Batch Mixing and Dust Collection
Introduction to Dust and Fume Collection for Batch Mixing
As the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, domestic manufacturing is enjoying steady growth. Industries such as homebuilding and telecommunications are growing and supporting long supply chains. At one end of these supply chains are countless manufacturers who produce the materials that go into final products. These manufacturers—many of which are in the chemical industry—create the plastics, foams, adhesives and other raw materials that eventually become our complex consumable or durable goods. A common process in many of these operations creates a well-known manufacturing challenge: dust and fumes from batch mixing.
As manufacturers know all too well, the step in batch mixing that becomes a challenge is when workers have to handle the raw materials. No matter how high-tech a mixer or blender is, the process of dumping in the raw materials is often messy and results in dust coming out of the mixer. The problem with dust goes beyond housekeeping: often these dusts contain hazardous substances that threaten workers’ health. The dusts might also be subject to specific air quality regulations, some of which have gotten much more stringent in recent years. In other words, batch mixing operations should reconsider their air quality and how they can improve it.