TIPS FOR DUST COLLECTION PROJECTS
Your production facility needs to add a dust collection system and a budget for installation has been approved. How do you take a proposal into a reliable, working system? Envirosystems Group has over two decades of experience in mining and industrial dust collection and we have partnerships with companies specializing in custom manufacturing, waste disposal and waste stream management. By taking these steps, we can work together to get a working system up and running with minimal problems.
Deciding on a Dust Collection Design
Keep on top of changing design requirements
Minor changes to a plant can lead to major alterations to dust control equipment: An increase in production will mean a higher load on the system. Changes in materials can mean new considerations made in handling to reduce risk.
Design of a dust collection system should be seen as a continual process, working with the supplier to verify the system fits the ever-changing needs of the work environment and making modifications where necessary.
Integrate your facility’s standard component into the design
Just because a new system is being added doesn’t mean it has to be entirely different from what is already in place. Dust collection systems can be built with the same motors, valves, gear sets, controllers and other pieces already used in your facility. This means smaller stock requirements as spare parts can cover a number of systems. It also means the maintenance and production crews will already be familiar with the components, helping them get up to speed with the system.
Have the dust collection supplier brought in at the start of development
Design/build firms and engineering firms companies may understand the manufacturing process, but they often lack the expertise needed to integrate a dust collection system. Making your dust collection supplier part of the engineering process from the star ensures the system will integrate into the design in a way that is cost effective.
Get employees involved before the installation
Once the proposed design is established, have a meeting with the maintenance and production staff to look it over. Since they’re the ones who use the equipment in the facility, they will be the first to recognize issues that may come up when the system is put into use.
Dust Collector Installation
Have custom parts pre-assembled at the factory
There’s always a chance that a new design will have some problems, so it makes sense to have first run equipment assembled and tested at the factory so modifications can be made before it ships out.
Bring in experts during installation
Having representatives from equipment suppliers on hand means you can get expert help with problems that crop up during installation.
Have spare parts on hand from the start
Naturally, it makes sense to have replacement parts on hand during production to reduce downtime, but it’s even more important to have them on hand during installation. Faults are more likely to be discovered when first assembling the system and having everything at hand means fewer delays.
Using the New Dust Collection System
Keep the supplier in the loop after installation
The installation is just the beginning. The system will need to be evaluated for effectiveness and any unforeseen bugs sorted out. The supplier can also aid in training and start-up, assuring that the issues requiring the system are being addressed.