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Why are Lower Cyclone Pressure Drops Not Always Better than Higher Pressure Drops? | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 29, 2020 2:30:00 PM

When designing a dust collection system, the static pressure required of the system is extremely important.  The reason is because the exhaust fan must be able to pull the design airflow at the design static pressure in order to get the design performance.  Usually the higher the static pressure is the greater power is required by the fan at a constant airflow.  This means, dust collector system designers usually try to keep the total static pressure low, in order to go with a smaller fan that costs less to operate.

Cyclones Pressure Drop

However, when it comes to cyclones, this is not always the best policy.  A cyclones pressure drop is based on the amount of air going through it.  So a 24” diameter cyclone might have a 3” pressure drop at 1500 CFM and a 5.5” pressure drop at 2000 CFM.  So a smaller cyclone can handle a higher airflow at a higher pressure drop.  This would lower the fabrication cost of the cyclone, and allow it to fit in a more confine space, but have a higher operational cost (more HP required).

Higher Pressure Drop

But using a smaller cyclone also has another benefit, the higher your pressure drop, the more efficient the cyclone will be.  This increase in removal efficiency usually will not allow you to use a cyclone only for dust control, but it will help remove smaller particulate before your primary filter.  This will allow you to capture more material before contamination, lower the loading on your filters, and decrease utility usage (water or plant air).

So when you are designing a dust collection system, don’t look for the cyclone with the lowest pressure drop, but look at all the aspects that affect the system.  Will a smaller cyclone fit better?  Will higher removal efficiency in the cyclone be beneficial to the main dust collector?


How the Aerodyne SplitStream Cyclone Works

The SplitStream Cyclone Collector is designed for dust collection systems where tough dust like abrasive, sticky, fibrous, hygroscopic or granular persist. Configured horizontally or vertically, the cyclone’s low-profile design is perfect for mounting in space-restricted areas.

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5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs Maintenance

Is your dust collection system working at peak efficiency? A quick, do-it-yourself examination may identify symptoms that your system needs a check-up.

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Topics: dust collector, airlocks valve, compact cyclones, Rectangular airlocks, Mighty Whopper

Dust Collector: Signs You Need a Pre-Filter | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 27, 2020 9:04:42 AM

Many dust collectors spend their time operating far below their potential.  Whether the system was designed incorrectly, the process has changed, slow maintenance, or a combination of these, the dust collector isn’t operating at its finest.    One possible solution is to install a pre-filter before your dust collector to help your dust collector to be all it can be!

The following are some signs that your dust collector isn’t operating up to par and you should look at installing a cyclone pre-filters

Filter Collectors (baghouse, cartridge collector, HEPA filters, etc.)

  1. There is a high pressure drop across your filters. This is caused by the dust building up on the filters and not being cleaned off fast enough.  The high pressure drop causes the fan to pull less air to compensate, thereby letting more dust out on to the shop floor.
  2. Filters are being replaces too fast! The most common filter failures are by developing holes or plugging up.  Both failures are tied to high dust loadings. 
     
    1. One of the ways holes develop is filter cleaning. Pulse-jet dust collectors use high pressure air blown down through the center of the filter to expand the filter off its support structure.  When the pressure disappears the filter returns to its normal size, causing the top layer(s) of dust to fall off the filter.  This regular expansion and contraction will cause holes and tears in the fabric, which then let unfiltered air and dust through the unit. 
    2. Plugging of the filters happens with “Tough” dust or a deficiency of cleaning of the filters. As the filters plug up, the removal efficiency will actually get better because very little air will get through, but this will cause dust to escape from the pickup points  as less and less air is pulled through the system.  So the dust collector system will not be doing the job it is supposed to do.
  3. Valuable product or raw material is being disposed in the dust collector waste due to contamination. As stated above, filters build up dust layers to provide the removal efficiency.  Those filters will retain the material over time.  If the material is valuable, this can be a lot of money that is going to waste.  Pre-filters will allow the material to be collected and used in the process or product before it can be contaminated in the filters.

Wet Scrubbers

  1. Do you have a high cost of water treatment and disposal of the scrubber blowdown? When wet scrubbers capture particulate, slurry is formed.  This slurry will then have to be disposed.  It will often be sent to a water treatment plant.  The water treatment plant might be dedicated to the facility or municipal.  Either way, additional costs are added to treat the slurry before it is disposed of or reused.  These costs are usually much more than disposing of dry material.  One reason being that dry material weighs much less because there isn’t any water added and the other being that regulations prevent slurries from being put into landfills, etc.  A pre-filter removes a portion of the material before it is put into slurry, thereby saving costs on waste water treatment.
  2. Similar to above, since wet scrubbers form slurries, any valuable material collected in the wet scrubber will be in that slurry. So unless the desired state of the material is within the slurry, it will have to be processed to make it useful.  This means additional steps (and expense) are required to recycle the material.  A cyclone pre-filter removes the material dry, before it is in slurry, thereby saving costs.

So before you decide to purchase a new dust collector, look into the benefits of installing a cyclone pre-filter.  You just might save yourself money!


5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter

Watch the video from the Dust Efficiency Clinic discusses how using a pre-filter will optimize your dust collection system. 

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To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com.


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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

How To Determine the Cost of a Cyclone - Part 6 | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Apr 30, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Part 6: Scope of Supply

Cyclones do not stand alone in most applications.  They require additional equipment for them to work.  Depending on your application, equipment can include an airlock, exhaust fan, explosion protection, instrumentation, insulation, vibrator, and even ductwork.  The cyclone can be purchased as a system with all the equipment required to operate or it can be purchased by itself and integrated into an existing system.  The system is then put together by the end user or a 3rd party.  Many times, the sum of the accessory equipment is greater than the cost of the cyclone.  A brief description of the potential accessories and how they affect the cyclone is below.

  1. Airlock

    An airlock is essential for the proper operation of a cyclone.  It isolates the cyclone from the outside atmosphere.  Without it, material will fly out the bottom or get re-entrained in the system.  Airlocks could be a simple extended hopper (55 gallon drum), rotary valve, or specialized valves like the double dump valve or trickle valve.  Special designed valves are available for quick cleaning applications and explosive applications.
  2. Explosion Protection

    Explosion Protection is a very important consideration for dust collectors as about 70% of dusts are explosive. The equipment that protects against explosions can add significant cost the cyclone.  Explosion protection equipment such as explosion vents, isolation valves, chemical suppression, and isolation systems can all quickly increase the price of a cyclone.  This equipment is required for explosive applications. 
  3. Exhaust fans 

    Exhaust fans are required on every dust collection system. They provide the motive force required to pull air through the system.  When selecting the fan, be sure to take into account all ductwork and equipment.    It is best to install the fan downstream of all dust collectors so that the most efficient impeller designs can be used.  This will save money on operational costs.  However, if the fan needs to be installed in high dust areas, there are impellers designed for these operations.
  4. Instrumentation 

    Instrumentation for cyclones are rather simple compared to other dust collectors. The main instrumentation used on cyclones are differential pressure gages/transmitters and level switches for the hoppers.  Explosive applications can have special instrumentation and some applications will monitor temperature and humidity for equipment downstream of the cyclone.  But for most standard cyclone applications, differential pressure is the only recommended measurement.
  5. Insulation, Heat Tracing, Steam Jacketing
    Insulation, heat tracing, steam jacketing are required for special applications. These can add significant expense to the cyclone.  Insulation and heat tracing can be done at the fabricator but usually are done onsite to prevent damage in shipping and installation.  Steam jacketing must be done in the design and fabrication phase and can add significant cost to the cyclone.
  6. Vibrators or Air Jets
    Vibrators or air jets are used for applications where material bridges in the hopper. Vibrators can usually be installed after installation and will help keep the hopper from bridging up.  Air jets blast air into the hopper, breaking up any bridging and letting material flow out of the airlock.  It is best to have the connections for these to be included in the cyclone design and installed once on site.

In summation, cyclone design and costs are based on the size and construction required in your specific application.  Special applications can require costly equipment and design changes that will increase the cyclone cost significantly.  When selecting a cyclone for your application, be sure to include all the factors in to your cost estimate so you are can accurately determine your budget.



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Topics: dust collector, NFPA 652, horizontal cyclone, GPC Cyclone, splitScream Cyclone, arirflow

How To Determine the Cost of a Cyclone - Part 5 | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Apr 24, 2020 1:29:51 PM

When selecting the cyclone for a dust collection process, there are different factors affecting sizing and cost of the cyclone.  The cyclone should be sized to compliment the airflow of the system and the required dust removal efficiency.  Process conditions will dictate suitable materials of construction as well as any special design requirements.

Part 5: Cyclone Orientation (Horizontal vs Vertical)

The cyclone orientation can affect pricing and cyclone selection.  A vertical cyclone has slightly better removal efficiency than a horizontal cyclone.  Horizontal cyclones are much shorter so they can often fit in spaces where vertical cyclones can’t be placed.  The horizontal cyclone can be accessed easier for cleaning and is easier for installing explosion vents when needed.  However, horizontal cyclones have limitations with high concentrations of dust and cost more than vertical cyclones.

In summation, cyclone design and costs are based on the size and construction required in your specific application.  Special applications can require costly equipment and design changes that will increase the cyclone cost significantly.  When selecting a cyclone for your application, be sure to include all the factors in to your cost estimate so you are can accurately determine your budget.


5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter

Watch the video from the Dust Efficiency Clinic discusses how using a pre-filter will optimize your dust collection system. 

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If you prefer this valuable information in white paper form, get our whitepaper, Top 5 Reasons to Use a Cyclone as a Pre-filter.


To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com.


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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

How To Determine the Cost of a Cyclone - Part 4 | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Mar 27, 2020 10:14:34 PM

Part 4: Application Requirements

Cyclones also need to be constructed so that they meet the specifications and requirements of the applications they are going in.  Some applications, like woodworking or where the material being collected is waste, don’t need any special constructions.  Applications such as food and pharmaceuticals can be very specific.  Every application, customer, process, and facility has their own set of requirements.  These could include a special quick clean access or a higher weld spec to prevent accumulation in the vessel.

  1. Quick Clean

    Quick Clean design allows for the cyclone to be easily accessed for cleaning. It is often used in food and pharmaceutical applications.  These applications usually have a strict cleaning protocol and/or require cleaning between batches.  The design changes required for quick clean design can often significantly increase the price of a cyclone.  Often times it will require redesign of the standard cyclone to allow access and minimize material buildup.  Horizontal cyclones are often best for these situations.
  2. Special Welds

    Special welds are required in most food applications. The welds are often areas where material can build up and contaminate the material being collected in the cyclone.  To prevent this, the welds are often required to be ground down.  This is a time consuming process and is done individually with power tools.  Depending on the specification, special welds can often significantly increase the price of the cyclone, even as much as doubling the cost.  Often times, the welds will require specific welders in a shop to work on the unit, thereby increasing the lead time and cost.  When you are specifying special welds, it’s often a good idea to have a sample or a picture of the weld you are looking for so the fabricator and end user are on the same page.  See the drawing below for an example of a sample.
  3. Special Finishing

    Special finishing of the materials of construction is another requirement in many stainless steel applications. Some food and pharmaceutical applications require the metal to be finished or polished to a certain specification.  Usually, the internal finishing is the most critical due to it being in contact with product, but often times the facility has a specification on the external too.  This is often for cleaning and uniformity in the facility.  Special finishing of the metals can often significantly increase the price of the cyclone.  Often times, with the higher finishes allowance has to be made in the pricing for discarding material that doesn’t meet to specification after it has been worked on.

How Do Horizontal Dust Collectors Work?



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Topics: dust collector, NFPA 652, horizontal cyclone, GPC Cyclone, splitScream Cyclone, arirflow

How To Determine the Cost of a Cyclone - Part 3 | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Mar 23, 2020 1:25:20 PM

When selecting the cyclone for a dust collection process, there are different factors affecting sizing and cost of the cyclone.  The cyclone should be sized to compliment the airflow of the system and the required dust removal efficiency.  Process conditions will dictate suitable materials of construction as well as any special design requirements.

Part 3: Materials of Construction

Cyclone costs are largely dependent on the materials of construction.  They can be constructed of materials from plastics to special alloys such a Hastelloy or Monel.  The materials of construction should be selected based on the process requirements more than costs. 

These requirements include chemical and corrosion resistance, industry standards, and cleanability. Plastic cyclones are not really suitable for most industrial applications.  They can provide low cost dust control for garage woodworking shops and can be used in wet applications, but they don’t usually last long in dry applications and can have issues with static electricity.

The following chart shows relative costs for cyclones based on the material of construction.

 


5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter

Watch the video from the Dust Efficiency Clinic discusses how using a pre-filter will optimize your dust collection system. 

Watch Video

 

If you prefer this valuable information in white paper form, get our whitepaper, Top 5 Reasons to Use a Cyclone as a Pre-filter.


To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com.


To improve efficiency and safety, there is no substitute for an on-site inspection by an experienced expert. Click below to start with a free 20-minute phone consultation by clicking the button.

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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

How To Determine the Cost of a Cyclone - Part 2 | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Feb 24, 2020 9:45:00 AM

When selecting the best cyclone for your process, there are many different factors that affect the sizing and cost of the cyclone.  The cyclone must be sized so that it handles the airflow of the system and components.  The proper design for the required removal efficiency must be used.  The process will also dictate the materials of construction and special requirements.  The location where the cyclone will be installed will influence the cyclone orientation.  Cyclones aren’t a stand-alone piece of equipment; support equipment is required for proper operation.  Therefore, the scope of supply will affect the cyclone costs and design.  The following is a brief description of the different elements that affect cyclone sizing and pricing.

Part 2: Dust Removal Efficiency

The main purpose of a cyclone is to remove material from the airstream.  A cyclone will remove a certain percentage of material based on the size of the material.  The larger the material, the higher the removal efficiency of the material will be.  The density of the material also plays a part in the removal efficiency.  Heavier material will see greater removal efficiency. 

Faster air velocity in the cyclone will create greater centrifugal motion and a greater force pushing the material out towards the walls.  What this means is the higher your pressure drop through the cyclone, the greater the removal efficiency will be.  (Assuming the pressure drop isn’t from a badly designed cyclone inlet and outlet) The chart below shows the removal efficiency of a GPC-24 at different pressure drops with material having a specific gravity of 1.0.

Please note the particle shape will also affect the removal efficiency.  Spherical material is the easiest to predict while abnormal shapes are the hardest to predict.    The above chart assumes a spherical dust.

When selecting the cyclone size, you will have to balance the requirement for the highest removal efficiency against the lowest pressure drop.  A smaller cyclone for a specific airflow will provide greater removal efficiency with a lower cyclone cost, but higher operational costs (larger fan due to larger pressure drop).

Specially designed cyclones are available that will increase the material removal efficiency.  Ex. Aerodyne manufactures the SplitStream cyclone.  These special cyclones are more expensive than standard cyclones but usually can provide higher removal efficiency and other benefits beyond standard cyclones.


 

5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter

Watch the video from the Dust Efficiency Clinic discusses how using a pre-filter will optimize your dust collection system. 

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If you prefer this valuable information in white paper form, get our whitepaper, Top 5 Reasons to Use a Cyclone as a Pre-filter.


To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com.


To improve efficiency and safety, there is no substitute for an on-site inspection by an experienced expert. Click below to start with a free 20-minute phone consultation by clicking the button.

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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

How To Determine the Cost of a Cyclone - Part 1 | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Feb 21, 2020 10:41:55 AM

When selecting the best cyclone for your process, there are many different factors that affect the sizing and cost of the cyclone.  The cyclone must be sized so that it handles the airflow of the system and components.  The proper design for the required removal efficiency must be used.  The process will also dictate the materials of construction and special requirements.  The location where the cyclone will be installed will influence the cyclone orientation.  Cyclones aren’t a stand-alone piece of equipment; support equipment is required for proper operation.  Therefore, the scope of supply will affect the cyclone costs and design.  The following is a brief description of the different elements that affect cyclone sizing and pricing.

Part 1: Airflow and Pressure Drop

The most basic (and important) thing that affects the sizing of a cyclone is the airflow the cyclone will see.  Cyclones are a mechanical separator without any moving parts.  They are designed in such a way that the more air you put through the cyclone the greater the pressure drop the air will experience going through the cyclone.  To understand this better, a quick review of how a cyclone works will be beneficial. 

Air enters a cyclone near the top of the cyclone.  The inlet is designed so the air will rotate around the walls of the cyclone heading down towards the hopper.  This creates centrifugal forces which send the heavier, larger particles out towards the walls.  Once the air gets down to the hopper, the air goes through a process called vortex reversal.  This means the air turns 180° and goes up through the middle of the cyclone.  The air outlet is located on top of the cyclone.  Often times, the air inlet of the cyclone is located on the tangential, while the cyclone outlet pipe helps form the centrifugal motion.

The greater the airflow through a cyclone the higher the pressure drop the cyclone will have.  So a cyclone will have different pressure drops for different airflows through it.  The pressure drop is not dependent on material loading or cleaning cycles.  The chart shows the pressure drop an Aerodyne GPC-24 will have at a variety of airflows.

 

When picking a cyclone for your application, you will have to figure out what pressure drop you want through the cyclone.  With a lower pressure, you will have a smaller fan and larger cyclone.  Smaller fans will have lower initial and operational costs while larger cyclones have greater initial costs.


5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter

Watch the video from the Dust Efficiency Clinic discusses how using a pre-filter will optimize your dust collection system. 

Watch Video

 

If you prefer this valuable information in white paper form, get our whitepaper, Top 5 Reasons to Use a Cyclone as a Pre-filter.


To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com.


To improve efficiency and safety, there is no substitute for an on-site inspection by an experienced expert. Click below to start with a free 20-minute phone consultation by clicking the button.

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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

How Do I Pick the Correct Cyclone? | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jan 24, 2020 9:45:00 AM

When sizing a cyclone dust collector, there are many factors that have to be reviewed in order to pick the best model for your applications. Some of them are:

Airflow

What is the airflow going through the cyclone?  The cyclone size is directly tied to the amount of air going through it. The more air there is, the larger the cyclone required.  Without a doubt, this is the most important requirement for sizing a cyclone.

Temperature & pressure

The airflow volume is based on the temperature and pressure by the ideal gas law.  The cyclone need to be sized based on ACFM (actual).  Often times, customers provide SCFM (standard), which is the airflow when the temperature and pressure is 70°F and 1 atmosphere.  If SCFM is provided, then it needs to be converted to ACFM for the correct cyclone to be selected.  If not, the cyclone might be undersized, thereby increasing the pressure drop in the cyclone significantly, which can cause airflow issues.

Dust

The actual dust being collected also affects the cyclone selection.  Is the dust explosive?  What removal efficiency do you require?  What is the dust’s physical characteristics, such as does it bridge, is it sticky, is it abrasive?  All-of-these can affect the design of the cyclone.  Example, a dust that bridges might have a special hopper to help prevent bridging.

Location

The location where the cyclone will be installed has a great influence on the cyclone selection.  Is it located indoors or outdoors?  How much space is available?  Is there a height restriction? Will a vertical cyclone fit or must a horizontal cyclone be used.  Is the cyclone being used as a pre-filter or is it the final dust collection equipment? 

Fan

If this isn’t a new application, the static pressure the fan has available is extremely important.  The fan must have enough static pressure to overcome the pressure drop of the cyclone without decreasing the airflow through the system.  This may require modifying the fan, replacing the fan or installing a larger cyclone.

Material of Construction

The cyclone must be constructed of the proper materials so it doesn’t rust or react with the material going through it.  Often times the MOC will be carbon steel or a stainless steel.  Special material of construction might be used, or a coating is applied (either internal or external) to extend the cyclone’s life.

Special considerations

There are additional things that may need to be considered when selecting the cyclone.   Some examples include does it need to be cleaned often, so quick access is required?  Are special welds, material finishing, etc. required?

These are some of the main considerations that are taken into account when a cyclone is sized for a dust collection system.


The GPC Dust Collector is an efficient way to handle your dust collecting needs.

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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

Cyclone Pre-filter Benefits – Extended filter Life | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jan 21, 2020 9:08:20 AM

A cyclone pre-filter offers multiple benefits to your dust collection system. One of these benefits and easiest to observe is extending filter life.

How Do Cyclone Dust Collectors work?

Cyclone dust collectors remove dust by using centrifugal motion.  The airflow enters the cyclone and spins around until it reverses and leaves the cyclone through the center of the vessel.  As the airflow spins, centrifugal motion pulls the dust towards the wall, leaving cleaner air in towards the center of the vessel.  So when the airflow reverses, the dust falls into the hopper while the clean air leaves through the center of the cyclone.

The larger and heavier a dust particle is, the greater the centrifugal force on it and the more likely it is to move towards the walls.  What this basically means is that the larger the particles the greater the removal of those particles in a cyclone.

A cyclone pre-filter will remove the larger particles from an airstream.  Often times this can be as much as 80-90% of the dust loading in the airflow.  Installing a cyclone pre-filter could decrease the loading on the filters by 80-90%, which in turn will allow a longer time between cleaning of the filters.

“Pulse-Jet” Baghouse   

In a “pulse-jet” baghouse the filters are cleaned by blasting compressed air through them.  This causes the filters to expand off their support.  The expansion causes the top layer(s) of dust to fall off the filters, thereby cleaning them.  Now each time the filter expands, the filter is weakened.  Over time, holes will develop in the filter, thereby allowing unfiltered air past.  This lowers the removal efficiency and could cause the system to be out of compliance.

Dust Built-Up Over Time

Another issue is over time, the top dust layers might not fully fall off.  So the total dust on the filters increases, making it harder for air to pass through.  This causes the pressure drop across the filters to increase, which will result in less air being collected at the collection points.

Installing the cyclone pre-filters decreases the dust getting to the filters, thereby requiring less cleaning (weakening of the filters) and lowering the amount of dust that builds up on the filters.  Together this can extend filter life by many months to a few years, which will lower your maintenance costs.


5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter

Watch the video from the Dust Efficiency Clinic discusses how using a pre-filter will optimize your dust collection system. 

Watch Video

 

If you prefer this valuable information in white paper form, get our whitepaper, Top 5 Reasons to Use a Cyclone as a Pre-filter.


To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com.


To improve efficiency and safety, there is no substitute for an on-site inspection by an experienced expert. Click below to start with a free 20-minute phone consultation by clicking the button.

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Topics: dust collector, Dust Efficiency Clinic, compact cyclones, Dust Collector filters, Cyclones pre-filter, Dust Re-Entrainment

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At Aerodyne, we choose to take a different approach to collecting dust and handling materials. Our cyclones are unique in design to address common issues such as problematic dusts and space constraints. Our airlocks are chosen to fit your specific application instead of hastily installing traditional equipment options. We believe that when we see things differently, we can solve problems effectively. That's why so many people turn to us for help in solving their tough dust problems.

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