There is very little attention given when it comes to dust, especially in small workshops. The idea of a dust collector is usually a broom and dustpan. But there is a considerable health risk with poor air quality, and unfortunately long- term exposure to harmful air contaminants, the more likely that individual will suffer long term effects.
That is where a dust collector comes in. A dust collector in a workshop is essential in removing harmful contaminants in the air such as debris, dust, gasses, and even chemicals. The great thing about a dust collector is that they come in many different sizes to fit any workspace. But where does one start?
Dust Collection System Installation Steps
Well hopefully with this article, which will give a DIY on how to install a dust compressor in a workspace. So if you follow these steps, you can do the work easily within a short time.
Size of Workshop
First, one must decide the size of the workshop. It is best to draw out the plan of the shop, noting where each piece of equipment is going to be. Where the machines are located will affect the efficiency of the system taking into consideration the size and frequency of the machine use. Be sure to plan where each dust port or outlet will be and the actual location of the dust collection system.
It is also essential to design how the ductwork is installed, noting any possible obstructions and eliminating any potential challenges that can hamper the effectiveness of the system. Also, be sure to plan any future equipment that may be added to the workshop. Proper planning and a well thought out design will make the project easy to make a reality.
Planning the ductwork is as important as the installation itself. The ductwork is the key to how effective the dust collecting system will be. A straight line is the most efficient path, and that goes for ductwork as well. Make sure to minimize bends and turns when routing the duct lines. Too many bends could lead to clogs in the system reducing performance and possible risk of fire.
The length of piping will also affect performance or total static pressure, which is the resistance to air flow. In short, the push on the air needs to be greater than the resistance, or no air will circulate.
Next will be determining the diameter of the branch lines for the system making sure to install blast gates on each branch line.
Try to convert the metric ports to the nearest inch (ex. Ports less than 3″ will need a reducer that is 4″) and so on. This table below will give an idea of what will be needed depending on the work that will be done in the workshop.
Velocity Needed for Different Types of Dust
|Type of Dust||Velocity in Branches||Velocity in Main|
|Metal working Dust||4500||4000|
|Plastic/Other Light Dust||4000||3500|
Once the size is determined, start by running the ductwork from the furthest high use machine. Branching the ductwork, from the main, where needed up to the dust collector itself.
Pick a System
Before running out to the store and buying a brand-new system, one must understand what type of system one will need. Dust collecting systems vary in degree depending on the air velocity and air volume required for a specific workshop. For example, a wood working dust collection system should have 4,500 fpm (Feet per Minute) velocity in its branches, and 4500 fpm in its main. But if there are any questions, always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
When choosing a system, determine the primary or high-use machines. These will be the machines that will be operating simultaneously, on a regular basis. This will give an idea of what will be the most likely “heaviest use” scenario so one can select the system that can best handle it. Don’t include infrequently used machines, because this will lead to an overly designed system that will not only cost more to install but also operate.
Complete the Install
Now, after deciding on the system, now it is time for the installation. This is where the importance of planning plays out. If the installation is planned out correctly than the installation should be a piece of cake.
Once installed and in operation, make sure to have a maintenance routine designed to keep the unit running its best. The key to effectiveness and longevity is the upkeep and care given to the unit during its lifespan. A dust collection system is essential to any size workshop.
Not only can it help keep the workshop mostly free of dust and debris, but it will also keep the air quality clear of any contaminants and it is not too difficult of a project if planned appropriately. The key to a successful working dust collection system is the design, selecting the right dust collection system for the space intended, and of course the maintenance. So dust collector maintenance is very important to long lasting the product.
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