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Plan Your Parts and Inspections Before Plant Shutdowns | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jun 10, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Now that it is spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer shut down! If you are planning on doing maintenance on your dust collection system now is the time to order your parts.

If you are changing bags also look into doing the following:

  1. Pull your airlock off and perform any needed maintenance on it (replace bearings, change out rotors or plate, replace Vacu-Valve sleeves, etc.)
  2. Have someone check your exhaust fan a few weeks before shutdown so that if the fan needs rebalancing or bearings replaced, you can schedule it during the shutdown.
  3. Inspection of your baghouse a few months before shutdown so any damage in the housing, bad air valves, tube sheet, etc. can be replaced during the process.
  4. Inspect the ductwork and look for holes and dust buildup. Make sure dampers are working.
  5. Look into installing a cyclone pre-filter to
     
    1. Increase filter life
    2. Decrease compressed air usage
    3. Collect dust before contamination in the filters
  6. Inspect explosion protection equipment and have any chemical isolators/suppression equipment maintained. Be sure to have the clearance of the rotary valve measured to be sure it is still in compliance with NFPA requirements.
  7. Schedule a Dust Efficiency Clinic to evaluate the system performance so any modifications can be installed during plant shutdown.

Doing the above will help you revitalize your dust collection system and make sure you get the best possible performance out of it.


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The Importance of a Proper Hood | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 21, 2021 8:45:00 AM

A dust collection system consists of four major components. The pickup hood, ductwork, dust collector, and exhaust fan. For the system to operate efficiently all four components much be sized and used correctly. Unfortunately, one of the main components (the hood) is often overlooked. The hood design is crucial for the operation of the dust collector system. And without the proper hood design, your dust collector will not provide the dust pickup required for the safety of the equipment and workers.

The hood should be designed so that it will capture the dust without letting dust escape. This can often be difficult as the hood will need to be designed to pull air from all the areas generating dust while also provide the required access of the operator / machine.

Using the wrong hood can cause:

  • Dust to escape the hood, thereby causing health, safety, and maintenance issues.
  • Too much dust is captured, removing product or components from the process.
  • Too much air is used, increasing the system size and cost.

When you are looking to install a dust collector system, pay attention the hood design of the system. Spend time selecting the proper hood for the application and don’t just go with the least expensive hood, as this could cause your entire dust collection system to fail at its job.


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How Vibrators Can Help Hopper Flow? | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Apr 28, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Dust collectors have hoppers under the collection chambers to channel the dust out of the system for use or disposal. The hoppers are not designed to be used to collect and store the material, but rather as a place for the material to temporarily collect before passing through the airlock and out of the system. 

Dust Build-Up in Hopper

Depending on the material being collected and the characteristics of it, dust may temporarily build up in the hopper until it can pass through the airlock. Applications that have periodic high loading or applications that have materials with irregular shapes, are sticky, or hygroscopic could all build up in the hopper and form a bridge or rat hole by the dust discharge opening. When this happens, one of the most common solutions is to install a vibrator on the hopper.   The vibrator works by hitting the side of the walls which can cause the material to break up and fall through the dust discharge flange and leave the system.

The Purpose of Vibrator on Hopper

Vibrators can be driven pneumatically or electronically. They also can be used to continuously agitate the hopper preventing any bridging from developing, or they can be periodically turned on to break up any bridging that has developed. When you are installing a vibrator, it is important that you let the manufacturer know how you are planning on using the vibrator so they can recommend the correct vibrator for your application.


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Is Your Hygroscopic Dust Causing Issues in Your Dust Collectors?| Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Mar 29, 2021 8:45:00 AM

Hygroscopic dust can really grow on your nerves! I know the marketing department might take away my writing duties after that line. But seriously, hygroscopic dust can cause major maintenance issues in your dust collectors. Hygroscopic dust captures water vapor and droplets. This causes the particles to grow in size and weight, thereby making them easier to capture and remove from the airstream. However, if you are using filters, that’s where the problems start.

Filters capture dust in between the filter fibers and on the filter cake. When the dust is hygroscopic this can lead to issues. Dust particles in the filter fibers can grow when exposed to water vapor. They can then not release when cleaned, blocking the air pathway, or if they do release during cleaning the filters could be left deformed, allowing particles through the filter.

When hygroscopic filter cake is exposed to water vapor, it can plug up the filter, preventing air from passing through. This prevents any dust collection from the needed areas because there is no airflow to pull the dust into the system. And during cleaning cycles, the filter cake is strongly adhering to the filter and won’t fall off.

To prevent this from being an issue you will need to identify where the water vapor is coming from.

Airlock

If humidity is leaking in from the airlock then a low leaking airlock would be needed. Rotary valves have a small space surrounding the rotor allowing it to rotate without locking up. This area constantly allows air to leak around. A double dump valve which uses two flaps in series to isolate the hopper or a rotary valve with wipers can cut down on air/humidity leakage into the hopper.

Housing holes

If there are holes in the housing, high humidity outside air can leak in. Replacing or patching the holes will prevent air leakage. If corrosion is an issue, changing materials of construction or coating the hopper might help prevent future issues.

High water content in the compressed air used for cleaning

Install water traps and filters to keep the compressed air used for filter cleaning with low humidity. Often times this can cause greater issues than leaking airlocks or hoppers because the high pressure air goes through the filter, expanding the filter to shake off the dust. This delivers the humidity to the dust collected in the filter, which could cause greater pluggage.

High humidity air coming in with the dust

Installing a pre-filter will remove the majority of the larger heavier particles before they can see the filters. This minimizes the amount of material the filters contact, extending their life. Pre-filters such as cyclones and dropout boxes can often provide additional help on issues above and even extend the life of filters caused by high dust loading.

So when you have hygroscopic dust and your filters are plugging up too fast, try to isolate the area where humidity is coming.


 

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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Considering A Cyclone Dust Collector

Posted by Tom Hobson on Feb 19, 2021 10:15:33 AM

Designing a dust collection system can be quite a daunting task. With so many collector options and so many application variables to consider, it is difficult to know where to begin. Cyclones are among the oldest and still most reliable methods of dust collection available. Because they require very little maintenance, have low up-front cost, and offer unmatched versatility, cyclone collectors remain a viable solution to many air-handling challenges. Although heightened environmental regulations and collection efficiency needs have shifted industry toward the use of filter-media collectors, cyclonic dust collection still plays a vital role in many air-handling systems. These five questions will help determine if a cyclone dust collector is right for your application.IMG_0688

  1. How big is my dust?

    Cyclonic dust collection relies on inertial forces to separate dust particles from an air stream. The larger and denser the particulate is, the greater its inertia. This is the reason cyclones have such high collection efficiencies when handling relatively large dust particles.

  2. How much dust is too much?

    Grain loading or dust loading refers to the amount of dust particulate that is suspended in a gas stream. This is typically measured in the number of grains per cubic foot of gas. This is an important number to consider when designing a pollution control system. Not only will this factor into the size requirement of a dust collector, but it will also determine the appropriate type of dust collector. The strict air pollution control standards in the United States often necessitate a “filter-media” dust collector, such as a bag house, for the final collection stage.

  3. Can I reuse the dust I am collecting? Particle Size

    Dust generated by handling dry bulk materials can be hazardous but also valuable. Unfortunately, most filter-type dust collection systems are designed for disposal rather than product reclamation. Filter media collectors such as cartridge filters and bag houses often do not allow collected particulates to be recovered for reuse due to contamination or particulate size issues.

  4. Do I have heat or humidity concerns?

    Air handling in manufacturing processes is often a delicate balance with a number of variables to contend with. Process heat and humidity in the air stream create a difficult challenge when it comes to dust collection. Collection of red-hot dust particulate is simply not possible with many bag houses because cotton filters are flammable and flame retardant filters can be costly.
  5. How much should I spend?

    Perhaps the most important and most difficult question asked when designing a dust collection system is how much to spend. The simple answer is, it depends. It depends on what the overall goal of the system should achieve. The best dust collection systems are those that were designed with several functions in mind: capacity, operation costs, maintenance costs, and product/ material value.


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How Do I Extend the Life of My Filters? | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jan 27, 2021 3:15:00 PM

Dust collection filters such as the bags in baghouses, cartridges in cartridge collectors, and HEPA filters all filter out dust particles by collecting them in between their fibers. Dust builds up on the bags and cartridges to form a filter cake over the filter further restricting the ability of dust particles and airflow to pass through the filter. This restricting of airflow causes a pressure drop (resistance) which is directly related to the amount of dust built up on the filters. As the pressure drop increases, the airflow through the collector will decrease. Most baghouses and cartridge collectors have cleaning cycles which remove some of the dust from the filters keeping the pressure drop low.

The cleaning process on the filters usually consists of blowing higher pressure air through the filters, thereby causing it to expand slightly. This knocks off some of the top layer(s) of the filter cake which lowers the pressure drop through the filters. Other units have the filters connected to a mechanical shaking system. The airflow through the filter will be stopped during the cleaning process. The mechanical shaker system will gently shake the filters dislodging the dust to fall into the hopper.

Even with these cleaning functions, the filters will eventually plug up and significantly decrease the amount of air they allow to pass. This will starve the pickup points of airflow, allowing dust to escape and never enter the collection system. Depending on the application, this can happen within months or years of putting in new filters. The process of replacing the filters usually requires the system to be turned off. Cartridge collectors are usually easier to replace than bag, but either way the time and labor it takes to change are significant.

Ways to Extend Filter Life

It is therefore very advantageous to extend the time between filter replacements. The following are a few ways to extend filter life.

  • Install a pre-filter before the dust collector. The greater the concentration of dust getting to the filter, the faster the filter will plug up or fail. So if you can lower the dust concentration, you will extend the life of the filters. Pre-filters include cyclones and dropout boxes. Pre-filters remove most of the larger particles, leaving only the smallest to be handled by the filters.
  • Install pulse-on-demand controllers. A pulse-on-demand controller monitors the pressure drop across the filters. And when the pressure drop gets too high, the unit will activate the cleaning process until the pressure drop falls below a shutoff point. This extends life by preventing unnecessary cleaning of filters which can cause holes to develop in the filters. It also can save money on compressed air and keep the airflow within desired range.
  • Install different filters. Not all filters are the same. Some filters are designed to minimize issues with wet dust. Others have higher temperature ratings so they won’t degrade. If you are replacing filters too often, contact your filter supplier or system manufacturer to see if there are other filters that are more suitable. These special filters are more expensive, so it might be prudent to look at adding a pre-filter and pulse-on-demand controller to extend life even further at the same time.
  • If you are plugging up the filters with hygroscopic dust, check the collector housing for leaks that might allow humidity into it. Also, check the compressed air supply to make sure humidity isn’t being added to the system.
  • Install insulation on the dust collector if you have high humidity. Insulation will help prevent water vapor from condensing at night or during winter, thereby preventing water droplets from damaging the filters or causing dust to plug up in the filters.
  • Install a spark arrester before the dust collector. Depending on the process being vented, sparks can be pulled into the dust collector which, thereby cause the filters to catch on fire. Installing a spark arrester prevents this. Often times a pre-filter (cyclone or dropout box) provide the same protection.

If you are replacing filters too often then think about making some of the above changes to your system next time you are due to replace filters. That way you can extend your filter life and operate for longer periods of time without maintenance.

 


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Common Dusts and Dust Collector Ranges vs Particle Size | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Dec 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

This shows some of the particle size ranges of common dust applications along with the range where dust collectors work. As shown cyclones and dropout boxes will not get 100% of the dust.

There can always be some material getting through as the particle size distribution might always include smaller dust than normal. Wet scrubbers and filter collectors (baghouses and cartridge collectors) will collect the larger particles easily. However, installing a pre-filter cyclone to remove the larger particles will lower water usage (wet scrubber) and increase filter life (filter collectors).  


Five Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs a Pre-Filter


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Why Are Airlocks Needed? | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Dec 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM

All dry dust collectors have a hopper which temporarily collects the dust while it is moved out of the system. The hopper usually has a flanged outlet on bottom which allows the dust to fall outside of the dust collector vessel. When you are deciding what to put under the hopper it is important to make sure that air doesn’t flow out of or into the opening while still allowing the dust to empty from the hopper. An airlock (discharge valve) is used to prevent this.

An airlock comes in a variety of designs. The most common is the rotary airlock while the simplest design is a trickle valve (Aerodyne Vacu-Valve). What these valves do is prevent the higher pressure air from going to the lower pressure air. Generally dust collectors are designed to be under vacuum. This prevents dust from escaping the vessel and helps protect the exhaust fan from being damaged by dust loading. However, some systems do have pressured dust collectors for operational reasons. Either way it is important that there be some kind of airlock under the hopper.

Dust Collector Under Pressure

A pressurized dust collector will blow air out of the hopper if no airlock is installed on the hopper. This will create a dust cloud around the dust collector. If indoors this will coat the surrounding equipment and become a nuisance to employees in the area. Plus it’s pretty unseemly having a dust collector spewing dust out in a facility.

Dust Collectors Under Vacuum

A system under vacuum, however, is much more impacted by not having an airlock. The airlock prevents outside air from entering the system. So if you don’t have an airlock the exhaust fan will begin pulling air into the system through the hopper. This does two main things. For one, it lowers the airflow at the pickup points that are collecting the dust. Air will flow the easiest path (much like water). So if you have an opening allowing air to enter through the hopper then air will take advantage of this. And since your exhaust fan doesn’t care where the air comes from it will pull much of the air through the hopper. This airflow means that there will be less air coming from the pickup points. This could cause insufficient dust pickup at those points and even dust buildup in the ductwork. The second issue is that any dust collected in the hopper could get re-entrained by the air entering through the hopper outlet and then leave the dust collector. This will decrease the system removal efficiency and could cause violations of permits, increased fan maintenance, etc.

So when you are operating a dust collection system, make sure that the dust discharge flange is installed with an airlock, that way you will have the system operating at its peak efficiency.


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Proper Placement of Your Dust Collector Depends on the Job | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Nov 24, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Dust collectors can be used for a variety of reasons. Some dust collectors are placed around applications that create dust such as saws, grinders, lathes, etc. The dust collector system is used to pull air from the area producing the dust via a hood and through some ductwork until it gets to the dust collector. The dust collector then separates the dust from the air. The cleaned air is then vented out of the dust collector through an exhaust fan and either outside or back to the facility. Other dust collectors are used to clean the air in a facility. The dust collector collects air away from the equipment and processes generating the dust. Many times this air is collected up near the ceiling of the facility. The air is then sent through the dust collector and vented outside or back into the building.

Whenever possible, you should try to capture the dust as close to the process generating the dust as you can. The reason is it is easier to capture the dust closer to where it is generated. If you are collecting the air near the dust generation equipment you will not have to collect as much air, which allows you to size a much smaller system, thereby saving money on capital expenses and operational expenses. Whereas if you are trying to capture the dust away from where it is generated, you will have to process more airflow to capture the dust.

However, there are times that you cannot place hoods right by the dust generating equipment. In those situations you will need to design your dust collection system so that it is big enough to capture the dust while keeping it as small as possible. This might mean building special hoods, using curtains, etc. all to help minimize the airflow required while maximizing the dust entrainment.

Dust collectors can also be used in vacuum systems. A vacuum system allows you to vacuum up dust around the facility without using portable vacuums. This might be advantageous when dealing with explosive applications, since most portable vacuums aren’t rated for explosive applications. And with the NFPA specifications requiring housekeeping of the dust facilities as a main action item, having vacuum systems for explosive dust is desirable.


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Compact Cyclone Perks Up Coffee Roasters | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Oct 23, 2020 10:41:45 AM

A prominent coffee bean roaster is planning on building a new roasting facility in New Jersey. The head engineer contacted Aerodyne about trying to find equipment that could separate the coffee beans as they are pneumatically conveyed from one portion of the facility to the other. The engineer specified that the problem the facility was facing was space.

How Aerodyne GPC operates Differently in Coffee Industry

After sending over the specs of the application, Aerodyne concluded that the roasting facility could easily house a GPC-20 horizontal dust collector for the operation. The Aerodyne GPC Dust Collector operates differently than other dust collectors. A sloped spiral inlet directs the dirty gas stream toward a fixed ground plate and hopper of the dust collector.

The ground plate forces vortex reversal to occur in a much shorter space, eliminating the need for a long, tapered body. As the dirty gas stream strikes the convex ground plate, fine particulate that has not completely made it to the dust collector walls is deflected into the hopper. The ground plate also shields collected particulate from the forces of the vortex reversal, acting as a barrier between the separation chamber and the collection hopper. This innovative design enables a compact dust collector to operate at high efficiency, even when installed horizontally.

The GPC offers a unique dust collection solution. With the compact size and excellent removal efficiencies, it is an economical and low maintenance solution to removing dust and particulate from an air stream.


Aerodyne GPC Used in Coffee Roaster's Process


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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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