Do you know which way your air should be moving?
Fume extraction is an important element of any manufacturing process. These units help to remove the smoke, particulate debris, and fumes generated during any process. If left in the environment, harmful effects may happen to your employees and or products. The EPA may have some specific guide lines for your city or state. Processes like lasers, welding, grinding, spraying, and milling all may produce issues.
Benefits of Fume extraction:
- Improving uptime by keeping your processing head clean.
- Helping ensure product quality by keeping production lines clean.
- Employee well-being.
- Compliance with Health and Safety codes
The features to look on different models/vendors vary so you will need to keep all of these listed below in mind. If you are looking, we can help direct you to the right vendor.
Extraction units come in mobile, stationary, and or hood mounting. A small foot print should be looked at but most of the time these machines get large so you will need to allow for the frame and don’t forget the ducting. This may interfere and or cause congestion on your shop floor. Placement of the extraction vents is critical to the overall process. Mounting besides, above, and or in-line with may be used depending what you are processing.
For the filtration; types and technology of filters will make all the difference for control of what is being produced. Fiberglass, Polyester, HEPA, and charcoal are a few different styles to mention. Sometimes at the source extraction may not provide a total solution. In those cases, general air cleaning may also be required for the entire room.
Rate of flow is very critical, so look at your area and the rate of particulates being generated by the process. Also make sure you take into account your air flow into the room, so you do not create a vacuum environment. The hoses, vents and duct work need to be calculated out for the overall proper flow. We have seen major issues if this is not done correctly.
Noise Levels are a huge concern when placed near a process. Types of blowers sound vary from machine to machine and sound proofing may be required to meet you dB level.
Materials and or coating of the ducting is important because of the cleaning aspect and or the interaction of the process contaminate. You also may have to look at an explosion proof unit especially when working with metal particles like aluminum.
If you have any questions of the best fume extraction solution for your application, feel to contact us.