Dust Collection System Design
ABM Equipment engineers, integrates, and maintains all types of dust collection systems for a huge number of industries and applications. As the West Coast distributors for Schenck Process, we are responsible for ensuring the correct system is correctly designed and integrated for the application. Use this guide to get an idea of the selection and design process, or give us a call or fill out the form below to skip that step. We’re here to help.
Uncontrolled dust from ingredients can not only affect the quality of the finished product but also pose serious health risks to workers. Proper dust collection is critical for maintaining a clean and safe workspace, as well as complying with regulations and preventing health hazards.
When designing a dust collection system for food-processing related industries, there are several factors to consider.
First and foremost, the system must be designed to meet regulatory requirements set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These regulations specify the maximum allowable levels of dust in the air and outline the necessary steps to ensure worker safety, and each industry and municipality will have their own requirements. This can be due to a number of concerns such as absorption of hazardous materials through the lungs, particle load on the lungs of otherwise harmless materials, attraction of pests, and explosivity of materials (like flour) once the particle sizes get small enough. Though dust collection is often necessary, sometimes the letter of the law can be impractical and ill-serving to the intent. We can help you navigate these waters and identify creative workarounds when this is the case.
Another crucial factor to consider when designing a dust collection system for food-processing related industries is the type of material being processed. For example, if you are processing sugar or other fine powders, you will need a system with a high-efficiency filtration system to ensure that the dust particles are captured before they are released into the air. In contrast, if you are processing larger food items, such as fruits or vegetables, you may need a system with a more robust collection system that can handle larger particles.
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Additionally, it is essential to consider the layout of your facility when designing a dust collection system. You will need to take into account the location of your equipment, the flow of air in your workspace, and the proximity of workers to the dust collection system. This will help you to determine the most effective placement of the collection points, ductwork, and other components of the system.
It’s important to ensure that the materials used in your dust collection system are compatible with the materials being processed in your facility. For example, some types of ductwork may not be suitable for use with certain food products, as they may react with or contaminate the product.
Dust collection systems can produce a significant amount of noise, which can be a concern in a food-processing environment. To minimize noise levels, you may need to consider adding noise-reducing features to your system, such as sound-dampening insulation or a muffler.
Regular maintenance is essential for ensuring that your dust collection system continues to function effectively and efficiently. This may include tasks such as replacing filters, cleaning ductwork, and inspecting the system for damage or wear.
Finally, it’s important to design your dust collection system with flexibility in mind. As your facility’s needs change over time, you may need to modify or expand your system to accommodate new equipment or processes. By designing a system that can easily be modified or expanded, you can help ensure that it continues to meet your needs for years to come.
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