Spark Traps: An Easy Solution To a Devastating Problem


Spark Traps: An Easy Solution To a Devastating Problem

Don’t let the sparks fly in your metalworking facility. Employee safety is a top priority at Imperial Systems

All across the globe, metalworking plants have seen an overwhelming amount of damage and fatalities caused by explosions and fires that could’ve been prevented with quality spark traps, or spark arrestors, and dust collection systems.

spark-trapsThe problem that is seen in the metalworking industry is when a spark finds its way into the main component of a dust collection system causing the ignition of combustible dust, which causes devastating damage to the lives of metal fabricators and metalworking plants.

The National Fire Protection Association has a comprehensive guide on the control of ignitions sources to prevent explosions (NFPA 654):

  • The use of proper electrical equipment and wiring methods.
  • The control of static electricity.
  • The control of sparks, open flames, and smoking.
  • The control of mechanical sparks and friction.
  • The use of separator devices to remove foreign materials capable of igniting combustibles from process materials.

Consider that 7% of ignitions sources are caused by fabricated metal, while metal dust accounts for 20% of explosions. It seems surprising then that spark arrestors are often overlooked as a necessary device to help prevent explosions in the metalworking industry. The initial thought is that an efficient high quality dust collection system, efficient filters, and implementation of the safety standards set by OSHA and the NFPA will be enough to prevent fires and explosions from occurring. But consider the lives at stake, and the overwhelming cost of damage to your metalworking facility when the solution to preventing fires and explosions was purchasing efficient spark traps.

In-Line Spark Traps From Imperial Systems

  • A simple installation: Our unique spark trap system does not require upkeep from their providers, meaning they are hassle-free in addition to being simple to install. They do not require any moving parts or additional welding.
  • Optional sizes and features: You can choose between a carbon and stainless steel finish. In addition, you can choose to include raw inlets and outlet edges to your spark traps.
  • Customized fit: With both horizontal and vertical configuration options, an Imperial Systems arrestor can be aligned to your collector without fail.

By now, you understand the importance of incorporating spark traps in your current dust collections system. At Imperial Systems, we don’t want safety to be a hassle. So we’ve made our spark arrestor easy to purchase and easy to install into any system.

Contact Imperial Systems today at 800.918.3013 or learn more by emailing us at info@isystemsweb.com to discuss the right spark arrestor for you.

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DeltaMAXX™ IDA Filters Able to Withstand A Deflagration Isolation

Minimize risk and increase safety with Imperial Systems!

At Imperial Systems, we understand choosing the right dust collection system for your metalworking plant isn’t a decision taken lightly. There are countless hours poured into the right dust collection system, why it’s the best dust collection system, and how each dust collection system and company compares to the rest.  

deflagration isolationThe dangers involved in the metalworking industry come as no surprise to those who work in it day in and day out. Metalworkers step into a metalworking plant fully aware of what can go wrong, but what if you could give them reassurance with a dust collection system coupled with filters that are capable of deflagration isolation while stopping a flame front.

Our CMAXX™ Dust Collection System together with our DeltaMAXX™ IDA (In-Line Deflagration)  Cartridge Filters can provide you with the advanced features you need and the safety you deserve!

Deflagration Isolation and More Advanced Features of the DeltaMAXX™ IDA Filters

The hazards of a machine malfunctioning, dust, fumes, or sparks can present serious safety risks to your business and your employees.   The purpose of our DeltaMAXX™ In-Line Deflagration filters is to prevent disastrous fires or explosions from taking lives, and decimating your metalworking business. Without the IDA’s advanced and innovative technology the effects of an untamed flame front and the inability to isolate a deflagration could be disastrous!

Here’s how the certified technology of our CMAXX Dust Collection System and DeltaMAXX™ IDA (In-Line Deflagration Arrester) Cartridge Filters work.

In order to ensure our DeltaMAXX™ IDA Cartridge filters were capable of stopping a flame front we had a third party test the CMAXX™  Dust Collection System multiple times.  Our numerous tests proved that the DeltaMAXX™ IDA Cartridge Filters were capable of a deflagration isolation and stopped a flame front test after test after test. We knew the DeltaMAXX™ In-Line Deflagration filters could stop a flame front, but we had to look further than that. Yes, it stopped the flame front, but was there any damage to any other portion of the dust collection system? The answer is NO!  Not only was the DeltaMAXX™ IDA Filter able to stop the deflagration but there were no traces of sparks or flames down from the filters or the clean air plenum!

The testing continued to see how effective the CMAXX™  Dust Collection System was without explosion venting. We wanted to see if the body could withstand a deflagration isolation of cornstarch at 185 KST with pressures exceeding 4 PSI.  The explosions diverted through the filters, the internal cages of the filters remained in perfect shape, and the seals were not deformed or melted.

CMAXX™ and DeltaMAXX™ IDA Filters – the security you need for your metalworking business!

Improve Your Dust Collector Efficiency With A DeltaMAXX™ Cartridge Filter Replacement

Reduce emissions with our DeltaMAXX™ replacement cartridge filters!

What are you looking for in a quality cartridge filter replacement? With any search for the perfect filter, you’re looking for a replacement cartridge filter that improves the efficiency of your dust collection system, reduces the change-out frequency which saves you time and money, and the capability to customize the cartridge filter to your dust collection system.

Nearly three years ago Forbes named metalworking as #5 on their list of deadliest jobs in America. At Imperial Systems, we know the hazards that metalworkers face due to the fumes, dust, smoke, and sparks they work with daily. That’s why it’s important to find a cartridge filter replacement manufacturer that can provide you with the features you need to keep your metalworkers safe!

Why Make DeltaMAXX™ Your Cartridge Filter Replacement?

  • Cartridge-Filter-ReplacementLonger Filter LifeOur filters have an advanced NanoFiber technology that stops submicron particles from entering and becoming embedded into the media beneath the NanoFiber.  Because of our nanofiber technology this prolongs the life of our filters. Giving you what you need – twice the filter life. Longer filter life minimizes workers exposure to dust, saves on maintenance and disposal costs, and has less impact on the environment.
  • Best Surface Loading Performance – Adding to the longer filter life you need is the best surface loading performance in the industry.The DeltaMAXX™ Cartridge Filter Replacement uses less compressed air due to the reduced buildup in and on the filters. Because of less buildup there are fewer pulses, and fewer pulses leads to a longer filter life.
  • Highest Efficiency – Due to our highest quality pleated media our filters have a high efficiency of 99% .3 -.5 Miron.  In order to perform at their peak level, average filters need time to warm up.  DeltaMAXX™ Cartridge Filter Replacements have nanofiber technology that gives our filters the ability to work at their peak performance immediately!

These are the top three reasons why you should choose DeltaMAXX™ as your cartridge filter replacement, but here are a few more reasons to consider Imperial Systems cartridge filters:

  • Our filters are manufactured for all makes and models of cartridge dust collectors.
  • Our impressive MERV 15 Filtration Efficiency Rating!
  • Lower Operational Mass Emissions
  • Reduced Dust Collector Operational Costs
  • Replacing the cartridge filters can be one with just one person, and can take less than an hour to replace.

If you’re in the market for a reliable, efficient, longer lasting filter think Imperial Systems! Contact us today, and let’s get your dust collection system fitted with our DeltaMAXX™ replacement cartridge filters!

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Sheet Metal Duct Fittings Done Right With Imperial Systems

Don’t choose sub-standard sheet metal duct fittings for your metalworking business. Save time and money by choosing Imperial Systems.

When the company first began back in 2001, Imperial Systems was strictly a fabricator of custom sheet metal duct fittings. Although Imperial Systems is now considered a manufacturer of industrial dust collectors, we are also still experts in custom duct and fitting jobs. Our pride in developing custom sheet metal duct fittings has always remained intact as we feel we are the best and most experienced in the industry with these custom jobs.

Why Choose Imperial For Custom Sheet Metal Duct Fittings?

sheet metal duct fittingsPaired with our outstanding customer service, we manufacture only the highest quality products that are reliable, durable, and guaranteed to last. Below are a few reasons why you should consider replacing your current duct and fittings with Imperial Systems:

  • Your current sheet metal duct fittings are in disrepair. Don’t let dust and fumes escape, causing your employees to be sick. Even more serious is the risk of combustion in the workplace.
  • You’ve noticed your employees getting sick more often. The cause may be leaky ducts and fittings. Look into replacing your current system with Imperial Systems’ trusted products.
  • Poor customer service. If you find that your current provider for sheet metal duct fittings is lacking in quality customer service, find out why Imperial Systems maintains trustworthy business relationships with our clients.
  • Your system is outdated. With an updated system regulated by OSHA and NFPA standards, you can save time and money. You may also reduce a risk of an accident or hazard.

We are often called upon to take jobs focused on ducting and sheet metal in addition to the dust collection systems we are best known for. Our standard of quality applies not only to dust collection but to the sheet metal duct fittings that enhance your current system so you know you’re in good hands.

When making a purchase decision in the metalworking industry, you must take into consideration both the quality of the product being purchased as well as the effectiveness and safety for the end-user–your employees. Today’s advances in dust collection systems have lessened replacement costs and injury or death due to faulty equipment.

Ready for Sheet Metal Duct Fitting Solutions From Imperial?

Don’t let your employees risk their health due to the fine dust particles that is a common byproduct in the metalworking industry. Keep your employees healthy and your environment safe with our quality sheet metal duct design work. Our ducts and fittings can be added to any current system you have, or we can replace your system with one of our highly demanded CMAXX™ Dust Collector Systems.

If you’d like to request a quote or schedule an assessment  based on your needs for a hardworking, high-quality sheet metal duct fitting which is both OSHA and NFPA regulated, get in touch with us today at 724.662.2801 or by finding out more about us.

At Imperial Systems, we specialize in advanced safety solutions you can count on.

What You Need To Know About DeltaMAXX™ Industrial Dust Collector Filters

The DeltaMAXX™ advantage gives you results your desire!

A metalworking plant requires the use of quality dust collector systems, and efficient industrial dust collector filters to protect metal fabricators from the dangers that face daily.  What are your essential needs when looking for replacement filters for your dust collector?  As a metalworking business owner your needs are simple. You want industrial dust collector filters that will give you the security you need while providing you with the savings you want.

In the last 30 years, there have been over 700 injured and 119 deaths due to combustible dust incidents in all forms of manufacturing according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.  In order to combat such tragedies, Imperial Systems goes above and beyond the safety guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). We’ve spent over a decade of our business innovating dust collector industrial filters, and we continue to improve in order to stay one step ahead of your needs.

The DeltaMAXX™ Advantage of our Industrial Dust Collector Filters

  • Industrial-Dust-Collector-FiltersUp to Twice the Filter Life
  • Advanced NanoFiber Technology
  • A Superior MERV 15 Filtration Efficiency
  • Lower Operational Mass Emissions
  • Less Pulse Cleaning
  • Highest Quality Pleated Media – 99.9% Efficiency .3 to .5 Micron
  • Best Surfacing Loading Performance

While these advantages of the DeltaMAXX™ industrial dust collector filters are certainly impressive, how does it translate into the safety and savings you need for your metalworking business?

The nanofiber technology that is used in our filters stops submicron particles from entering and becoming embedded into the media beneath the nanofiber. Giving our filters a higher efficiency rating due to the nanofiber technology being 50% smaller than competitive fibers improving our DeltaMAXX™ filters filtration by of 50% (.3-.5 Microns).  This allows for a lower resistance to airflow due to our impressive surface loading technology and enhanced dust cake release.

Metalworkers benefit from the added safety of our surface loading technology by reducing their exposure to toxins. The best surface loading technology has less dust build up. Less buildup of dust requires fewer pulses, and fewer pulses means reduced emissions and fewer safety hazards.

With our filters requiring fewer pulses this decreases the stress they are under and increases the life of the filter. In fact, our DeltaMAXX™ industrial dust collector filters pulses up to 94% less often than our competitors. The advantages of our DeltaMAXX™ filters give you longer filter life, increases efficiency, reduced emissions, fewer safety hazards, and increases savings.

When you need a company that goes above and beyond the standards of metalworking industry contact Imperial Systems!

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DeltaMAXX™: The Answer To Your Bag House Filter Changeout

Don’t let any more lives hang in the balance! Call Imperial Systems for your bag house filter changeout.

In the food processing industry, your objective is to maintain a safe and sanitary food processing environment. The clean processing environment is critical to avoid cross-contamination of food, and the safety of the employees. When you think of the food processing industry your initial thought might not be one of danger. However, the dangers that lurk in the food industry is that of combustible dust.

Within the food processing industry is grain handling where oats, wheat, corn, sunflower seeds, and barley are processed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that grain handling has some of the most dangerous hazards within the industry. So how do you keep the dust and particulates under control?  With Imperial Systems high quality Bag House Dust Collector Systems, and the DeltaMAXX™ Bag House Filter Changeout.

Experience The Difference With Imperial Systems BRF Bag House Dust Collection System

The BRF Bag House Dust Collection System is made for dependable functioning with a seven and ten gauge construction and accurate welds. We have designed it to be reliable and convenient with easy access to maintenance features and an ability to be adaptable to any workspace. The other benefits and advantages are:

  • Explosion venting that meet NFPA guidelines
  • Minimal wear on parts
  • Cleaning system comes with an 8 year warranty
  • Explosion proof electric motors within clean air plenum
  • Accommodates higher dust loads
  • Superior cleaning system
  • Strong and Precise welds
  • Sprinkler System in clean air plenum
  • Minimum wear on parts

When You Need A Bag House Filter Changeout think DeltaMAXX™ Bag House Filters

Our DeltaMAXX™ Bag House Filters delivers the longest filter life providing your food processing plant with the cleanest air, and giving you the greatest cost savings. The Welded Seamed replacement bag filters offers the advantage of reducing the risk of fine particles leaking through the needle holes, and eliminates the possibility of damage to the filter bag due to the abrasive dust that can tear apart the sewing thread at the seam.

Our welded seam replacement filter bags are produced in a more cost effective way providing you with the savings and safety you desire. If you’re in need a sewn seamed replacement filter bags we can provide those for you as well.

Imperial Systems is your bag house filter supplier,dust collection, and air pollution control expert.  We design and install dust collection systems to all manufacturing industries.  If your grain handling plant is in need of  an upgraded bag house dust collection system or you’re needing to find a better quality bag house filter changeout, contact us today.

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Metalworking Hazards Removed with Imperial Systems’ Best Baghouse Collector Filters

Imperial Systems is your go-to resource for safe, effective industrial dust collector systems, filters, and ductwork.

As metalworking processes and technologies have developed over time, so have the innovations in efficient dust collection equipment and design. Imperial Systems is consistently on the cutting edge of these growing needs and continues to design and manufacture products that preserve the industry’s safety and efficiency standards – including baghouse systems. Whether you are updating an older facility or investing in a new one, we have the best bag house collector filters and systems to keep your facility safe and efficient for a long time to come.

How Baghouses Work

best baghouse collector filtersBaghouses are air quality control devices with fabric filters that capture or separate dust and other particulate matter. Baghouses are incredibly versatile and can be adapted for almost any dust-generating application.  Their applications range from small household work spaces to large industrial facilities.

Baghouses consist of filter media (bags) suspended inside a casing. A fan on the outside sucks in  the contaminated air from the factory which flows into the baghouse and through the filters. While filtering, the bag develops a layer of particulate matter on its surface called a dust cake. This dust cake continues to build until its thickness sufficiently restricts the airflow. At this point, the bags must be replaced.

The Imperial Systems Advantage

To help meet the needs of metalworking, food and grain processing, and other applicable industries, Imperial Systems has created the BRF Baghouse Dust Collector with the following highly competitive features:

  • 8-year warranty on cleaning mechanism
  • Explosion proof electric motors in clean air plenum
  • NFPA approved explosion venting
  • Sprinkler system in clean air plenum
  • 60° hopper with access door
  • Top access, tool-free bag and cage removal
  • Factory assembled ladders and platforms
  • Large access platform
  • Standard design for 25” negative pressure
  • And much more!

Imperial Systems also offers DeltaMAXX welded seam replacement filter bags, the best baghouse collector filters on the market. These filters are heat sealed – reducing the risk of fine particles leaking through the needle holes and eliminating the risk of abrasive dust tearing apart the sewing thread at the seam. Their production process is also less costly than sewn seam filter bags, reducing your business expenses.

Selecting the best baghouse collector filters when replacing baghouse filter bags will increase filter life, maximize your system’s performance, and reduce downtime…all of which boosts your business’s health and bottom line. Regardless of the nature of your dust collection and air pollution control application, Imperial Systems, Inc. has the answer for all of your filtration needs.

If you are ready to see the difference best baghouse collector filters and collectors can make for your facility, contact Imperial Systems today. Our customer service representatives pride themselves in providing the most accurate and up-to-date information, optimal dust control solutions, and outstanding service for our clients.  Give the experts at Imperial Systems a call at (800) 918-3013.

Eliminating Fumes And Dust from Your Metalworking Facility

Imperial Systems helps you find the best dust collector system for your manufacturing facility.

Any process that involves generating or handling particulate matter requires fume and dust control for the health of its workers and overall building safety. Woodworking, painting, grain handling, and metalworking are just a few of the applications for which such control is most critical.  Imperial Systems dust collectors and filters are the best line of defense in ensuring the air quality and safety of your facility.

fumes and dustThe CMAXX™ dust collector and DeltaMAXX™ cartridge filters, together, can prevent particulates from mixing, cutting, grinding, etc., from settling on surfaces that are a considerable distance away. Dust on equipment, furniture, machines, windows, and floors becomes a perpetual burden on cleaning and maintenance resources. Ultimately, uncontrolled fumes and dust can contaminate the very products you are manufacturing and distributing.

Not only a nuisance and a contaminant, fumes and dust in your facility can quickly become a significant safety hazard.  A high enough concentration of either one within an enclosed space can become flammable or explosive.  The non-combustible variety, more slowly but equally detrimental, can create an ongoing health hazard to on-site workers in the form of skin, eye, or bronchial irritation, asthma inflammation, and long term health issues.

Flammable dust particles require an dust collection system that can be relied on.  For this reason, Imperial Systems had our CMAXX™ dust collection system and the IDA (In-Line Deflagration Arrester) DeltaMAXX™ filters tested repeatedly by a third party to ensure that the In-Line Deflagration Arrester filters were able to isolate a deflagration and stop a flame front. One hundred percent of the time, the flame front was forced through the IDA DeltaMAXX™ filters and eliminated successfully.  After all testing was completed, there remained no trace of flame or spark transmission downstream from the filters or in the clean air plenum.

Let us protect your staff and facility with the same safeguards and reliability.  If your facility is at risk from hazardous fumes and dust, contact Imperial Systems today at 800.918.3013 for dust collectors and filters that will fumes and dust before it endangers your business.

An Essential Part of Safety: Why the Spark Trap Saves Lives

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It’s no secret that the materials you work with everyday in the metalworking industry can create a serious risk for combustion. In fact, metals make up 20% of the materials involved in combustible dust incidents. And between 2008 and 2012, the United States Chemical Safety Board documented 50 combustible dust accidents, which led to a total of 29 fatalities and 161 injuries.

The spark trap is the solution to a very dangerous problem and the need to invest in the most advanced spark trap is clearly an essential safety decision that we at Imperial Systems take very seriously.

In fact, continuing customers rely on Imperial Systems when quality is of the utmost importance because they know Imperial engineers outstanding, high quality products to keep buyer’s employees and businesses safe from dust collection and the risks of combustion in the metalworking industry.

At Imperial Systems, we are dedicated to to helping metalworkers like you ensure the safety of your employees and efficiency of your workplace. We’ll discuss:

  • Why a cutting-edge spark trap is of the utmost importance.
  • The risks of an inefficient spark trap.
  • Why the Imperial Systems spark trap keeps your employees safe from combustion hazards.


Why Invest in a Quality Spark Trap?

Designed primarily as a first line of defense to prevent ignition within a dust collection system, spark traps reduce the potential for fire hazard by capturing sparks before they reach the main containment unit, where dust or other flammable materials may be present.

The risk associated with a spark trap that functions inefficiently to achieve the above scenario every time is that it only takes one small failure of the system to put your employees in a deadly situation.

Companies in the metalworking industry should consider implementing ways to control the elements of a combustible dust explosion. The NFPA recommends several practices and policies to prevent combustible dust explosions, including:shutterstock_90565888

  • use of dust collection systems and filters and surfaces that minimize dust collection
  • use appropriate electric equipment and wiring methods
  • controlling static electricity, smoking, open flames, sparks, and friction
  • install and use spark/ember detection, extinguishing, sprinkling, and explosion protection systems

A spark trap, or spark arrestor, is an instrumental part of these methods, working to minimize risk by cooling and thus extinguishing sparks before they reach the filter surface. In the diagram above that shows the process of an Imperial Systems spark trap, note how the hot spark enters the arrestor which both cools and collects debris, before allowing the cooled ember to pass through.


The Cost of Procrastination: Why an Imperial Systems Spark Trap is Essential to Safety

An ineffective or entire lack of a proficient spark trap leads to an increased risk in danger associated with the metalworking industry. Without it, sparks can reach the main component, where dust and flammable materials fill the air, causing an explosion.

  • A simple installation: Our unique spark trap system does not require upkeep from their providers, meaning they are hassle-free in addition to being simple to install and pre-wired. With tool-free filter access and change out, they do not require any moving parts or additional welding.
  • Optional sizes and features: You can choose between a carbon and stainless steel finish. In addition, you can choose to include raw inlets, outlet edges, an integrated HEPA after filter, and more to your spark traps.
  • Customized fit: With both horizontal and vertical configuration options, an Imperial Systems arrestor can be aligned to your collector without fail.

Your metalworking company is not like other businesses where the environment is at increased risk with the potentially explosive combination of combustible dust and sparks flying. It is vital that you act immediately to implement all of the required and recommended OSHA and NEPA safety equipment, including dust collection systems with sealed ductwork and an effective spark trap.


Choose Imperial Systems Today


If you haven’t yet decided on a spark extinguisher for your metalworking business, what is that procrastination costing you?

From 1996-2005, 106 explosions resulted in 16 fatalities, 126 injuries, and an estimated cost of $162.8 million in damages to the facilities.

As we know, sparks are a major cause of such explosions and an Imperial Systems spark trap is an essential piece of equipment that can mitigate the fears and risk of an explosion.  

Contact Imperial Systems today at 800.918.3013 or learn more by emailing us at info@isystemsweb.com.