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Extend Baghouse Life With Dust Collector Maintenance

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So many signs can point to the need for dust collector maintenance. Your dust collector may run out of volume or pick up too much product. You may notice high differential pressure in your baghouse. You may even experience buildup in your ductwork.

Dust Collector Maintenance

Doing regular industrial ventilation maintenance can increase bag life, improve your dust collector’s effectiveness and extend the life of your ductwork. Maintaining dust collectors also lowers the amount of particulate emitted in your facility. Even if a baghouse is running well, preventive maintenance is crucial. Because the IVI team understands the type and volume of material going through the system, our industrial ventilation maintenance programs are designed to help systems achieve peak performance.

The Most Common Dust Collector Maintenance Issues

When the IVI team visits a facility to troubleshoot dust collection issues, some of the most common problems we see are:

  • Low air flow at the hoods
  • Broken ductwork or holes in the ductwork
  • Plugged ductwork
  • Premature bag wear or leaking bags
  • Leaking pulse valves

We often see that dust collection systems get a lot of attention when installed. Yet, a lack of staff resources or staff turnover can prevent systems from being properly maintained. We bring decades of experience in a wide range of industrial settings with us aswe service dust collectors and develop a preventative maintenance plan.

Industrial Ventilation Maintenance Checklist

The IVI team conducts a maintenance review on every point in the system to ensure it’s operating at peak performance and meeting air quality standards. Our general checklist includes:

  • Differential pressure readings: These readings speak volumes about dust collection issues. If pressure is too high, bags are likely beyond their lifecycle or are handling too much capacity. If it is too low, that tells us the tube plate may be leaking.
  • Ductwork: We evaluate whether it was designed to effectively transport particulate as well as whether it has holes or significant wear and tear.
  • Fans: We check that fans are rotating at the proper rpm and that the number of amps the fan is drawing is not overloaded, which can lead to motor failure.
  • Air Quality Survey: A complete air quality survey that involves a complete testing and balancing checklist may also be included at the start of the process. If included, you will be provided with a detailed report of findings and a plan.

Many times, our engineering and maintenance teams collaborate based on your dust collector’s performance. By conducting an engineering survey—which reviews the entire system based on its design—we can dig deep into possible issues.

Why Choose IVI for Dust Collector Maintenance

Because we design, fabricate and install dust collection systems, we have a complete understanding of how systems should be designed and can identify why systems may have issues. Our engineers, fabricators and field technicians are a well-integrated team with high standards for the systems we design and build.

Our multi-talented staff, located in Wisconsin, the Carolinas and Oklahoma, travel to locations throughout the United States for industrial ventilation maintenance. Experience less downtime and have problems resolved quickly with regular maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about scheduling a maintenance team visit to your facility.