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Your Five-Step Dust Collector Maintenance Schedule

Your Five-Step Dust Collector Maintenance Checklist

We previously explored the components of an effective maintenance plan, including establishing baseline measurements, determining a consistent schedule, gaining your team’s buy-in and ensuring employee safety. With those fundamentals in place, you’re ready to take the next step to create a dust collector maintenance checklist of your own.

No matter what series or brand of dust collector you have, there are universal elements that must be inspected, adjusted and maintained on an ongoing basis to maximize your dust collection system’s performance. As you create your own maintenance process, get started with following baseline checklist from the dust collection experts at C&W DustTech.

1. Conduct Daily Checks

As a baseline, your dust collection system should be monitored daily to catch potential problems until they grow into major issues. A series of simple tasks should be added to your team’s rotation to prevent damage to your people, processes, assets – and reputation.

Visually inspect your entire dust collection system to check for strange sounds (or a lack of any noise at all), dusting, and visible wear and tear. Note any issues and investigate further.

Check your system’s pressure using your Minihelic or Magnehelic Gauge and compare to your baseline reading. If your reading is zero, or higher than your system’s baseline, your system may be experiencing a potential airflow issue.

Inspect and empty water drains and moisture traps as needed.

2. Review Your System Weekly

On a weekly basis, your team’s checks should focus on ensuring that additional components of your system are properly functioning.

Evaluate your fan and belts for proper tension and excessive wear. Too much build up and vibration leads to cracked housings and wheels.

Inspect solenoids for proper operation and adjustment to ensure regular cleaning of your filter media.

Review your hopper discharge valve to inspect for proper discharge and an air-tight seal.

Confirm that the pressure on your air pressure regulator is set to 90 psi.

Review the condition of filter media to check normal pressure drop using a Minihelic or Magnehelic Gauge.

3. Monitor Monthly

At the same time each month, your team should review and optimize the following.

Lubricate fan bearings (assuming 10 hour/day operation) to optimize performance.

Check for proper sealing of filter media, identifying potential leaks.

Inspect your fan for excessive vibration, looking for buildup of dust on the front and back-side of the fan.

If you are not using an Automatic Recycle System, regularly check your drum or hopper to avoid overflows and risk of combustion. The best timing for this step will depend upon your specific system and dust.

4. Conduct Six-Month Checks

Twice a year, it’s important to check the condition of the following:

Lubricate electric motors as specified in the motor owner’s manual.

Keep an eye on filter media wear and tear to prevent dusting or caking.

5. Check This Annually

Each year, your team should follow safety procedures to inspect, maintain, clean or replace key components of your dust collection system, including:

Inspect system ducting for excessive build up, plugging or leaks. This includes a review of hopper hatches and gasket material to maintain a tight seal.

For certain operations, maintain proper shroud skirting and truck charging boots, inspecting for plugs at the pick-up points, tears, and disconnects.

Inspect dust collection filters to look for a buildup of material or potentially crushed filters.

Thoroughly clean the air chamber if replacing your filter media.

Depending upon your dust collection system, there are a number of additional steps you will want to be sure to incorporate onto your list. For systems with Automatic Recycle Systems, for example, you will need to take special steps to inspect inlet filters and couplings weekly, or service your recycle blower’s reservoir after 500 hours of operation.

Understanding these nuances can be daunting. Contact the C&W DustTech dust collection experts to understand how to best craft a dust collection maintenance process for your specific operations.

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