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Spark Trap Safety System: Protect your Dust Collector

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Spark Trap Safety System: Protect your Dust Collector

Extinguish the threat of explosions with a Spark Trap safety system.

While it is imperative that every metalworking facility have highly efficient dust collection systems, it is just as crucial that metalworking facilities utilize a spark trap safety system to provide even greater protection from these combustible hazards.

spark trap safety systemWe have dedicated over a 15 years to preventing and reducing fires and explosions in metalworking and manufacturing facilities. We also continually strive to meet and exceed the standards recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Our company also meets the guidelines set out by the National Fire Protection Association with our highly efficient dust collection systems and replacement cartridge filters.

If you’re asking yourself if a spark trap is really necessary– the answer is yes! Consider the findings of the OSHA’s National Emphasis Program.  It shows that metal dust accounts for 20% of explosions nationwide. Also, 7% of ignition sources are ignited by fabricated metals while another 8% of ignition sources are caused by Primary metals. If you want to reduce the possibility of an accident at your metalworking facility, you MUST invest in spark arrestors!

How Can  Spark Trap Safety Systems Reduce Explosions?

Adding a spark trap to your industrial dust collection system is like adding a security system to your home. You already have the proper amount of protection with locks, but installing a security system in your home provides another line of defense, keeping you and your family safe.

Our spark trap, named Spark Arrestor, is the first line of defense in protecting your metal fabricators and your metalworking facility from explosions.  Spark Arrestors extinguish nearly every spark before it enters into the main containment unit where combustible dust and other flammable material collects. When you choose our Spark Arrestors, you’ll receive a quality product made with heavy duty materials that is highly effective at keeping sparks from entering your industrial dust collector.

Here are some key features you’ll receive when you invest in our spark traps:

  • Maintenance free components
  • Fully welded construction
  • Easy install for any system
  • No moving parts
  • Available in carbon steel or stainless steel
  • Can be installed in horizontal or vertical configurations
  • Available in 6in. – 40in.
  • Clean out door
  • Doesn’t require water


Spark Trap Optional Features include:

  • Raw inlet and outlet edges
  • A clamp together function for clamping duct
  • Rolled angle flange for bolt together duct

Want to know more about the Spark Arrestor?  Check out our FAQ to learn all of the benefits of our Spark Trap safety system.

Spark Trap | Spark Traps

Industrial Dust Control Solutions: Why It Matters

Whether you are a new manufacturing business or just branching out into new territory, if you are going to get into the metalworking field, addressing industrial dust control solutions demand some serious consideration. Not only do you have the safety of your work space to think about, but unchecked dust and fumes can also pose health hazards to those working in it. We’ve spent nearly 15 years considering the challenges of industrial dust accumulation and control, and we have developed the solutions our customers need.  Discover the facts you need about dust control for your business to keep things running safely and smoothly.

Meet Safety Standards

industrial dust control solutionsAn accumulation of dust in any industrial setting poses a threat to the health and safety of those working there.  This is especially true in the world of metalworking where the fine dust particles may be especially toxic.  In light of this threat, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established standards of safety that must be followed in any such industrial settings.  These address not only dust that may be inhaled but also the threat of combustibility through its accumulation.  Check out the latest combustible dust update HERE.  When you look for an industrial dust control system, begin by ensuring that it meets these and other industry standards.

Anticipate Dust And Fumes

As you consider a system to provide dust control for your work space, make sure you take fumes into account as well.  In many metalworking processes, noxious fumes are created which are more than unpleasant; they can be increasingly harmful when inhaled.  Not all industrial dust control systems are created to handle this dual threat, so it is vital to choose a collector that can manage both dust and fume generated by metalwork manufacturing.

Your Industrial Dust Control Solutions Experts

Whether you need dust and fume filtration or just a dust collection system, Imperial Systems is your industrial dust control headquarters. We manufacture the most efficient, strongest and longest-lasting systems and filters in the industry.  Through these products, we have become well known for our dedication to quality, value, and safety.  Our outstanding line of equipment includes:

  • CMAXX™ Dust Collector System
  • DeltaMAXX™ Cartridge Filters
  • CMAXX™ Laser Fume Extraction System
  • Spark Arrestor
  • Explosion Isolation Valve
  • Custom Ductwork & Fittings
  • Heavy Duty Abort Gates
  • and more!

Most of our products are available to ship within 24 hours.  For more information about our products and how we can support your metalworking business, contact us today.

Extinguish Explosions With Our Proprietary IDA

Save the lives of the metalworking industry!

The priority of what we do at Imperial systems, is the safety of those working in the metalworking industry and any other industry that come into harm’s way with fumes, sparks, combustible dust, or smoke. We are proud to be one of the top dust collection systems manufacturing business in North America.

Imperial Systems remains dedicated to improving how we can keep the hard workers of the metalworking industry safe.

IDAThe next step in our evolution for safety is our proprietary IDA.  We work towards preventing dust explosions like the one that occurred in India in October of 2003.   According to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA),  one person was injured and one was killed due to flammable dust causing the primary explosion, and the secondary explosion caused by dust accumulation in the dust collection system.

Improving Safety With the DeltaMAXX IDA (In-Line Deflagration Arrester) Filters

Together with our CMAXX Dust Collection System our IDA DeltaMAXX Cartridge filters have brought breakthrough safety features that offer exceptional protection from combustion.    Backed by third party testing, and in every test performed our CMAXX dust collection system and our IDA DeltaMAXX filters were able to isolate a deflagration and stop a flame front. This is because an IDA allows gas to pass through with the ability to stop a flame before it causes an explosion. The testing of our IDA DeltaMAXX filters also showed no trace of spark transmission or flame down following the filters or clean air plenum.  

We took our testing a step further to be certain of the safety of the CMAXX Dust Collector, and our  IDA DeltaMAXX Cartridge filters. Through independent, third party testing, we set up our CMAXX Dust collector without ventings to see if it could withstand a deflagration of corn starch at 185 KST with pressures exceeding 4 PSI.  The results were outstanding with the explosion diverting right into the IDA DeltaMAXX filters and getting extinguished.  Once the explosion was extinguished by our IDA DeltaMAXX filters we examined them to see if any damage had been done. The results were amazing!  

Not only were there no visible signs of deformation on the filters, but there was no sign of deformation or melting on the seals, and the cages remained intact.   Our CMAXX Dust Collector System along with our IDA DeltaMAXX filters are now IDA certified giving you the added assurance that we take the safety of those in the metalworking and manufacturing industries seriously.

So when you think safety think Imperial Systems where we strive to improve the safety all metalworkers! Contact us today at 800.918.3013.

IDA | In Line Deflagration

DeltaMAXX Filters Provides Increased Efficiency With Their Surface Loading Performance

Increased Efficiency Gives You Increased Safety!

At an Iron Powder Facility in Gallatin, Tennessee, five people lost their lives, and three others were injured.   According to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, this occurred in three separate instances all within the same year. Their investigation into these unfortunate incidents uncovered many safety hazards, such as accumulation of combustible iron powder on flat surfaces, outdated or non-existent dust collection systems, and a lack of instituting proper safety training  procedures for employees.

surface loading performanceTragic incidents like these force us to recognize the dangers that are faced in the metalworking industry.  Imperial Systems recognizes the safety hazards metalworkers encounter, and that’s why we have some of the best dust collection systems in North America. But our dust collectors couldn’t be as highly efficient without our DeltaMAXX cartridge filters.  Our DeltaMAXX Nanofiber cartridge filters have a surface loading performance technology that easily pulses off caked dust keeping the filter media clean.

Surface Loading Performance Matters

If the surface loading performance is lacking in efficiency the system will have to pulse more often in order to return and maintain its optimum static pressure. The efficiency of the surface loading can affect emissions, cost of energy, and filter life. The surface loading matters and this is why.

  • Use of Compressed air  – The ease of removing particulate matter from filters means less use of compressed air. Compressed air being one of the most expensive uses for a manufacturing or metalworking plant.
  • Twice the Filter Life  – Efficient surface loadings means less buildup in and on the filter and fewer pulses. This leads to a longer filter life and fewer filter replacements.
  • Fewer Emissions – Less pulses means reduced emissions. Reduced emissions helps with safety hazards.

The Surface Loading Benefits of DeltaMAXX Nanofiber Cartridge Filters

At Imperial Systems, we put a high price on safety but not our DeltaMAXX Nanofiber cartridge filters. Here are some our surface loading benefits of our filters:

  • Our filters can reduce the operational cost of your dust collector.
  • The Nanofiber technology is 50% smaller than competitive fibers. Giving it the ability to block the submicron particles from entering and embedding itself in the filter media.
  • Because the dust remains on the surface it is easily pulsed off requiring less pulse cleaning and a longer filter life.
  • 99% Efficiency .3 – .5 Micron which means it has the highest quality pleated media.
  • Our filters have an impressive filtration efficiency with a MERV 15 rating!
  • Our surface loading performance technology allows for a longer filter life an enhanced dust cake release.

When you think safety we want you to think Imperial Systems. Contact us today at 800.918.3013 to get more information on our DeltaMAXX Cartridge Filters.