January 3, 2018
Combustible dusts contain explosive power that can blow out walls, destroy equipment, and kill employees unlucky enough to be in the vicinity. These explosions are almost entirely preventable. Here’s what manufacturers can do to reduce the risks.
January 3, 2018
Controlling oil mist is one of the most persistent air quality challenges in manufacturing, particularly in sectors such as automotive manufacturing. Oil mist poses different threats to workers than most dust and fumes, and it behaves differently, as well. If there is one thing to get right in your strategy for collecting oil mist, it’s this: choose the right kind of filter.
October 26, 2017
Welding operations in the manufacturing of heavy equipment pose a particular challenge when it comes to air quality. In short, weld fumes can be hard to capture off of large components. Source capture solutions are usually needed to protect workers, but this equipment can be hard to use when the components are large. Ambient capture […]
October 25, 2017
New trends in dust collector system design are making air filtration more efficient and effective. Here is a quick look at three of these trends and how they might affect your budget.
October 12, 2017
By Bryan Reed When project management for air quality equipment installation works, it’s nearly invisible. But when it’s done poorly, the results are painfully obvious: delivery dates are missed. The quality of work is inadequate. Clients are left waiting in the dark, without a clear idea of what to expect next or when things will […]
October 12, 2017
Robotic welding is spreading quickly through manufacturing, as its promise of precision and productivity is proving irresistible. And there is more good news on the robotic welding front. One of the few downsides of robotic welding—the high volume of fumes produced—is seeing a new remedy: robotic tip extraction. Robotic welding operations that are too large […]
September 11, 2017
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. […]
June 2, 2017
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 […]
May 16, 2017
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
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 […]
March 21, 2017
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 […]
March 10, 2017
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 […]