Bulk Solids Handling & Processing Innovations
Many bulk material handling systems generate dust. Even dusty foodstuffs may be a hazard to health. Such dust can damage the lungs and, when suspended in air in the right ratios, many organic materials are an explosion risk. Therefore dust collection, air filtration, cleaning up of spilled or settled dust and correct choice of air handling equipment are essential considerations for any bulk materials storage, handling or processing operation. This Technology Zone offers an insight into the latest innovations in dust collection system and air pollution control system design.
Dust collection and dust extraction not only ensure a safe and healthy working environment and protects the health of operators, but the installation of an industrial filtration or dust control system also guarantees the desired functioning of the industrial equipment and improves the production process.
The treatment of dust by the installation of an industrial vacuum system makes it possible to reduce to a minimum the dust particles present in the air which can alter the quality of the working environment of the powder handling lines.
Dust vacuuming and dust collection, thanks to an automatic cleaning system, can be carried out in a drum or big bag or reintroduced into the process to reduce product loss.
Workers in powder handling operations are often poorly protected from dust exposures.
All powder handling operations, such as (big) bag handling, mixing and blending, feeding, dosing, conveying, drying, size reduction, and bulk storage should be evaluated for whether they need dust control.
Bulk solids processing and powder handling operations, such as (big) bag handling, mixing and blending, feeding, dosing, conveying, drying, size reduction, and bulk storage create dangerous dusts that can become airborne, endanger air quality and pose fire and explosion hazards.
These dusts can also cause allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses to operators working on these powder handling lines.
These dry material handling processes require the installation and use of centralized or built-in industrial dust collection systems.
It is essential to protect operators while complying with safety, health, and environmental regulations.
Once the air has been cleaned of impurities with the use of an industrial dust collection system, it can be safely released in the atmosphere.
Industrial dust control amongst the most important safety measures that processing plants need to consider.
In the agriculture, dairy and food processing, mineral processing and pharmaceutical processing industries, combustible particles are expelled during normal processing methods. These particles, if allowed to gather and suspend in the air, can result in a devastating explosion if ignited.
To prevent this, processing facilities normally employ some form of particle filtering and removal that suppresses the threat of an explosion.
These systems are also important for safeguarding worker health against breathing hazards.
The benefits of dust control include, but are not limited to:
Industrial dust collection systems are available for all types of industrial processing lines involving raw ingredients and other dry bulk materials.
A dust collection system is designed to purify air or gas by removing the contaminants or dust particulate from the collected air.
All of these dust collector components may vary based on the application, simplifying these elemental key items to dust collection systems.
There are 5 main types of dust collectors:
Selecting and utilizing the right type of dust collection system and filtration technology for specific equipment or process is crucial to control the air pollution generated in the most cost-efficient manner available.
With the many kinds of dust collection systems available, narrowing down the search requires addressing variables such as:
Consideration of the above-mentioned factors can narrow down the search for the ideal dust collector for a specific application.
The most suitable dust collection system for specific requirements might be a unit that has:
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