Sometimes the need for an industrial dust collection system in a facility is more obvious than others. Dirt, dust, debris, gases and chemicals can be floating around in the air, causing issues for your employees as well as your equipment. An industrial dust collection system helps combat this.
Industrial dust collection systems not only clear the air, but they also improve employee efficiency, increase employee retention, help ensure a safe working environment and reduce equipment maintenance costs. This means that keeping your facility clean can be good for your bottom line.
But how do you know if you need a dust collector in your facility? In this blog, we’ll discuss a few red flags that indicate when there’s a need for an industrial dust collection system.
4 Warning Signs That You Need an Industrial Dust Collection System
1. You Can See, Smell, or Taste Dust in the Work Area
If dust particles are gathering to form clouds of dust, there is a need for dust collection. A lot of metalworking processes, including grinding, cutting and welding, produce a wide range of contaminants that need to be removed from the air.
Industrial dust collection systems have been used in many metalworking operations around the globe in order to collect a wide variety of dust contaminants. And while dust contaminants can’t be completely avoided, it can be contained and controlled.
Pro tip: Take a look around. Is there a smoggy haze in your building? Some particulate is big enough (or appear dark enough) to see, while others are so small that you can’t see them. If you can see, taste or smell particulate in the air, you may need dust collection. Keep in mind that air you can taste and smell probably isn’t good to breathe.
2. There Is a Need to “Air Out” the Work Area
Some particulate is so small that it can’t be seen by the naked eye. When the air feels dirty to the employees, they tend to cough or complain to management. Sometimes to prevent this, the employees open the doors to “air out” the work area. This creates other problems such as high HVAC bills due to regulating the temperature of the facility.
Having a proper dust collector in place will help keep your employees safe and the company in compliance with regulations and standards. Some of these regulations are related to the environment and the quality of the air. Poor air quality can cost you heavily, not just in fines, but by creating potential hazards that can damage your factory or affect your employees. Factory dust collectors help you comply with governmental regulations as well as keeping everyone (and everything) inside the building safe.
Pro tip: Calculate how many hours the doors and windows are being opened to "air out" the facility.
3. The HVAC Air Filters Are Continually Clogged With Dust
If dust is collecting in the heating and cooling vents, there is a need for an industrial dust collection system. The filters and vents are built to collect moderate amounts of dust, but they should not be continually clogged. When small dust and fume particles get caught in the filters of HVAC systems, increased costs for heating and cooling occur. Additionally, this dust and particulate can settle in other equipment and cause expensive maintenance issues. It’s important that the dust is properly.
When compared to other exhausting methods, ambient dust collectors that remove dirty air from your facility, filter it and return it to the facility can save you thousands of dollars each year on heating and cooling costs.
Pro tip: Monitor how often the filters are changed on the heater and air conditioners.
4. Pieces of Equipment in the Facility Are Covered With a Thick Layer of Dust
If there is dust buildup on equipment that has been cleaned within the past 1-2 days, there is a need for dust collection. When dirt, dust and debris collect on equipment, it can make its way inside interfering with the mechanics of the equipment.This can lead to slower machines and broken equipment.
Compromised machinery constantly needs attention and repairs. Industrial dust collection systems remove this risk, allowing your machinery to work at optimal performance.
Pro tip: Clean a flat surface in the facility. Check the surface after 1-2 days to see if there is a major dust buildup.
Need an Industrial Dust Collection System?
At A.C.T. Dust Collectors, we offer solutions for all industrial dust removal needs. We have extensive experience and knowledge to help you choose the best fit for your application. Contact us today to find out more about dust collector safety and the importance of keeping your facility dust-free.