Indoor Air Quality

How Clean is Clean Enough? Evaluating Air Quality

Is your shop clean enough to fabricate components for medical devices? A proper diagnosis is necessary to solving an OSHA or FDA particulate problem. But before installing an air quality remedy, it helps to know your current particulate levels, exposure profile and airflow patterns. Let’s take a closer look at this evaluation process.
Indoor Air Quality: Articles

A Sticky Situation: Four Mistakes in Oil Mist Extraction

Mechanically generated mists are produced by processes that do not generate excessive heat, like metalworking lathes. They are usually around ten microns in diameter and are relatively easy to capture due to their large size. Most inexpensive oil mist control systems on the market are aimed at mechanical oil mist collection. Membrane-based collectors (which use a disposable fiberglass membrane filter) and centrifugal mist collectors can remove up to 80 percent of mechanically generated mists. (first view)
Coolants and lubricating fluids are essential to metalworking operations. But if they are allowed to accumulate in the air, they can become a significant health and safety hazard. What can you do to minimize your risks?

What’s the True Cost of Clean Air?

The cost of clean air includes more than just the initial equipment purchase. The total cost also includes energy expenditures, filters, maintenance time and production downtime.
You know the price of your ventilation or dust collection equipment, but do you really understand all of the ongoing expenses involved in maintaining indoor air quality for your shop? Time for a sanity check.

Automating the Factory Environment

Smart, automated environmental controls will soon make it easier than ever to keep facilities clean, comfortable and productive, while reducing energy and maintenance costs. 
Imagine whole-plant environmental automation data feeding smart control systems in your shop that respond in real time and learn over time to anticipate and respond to the needs of the humans in your shop – perhaps even better than the humans can. It’s time to start thinking about your environmental systems in a whole new way – or maybe stop thinking about them at all. After all, they’ll soon be able to take care of themselves. 

It Only Takes a Spark

The dust and fumes produced by welding and metal cutting processes are often highly combustible. The particulate gathered in a typical dust collector, combined with the filter media itself, can form a perfect fuel source. 
Sparks may be unavoidable in your operations, but fires are not. Effective spark arrestance and fire suppressant technologies can dramatically reduce your potential fire risks. Here’s how.

Is Source Capture Enough? Looking at Ambient Options

Ambient systems clean the air for the entire facility and capture weld smoke that source capture methods may miss. 
You already have source capture systems in place for your welding operations. Do you also need an ambient air quality system? If your air isn’t as clean as it should be, you might want to consider it. 


Indoor Air Quality: Industry News

Camfil APC Reorganizes Internal Sales Support Group

John Poehler, Camfil APC As director of reseller/rep sales he will oversee regional sales managers and an extensive network of dust, mist and fume collection equipment distributors and representatives in the U.S. and Canada. He will also manage a reorganized internal group designed to support a growing customer and market base.
John Poehler is their new director of reseller/rep sales.

MacroAir Launches European Distribution Center

This helps them eliminate lead times and minimize freight costs with support services located throughout the EU.

Kemper Reports Increased Sales Profit

KEMPER equipment production in Vreden. Their highly efficient systems can filter ultra-fine dust particles and welding fumes from the air. They build extraction tables for cutting processes, along with occupational safety and air pollution control accessories for metal processing, 
The manufacturer of extraction and filter systems for metal processing reports double-digit increases in sales and revenue.


Indoor Air Quality: Products

Protect Employees Against Fine Dust During Cutting Processes

The PlasmaFil Compact extraction system provides an extraction performance from 2,500 m³/h up to 11,000 m³/h. Its filtration technology is in a position to separate more than 99 percent of captured hazardous materials. It even separates the majority of ultra-fine dust particles.
The innovative plate filter technology in the PlasmaFil Compact extraction system from Kemper is ideal for automatically cleaning hazardous substances from combustion and plasma cutting applications.

High Speed Door for Safe, Fast Cycle Times in Clean Rooms

The LiteSpeed Clean door can maintain room-to-room pressure differentials of up to 0.2 InWC with its tight seal. Its roll-up design translates into a peak operating speed of 65 in per second and a smaller physical footprint.
Made from a tough PVC vinyl curtain, the LiteSpeed Clean high speed door from Rite Hite has a tapered design that uses non-exposed fasteners, making it more resistant to collecting dust than flat surfaces and easier to clean.

Plug-n-Play Cartridge Dust Collector Cleans Air When Welding, Plasma & Laser Cutting

The touchscreen controller on the DustHog Plug-n-Play cartridge dust collector simplifies operation and maintenance, plus the Auto Flow option measures airflow and automatically adjusts the fan speed to maintain a specified target airflow as the process or filter pressure drop changes. The PNP is powered with the ProTura DH nanofiber filter media that is highly efficient (MERV 15) and capable of capturing respirable, submicron particulate. These filters feature surface loading technology which reduces compressed air consumption during filter cleaning therefore extending filter life, a benefit shops won’t find with others filters.
The high performance DustHog PNP cartridge dust collector from ClarCor reduces installation and service time while collecting dust and fumes to save energy and operating costs.