How Industrial Filters Prevent Explosions Within Metalworking Factories

November 27, 2019

Industrial level filtration is contingent on high-quality, custom-made filter systems that off-the-shelf counterparts simply cannot match.


Industrial filters are manufactured with specific design choices in mind to undertake certain tasks, system characteristics and operating conditions.


Because of this, establishing an optimal filter solution requires a close working relationship between the manufacturer and the customer from the onset, i.e. the early planning stages of the project.


Practices like this are especially relevant to those in the metalworking industry as inadequate industrial filters and dust collection systems can pose serious threats to safety.


The Consequences of Poor Filtration

It may come as a surprise, but factory explosions across the country have been a common occurrence for over three decades. A major cause of this? The accumulation of dust that had not been filtered and disposed of properly. Developments like these result not only in damage to the property but also in serious injuries and death to several workers every year.


To prevent disastrous situations like this from taking place, here are several options to consider when it comes to industrial-level filtration for use in your facility:


Cartridge filters: These industrial filters are ideal for metalworking operations such as welding, sandblasting, and grinding. A number of materials are known to be incorporated into the manufacture of this modular filter, including the likes of wound string, pleated film, or rigid foam. However, polypropylene is known to be most commonly used due to its anti-bacterial properties.


Cyclone filters: This type of air filter is commonly used as a pre-filter for a dust collector, capable of removing dust from the air stream while not requiring much maintenance.


Electrostatic precipitator: As evident by its name, this filter works by electrically charging air particulates. This allows for the removal of contaminants but, unlike cyclone filters, is quite expensive and requires increased maintenance.

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