Automotive 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 Automotive Suppliers

The automotive industry has never been so competitive, and manufacturers face more challenges than ever. These challenges exist up and down the supply chain, from the smallest parts supplier to major carmakers. While the industry is doing well, competition is fierce. Manufacturers must keep costs low and productivity high. Currently, this competitive environment doesn't show any signs of letting up.

Managing a factory floor today is more than just a matter of keeping the line moving. Air quality regulations and the need to maintain a safe and clean workplace require constant vigilance. Highly performing dust collection equipment is a must. In today's plants, floor space is precious, so dust collectors must be unobtrusive. Also, since manufacturers must be nimble to accommodate changing production lines, dust collection equipment must be flexible or modular, as well.

 

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Dust and Fume Collection Challenges in the Automotive Industry

Automotive manufacturing entails many processes that produce serious air quality concerns. Whether the source is a cutting table or a robotic welding cell, dust and fumes are a problem for worker health, plant cleanliness and regulatory compliance.

Many dusts and fumes in the automotive industry contain toxic metals that constitute a serious danger to workers. The extreme heat involved in welding creates fumes with metal particulates less than a micrometer in diameter. The smaller the particulate the easier it is inhaled and absorbed into the body. Toxic particulates such as hexavalent chromium can travel in these fumes. Exposure to this substance is known to cause cancer and other serious health problems. Without a comprehensive dust and weld fume control system in place, workers are at risk throughout an entire facility.

Dust in automotive manufacturing can produce a fire hazard, as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fires and explosions account for about 3% of workplace fatalities. Because sparks, flames and combustible dust are an inherent part of the metalworking process, manufacturers must address this danger. A high quality dust collection system can stop fires before they start with a spark arrestance system.

Besides ensuring worker health, manufacturers must think about worker retention. The American Welding Society estimates that manufacturing will see a shortfall of 290,000 skilled welders by 2020. This, combined with an upswing in U.S. manufacturing, means that recruiting and retaining workers is more challenging and more important than ever. A healthy, clean and attractive workplace free from haze and hazards is crucial.

Regulatory compliance is another reason for automotive manufacturers to invest in industrial air filtration. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the quality of the air that workers breathe. Manufacturers must comply with OSHA's “General Duty Clause” to provide a workplace that is safe and healthy. Welding facilities, in particular, must comply with air contaminant requirements that address permissible exposure levels (PELs) for specific toxic substances, such as manganese and hexavalent chromium.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in the Automotive Industry

RoboVent understands the workflows, processes and challenges of automotive parts manufacturing. Our air quality solutions are designed to make your facilities 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 dust collectors feature lower operating costs. This is accomplished through automated systems that ensure collectors only run when they need to. Besides reduced energy use, RoboVent filters and equipment have been engineered to maximize filter life and reduce operating costs. Manufacturers can't afford the downtime that might come with a failed or finicky 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 risk of fire and explosion also threatens manufacturing lines and worker safety. 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 automotive parts manufacturers and their 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.

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.

Robovent Manual Welding Ventilation Solutions

Manual Welding Ambient Systems

Ambient solutions for manual welding stations capture weld fumes from the environment, improving the air for workers and the entire facility.

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.

Abrasive Blasting Dust Collection

Abrasive Blasting Dust Collection

Abrasive blasting operations produce a wide variety of dusts, and RoboVent has the expertise and equipment needed to clean the air of any operation.

Laser Cutting Dust Collection

Laser cutting is fast and efficient, but controlling dust is key to protecting workers and an unobstructed beam. RoboVent has solutions custom-made for the process.

Finegrinding Fiberglass Dust Exposure

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.

Thermal Spray Dust Collection

Thermal Spray Dust Collection & Ventilation

Thermal spray, the process of melting metal and spraying it onto a surface to form a coating, carries serious risks for workers in the field.

Welding Fumes Collection

Weld fumes are a serious threat the workers' health and a manufacturer's bottom line. RoboVent has decades of experience solving weld fume challenges.