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Central Dust Collectors: Efficiently Manage Larger Volumes of Dust

Central Dust Collectors: Efficiently Manage Larger Volumes of Dust

Instances of underperforming or even non-existent dust collectors have forced industrial operations to pay out millions in fines to EPA, MSHA and OSHA in recent years. Without proper dust collection systems and maintenance plans, controlling large volumes of heavy dust can create major business challenges for bulk material producers.  For some applications, a ducted central dust collector can provide a robust, flexible and easy-to-maintain solution that can ultimately help you avoid these fines while protecting your employees and your surrounding community.

In the first part of this DustTech Talk series, we discussed how a silo dust collector provides a compact solution to capture dust emissions at the top of individual silos.

Now, let’s dive deeper to explore key applications in which a ducted central dust collector is the right solution for your operation.

Efficiently Capture Dust from Large Footprints

Selecting the right dust collection system for your operation starts with identifying your application’s unique specifications and needs. If you have a large footprint with multiple pickup points, a ducted system comprised of a dust collector and a network of ducting may be right for you.

Central dust collectors are used to capture dust in a wide range of processes and applications because of their flexible and user-friendly design. C&W’s OSHA- and MSHA-compliant central dust collectors enable a toolless exchange of filter media with top-entry access, so operators do not need to enter the collector to replace the filter.

Concrete producers with material silos, for example, can leverage a central collector to capture fugitive dust during the silo filling process by connecting ducting parts to move dust from each silo into a single central collector. Beyond collecting dust from silos, central collectors can also be used in a wide range of applications like Cement Terminals, Aggregates, Mining and beyond.

Grow Your Dust Collection Capacity as Your Footprint Grows

For producers keeping an eye on future growth, central dust collectors may offer the scalability needed to grow your footprint over time. By taking initial steps to understand your current capacity needs, as well as your potential future capacity needs, you can select the right size central dust collector that gives you space to increase production volumes over time. With extra capacity, your system – specifically ducting – can be easily expanded or modified to accommodate those new pickup points.

Airflow Engineering for Central Dust Collection Systems

Ducting plays a key role in giving operators flexibility to collect large volumes of fugitive dust from various sources throughout a facility. However, if not properly maintained on a regular basis, ducting can easily become clogged – meaning your system is not operating at peak performance. Because central dust collectors process dust at an increased cubic feet per minute (CFM) to support large manufacturing operations, calculating the proper airflow is critical to avoid clogged ducts and excessive maintenance needs.

Protect Employees During Dust Collector Maintenance

Central dust collectors are engineered with safety in mind. Unlike a silo dust collector where an operator must access the unit on top of a silo – typically 50-100 feet in the air – a central collector only requires an operator to go up on the collector itself which stands approximately 10-20 feet in the air.  Though both collectors have many safety features in place to protect your team members, teams may feel more comfortable servicing a collector on the ground.

Inspecting your central dust collector is recommended daily, especially monitoring pressure gauges and checking hoppers. Periodic checks help operators identify wear and tear on system components and replacement needs.  These daily, weekly and monthly checks are often more accessible when performed closer to the ground than inspection on a Silo-Top Unit.

Maintain Performance in High & Low-Temperature Environments

If your application calls for a standalone unit that can perform in extreme hot or freezing conditions, a central dust collector may be your best option. It is crucial to identify the construction materials that your collector will need to withstand your application’s temperature range. C&W offers its BP and RA units to support operations in low-temperature environments, with the BP unit also used in high-temperature environments.

Consider the amount of environmental moisture in your application when designing a central dust collection system, as excessive rain or wet snow leaking into your ducting system blocks airflow.

Looking for a compact, cost-efficient solution?

Read Part 1 to discover how silo dust collectors can benefit your industrial operation.

Whether your application requires a central dust collector or a Low-Profile Round (LPR) silo dust collector, our team of experts is ready to help you get the most effective dust collection system for your operational needs.

Contact THE dust collection experts today to learn more about the benefits of a Central Dust Collector.

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