Dust collection systems have many advantages over other methods of dust control. Some of the advantages include:
- Dust collection systems are more efficient than other methods of capturing dust particles.
- Dust collection systems are more effective at controlling dust emissions than other methods.
- Dust collection systems are more reliable than other methods.
- Dust collection systems can be used to remove specific contaminants from the air and other materials. However, using a dust collector for this purpose requires that certain precautions be taken.
- To prevent the removal of harmful (to people and equipment) dust and particles, use a cyclone or baghouse filter with the dust collection system.
- To prevent dust from entering the filter, add a mist eliminator to the inlet of the vacuum or cyclone.
- Keep in mind that certain particles can damage equipment by clogging or eroding parts and compressing gaskets and seals. Remove these contaminants before using a dust collector and/or filter.
- Keep in mind that some materials can damage filters and other equipment by rusting or corroding parts. Remove these contaminants before using a dust collector and/or filter.
Portable Dust Collection System
A portable dust collection system can be a great option for small shops or one-time projects. A portable system is usually less expensive than a stationary system and can be easily moved from one location to another. When selecting a portable dust collection system, be sure to choose one that is powerful enough to handle the dust particles that will be created by the tools and materials being used. Be sure to also select a filter that is capable of capturing the smallest particles.
Stationary Dust Collection System
A stationary dust collection system is ideal for shops or garages that have several stationary tools. Select a dust collector with the power to handle the largest tool in use. If the various tools create different size particles, choose a filter with pore sizes that can capture all of these types of particles. Be sure to select a filter with a minimum efficiency level (MERV) of 8.
Cyclone Dust Collection System
When using tools that create very fine dust particles, consider adding a cyclone to the dust collection system. A cyclone can separate these extremely small dust particles while also providing the benefits of a standard system. Standard systems will not provide these benefits. Select a filter with pore sizes that are small enough to capture these fine particles.
A mist eliminator on the inlet of the vacuum or cyclone will remove any liquid droplets from the airflow before it enters the dust collection system and/or filter. This will prevent damage to the system and prolong its life. It will also prevent damage to equipment being used.
A cyclone filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of 12 can be added to a dust collection system to remove even more fine particles from the air that passes through it. This option is especially beneficial when using tools that create ultra-fine dust particles.
Dust Collection System Maintenance
Maintaining your dust collection system will keep the airflow strong and the unit operating efficiently for many years. Periodically cleaning or replacing filters, checking vacuum pressure gauges, clearing any obstructions to airflow in the ductwork, keeping hose connections tight, replacing worn-out hose or hose ends, maintaining tools and equipment and replacing damaged or worn parts, and checking for any inlet obstructions will all help to prolong the life of your dust collection system.
Maintaining your dust collection system is an important part of keeping it running efficiently and prolonging its life. By periodically cleaning or replacing filters, checking vacuum pressure gauges, clearing any obstructions to airflow in the ductwork, keeping hose connections tight, replacing worn-out hose or hose ends, maintaining tools and equipment, and replacing damaged or worn parts, you can keep your dust collection system functioning properly.