What is the best kind of dust collector for my grinding station?

The nature of your grinding dust might dictate what kind of dust collector you need. For example, a fiberglass grinding booth produces very different dust from an aluminum grinding station. The latter produces dust that is more dangerous to workers and is highly combustible, while the former is more likely to be a much finer dust, which is harder to collect. It is important to match the right dust collector to the application.

Fortunately there are many dust collector options available. For grinding stations where the dust particulates are large and more or less benign, a typical portable dust collector or backdraft table would work well (see examples below). However, grinding operations that produce fine dusts that hang in the air are more of a challenge. If those dusts are combustible, your operation will likely require a hazard analysis of the dust. Testing your dust will tell you how dangerous it is. RoboVent engineers can then factor that information into their work. They understand National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and design dust collection systems to meet them; these include standards such as NFPA #652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.

Here are some good dust collecting options for grinding stations:

  • Backdraft or downdraft tables. These provide a functional work surface and a powerful airflow that pulls particulates away from a worker’s breathing zone.
  • Portable dust collectors. These go-anywhere units can ensure that none of your grinding stations go without an air quality solution. A unit like the RoboVent VentBoss offers most of the features of larger units, including compressed-air cleaning and built-in spark arrestance.
  • Centralized dust collectors. A unit like a RoboVent Senturion collector can provide dust collection for a number of grinding or cutting stations.


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