Dust Extraction Systems

Overview

 

Dust extraction systems are specialist local exhaust ventilation (L.E.V.) systems provided to capture, convey and contain airborne particulates in the workplace.

 

The reason for dust extraction?

 

Dusts in general can be very problematic for industry, from product quality control issues, fire and explosion risks under DSEAR / ATEX to operator health protection problems. The list can go on....

 

To overcome the collective risks associated with nuisance dusts most companies generally install dust extraction systems to control the contaminant at the source of release.

 

Problems associated with dust extraction

 

Dust extractions systems are widely criticized due to the fact that after the initial capital purchase cost they can be expensive to run and maintain if incorrectly designed.

 

If (for instance) the dust collection system is poorly designed or simply has been in operation for many years without the consideration of process changes the operators can become subject to increased exposure to potentially harmful dusts and not only that the ongoing operational cost of the system can increase dramatically.

 

Increased energy costs

 

Poorly designed collection hoods, duct systems, incorrect selection of filtration equipment and "in house" modifications are all common issues in most industrial plants today. 

 

These problems can all have a big impact on energy usage from increased compressed air usage due to poor selection of reverse pulse filtration equipment to increased fan power requirements due to unnecessarily high duct system pressure drops.

 

Over the years we have found that there are always improvements that can be made to reduce energy consumption on dust control systems and in some cases the "payback" for the modifications is only a few months.

 

Legal Requirements

 

The majority of dust extraction systems will fall under the C.O.S.H.H. regulations 2005 and are therefore an engineering control device.

 

See our L.E.V. Systems page for more information.

 

What can Expervent offer you?

 

At Expervent we pride ourselves on our high levels of industry experience and straight talking advice to meet our client’s health, safety and environmental needs.

 

We can survey your current production process and offer free impartial advice on existing system optimization, existing system upgrades or completely new installations.

 

Our friendly design staff can take you through proposed design options and offer the best solutions from a wide range of international suppliers to suit your requirements and budget.

We have been successfully designing and installing equipment from the above list of manufacturers for over 20 years.

 

Contact Expervent on 0191 489 5400  / enquiries@expervent.com for your free L.E.V. /

Dust Extraction System assessment.

 

Expervent Ltd.

4c Kings Court Industrial Park

Blackett Street

Jarrow

Tyne & Wear

NE32 3QS

 

Tel: 0191 489 5400

enquiries@expervent.com

Useful Links

What is a Local Exhaust Ventilation System?

Guidance on Local Exhaust Ventilation Selection

Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers

Guidance on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers

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