs of utilities to operate collectors. Do you have compressed air available where collectors will be installed? How often will a dust collector run? Who will operate and maintain a dust collector? How much horsepower does the collector consume during surgery? Can you minimize the cost by simply running the collector when the dust is produced? Is it possible to use the variable frequency drive technology with collectors, not dampers to reduce operating costs? Would collectors offered by suppliers meet air quality specific to each outlet emissions? How will you monitor the air quality level?
- What Should You Consider To ensure a smooth installation?
The main factor for easy installation is usually dust collector size and location of collectors will be installed. Large, centralized collector is one end of the spectrum; it requires one or more cranes and installing contractors for the fabrication and installation of the channel and associated equipment. If you can reach your requirements with a smaller collector or maybe a plug-and-go unit located either on or very close to the point of creation of dust, you can limit or possibly eliminate the need for ductwork. This reduces installation and fork trucks to the required routing of electrical and compressed air supply to the collector.
Understanding the process, localization of dust collection, and minimizing the size of the collectors all help simplify the installation of collectors and related equipment. In addition, review collector Installation and Operation Manual before starting the installation can identify the tools and / or unique items needed for a smooth installation. This review also highlights the assembly sequence to facilitate installation. For example, collectors often have a hopper and set foot which need to be assembled in the workplace. In some cases, parts assembly is easier if the hopper starts tipping over and the entire unit upside down after a foot is attached. In other cases, it is easier to assemble the legs and then lower the hopper to pack away. Installation, Operation guide, and maintenance will often describe these and other assembly details.
- How You Can Get Good Value for Your money?
Unfortunately, just installing a dust collector does not resolve your dust collection strategies. You will operate the collector for the life of your process. This means that outside the capital cost of the dust collector, you should consider operational costs to ensure you are considering the best value for the full life cycle of your dust collection system.
Replacement filters or part, lost production due to downtime, and energy consumption during operation of all costs and expenses add up quickly. To find the best collector is suitable for your process, working with the supplier of your dust collector to compare the initial and operating costs of different collectors.
Collector style you choose can affect the energy required to filter the air. Filter operates in a stable low pressure drop, requires less frequent cleaning, often longer, and usually reduces the power required to draw air through your dust collection system. Sometimes several smaller collectors dedicated to the parts of your operation will save operating costs without increasing the cost of capital. In other situations, centralized collectors may offer benefits in ease of service. Make sure you explore the collector’s choice in style, location, and design before you make any purchase.
- What support should you expect from your collector’s supplier after sales and installation?
In considering the operational costs of a collector, remember you will ultimately need a new filter or replacement spare parts. Getting a list of general replacement parts of the Dust collector supplier will help you understand what items you might need to buy in the future. Determine whether these parts are stored in stock with your supplier, or if you need to buy and inventory them yourself. Ask if you need to work through the aftermarket sales representative to buy goods or if items are available through other supply channels. You might also want to learn proactively from collector suppliers – which will be available to help if technical problems arise or assistance are needed – and how you will contact them.
Choosing and installing dust collectors will be a decision that you live in for years. Take the time to evaluate your needs and alternatives available for dust collection will provide benefits for the coming years. The investment allows you to make informed decisions that can reduce your initial costs and increase your sustainable satisfaction with a dust collection system. And when it comes to buying a dust collector, it doesn’t get much better than that.