The best source capture solution in these cases would be a dust collector that provides powerful suction, easy maintenance and low energy use. The best solution depends on your particular operation. Here are the best options:
- For a single cutting or grinding station, a portable collector would work well. Units such as the VentBoss collectors go where you need them and offer most of the features of larger units, including compressed-air cleaning and built-in spark arrestance. Portable welding ventilation units can be attached to a wide range of fume arms, providing great flexibility.
- Backdraft or downdraft tables are also great source capture solutions for cutting or grinding operations. These tables provide a functional work surface and powerful suction that pulls dust away from the worker’s breathing zone. These tables can include their own filtration units, be connected to a portable collector or can be ducted into a larger collection system.
- Large dust collectors like RoboVent’s Senturion collector can provide efficient filtration for an entire facility. A powerful unit like this can be ducted to many different cutting or grinding stations.
No matter what solution you choose, it is vital to control dust and fumes in the workplace, especially if it involves metalworking. Many of these dusts are toxic and pose serious dangers to workers. What’s more, these dusts also carry specific regulations from the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For example, metals like cadmium, nickel and aluminum have individual exposure limits, set by OSHA.