Improving the air quality that surrounds commercial and industrial environments is achieved – in large part – through dust collector systems. True to their namesake, these systems are designed to collect dust and several other particulates in the air known to negatively impact our health; they do this through their capacity to handle large volumes of dust.
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Processing such large volumes of dust requires a multitude of components within this system to work synergistically. These include dust collector filter elements, dust receptacle and filter cleaning systems, and a blower.
When deciding upon a dust collector system, it is important to know it is not a case of “one size fits all”.
The design, fabrication, operation, effectiveness, and space requirements are – to name a few – some of the characteristics that are affected by these three factors:
1) Type of Dust
“Dust” is used to describe countless small, fine particles that range from 1-100µm in diameter. As this can apply to a swathe of different materials, from silica sand to more abrasive dusts, it becomes apparent that attention be paid to the particle size and concentration of the dust being collected.
For instance, viscous and adhesive particulates are known to plug dust collector filter elements that may not have been designed for use in such conditions. Additionally, some very fine particles have a propensity towards being combustible, rendering electrostatic precipitators useless.
2) Perimeters of Efficiency
Every site has distinct dust emission limits. These are contingent upon the composition of the dust, site location, and its likelihood to being a health risk in public spaces – all factors affecting efficiency of a dust collector system. For these reasons, it is pivotal that the selection of your system be in accordance with the parameters of efficiency laid out beforehand.
Parameters such as these can make the difference between deciding upon a low-cost, dry centrifugal collector or a high-cost, high-efficiency electrostatic precipitator.
3) Nature of Your Environment
The surroundings in which dust is to be collected can have a significant impact on the system being utilised.
Temperature, for example, when above 82°C can negate the use of many dust collector filter elements due to the accumulation of condensation. Similarly, the reaction of certain corrosive chemicals can be accelerated in these climates, leading to destruction of the metal or fabric elements in the dust collector.
This list serves illuminative purposes as there are a whole host of other determinants that can act as a driver towards a particular dust collector system. At Dynamic Filtration, we have a team of consultants with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience to fall back on, and are always happy to help you pick the right dust collector filter elements surrounding your needs.