Aerospace and Aviation Industry and Dust Collection

Clean Air Matrix

RoboVent engineers are experts in every category of air filtration and ventilation. The four categories below represent the major options for treating your contaminated air. RoboVent has designed solutions for each of these categories and has manufactured air filtration systems of unrivaled quality.

For more information about these categories, see Indoor Air Quality 101.

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Large blowers and air filtration equipment draw contaminated air from the plant (typically at the ceiling level), filter it and return it to the plant. This is a proven solution in plants welding large parts with overhead cranes. It reduces the haze in the air, resulting in a cleaner working environment, with no negative pressure or heat loss.

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Air in the immediate area of the welding activity is captured in a hood system, then filtered and returned to the plant. This is the best solution whenever possible. It allows for a more flexible system and removes the smoke directly from the operator's breathing zone. There are many types of source capture, including overhead hoods, crossflow hoods, fume arms and fume guns, some of which work better than others.

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Large exhaust fans draw contaminated air from the plant and exhaust it directly into the environment, typically through the roof or walls. This is a traditional method and often results in negative air pressure. Also, it is very difficult to climate-control your plant and the system may not work well in the winter.

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Air in the immediate area of the welding activity is captured in a hood, sent through ductwork, and exhausted directly into the environment. This is a lower capital cost alternative to filtration, but tends to result in high operating costs and large, unsightly ducting systems that work less efficiently with modifications. It also results in negative pressure problems.

Introduction to Dust and Fume Collection for Aerospace and Aviation

Manufacturing in the commercial aerospace and aviation industry has benefited from an improved economy, including a boom in international orders. In 2016, Boeing and Airbus, alone, saw a backlog of more than 10,000 aircraft. Manufacturers must keep production high, yet maintain the highest quality—all the while minimizing cost overruns.

Today's factory floor requires constant vigilance from plant managers. As if production schedules were not enough pressure, managers must constantly maintain a safe and clean workplace. For example, air quality must be monitored both for the safety of workers and for regulatory compliance. Dust collection equipment is essential in facilities that use welding or metal cutting in order to maintain this air quality.

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Dust and Fume Collection Challenges in the Aerospace and Aviation Industry

A facility producing airplanes or their parts includes many processes that might produce air quality challenges. Metal-cutting tables, welding stations and robotic welding cells create serious amounts of dust and fumes that can be an acute problem for worker health.

Dust coming off a cutting table creates an inhalation hazard for workers, as well as an ignition risk if the dust is allowed to build up. As dangerous as this dust is, it is perhaps surpassed by weld fumes. These fumes contain particulates that measure less than a micrometer across. The small size of these particles makes it easier for them to travel deeply into the lungs if inhaled.

Metallic dust and weld fumes often contain toxic metals, many of which have extremely serious health consequences for workers. For example, hexavalent chromium is produced by many welding processes. This substance is a known carcinogen and a cause of other serious health problems, as well. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a specific regulation for this substance, as well as for many other specific toxic metals. Manufacturing facilities need a comprehensive dust and weld fume control system to deal with these issues.

Besides toxicity, fire hazard is another danger that comes from dust. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 3% of workplace fatalities result from fires and explosions. A high-quality dust collection system is needed to prevent a buildup of dust. The best collectors also include spark arrestance systems to stop fires before they start.

With aircraft and parts production lines moving as fast as they are, it is important for manufacturers to attract and retain the best workers. The American Welding Society estimates that manufacturing will see a shortfall of 290,000 skilled welders by 2020. Maintaining a clean, attractive and safe workplace—one free from airborne dust and haze—is essential in keeping a factory staffed with the best workers.

High-quality air filtration is necessary for complying with air quality regulations, as well. OSHA sets standards related to air quality. Permissible exposure limits (PELs) dictate how much of a substance can exist in a worker's breathing zone over an eight-hour time-weighted average (TAV). Highly toxic substances such as hexavalent chromium and manganese have their own limits.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in the Aerospace and Aviation Industry

RoboVent's air quality solutions are suited for this industry and its high standards of performance. Our dust collectors make your facility safer, healthier and more efficient—while working within your space and budget constraints. We've put a lot of thought into details like space-saving design, integrated fire safety and automated controls that let your fume and dust collectors practically take care of themselves.

RoboVent's collectors feature automated systems that ensure they run only when needed. This cuts operating costs and lengthens filter life. A manufacturer can't afford the downtime that might come from a failed dust collector, so reliability and easy maintenance have been built into RoboVent equipment. With eTell Intelligent controls, plant managers can move beyond preventative maintenance to truly predictive maintenance.

The risks of fire and explosion also threaten worker safety and manufacturing lines. RoboVent equipment features systems like the Delta 3 spark arrestor and the Supprex-200 Fire Suppression System to reduce the risk of fires in ductwork and filtration equipment.

RoboVent's Spire fume collector is well suited to an aerospace manufacturer and its need for efficient, space-saving fume solutions. For a bigger, more modular system, RoboVent's Grid ducted system allows manufacturers to reconfigure their layout as their needs change. For applications where source capture is not an option, RoboVent also offers ambient collectors like the Vortex Series collector.

Solutions

Manual Welding Source Capture

Source capture is a proven way to reduce weld fumes in manual welding operations. Collecting fumes at the point of welding ensures a more efficient means of capture and a higher degree of safety for workers.

Ventilation Solutions For Portable Weld Fume Extraction

Portable Weld Fume Smoke Extraction

These self-contained systems enable workers to capture weld fumes from any location. When production lines or welding cells must remain flexible, these systems safeguard workers, no matter the situation.

Robotic Welding Ventilation Systems by RoboVent

Robotic Welding

RoboVent offers multiple systems for addressing the special concerns of robotic welding. Cutting-edge collectors provide workers and facilities the highest levels of protection possible.

Ventilation Solutions for Laser Welding

Laser Welding

Laser welding is a growing field, and RoboVent offers solutions for the unique weld fume issues involved. Our enclosed capture solutions are ideally suited for the high-volume, precise nature of laser welding.

Resistance Welding

Resistance welding produces serious weld fumes. RoboVent offers powerful solutions for whatever kind of welding operation you have, in order to protect workers, comply with regulations and improve your facility's environment.

Plaser Series: Laser Cutting Ventilation System by RoboVent

Laser Cutting

RoboVent's solution for laser cutting is a powerful ventilation system that both protects workers and ensures the air is as clean as it needs to be. RoboVent's engineers have decades of experience helping customers be leaders in manufacturing.

Ventilation Solutions for Plasma Cutting

Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is growing in popularity, and RoboVent has developed a ventilation system that is perfectly suited to its demands. The Plaser Series offers powerful airflow, long filter life and the longest warranty in the industry.

Ambient Oil Mist Collector

Oil Mist Ambient Systems

RoboVent's ambient capture solution for oil mist is a facility-wide system engineered to address the problem in the broadest, yet most effective, way possible. This system's proprietary design creates a circulating airflow throughout your facility that produces extraordinary results.

Source Capture Solutions for Oil Mist

Oil Mist Source Capture

RoboVent's source capture solution for oil mist is the result of a rethinking and redesigning of oil mist collection. The final result delivers exceptional performance to protect your workers and your facility. As always, satisfaction is guaranteed.

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Fine Grinding Fiberglass Dust Collection and Filtration

Fibrous glass particulates, like those associated with fiberglass fine grinding, can be a health hazard in dust form. RoboVent specializes in solutions for these kinds of concerns.