Indoor Air Quality

A Sticky Situation: Four Mistakes in Oil Mist Extraction

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?
Indoor Air Quality: Articles

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. 

Clean Air, Productivity and the Bottom Line

Poor indoor air quality saps worker productivity and makes it harder to recruit and retain good employees. Increasingly, work environment – including air quality – plays a large role in job decisions for skilled workers. Younger workers tend to be more educated about the potential impact of welding fumes and other contaminants on their health. They also want to work in environments that are pleasant and comfortable. As a result, fewer young workers are choosing manufacturing as an occupation. 
Poor concentration. High error rates. Absenteeism. Do your employees seem to have their heads in the clouds lately? 


Indoor Air Quality: Industry News

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.

Camfil Launches New Dust Collection Website

The site showcases their dust, mist and fume collection equipment.


Indoor Air Quality: Products

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.

Portable Electric Dust Collector for Small Shops

With a two-piece design that provides improved transport and flexibility on placement on small work sites, the Dustmaster 6,000 cfm Electric Dust Collector from Marco is a compact and ultra-portable system that replaces the blowers and dust socks currently being used for in-plant service.
The Dustmaster 6,000 cfm Electric Dust Collector from Marco uses a reverse incline blade fan matched with a 15 hp Baldor electric motor to remove airborne dust and debris from an enclosed work site so workers have better visibility to the work surface and can increase their production rates.