Protect Your Product and Customers
Maintaining clean air inside the facilities helps prevent infectious outbreaks, of animals and products, unpleasant odors, and more, ultimately leading to loss of profits for the farm. Additionally, government regulations monitor farm emissions and impose certain qualification regulations that the agriculture industry must adhere to. Proper air filtration is key to making sure that the particle concentration levels meet the legislation standards, insuring a safe and healthy working environment for both humans and animals alike.
The air inside one of the agricultural and farming facilities can contain:
- Mold, spores, pollen
- Milling dust
- Bacteria and byproducts
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) used in processing agricultural raw materials
Filtration Prevents Cross-Contamination During Production and Storage
Air filtration on a farm is vital in preventing cross-contamination during manufacturing and storage, ensuring consistent and superior quality products and protecting people and process equipment. Cross-contamination can lead to production down time and product loss, both of which impact the yield and profitability of farmers. It can also lead to corruption of the final product, which can lead to bacterial outbreaks, recalls and potential lawsuits. Having a well-sealed environment is the first step to preventing cross-contamination, and having superior filtration is key to maintaining the integrity of the process and safety of the product.
Filtration Protects Against Toxic Fumigants
A unique niche in the agricultural production arena is tobacco harvesting, storage, drying and packaging. The types of fumigation, the storage times and limits, and the throughput are very specific for tobacco crops. Methyl bromide is commonly used to fumigate the tobacco product as it is being dried and stored. Since this is a highly toxic fumigant, gaseous contaminant remediation is necessary.
Growing market for E-Cigarettes, vapes, electric hookahs, and more poses its own challenges regarding manufacturing regulations. Manufacturing of these products can include 60 to 70 compounds, delivered via aerosol systems. Large scale production produces significant levels of gaseous chemicals, such as propylene glycol (PG), TSNAs, aldehydes, VOCs, phenolic compounds, etc, many of which can lead to upper respiratory irritation from inhalation, allergic reactions, and unsafe emissions to the surrounding areas. FDA regulations guide the safe levels of production, for protection of employees and consumers.
AAF Flanders’ gas phase filtration media is ideally suited for remediation of methyl bromide and the other specialized fumigants used in the tobacco industry. Additionally, high efficiency filtration, coupled with antimicrobial treatment, is needed when moving and storing tobacco products.
Optimize Your Filtration and Improve Your Environment
Air filtration, regarding growing and refining of grain and crops, is very important for both particulate and gaseous contaminant remediation. With regard to grains and other agricultural products, particulate filtration is of substantial importance. Air filtration systems in facilities that deal with these products must handle relatively large volumes of air with various sizes of particulates that need to be removed. Because of that, investment into a specialized and quality filter will help reduce maintenance costs as well as energy consumption in the long run.
A thorough air filter audit of your HVAC systems is the first step that AAF Flanders takes, in order to provide you professional guidance and analysis for cost savings and liability reduction. By conducting this audit, we strive to understand your current state and advise you on how your facility could perform better, helping you save money, reduce risk, and save time.
Contact your AAF Flanders representative to schedule an audit and to find out how the insights from intelligent data tools, including TCO Diagnostic® and Sensor360®, can improve operational outcomes and save you time and money.