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Planning for a new dust collector installation

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When a new dust collector installation occurs, the installation may alter hood and duct flow rates. Therefore, it is imperative to consider the installation’s effects, in order to reduce worker safety risk and ensure continued compliance with environmental regulations. We explain what to consider before undertaking a new dust collector installation, such as:

  • Whether adding new equipment or improving efficiency is the reason behind the installation
  • Evaluating duct network, fans, dust collector and baghouse efficiency
  • What IVI will evaluate and the different areas an industrial dust collector manufacturer can help in

Reasons to consider a new dust collector installation

Facility managers may consider a new dust collector installation for two primary reasons:

  • New equipment: Adding equipment likely will add to the amount of particulate sources that need to be collected.
  • Improve efficiency: Oftentimes, dust collection systems become inefficient, leaving behind particulates that should be collected. If maintenance issues are ruled out, a new dust collector installation can help improve the overall performance of the dust collection system.

Evaluating whether you need a new dust collector installation

When considering a new dust collector installation, the first step is conducting an evaluation of the current system. This evaluation will determine the system’s current capacity and what modifications need to be made to keep the system running efficiently.

The following areas are evaluated:
  • Duct network: Ducts are examined to measure flow volumes, velocities, static pressures and physical wear and appearance. This network also is inspected for dropout.
  • Fans: Fans are examined to determine flow rates, rpm and system static pressure. Based on the findings and needs of the collection system, fans may need to be resized or resheaved to change fan rpm. In addition, a motor change may be necessary to meet required fan speed or necessary static pressure.
  • Dust collector: The size of the dust collector indicates whether it has the capacity to pick up contaminants from needed areas. This capacity may need to be increased if more particulate is required to be removed from the area.
  • Baghouse efficiency: The evaluation determines whether the baghouse has adequate air-to-cloth ratio to capture particulate efficiently.

IVI’s evaluation

IVI, an industrial dust collector manufacturer, has the engineering resources to conduct a thorough evaluation of your industrial air ventilation system. If you are experiencing inefficiencies in your system, we’ll determine whether you have a maintenance issue or whether you need a new dust collector installation.

If it’s a maintenance issue, we can set up a regular maintenance schedule at your facility to ensure your system is running at peak efficiency. Because we’re an industrial dust collector manufacturer, we can also provide a turnkey solution, from evaluation to design and build, if you’re adding equipment.

Contact IVI to learn more about installing a new dust collector for your facility.