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Can Grinding Dust Be Completely Avoided?

The grinding of metals and non-ferrous metals produces a fine dust that needs to be removed from the air. When metal particles from grinding and other metalworking applications become airborne, metal dust becomes a hazard.

3 Strategies to Minimize the Nuisance of Metalworking Dust

Nearly every metalworking operation requires some form of dust collection. When metal particles from welding, laser, grinding and other metalworking operations become airborne, metal dust becomes a hazard.

5 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Weld Smoke & Fume Collector

Weld smoke and fumes are a leading source of air contamination and must be captured. But as challenging as it is to capture smoke and fumes from welding applications, it can be just as difficult to find a weld smoke and fume collector to fit your manufacturing environment.

What Is the Best Type of Filter Media for Blasting Applications?

Sand, steel shot or grit, glass bead or crushed glass, aluminum oxide and coal slag. These are just a few of the most common blasting abrasives used. Abrasive grit blasting, also known as sandblasting, is the process of propelling a grit of sand-sized particles with compressed air against a surface to remove excess or unwanted materials. The grit blasting process typically...

Does Laser and Plasma Cutting Require a Dust Collector?

Many industries utilize laser cutting in their processes. While cutting metal is the most common, laser cutting technology is now applied to a wide range of materials.

Does High-Volume Production Welding Require Extra Dust Collection?

Welding processes create fume and smoke, resulting in poor air quality. Weld smoke is a leading source of air contamination in a metal fabrication facility. Some welding applications such as galvanized metal or stainless are very harmful and must be captured. Capturing smoke and fumes from welding or cutting applications, however, can be a challenge.

What Is MERV Rating and Why Is It Important?

In the world of dust collection, a large piece of the puzzle is the dust collector filters. What are they made of; how much filter media is contained in each cartridge; how efficient will they be? When comparing dust collector filters, you will come across Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) and see different MERV ratings. But what is MERV rating and why is it important?

Air-to-Cloth Ratio: What Is It, and How Do I Calculate It?

Find out what an air-to-cloth ratio is and how to calculate it for your dust collector to gain valuable insight into your filter life.

What is Hexavalent Chromium?

Welders need to be protected from Hexavalent Chromium, also called Hex Chrome or Chrome 6.  Hexavalent Chromium is the most toxic form of chromium. The potential to be overexposed during welding especially if its production welding, or full shift welding on stainless steel should be a concern.

You’re Using the Wrong Industrial Dust Filter—Here’s Why

Using the right filter matters, and the first step in determining which type of dust collector filter you should be using comes down to one main question: What application am I using it for?

Afterfilters for Dust Collection Systems

Removing dust/fume/smoke in the air requires a wide range of equipment for the various dusts from industrial environments. 

3 Steps to Take When You Have an Immediate Dust Collection Need

Ask. Analyze. Action.

Maintaining Filters

The filters are key to the performance of a dust collection system. It is important to know the different methods used to clean filters and when the filters should be replaced.

Filter Price Comparison

There are hundreds of options when it comes to replacing the filters in your dust collection system...

Should I collect my dust at the source, or can I filter ambient air in my plant?

Ambient air is defined as the atmospheric air in its natural state.

Cartridge or Baghouse?

They both collect dust, so how do you determine which one is the better way to go?

How do I know if I need a dust collector in my facility?

Sometimes the need for a dust collector in a facility is more obvious than others.  Dust collection systems are very important to the health and safety of your employees

Why is a Solenoid Heater Kit Important?

The cleaning system on a pulse-type dust collector relies on compressed air.  Compressed air often contains small amounts of moisture.  When cold weather settles in, the combination of cold metal and moisture creates a problem for your pulse clean solenoids.

How Duct Design Can Affect Dust Collector Performance

It is not uncommon for people to think their dust collector is not working correctly when the reality is that the  duct design is adversely affecting performance.  Properly sizing the dust collector for the application is critical, but the proper duct design ultimately determines whether the final installed dust collector meets your needs. 

Central System vs Portable Units

Are you one of those companies with numerous portable dust collectors sprinkled throughout your operation?  We can help you determine what type of dust collection your facility needs as it is an important calculation to get right.  There are reasons that a central dust collection system can give you a better result. 

Should My Dust Collector be Installed Indoors or Outdoors?

Indoors or Outdoors: Should my Dust Collector be located outdoors or can I install it inside my building?

Avoiding Dust Collector Fires

Dust collector fires appear in the news frequently; ACT Dust Collectors doesn’t want you to become the next headline!

Inspection Log & Maintenance Check List for Dust Collectors

If you have a dust collector at your facility, we recommend a daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly maintenance checklist. Simple cleaning and maintenance tasks can extend not only improve the performance of your unit but can extend the life of your system.
What should be done and when? Click the link below for a general guideline to keep your ACT Dust Collector working at its optimum power; or contact...

What Is Static Pressure?

Learn about static pressure, what causes static pressure in a dust collector, and why it is important.

The Importance of Dust Collectors

In certain industries the air you and your employees breathe in on a daily basis can be compromised. Dust collectors remove contaminants from the air, providing cleaner air, which can provide numerous benefits.