OptiFlo® Compact Dust Collector
A Plug & Play compact equipment with a reduced footprint, longer lifecycle, and easy operation
Treating metals is a heavy dust laden process, but when referring to the automotive industry, the huge volume of materials, operations, and production lines involved makes it unique. Indoor and outdoor emission levels in this industry are greater and require highly efficient air filtration solutions.
Many metalworking operations occur in automotive manufacturing plants. In those, a variety of metals are used resulting in different types of emissions. Fine dust particles, but also larger toxic particles can be emitted. Some gases and weld fumes can also be dangerous if inhaled. Ensuring a safe indoor atmosphere is key for protecting employee health.
The same need for strict emissions control is necessary for outdoor air. The dust and pollutants, which are generated in high concentrations at many points in the manufacturing process, must be removed to avoid environmental impact from contamination.
Quality is another crucial item. Every piece of material will need to be corrected if the individual quality controls are not passed and approved. As a result, additional costs, and production delays will occur. A clean indoor production atmosphere that minimizes the possible damages from suspended dust in certain operations is a priority for this sector.
High indoor and outdoor air quality is mandatory for a safe manufacturing process in the automotive industry. Dust collection will efficiently protect the operator’s working conditions by reducing air pollutants that may affect their health.
The quality of the overall process will also benefit from clean indoor air by reducing suspended dust that might affect operations or products where any small dust particle can result in damages. An optimized performance will be ensured as a result.
Another key safety benefit from air filtration systems in this sector is reducing incidents and accidents that might occur when handling the explosive and flammable dust produced when treating some metals. NFPA Compliant dust collectors with explosive preventive systems such as sparks arrestors, venting panels, or relief valves will minimize the risks, ensuring a safer workspace both for the operator and the entire plant.
The automotive industry has various applications and therefore a broad array of filtration solutions is required. Explosive metals such as aluminum, magnesium, or titanium are present in several operations; certain processes such as grinding can produce sparks; for others such as buffing, polishing, powder coating, or rubber, flammable compounds appear; hexavalent chromium can be toxic when welding certain metals. Dust collectors will be a key player in the operational performance optimization by meeting the requirements of each specific application’s needs.