From May 2nd to May 4th, you’ll find Imperial Systems President/CEO Jeremiah Wann and Sales and Marketing Manager Justin Badger representing the company at FABTECH Mexico. Travelling to Monterrey, they’ll be bringing along a CMAXX dust and fume collector to introduce it to our growing international market.

“We’ve sold equipment to places in Mexico and Central America in the last few years,” says Jeremiah Wann. “We want to keep growing our presence there.”

CMAXX on display at Fabtech

FABTECH Mexico isn’t just an opportunity to give a new market a chance to see the CMAXX dust and fume collector. It’s also an opportunity for Imperial Systems to seek out new representatives of our products in the area.

“We have representatives all over the United States,” Jeremiah says. “We’re ready to find some dust and fume collection professionals who are ready to represent our products in Mexico and Central America.”

Many manufacturers in Mexico are upgrading their dust collection systems to provide better air quality for employees. Also, many international brands with manufacturing facilities in this area expect these facilities to meet the company’s overall health and safety standards.

Imperial Systems is ready to step into this market with the CMAXX, BRF baghouse, and other equipment to help these companies meet all of their air quality control needs. Bringing new representatives to work with us will help us expand into these areas.

FABTECH Mexico is a great chance to take the CMAXX to places it’s never been before. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for lots of photos as Justin and Jeremiah document their adventures! Like all our trade show experiences, we expect them to come back with lots of good leads and a few good stories.


A portable fume extractor is a great solution for welding and metalworking applications that need a mobile, flexible option for fume collection. There are many portable collectors on the market, from low-end plastic models to ones made for serious industrial use.

Deciding how much to invest in a portable fume extractor depends on how well you need it to hold up to what you’re using it for. The fumes and smoke from welding or metalworking applications can be very demanding on a collector, and a cheaper model may not be able to handle the job.

Shadow portable fume extractor removing welding fumes

Metal fumes are a health hazard when inhaled, and a portable fume extractor with a fume arm can be a great solution for pulling those fumes right out of the welder’s breathing space.

However, the fume extractor has to be powerful enough to remove the fumes. It also has to have a filter that can handle particles that small without letting them get back into the shop. It needs to have a high-quality arm that is easy for the welder to move around and work with.

The Shadow is a portable fume extractor designed for industrial use. Its sturdy metal design minimizes its floor space, and heavy duty casters mean it rolls easily to wherever it’s needed. The DeltaMAXX nanofiber filter is MERV 15 to handle welding smoke and fumes, and with compressed air pulse cleaning, it will maintain its efficiency much longer.

Another area where low-budget portable fume extractors can let you down is the fume arm itself. The Shadow’s fume arm options make it easy to choose the one that will work for your application. The Shadow arm’s hood is sized to maximize fume capture while not getting in the welder’s way.

Shadow Portable fume collector arm

Joints are needed to move a fume arm around and hold it in position. When these joints are inside the arm, they collect debris and obstruct the airflow. External joint components are easier to access, and they don’t interfere with your airflow.

For our customers currently using the Shadow for welding applications, it’s doing everything they need it to do. Customers have told us that as a portable fume extractor, the Shadow is efficient, does a great job of keeping the air clean, and is easy to use. Welders appreciate the well-designed arm and hood that is easy to position. The nanofiber filter is very easy to keep clean with compressed air pulsing and it’s very easy to access for filter changes.


When you’re choosing a cartridge dust filters for your dust collector, there are several factors to consider. You’re obviously considering price. You probably know, though, that cheaper is not always better. Filters that don’t last and don’t perform well aren’t a bargain no matter how cheap they are. We’ve worked with companies who ran into exactly that problem, and they found our DeltaMAXX nanofiber filters to be a great solution.

DeltaMAXX replacement cartridge dust filters

APPLICATION: Community College Welding Program

PROBLEM: Very tight budget, fume leaks

SOLUTION: As a community college, this customer didn’t have much money to spend on cartridge dust filters for their weld fume collector. They had tried other filters in the past, but they weren’t lasting as long as they needed them to. Also, they had issues with poorly made, cheap filters letting fumes blow back out of the collector.

After installing DeltaMAXX nanofiber filters, they were very satisfied with the results. They have experienced no issues with the filters letting fumes escape. And to ease the budget crunch, the new filters are lasting much longer than their previous ones, saving them money.


APPLICATION: Lead Products

PROBLEM: Filters overheating and falling apart

SOLUTION: Lead dust is a tough application for any filter, and because lead is so toxic there’s no room for cheap filters that fail. That’s exactly what was happening to this company, though. Within months of purchasing their cartridge dust filters from the manufacturer, they were overheating and falling apart, with the inner metal grate melting and chunks of filter media falling off the filters.

The customer started using DeltaMAXX filters, and found that they were much better quality than the previous ones. They last much longer, have none of the problems with overheating or falling apart, and as a bonus they are cheaper than the original ones. Since lead dust is such a demanding application, DeltaMAXX nanofiber’s very high efficiency (MERV 15) makes sure that air quality compliance isn’t an issue.

DeltaMAXX cartridge dust filters with overbags

APPLICATION: Blasting and Polishing

PROBLEM: Very high dust volume, filter failure

SOLUTION: Running blasting equipment sixteen hours a day takes a toll on dust collector filters. This customer was changing their cartridge dust filters at least three times a year. That meant that at least three times a year all the blasting equipment had to be down while filters got changed, hurting production.

Since purchasing DeltaMAXX nanofiber filters, the company has reduced filter changes (and associated down time) to less than once a year. The customer is very pleased with the improvement, and also with the significant cost savings. Not only do the filters hold up to the abuse of 16 hour days, but they do it for up to four times as long.


APPLICATION: Powder Coating

PROBLEM: Static Buildup and Sparking

SOLUTION: This small business owner knew he had a major safety issue when static buildup inside his dust collector started to ignite powder inside the collector. Grounding the collector didn’t solve the problem, but Imperial Systems was able to step in with specialized filters that did the job.

A specially coated spunbond DeltaMAXX filter with a ground wire eliminated the issue of static buildup in the collector. With cartridge dust filters designed for even very specific applications, we could step in and offer the customer exactly what he needed. He’s very satisfied and confident that his employees and his shop are now safe from dust fires.

Cartridge dust filters are used in as many different applications as you can imagine. There’s one thing they all have in common, though: the filters have to be efficient, long-lasting, and fit in the budget. No company wants to waste money on failing filters, excessive down time from changing filters all the time, or paying higher prices. DeltaMAXX filters offer many companies a solution to all of these problems. Find out what others in your industry already know and talk to your Imperial Systems customer service person today.



The baghouse is a workhorse of the dust collection industry, handling everything from high temperatures to rough, abrasive dust. The Imperial Systems engineers are experts in designing baghouse systems specifically for woodworking and paper recycling applications. The BRF baghouse has proven itself in these industries, as these case studies show.

BRF Baghouse for Wood applications




This woodworking company had installed a dust collection system, but within just a week their filters were already blinding off. After spending a lot of money on over-bags, constant compressed air pulsing, and filter changes, they needed to make a change.

Not all collectors are suitable for all applications. The Imperial Systems team examined the problems the company was having, and it was decided that a BRF baghouse was the right solution. The problem was a very fibrous wood dust. The original collector was a cartridge system, and cartridges usually aren’t the best solution for fibrous or stringy material.

Because each BRF baghouse system is designed for each customer’s needs, we applied our knowledge of woodworking applications to solve this customer’s problem.

With the BRF handling their fibrous wood dust with no problems, the company has cut down on compressed air use, filter changes, and production downtime. Because Imperial Systems makes cartridge collectors and baghouses, we’re able to determine which one will work better for a particular application.



BRF Baghouse for Paper application




This paper recycling company runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The dust load is heavy and constant. The systems they had in place were not up to the job: several inches of dust had accumulated on surfaces around the facility, creating a very severe fire hazard. Also, there was so much dust in the air that employees had to wear dust masks, and they were dealing with respiratory infections and eye irritation.

With employees’ health at risk and a combustible dust accident waiting to happen, the company came to Imperial Systems to see if we could design a solution to handle their very heavy dust load.

From consultation and drawings to engineering and fabrication, the company had constant contact with the Imperial Systems team, making sure everything would work exactly as they needed it to. The project was completed in March of 2014, and the company had great praise for the design and installation teams.

Since installing the BRF baghouse for paper dust, the company is now fully NFPA compliant and dust accumulation is no longer a problem. The facility is clean and the health problems the employees had been dealing with are resolved.

Not just any system can handle a heavy dust load with round-the-clock shifts. Imperial Systems has the experience in the paper recycling industry to design a system that will handle this kind of abuse for many years to come.


Installing a robotic weld cell collector above a robotic welder might seem like a great idea. All the fumes produced by the robot are quickly removed. The collector doesn’t take up any space on your crowded shop floor. What could possibly be wrong with this setup?


A robotic welder is an expensive piece of equipment. It’s a big investment for any company. So the last thing you’d want to do is put it near anything that might damage it, right?


How about putting it right underneath something that might damage it?


Installing a weld fume collector above a robotic welder does save floor space. Since they’re mounted above the welder, they are completely out of the way. There are some hazards with this arrangement, though, and we’ve seen them in action.


Weld fumes are almost always combustible. If the fume collector is located at some distance from the robotic welder, a deflagration that happens inside the collector will not damage the robot and will be contained in the collector. On the other hand, if you have a robotic weld cell collector mounted directly overhead, the deflagration is going to happen right above your very expensive piece of equipment.


A properly designed dust collection system will handle and safely vent an explosion. If the collector is outside the building, there will be minimal risk to people or property. The length of ductwork between the welder and the fume collector gives hot air and sparks time to cool down before they reach the collector.


When robotic weld cell collectors are in use, they’re inside the building and mounted overhead. There is almost no space between the source of fumes and the collector. This greatly increases the risk of a deflagration inside the collector.


This could be a disaster for your robotic welder. Burning material or debris could fall on it and damage it. A fire suppression system could shower your welder with water or fire extinguishing chemicals. Your robot welder could be taken out of service for costly repairs, or it could even be destroyed.


The floor space saved by mounting a robotic weld cell collector above the welder isn’t worth the cost of repairing or replacing a robotic welder. A dust and fume collector system with hoods can effectively control fumes from the welder without the risk of damaging it.