If you have a wood shop or other workplace that generates a lot of dust, air quality issues can be a big concern. Implementing a dust collector is an easy way to protect your equipment and keep the air quality at a place where it is good for the employees within the building. Having a dust collector installed is not something that will happen on a regular basis, so it is probably not an installation you are familiar with. Here are a few tips to remember in the process.
1. It is helpful if the primary dust-generating equipment is in one area.
Before the installation date of the dust collector, try to reconfigure the workplace so that the bulk of the equipment that generates dust is in one area. This will make it far easier for the collector to grab whatever dust particles are in the air or on the floor. For equipment pieces that can't be moved, a hose will have to be hooked up and routed to the equipment.
2. The necessary space for the unit will depend on the horsepower of the motor.
The larger the horsepower of the motor of the dust collector, the larger the equipment will be. A collector's motor is most often situated on the base of the unit, which means a larger motor is going to take up a larger amount of space on the floor.
3. Most places can get by with a smaller dust collector.
Dust collectors are relatively powerful and efficient, and even the smaller versions can do a really good job of eradicating the dust particles. Of course, there are always workshops and facilities that can need a larger unit, but this is usually because they have multiple dust-producing equipment pieces.
4. Multiple dust collectors can make more sense than one large unit.
If you do have several pieces of equipment that generate a lot of dust, you may be thinking that you need a large dust collector. But there are times when it makes more sense to have several small units instead of one larger dust collector. This is especially true in facilities that have several separate areas where dust is problematic and all the equipment can't necessarily be grouped together in one place. You have to plan for the dust collector to be hooked up to swiveling hoses to reach different pieces with a larger unit, which can be difficult in some settings, but a professional will be able to offer advice about how to do it.
For more information about dust collection systems, contact a professional like Lapp Millwright.