Dangers of Laser Cutting Smoke
“Laser metal cutting is a technology that is typically used in industrial manufacturing shops but is also starting to be used in schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material then either melts, burns, vaporizes, or is blown away by a jet of gas leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping material. Laser cutting plays a dominant role in metal processing. High-power beam sources fiber delivery and highly automated peripheral material handling systems allow for high cutting speeds, extreme precision and high productivity in both 2D and 3D applications.
Laser metal cutting – Cutting with Oxygen
Laser metal cutting – Cutting with Nitrogen
Laser metal cutting – Cutting with LASOX
• Laser cutting may generate gasses, fumes and various oxides that are dangerous to breathe. When returning the air from the dust collector it may require HEPA filtration. The DeltaMAXX Dust Collector Cartridge Filters are very effective at removing the larger particles all the way down to the very fine particles. MERV rating 99%+ 0.3-0.4 micron. • Imperial System’s CMAXX Laser Cutting Dust Collector is the perfect modular collector for all laser cutting jobs. The CMAXX Laser Cutting Dust Collector comes in many different variations and is modular in design so making a standard CMAXX Dust Collector model custom is an easy task. The CMAXX family is so well-designed to handle laser metal cutting dust and fume that we even named one of the collectors the “Laser”. The CMAXX Laser Cutting Dust Collector is a standard CMAXX Dust Collector with all of the specific needs to handle laser cutting dust and fume. The CMAXX Laser Cutting Dust Collector is a “packaged” dust and fume collector with everything included from an integrated spark trap to a motor starter package. This is a true plug and play industrial dust collector. We work with customers that are concerned about being compliant with EPA and OSHA. We understand the risks and concerns of handling combustible and toxic dusts. Our equipment and systems are custom designed to fit into your existing operation with little or no down time. The CMAXX Laser Dust Collector’s heavy-gauge construction along with being the first modular dust collector with no external bolt holes, creates a safe environment for your workers as well as total field flexibility. With no external bolt holes it’s easy for us to say “NO LEAKS GUARANTEED”! We specialize in OSHA and NFPA compliant systems to meet all of the newest codes. Laser cutting Dust can be highly explosive and may require chemical or mechanical isolation equipment as well as explosion venting.
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