DUST COLLECTION CHALLENGES IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY

Agricultural operations generate a lot of airborne particles, including mineral, field, and barn dusts, chaff and pollen. Much of these agricultural dusts are around 10 micrometers in diameter. (For comparison, an average human hair is 50 to 70 micrometers across.) Particles that size can move past the nose and throat and lodge in the lungs, causing serious respiratory harm. Prolonged exposure to dust can cause many health problems, including pneumoconiosis, a lung disease that restricts breathing.

The most acute danger of agricultural dust, however, is that of explosion. The accumulation of grain dust in a facility poses this critical risk that farmers have known about for ages. If enough dust is present in an enclosed space, it can be ignited by a spark, cigarette, overheated bearing, or many other small ignition hazards. A grain dust explosion can be violent enough to destroy a grain elevator, mill or other such facility.

Grain dust accumulation and ignition sources are regulated by OSHA standards to prevent explosions. (See, 29 CFR 1910.272.) Employers must minimize dust accumulation, and failure to comply with regulations can bring serious fines. It is generally accepted that a layer of dust 1/8 of an inch thick is enough to fuel an explosion.

The National Fire Protection Association extends these cautions beyond grain elevators and mills. These include any facility handling agricultural materials, such as “facilities that receive, handle, process, dry, blend, use, mill, package, store, or ship dry agricultural bulk materials, their by-products, or dusts. . . “

SOLUTIONS FOR DUST AND FUMES IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY

RoboVent designs and manufactures dust collectors to fit any agricultural need. Decades of experience enable our designers to create the right solution for the right application at the right price. These collectors can help ensure worker and facility safety and regulatory compliance.

RoboVent’s leading edge technology allows its collectors to run at lower operating costs. Automated systems ensure the collectors run only when they need to.

RoboVent filters are designed for longevity and minimal maintenance. With the ePad control panel facility managers can move beyond preventative maintenance to truly predictive maintenance.

Agricultural users will want a piece of ambient capture equipment, rather than a source capture one. An ambient capture system filters the air from an entire facility. These ducted systems create a flow within a facility to filter the air as efficiently as possible.

The Fusion Series of dust collectors is well suited to meet the needs of the agricultural industry. Its revolutionary design provides flexibility and efficiency. The freestanding collector is modular, which allows the system to be scaled up if needed.

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