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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?

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.

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

Also referred to as air-to-media ratio, air-to-cloth ratio quantifies the amount of air going through one square foot of filter media. It is often used as a simple way to state the ratio between cubic feet per minute (CFM) and square feet of filter area.

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 for Advice: When a situation comes up and a dust collection system needs to be installed as soon as possible there are many things to consider.  Costs, types, and lead times become significant to getting the best results in an urgent situation.  Due to the pressing nature of the need, it is important to seek advice from a team with experience.  Likely they will ask the...

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

Finding the right dust collection system for your air quality need can be difficult.  While finding the correct size is important, the ongoing maintenance cost must also be considered closely.  It can be hard to calculate the real cost of a dust collector. 

Cartridge or Baghouse?

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

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.

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. 

Avoiding Dust Collector Fires

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

The Benefit of Buying a Dust Collector Built in the USA

There are many different reasons for choosing to buy American-made products, including Dust Collectors. US jobs, less carbon footprint, less pollution, and quality. One of the main reasons for a dust collector is TIME.

Is Your Facility Ready for the New OSHA Rules?

New regulations regarding dust

What Type of Fan Should I Choose for my Dust Collection System?

There are many options to consider when choosing a fan for your new dust collection system. The most commonly used fans in dust collectors are the Radial blade fan, the BI (backward inclined) fan, the BC (backward curved) fan and the airfoil fan. Each fan wheel has its own characteristics and performance limitations. 

How Do Pulse Clean Systems Work?

A reverse pulse (often called a pulse jet or reverse jet) filter cleaning system is a simple action that has significant results.  A simple explanation of a reverse pulse filter cleaning system is as follows: in normal dust collector operation, air flows from the outside of the filter media to the center of the filter.  The dust is filtered out and left on the outside surface...

Why Is My Dust Collector Not Performing Properly?

Why is my dust collector not performing properly? It could be as simple as the system is undersized, you have added process equipment as your business grows and the existing system will not handle it. This is just one example, there are many reasons why your system may not be performing as designed.