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How Do Dust Control Systems Operate?

Which industries can get the most benefit out of dust control systems?

The most common industries are the food processing, milling and mining industries, and medical and pharmaceutical industries.   All require clean rooms that can monitor particle count, type, and size.  The effectiveness of these machines is imperative to the successful operation of the facility it works in and is critical in the safety of the facility.  These systems can remove dangerous particles from the air that can cause an explosion and are also necessary for the breathing safety of employees.

How do dust control systems work?

They work by capturing particles and accumulating them in a collector until safely disposing of them.  In a way, it’s like a vacuum cleaner on a grand scale.  Powerful fans create a suction that draws the particles suspended in the air to the collector via ductwork. In the collector, the contaminated and clean airs are separated.  For example, a system with a Cyclone collector will push the contaminated air into the top of the collector and once inside will force it downward to the bottom.  The contaminants hit the sides of the collector and then fall to the bottom while the clean air is pushed out and into another filtration system to collect the finest particles.  

What sort of maintenance requirements do these machines have?

Dust control systems require constant maintenance.  The collector and filters must frequently be cleaned to enable the machine to run properly.  Also, the fan and electrical switches and boxes have to be frequently cleaned as the very nature of fine dust causes it to creep into anything.  The cooling vents of the machinery must be kept clean as well to prevent the machines from overheating. There should be an inspection for leaks in the vacuum hoses or ductwork after the cleaning.  Leaks make the machine less efficient and can actually spread the contaminated particles rather than collect them.

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