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Designed for Precision: IVI Adds Custom Laser Cutting Capabilities

When it comes to custom metal fabrication, customers demand quality parts, competitive pricing and reliable, quick turnaround times. Laser cutting has become the industry standard for producing high-quality parts quickly and accurately. IVI’s investment in a fiber optic laser has expanded our sheet metal fabrication services. With the addition of our 4.0 kW Mazak Optiplex…

How to Tackle Dust Collector Bag Replacement

Changing dust collector bags is one of the least desirable jobs of industry maintenance. Crawling into the collector is not only dirty business, it also requires you to take caution against exposure to the dust—sometimes harmful dust—that’s been collected in the baghouse. But, to keep your facility clean, healthy and comply with air quality regulations,…

Industrial Exhaust Stack: From Spec to Stack

A significant amount of pre-planning must take place when designing, fabricating and installing exhaust stacks as part of your industrial dust collection system. Exhaust stacks are often part of an overall plant model, which determines the volume and exit velocity of air that can be discharged and the minimum elevation for that discharge. Building codes…

Balancing an industrial dust collection system

Achieving optimum airflow through an industrial dust collection system is done by balancing the system. Balancing involves adjusting the dampers to provide proper airflow to individual pickup points. It’s important to understand how your industrial dust collection system is performing and how to accommodate the ever-changing effects on the system through balancing. Why balancing your…

Planning for an industrial dust collection system redesign

When industrial dust collection systems are changed, the change may alter hood and duct flow rates. Therefore, it is imperative that the effects of the changes are taken into account to reduce risk to worker safety and ensure continued compliance with environmental regulations. Reasons to plan an industrial dust collection system redesign Facility managers may…

Setting up and troubleshooting your pulse controller

Baghouse filters are cleaned when compressed air is blown into the filter to release dust buildup. A pulse controller times the burst of compressed air that is used to clean baghouse filters, a practice that improves baghouse efficiency and increases bag life. Types of pulse controllers Pulse controllers come in two types—a simple timer and…

Placing Collection Points for Industrial Dust Collection Systems

Industrial dust collectors generally have multiple collection points—also called pickup points. Determining where to place these collection points in your facility should be based on several factors, from the type of material being collected to workers’ health and wellness. By choosing optimal locations for localized dust collection, you are likely to maximize system air flow,…

Industrial dust collection design strategies for optimal industrial airflow

Industrial dust collection systems should be designed for optimal industrial airflow. Each type of industrial collection system—dust collection and fume collection—has unique requirements for optimized airflow. Benefits of proper industrial airflow by dust collection type Dust collection systems: Proper airflow contributes to high air quality and a clean work environment. Fume collection systems: Proper airflow…

Maintain proper industrial airflow for dust collection systems

A dust collection systems airflow can be optimized to reduce waste and extend the life of the facility and equipment. The correct airflow also contributes to worker safety and productivity by minimizing potentially harmful materials in the environment. The importance of optimal industrial airflow Proper airflow is an important element of any dust collection system….

Introducing NFPA 652: New OSHA-Adopted Standards for Combustible Dust

NFPA introduces NFPA 652 The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established a new combustible dust standard, NFPA 652, which was adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The new standard impacts many industries, including chemical, wood processing, metals and agriculture. NFPA 652 improves uniformity to the industry-specific combustible dust standard and defines…

Reduce Energy Demands with the Right Industrial Fan

The efficiency of an industrial ventilation system’s fan can reduce an organization’s overall energy demands significantly. An industrial fan’s performance depends on the industrial ventilation system’s design and layout, the type of fan selected, the system requirements and proper maintenance of the fan after installation. During the design phase of an industrial ventilation system, the…

Industrial Ventilation Fan Selection – Part 1

A fan is the primary air moving device in an industrial ventilation system. Industrial ventilation fans are categorized into three groups: axial, centrifugal and special types.  In addition to matching the required airflow and pressure considerations, the air stream characteristics, operating temperature, drive arrangement and mounting should be considered when selecting an industrial fan. Types…

Industrial Ventilation Fan Selection – Part 2

As explained in “Industrial Fan Selection – Part 1” a fan is the primary air moving device in an industrial dust collection system. Part 1 defines fan types and ideal applications. In Part 2, the primary considerations for selecting the right fan are defined. However, as recommended in the Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended…

How to select a hood for an industrial ventilation system

The primary goal of an industrial ventilation system hood is to capture and transfer environmental contaminants. A hood’s size and shape is designed specific to its end application but is typically classified within the enclosing hood or exterior hood category. Hood Types Enclosing hoods: An enclosing hood will completely or partially surround the point where…

How to size ductwork for industrial dust collection systems

The ductwork of an industrial dust collection system connects the system’s hoods, air cleaning device(s) and fan. Carefully planning the size of the ductwork will assist in reducing waste, reducing costs and improving efficiency. Types of Industrial Ductwork Tapered systems: The velocities are nearly constant as the airflow is merged together and the duct becomes…

Budgeting for a Dust Collection System

We’ve put together a handy checklist to help you set a budget for a dust collection system. Everything from your dust collection system’s location to regulatory requirements and decisions about filters, waste discharge, stacks and fans will affect the overall budget. System testing and maintenance requirements are other factors that need to be considered. This checklist breaks down…

Combustible Dust Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) expects to publish before the end of the year a combustible dust standard, which the United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been calling for again in recent months. OSHA had been expected to issue a standard in the first half of 2014, but it missed that deadline….