Should My Dust Collector be Installed Indoors or Outdoors?

There are many factors to consider when determining where to locate your dust collection system.

Accessible for Installation/Maintenance: Is there enough room to install and do maintenance on the system?

  • When choosing a location for your dust collection system (indoors or outdoors) it is important that you consider if there is enough room for the necessary equipment to install and maintain the system. There may need to be access for forklifts, scissor lifts, or cranes.

Collector dimensions: Will your dust collector fit indoors? Is this a cost effective use of space?

  • Manufacturing space is very expensive, estimated costs to lease manufacturing space run from $4 to $7 and more per square foot depending on location. Estimated building costs for manufacturing space run $40 to $100 per sq. ft. and higher. Depending on the physical size of the dust collector, it can be difficult to justify sacrificing valuable manufacturing space for an indoor dust collection system, especially if you have available space outdoors.

Dust type:  Is your dust combustible?

  • If the dust you are collecting is combustible, such as aluminum dust, often there is no choice. The system is required to be outside for safety reasons.

Climate: Is your system is equipped with the proper accessories? 

  • If you are located in a cold weather climate, the collector, fan and connecting ductwork will cool down when the collection system is off line. Upon resuming operation, the return air will be cooler until the system runs for a short time. Dedicated air dryers and solenoid heater kits should also be considered for cold weather installations.

Building construction: Is the building built so that penetrations can be made for connection duct work if needed?

  • Depending on the material the building is constructed with, it may be difficult to make penetrations for connecting duct work. If it is a material that is not easily penetrated, it may be better to install the system indoors where less duct work is required.

Location of collector: What should you look for if the dust collector is placed outside?

  • When placing a dust collector outdoors it is important to consider the roof line. The roof line will determine where snow, Ice and water runoff occurs. It is important that you consider the elements when placing the dust collector.

Flat Surface: Is your dust collector on solid ground?

  • A level concrete pad is required for systems placed outdoors. Contact the sales team at ACT to discuss your dust collector needs today!
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