Seed separation and processing includes a whole range of activities for cleaning, separating, conditioning, coating and packaging seeds and grains—and every step in the process involves plenty of dust. Dust control strategies are needed to handle large volumes of dust created when seed is handled, processed or conveyed. Seed separation and processing dust is usually combustible and sometimes abrasive, requiring specialized solutions to maximize safety and minimize maintenance requirements and filter changes. RoboVent can create a dust control solution for any stage of the seed separation and processing supply line.
Seed Separation and Processing Operations
Dust Control Solutions for Seed Conditioning
Dust Control Regulations for Seed Conditioning
Considerations in Selecting a Dust Control Solution for Seed
Dust Collection Challenges for Seed Separation and Processing
Seed Separation and Processing Solutions
Seed separation and processing encompasses a large number of distinct stages. Processing is needed for all kinds of seeds, including grains and cereals (e.g., corn, rice, wheat, oats and barley), soybeans, oilseeds and pulses, vegetables and other crop types, grass seed, and flowers and ornamentals. During seed separation and processing, raw seed is separated from contaminants (such as weeds, plant material, trash, insects and other seed types), cleaned and prepared for commercial sale. Seed preparation and conditioning processes include:
Seed processing and conditioning equipment includes:
Material handling and packaging equipment used for seeds and grains include:
RoboVent offers robust and innovative dust control solutions for all stages of the seed processing industry, including seed cleaning, drying, fine cleaning, grading/gravity separation, seed treatment/seed coating, silo filling/storage and seed packaging. A RoboVent solutions engineer can design an effective dust control system for your seed conditioning application that fully meets ACGIH and NIOSH recommendations. We can help you:
RoboVent Senturion is a heavy-duty, versatile dust collector suitable for seed conditioning applications. Senturion features:
Companies involved in conditioning, processing, coating, transporting and packaging seeds and grains must meet general Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations related to worker safety along with specific OSHA and National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) standards for combustible dusts. Seed coaters may have to follow additional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to release of pesticides into the environment. Relevant standards include:
Dust control solutions for the seed conditioning industry must be designed to handle large volumes of dust and reduce the very real risk of combustion. In addition, they must fit within the space constraints of the seed conditioning tower or facility. A well-designed dust collection and containment system will improve facility safety while reducing maintenance requirements for the dust collector. Here are some of the primary considerations in dust collector design for seed conditioning.
Combustible Dust Control
Combustion risk is the number one concern in the seed conditioning industry, and the dust collector must be designed accordingly. This may include elements such as:
Seed and grain storage will require a bin venting dust collector. The dust collector is mounted directly to the top of the bin, hopper or silo to collect airborne particulate within the enclosure. Bin venting is necessary to prevent a combustible dust explosion within the storage unit. Both the silo/storage bin and the dust collector must be equipped with deflagration vent panels for safety.
Seed conditioning towers and seed processing facilities may have limited space for a dust collection system. Cartridge-style dust collectors are more compact than baghouse dust collectors and well suited for most seed conditioning processes. Look for space-saving features such as:
If the dust collection system will be outdoors, the dust collector cabinet and ductwork must be built to withstand the elements. Look for:
Abrasive Dust Control
The abrasive nature of some seed conditioning dusts, along with high overall volumes of dust, creates special challenges for the design of the dust collection system. Dust collectors for seed conditioning processes producing abrasive dust are likely to require modifications to protect the filters and extend the life of the dust collector. These modifications may include:
Industrial dust collectors used in seed conditioning applications should have features to help reduce maintenance and enable changing of the collection bins without shutting down the unit. Look for:
For the seed separation and processing industry, product cleanliness is paramount. Contaminants must not be allowed to reenter the processing lines, and fugitive dust must be controlled so that the final product is clean and dust-free for buyers. Many seed conditioning processes produce high volumes of coarse, abrasive dust, which creates challenges for dust collection equipment. In addition, dust produced by seeds and grains is highly combustible. Dust control challenges for seed separation and processing include:
Senturion is the most flexible and versatile industrial dust collector on the market today.
Activated by smoke or heat, the Supprex-200 acts quickly to suppress a fire. Airflow is shut off, and, if needed, FM-200 gas is deployed. Cleanup is minimal.
An advanced particulate-monitoring device capable of detecting leaks past the filters. If one should occur, SafeSensor shuts the system down and triggers an alarm.