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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 consider a dust collection system redesign 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 system redesign can help improve the overall performance of the dust collection system.

Evaluating your current dust collection system

When redesigning an industrial dust collection system, 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 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 system redesign.

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. If you are adding equipment, we can provide a turnkey solution, from evaluation to design and build.

Contact IVI to learn more.