Laser Cutting Dust Control

September 11, 2017

Six Key Considerations for Laser Cutting Dust Control

Laser cutting is one of the most dust-intensive applications in manufacturing. High-speed precision cutting turns metal into airborne particulates in a flash. If this dust isn’t properly controlled, it can cause costly damage to the components of the laser cutting machine or escape into the ambient air, where it becomes a health and safety concern. […]

AWS Welding Contest

June 2, 2017

Sparking the Next Generation of Welders

The future of welding is bright, but the American Welding Society understands that the field needs to reach out to the next generation. Young people aren’t entering the industry the way they did in the past, and the AWS predicts a shortage of 290,000 skilled workers by 2020. The need to support welding students drives […]

RoboVent AC Rental

May 16, 2017

The Top 3 Reasons to Rent AC

Summer is a great time for a company picnic or softball league, but the season is not known for its high level of productivity. Heat exhaustion and other health problems are common in manufacturing facilities at every latitude. Manufacturers in places with shorter summers still face high temperatures, and, without a proper AC system in […]

April 25, 2017

Safety First: Contractor Safety and What You Should Expect From an Industrial Ventilation System Supplier

When your company invites outside contractors onto your site, you should have high expectations for their performance. You want your contractors to do everything within their power to guarantee a smooth and successful implementation and ensure the safety of their employees as well as yours. Contractor safety must be a priority anytime arrangements are made […]

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March 21, 2017

[BREAKING NEWS] OSHA’s New Beryllium Standard:

What It—and Its Timing—Means for You On January 9, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its final ruling on a new beryllium standard. Many in industry were anticipating an update to the 40-year-old standard, but that didn’t prevent the announcement from making waves across the manufacturing sector. Another wave of news broke […]

RoboVent Extractor Fume Gun

March 10, 2017

A Brief History of Fume Guns, and Why Today Is Different

Here is the one-sentence history of fume guns: At first they were terrible, but now they’re pretty great. For decades, fume guns had a bad reputation, and it was well earned. Fortunately, engineers were not content to let the underdeveloped technology fade away. The 1970s: Malaise Strikes By the 1970s, extraction fume guns were widely […]

PAPR Hood Grinding Sparks

March 10, 2017

Grinding Booths: An Easy Solution to a Gritty Problem

Grinding and sanding operations are dirty business, but somebody’s gotta do it. Many manufacturing facilities rely on a grinding station as a key step in production. A highly skilled person in this position is a great asset to a facility, but even the finest craftsperson can’t help but throw dust and particulates across a shop […]

RoboVent is the Best way to stop a spark

March 9, 2017

What’s the Best Way to Stop a Spark?

As the old song says, it only takes a spark to get a fire going…and if that spark is in your dust collector, the resulting fire can do a lot of damage. Your dust collector provides the perfect environment for a fire to start: plenty of fuel in the form of filter media and combustible […]

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March 9, 2017

Getting to the Root of Air Quality Issues

By John Keaser, RoboVent Lead Engineer Helping companies find and implement effective solutions for air quality problems is the most rewarding part of my job. I worked on the front lines of manufacturing myself while finishing my education, including glass batch processing, smelting and sheet metal manufacturing. I know first hand how important a clean, […]

February 8, 2017

Five Ways Poor Air Quality Hits Your Bottom Line

We all know that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is unpleasant. But did you know that it is also expensive? If welding or other manufacturing processes have left a visible haze in your facility, air quality may be costing your company more than you think. Here are five hidden costs of poor IAQ. 1.      Productivity […]

February 8, 2017

Top 3 Reasons to Retire Your PAPR

Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) are widely used in manufacturing environments where air quality is a problem. These hoods and masks clean workers’ air and protect them from harmful dusts and fumes. Employers know they are legally required to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and they know PAPRs are listed by OSHA as a possible […]

December 17, 2016

Benefits of Weld Training Ventilation

Skilled Workforce Opportunities Lead to Weld Training Demand According to the American Welding Society, the welding industry could face a shortage of about 400,000 operators by 2024. To counter this trend, the industry is taking a three-pronged approach: training more operators, helping existing employees build skills, and educating existing manual welders to operate automated systems. […]