Why do I need a Dust Extraction and Fume Extraction System?
Industrial workshops and manufacturing factories have known for ages that one of the most essential tools on the workshop floor is an efficient and reliable dust and fume extraction system. There are the obvious health and safety benefits for a cleaner breathing and dust and fume-free workplace environment, but you will also be surprised by how productivity and staff attitudes lift along with it.
Not only are you obligated and better off with a dust and fume extraction system, but for workplace OH&S reasons, your machinery can also run more efficiently with the correct system in place. There is less maintenance required and the production downtime is minimised.
It is important to have a dust free environment from electrical cabinetry components. Dusts that can combust like wood dust can spark fire in electrical cabinets. This can be expensive to fix and even worse, insurance companies may not cover this in your policies, not to mention the importance of safety for your staff.
One of the worst issues is dust particles that your staff are breathing in. Some dusts as we know like asbestos are carcinogenic. Once these nasties are in the lungs they can’t come out. Law suits can come back and bite you in a few years.
Properly designed Dust Extractors, with the correct filter media and self cleaning systems, remove the waste from your manufacturing process and store it safely until the waste is picked up and disposed of safely.
The hard fact is that running a factory, either small or large, without a dust and fume extraction system will affect someone or everybody’s health & safety at some stage. Investing in a well designed Dust Extractor is the safer and smarter choice.
Don’t sweep the dust under the carpet…
XLC Scotch Brite Dust Extraction System
How do I find the right Dust Extractor for my needs?
Before thinking about which dust extractor you should buy, you need to be sure what you plan on using it for and what machinery you may buy in the future, especially if you intend to grow and improve your product process. Buying a dust extractor that has future capacity is always wise. The main extraction fan & motor can be upgraded in the future to accommodate you when your production expands and you update or add in more machinery. A new duct run can also be added to the dust extractor. However the important fact is having the correct air to cloth ratio to accommodate future capacity.
If you are honest with yourself in your intentions for the future of your workplace and your business, going the extra mile will be profitable in the future. There will be less costs required.
Reverse-Pulse Extractor – Woodworking Tafe
How can I make sure that my Dust Extractor doesn’t compromise the safety of my workplace?
An important thing to remember is that some applications like wood dust that can build up static electricity can be a disaster if the essential items are overlooked. E.G, Antistatic filters or an antistatic flexible hose which is earthed to your machine. Never use PVC stormwater pipe. The law says dust extractors need to have an explosion vent device. This is a pressure release system that is either mechanical or a membrane that will tear to release pressure. An explosion with certain dusts can throw projectiles like metal fragments, and nuts & bolts through the factory. This could be fatal. Not only can that happen but a fire can follow. If your factory walls and ceilings (purlings) have dust build up this can create a secondary explosion. It does happen! We have been to many factories where fires have burnt out dust extraction systems. Very costly rebuilds and expensive productivity downtime.
Dust Extraction Solutions Australia are constantly developing and widening our range of equipment to cater to the increasing demands of different industries and the higher safety standards. We can also act in a consultancy capacity if required, and would be happy to educate you further on the advantages of our dust extractors along with many of our other dust and fume control solutions. Please call us at 1300 800 380 to speak to our friendly staff today.