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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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