DualDraw has been focused since 1995 on manufacturing air pollution control equipment to help customers clean their air by capturing harmful dust produced inside a facility. Improving customers’ indoor air quality has continually been the objective of the DualDraw engineering team when designing solutions to address various dust producing applications.
Dust collection, a “catch all” for the process used to capture hazardous airborne particles, can be applied to a wide variety of applications. We provide some detail on a few of these applications below. A facility that performs these manufacturing processes but does not practice routine dust collection is at risk. There is a clear link between operator health and dust inhalation. Operator dust exposure over a prolonged period leads to poor health and related worker absenteeism. Regulatory agencies such as OSHA can levy significant fines for dust hazards (click here for more information on combustible dust hazards). Finally, cross-contamination of adjacent processes and equipment leads to costly unplanned maintenance and equipment replacement.
Grinding & Deburring: Many DualDraw customers use our dust collection systems to capture the dust from a grinding or deburr operation. Oftentimes these processes are performed on parts after they have been machined or welded and used to smooth them out, clean them up or eliminate any flashing that may be left on the part. Customers that chamber or knock the edges off of metal parts create dust in the process that also needs to be contained.
Sanding & Polishing: Often times parts need to have a fine finish added to complete their fabrication. Our aerospace and medical parts manufacturers typically will have detailed finishes to their parts that require precision work. The sanding and polishing that takes place during these processes creates very small dust particles that need to be contained. Composite materials are also often sanded during their finishing. Honeycomb fiberglass or carbon fiber sanding is an application we frequently address.
Routing & Cutting: Routing any type of material is going to create chips and dust. DualDraw dust collector systems are often ducted to routing tables for dust capture. Additionally, our downdraft tables are used for manual cutting operations that create airborne particulate that needs to be contained.
Mixing & Weighing: Mixing or stirring powders such as building materials or food ingredients creates dust clouds that can be both hazardous to inhale and potentially combustible. Additives often need to be transferred from bags or bins to weighing scales and then to dump stations or mixers. We offer a variety of industrial dust collectors to help customers contain their dust during these activities including integrated bag dump stations with dust collection.
Blowing-Off & Agitating: Some processes require materials to be blown-off or agitated to shed excess material. These processes often utilize compressed air or a mechanical means to address the part shake free the excess material in question. The parts made from an additive manufacturing process, or 3D printing, are a good example of a situation where these processes are applied and where DualDraw dust collector systems have been successful in helping our customers contain dust.
3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing Processing: DualDraw industrial dust control systems have been at the forefront of helping 3D printing companies and consumers capture the dust and fumes generated during and after the additive manufacturing process. If you are a consumer or a manufacturer of this type revolutionary equipment give us a call to discuss options to keep your facility clean and safe of hazardous, and often combustible, dust and fumes.
Light airborne dust generated from the processes above is responsible for creating indoor air quality hazards. This type of dust is the common target for manufacturers of dust collector systems like DualDraw. Unlike vacuum systems, dust collection equipment is designed to handle a high volume of airflow (Cubic Feet Per Minute or CFM) at a relatively low flow rate (Feet Per Minute or FPM). Dust collector systems generally move a significant amount air spread across a wide area of space. For example, a standard 30” D x 48” W downdraft table is moving air through a 10 square foot area. Vacuums systems are the opposite. Designed for the specific pickup of heavy nuisance debris, they have a comparatively very strong flow rate (FPM) over a narrow area of space, often through a hose only 1.5 to 2.0 inches in diameter. The difference between dust collection equipment and industrial vacuum systems is important to understand as oftentimes the perception is that a dust collection system will have “vacuum-like” suction when the reality is much different. Both industrial dust collectors are designed to accomplish different facility management objectives. To further help you understand how DualDraw industrial dust collectors can help address your dust issues, our engineering team is standing-by to discuss how our equipment may meet your needs.
Let our dust collector systems help you create a more productive, cleaner, safer and healthier environment for your organization. Below are some DualDraw product lines to review that may help you address your industrial dust issues. Feel free to contact DualDraw at any time for more information about our dust collection equipment.