SOLUTIONS FOR METALWORKING DUST

Metalworking dust is dangerous, and RoboVent has almost three decades of experience mitigating it. For a simple operation such as a grinding station or a cutting table, RoboVent has a variety of portable dust collectors, such as those in its VentBoss series. These collectors can be outfitted with fume arms or hoods, allowing dusts to be captured at their source, before any workers or nearby staff are affected. RoboVent also designs and manufactures facility-wide solutions for collecting dust. Our Senturion Series of collectors offers powerful, efficient units that are easy to set up and even easier to maintain. If your operation is complex—perhaps in layout, substances produced, or both—RoboVent’s VentMapping process lets our engineers use computer modeling to propose a custom solution. VentMapping produces the most effective solution at the most optimal price. For laser cutting applications, RoboVent collectors draw metallic dusts and fumes produced in laser cutting through our proprietary filters with a powerful, consistent airflow. Workers in the facility are protected, and the laser beam remains uninterrupted by dust and fumes. Whether your metalworking operation is old or new, simple or cutting-edge, RoboVent understands your air quality needs. Maintaining clean air isn’t just a legal requirement, it’s an important investment in your productivity and your workers’ health. RoboVent has a solution for every application, whether it’s an off-the-shelf unit or a fully customized dust collector.

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Exposure Risks for Metalworking Dust

Because most metallic dusts are toxic when inhaled, they are more dangerous than most other dusts. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued specific regulations for many different metallic dusts. Workers exposed to these dusts face a wide variety of risks, from nuisance effects to death.

Sources of Metalworking Dust and Why They Matter

Grinding, polishing, cutting, . . . laser cutting—they can all potentially produce metalworking dust. Understanding how each process is different will help an employer address the dusts emitted. Without knowing exactly what kind of metallic dust is produced, it is difficult or impossible to adequately address the dust; OSHA has a long list of regulated substances, after all—the agency has issued around 500 PEL’s—and each one requires specific compliance. Professional services exist to perform comprehensive chemical testing of the air quality in one’s facility. This knowledge is indispensable in properly and efficiently controlling dust and protecting workers.

Regulations for Metalworking Dust

Not only are OSHA regulations for metallic dusts often strict, many of them are in flux. For example, in January, 2017, OSHA released a new standard for beryllium that is dramatically lower than previous limits. Metalworking facilities that engage with beryllium will have no choice but to respond to this new rule. Likewise, many in industry are aware of chatter surrounding the regulatory limits on manganese. Many think a strengthening of the standard is in the near future. As most manufacturers know, keeping track of existing regulations and being prepared for changes is a crucial part of business operations, today.

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RoboVent is your full turnkey resource for clean air in industrial environments. From facility testing and engineering, to installing equipment, providing replacement filters and preventive maintenance, RoboVent is ready to manage the whole process.

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