Air filtration in the Wood, Pulp and Paper industry

Removing the dust generated when working with wood and paper is essential to maintain healthy working conditions and ensure a safe working environment where there is a risk of explosion due to fine airborne particles.

Maintaining clean and safe air while removing fire hazards

Wood shops, sawmills, and paper manufacturing plants produce a significant amount of dust. Grinding, cutting, and sanding, these processes produce dust clouds that easily blow in the air and caking on surfaces that are difficult to remove. Other processes as paper pulp manufacturing can also generate hazardous gases and other pollutants.

A continuous exposure to these contaminates in the air in the facility can pose an elevated risk for workers, so ensuring a safe workspace by eliminating these concentrations of suspended dust is key to provide a healthy working environment.

Wood, pulp, and paper are also highly explosive materials and so is the dust generated. Explosions can easily happen just by the dust concentrations present in the indoor atmosphere. This can be especially dangerous when the dust is a hybrid, containing glues or chemical additives that are even more explosive than the pure wood or paper dust.

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Enhanced industrial indoor air quality for a safer operation

Defining a proper filtration system is crucial to reduce the risk of fire and the generation of suspended dust clouds by keeping all emission points along the manufacturing process under control.

Considering the combustible characteristics of wood and paper dust, NFPA 664 compliant dust collectors will be required, with optional fire risk prevention systems such as relief valves or explosion panels to protect from deflagration.

Depending on the process, larger dust particulates can be generated and in these cases the dust collector may require a pre-separator or cyclone that helps to prevent these pollutants from accessing the equipment and the filtration media. This is especially important in the case of hybrid dust with chemicals.

In addition to improving the indoor air quality, a proper dust collector will have an impact on the production costs. It can reduce the cost of constantly keeping the facilities clean and free of hazardous dust. Additionally, depending on the specific process, it will help to recover the spread product that can be used as a secondary life source such as pellets manufacturing.

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