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Nanofiber Filters Served With Sawdust?

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Nanofiber Filters Served With Sawdust?

SHOULD YOU SERVE NANOFIBER WITH SAWDUST? A CHART FOR THE DISCRIMINATING FILTER HOST

 

Most everyone knows you can’t just go mixing any kind of filter with any kind of dust. After all, some of them certainly don’t pair well together. Fortunately, we here at Imperial Systems have put together a guide for the thoughtful buyer of dust collection filters. With this handy reference, you’ll never have to worry about showing up with the wrong filter for the occasion!

 

(NOTE: We DO NOT recommend that this be used as a substitute for consulting with an actual filter expert. Please call us At 800-918-3013 for important information that doesn’t fit in an infographic.)

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A BIT OF CLARIFICATION:

  • Filter bags, or sometimes cyclones, are usually used for materials that are large, fibrous, or big enough to damage a cartridge filter. Bags are also often used when the temperature or humidity is too high for a cartridge filter to handle.

 

  • Metalworking or welding produce fumes. These are very fine particles and an 80/20 media is not efficient enough to catch them. Since many metal dusts are explosive, we do recommend a DeltaMAXX™ nanofiber FR, which is fire retardant. In some applications such as shot blasting, spunbond is used because it is very durable. If your metal fume or dust has grease or oil in it, you may need a special media.

 

  • Dust from ANY of these categories can be explosive. If your dust is explosive or flammable, we will almost always recommend a DeltaMAXX™ nanofiber FR filter as part of an IDA system.

 

  • Organic dust, like food products, may present some special challenges. Organic dust comes in different sizes, and may clump together, absorb moisture, or present other particular problems. Please consult with us about the characteristics of your particular dust.

 

  • If your dust is oily, abrasive, wet, sticky, or otherwise likely to make a mess of a normal dust collector filter, there are a variety of special materials to help. PTFE resists having anything stick to it, while hydrophobic or oleophobic filters will repel water or oil.

 

AGAIN… THIS IS IN NO WAY MEANT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO A FILTER PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CONSULT WITH ONE OF OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE TEAM MEMBERS BEFORE MAKING ANY QUESTIONABLE FILTER DECISIONS.

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Combustible Dust Explosion Prevention

You may have heard about a combustible dust explosion before.  You’ve read news about manufacturing facilities that suffered a catastrophe due to ignition of fine combustible dust.  Did you ever wonder how it happens? How a small collection of dust particles can explode with such tremendous power and scale?  We at Imperial Systems, Inc pose an even greater question:  Is your workplace and employees safe from this risk?

Read this industry alert that was written by the North Carolina Department of Labor Safety and Health Division about the Dangers of Combustible Dust.  It is an excellent learning resource that clearly defines the dangerous and sometimes fatal results of an instantaneous combustible dust explosion.

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Imperial’s CMAXX dust collector deflagration testing

Over the years Imperial Systems has posted many blogs about explosive dust dangers. We have the knowledge, the experience  and the right equipment to prevent explosive dust ignition in your facility.  Need more information?  Give one of our professional team members a call today at 800-918-3013.  

To learn even more, check out our past articles on combustible dust dangers.  Knowledge is the real power in prevention.

Working With OSHA To Stop Combustible Dust In Your Facility

Imperial Systems Approach to Dust Collection

Eliminating Fumes And Dust From Your Metalworking Facility

Worker Safety Fails In Movies

THREE MOVIES THAT DEMONSTRATE A DISTURBING LACK OF SAFETY PROCEDURES

 

Here at Imperial Systems Inc., we want you and your coworkers to be safe at work at all times. But sadly, dust and fume collection can’t protect you from some of the following hazards. While a properly installed spark arrestor or abort gate might help with some of the constant explosions, we don’t manufacture anything to help you deal with your dangerous fish or questionable product testing. All we can say is that safety matters. Combustible materials should not be stored in your facility in massive quantities, robot laser fights should be strictly against protocol, and employees should always be discouraged from licking the walls.

 

ROBOCOP:

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Very poor storage of combustible materials

Rusted/damaged stairways used for gunfights

Barrels of face-dissolving toxic waste stored onsite

Randomly explosive debris stored in aisles

Unsafe machine operation (including but not limited to car jumping)

No fall protection around giant waste-filled pit

No fall safety devices while shooting at each other from catwalks

Unlicensed crane operator attempting to kill people

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swykWVwtUvk

 

AUSTIN POWERS:

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Platform lacks safety rails in intentional attempt to kill people

Cave carved out of granite without appropriate respiratory silica protection

No safety guards around open water tank

Fish capable of eating human heads stored on worksite in unsafe containers

Workers tending to dangerous animals lacking PPE

No posted guidelines for management of ill-tempered sea bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts1-3JqrG4A

 

 

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY:

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No face or hair covers on food product workers

Allowing visitors to lick the walls

Questionable product testing methods including testing on children

Exposure to hazardous chemicals/radiation

Lack of proper safety protocol or PPE for employees

Unguarded disposal machinery causes child incineration hazard

No material safety data on display

Items of clothing used as food ingredients not cleaned prior to use

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PJPJy00514

 

While we can’t do much about the ill-tempered sea bass or Willie Wonka’s highly questionable food processing methods, we can help you with combustible dust, explosion hazards, and other safety issues. Please contact us for any dust and fume collection needs you might have, and we’ll be happy to help.

 

You can contact us about your concerns with dirty shoes being used as candy ingredients, too, but we’re not sure we’ll be much help.

THANK YOU, BRUCE JOHNSON

This November, with best wishes and some sadness, we celebrate the retirement of a man who didn’t just work here at Imperial Systems: Bruce Johnson helped to build it.

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When you ask Bruce to tell you about his accomplishments, he seems a little confused as to why you’d even ask him. He is quiet and humble, and I’m not sure he realizes how deeply he is respected or how deeply he will be missed.

 

Bruce came to Imperial Systems in January of 2008. On his first day, he was helping design a ductwork system. There were no offices, just a shop with dividers, and every project was a team project. These were early days for Imperial Systems as a company stepping into larger projects and new industries, and Bruce will tell you, with a smile, “It was definitely a team effort. We were all in it together.” Whether it was Jeremiah doing some welding or Joe Moore programming the plasma table or Charlie bringing his vast experience as a draftsman, everyone took whatever role was necessary to move forward.

 

It was nice to get offices, Bruce says, because then the engineers didn’t have to yell at each other. From small local jobs, he has moved to working on bigger systems, bigger and more elaborate ductwork, and new industries, like coal processing, grain, rubber, and wood dust. Bruce particularly remembers the Methuen project. “There were multiple floors in the building, really complex ductwork. It was a really great project to work on. Great learning experience.”

 

When you listen to Bruce talk about his time at Imperial Systems, two things stand out. One is his commitment to and love of learning: “If you don’t learn something new every day here, you must have been sleeping.” The other is a powerful sense of teamwork and sharing accomplishments with others. “We complement and balance each other,” he says. “As time went on we became more and more of a team. We depended on each other.” Bruce talks about his time at Imperial Systems as a time of team building, learning to build on each person’s skills, teaching each other, and becoming more skilled and more capable together than they could ever be on their own.

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Bruce doesn’t talk about his own accomplishments as much as he talks, with great pride and affection, about how he and those around him grew together and built something great. He talks about the problems they solved, jobs that just kept growing, jobs that turned out to be more complicated than expected. He talks about how the company constantly moves forward, but what he doesn’t talk about is how necessary he was in making that happen. In his small, meticulously kept records, he counts 131 jobs he has worked on since 2013.

 

Jeremiah Wann doesn’t hold back when he talks about what Bruce has meant to the company and to him personally:

 

“Guys like Bruce are truly a dying breed. Good work ethic, pride in quality and workmanship today is really hard to come by. I have mixed feelings about his retirement. There is a part of me that wants to celebrate with him over his retirement but there is a huge part of me that wishes we could keep him forever. It’s a real life lesson for me in that, we have to train not only in skill but in work ethic and principles. Bruce has been one of my best all-time team members and I am really going to miss him. My biggest fear is that it’s going to be impossible to completely replace him.”

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No matter how humble he is or how much credit he gives to those around him, Bruce has been a critical part of making Imperial Systems what it is and set an amazing example for all those who will take up his work after him. His work ethic and his willingness to celebrate the achievements of others makes Bruce a truly special person and he will be deeply missed.

 

All of us at Imperial Systems wish Bruce a wonderful, happy retirement. It is certainly earned and well-deserved.

FABTECH 2016 Las Vegas Preview

For some of us, FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas is one of the biggest events of the year! Here’s a quick preview of the things you’ll see at our booth this year.

 

A CMAXXTM model CMoo8, fully operational and running, demonstrating a push-pull system:

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A Spark Arrestor, one of the simplest and most important components of a fire safety system:

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Spark Arrestor

 

Two CMAXXTM models (CM004), featuring our explosion venting and new FireTrace fire extinguishing system.

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The official debut of our new portable dust and fume collector, the SHADOW:

FABTECH 2016 Debut

FABTECH 2016 Debut

 

 

Imperial’s superior MERV 15 nanofiber DeltaMAXXTM filters:

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DeltaMAXX cartridge filters

 

 

FREE STUFF! Stop by and get a stylish Imperial Systems hat!

What happens in Las Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas!  We have 4 show specials that you can take with you!

Our three CMAXXTM Demos and the SHADOW Portable Collector are available for sale at the show.  Stop by our booth and talk to an Imperial Representative to get the full details at the FABTECH 2016 show!

 

Visit us at booth N1825 and see why everybody at FABTECH 2016 is going to be talking about us!

Winter Maintenance: Be Prepared!

Your dust and fume collector can save you money on heating this winter. But to make the most of those savings, your system might need some winter maintenance. It’s that time of year when your dust collector system needs a little attention to make sure it’s ready for the demands of colder weather.

 

 

  • REPLACING THOSE FILTERS

 

Winter maintenance means you’re going to want to start the new year with clean new filters… and you’re not going to want to be stuck changing them in the middle of a snowstorm.

 

  • CHANGING THE MAGNAHELIC GAUGE FILTER

 

It’s easy to forget about this little filter, but it’s necessary to keep the gauge readings accurate, and should be replaced whenever you replace your other filters.

 

  • CHECK FOR ACCUMULATED DUST

If you’ve been working with the doors open during the warmer months and not running the dust collector as much, you might have dust accumulated, especially in high places or flat surfaces. For safety, try to remove as much of it as possible.

 

  • CHECK AIRLOCK WIPERS AND BEARINGS

Airlock wipers should usually be changed once a year. Worn-out wipers don’t do their job properly. Winter maintenance is a good time to check them. When you replace wipers, you should also plan to replace the bearings.

 

  • CHECK HEATERS ON PULSE VALVES

If you’re in a cold area and your pulse valves have heaters to keep them from freezing up, make sure they’re working. Frozen pulse valves are an inconvenience nobody needs to deal with in frigid weather.

 

  • CHECK SOLENOID AND DIAPHRAGM VALVES

Again, these are not things you want to have breaking in the middle of nasty winter weather. A quick check and some preventative maintenance if necessary can save you a headache later.

 

  • CHECK COMPRESSED AIR HOSES

Cold can make hoses more brittle and likely to break. If your compressed air hoses have any weak spots or look worn or damaged, now is a good time to make sure they get fixed or replaced.

 

  • CHECK SEALS AND GASKETS

As with the hoses, cold can make seals and gaskets crack or develop leaks. If any of them need replaced, doing it before the weather gets cold can save you from dealing with downtime from an unexpected leak.

 

  • CALIBRATE DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE GAUGE

If you have the tools to do it, this is a good time to calibrate the differential pressure gauge and make sure you’re getting accurate readings. These gauges need calibrated occasionally to give you the most accurate information

 

  • CHECK YOUR DUST COLLECTOR ROOF

 

If you’re a CMAXXTM owner, lucky you! Your domed CrownTechTM roof will keep snow or ice from piling up on top of the collector. If you don’t have a CMAXXTM, make sure you keep an eye on the amount of snow or ice buildup, since that can cause leaks into the collector.