The most successful method of extracting any dust or fume is at the point of creation, says Cameron Prestidge from Egmont Air.
“It sounds simple, but the challenge is a design that achieves this without interfering or restricting the process of work in operation,” he says.
Egmont Air, specialists in dust and fume extraction, design systems to improve the manufacturing process by removing toxic or nuisance pollutants before they reach the operators’ breathing zone.
Health and safety is critical where industrial processes expose employees to dust, powders, smoke or fumes, and it is important the correct airflows and capture designs are specified.
In this way, pollutants are removed before affecting people and spreading throughout the working environment.
“Capturing toxic particles ‘at source’ also offers other benefits in terms of workshop cleanliness, clean-air compliance and employee well-being, to create a workplace that provides a more productive environment,” says Prestidge.
Egmont Air provides devices such as articulating arms, fume cupboards, down-draught benches, air-cleaners, centralised vacuum systems, specialised hoods and other proprietary equipment, so that an extraction solution can be specified for each application.
Filtration and dust collectors can be specified so the correct type of dust collector can be matched to each pollutant. High-efficiency filtration provides clean-air discharge to exceed environmental regulations, in some cases allowing purified air to be returned to the working environment.
“Automatic cleaning by a reverse-pulse of compressed air maintains the filters in optimum working condition and reduces the level of maintenance and monitoring required, compared to other types of cleaning,” says Prestidge.
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