Factors to Consider When Buying a Dust Collector

Updated: Mar 8

A proper dust collector is an essential component for many of today’s industrial processes. Whatever kind of processing or manufacturing facility is at hand, a dust collector can help ensure that harmful particles aren’t released in a gas stream. However, benefiting from this functionality isn’t always as simple as installing a dust collector. In fact, you have to find the right one for your needs. That can mean considering everything from cost to emissions. to the quality of the device’s electrical systems, and more.

Here we’ll expand on some of those considerations, and hopefully, help you to buy the right dust collector for your needs.

Consider Deflagration

Defined as the subsonic combustion of industrial dust, deflagration is a potentially dangerous event that can occur in any system that involves combustible dust. Because of this, it’s of the utmost importance that the dust collector for any such system includes protection against deflagration.

This product can be designed in multiple ways, and can even in fact be added to an existing dust collector. Most typically though, a venting system is installed. These vents are equipped with sensors, which can essentially recognize the potential for combustion and divert fireballs. What this means is that a vent briefly opens to let out a puff of fire, safely disposing of the problem without risk of a significant issue with fire or explosion. Because this is such an important practice, deflagration protection needs to be one of your top considerations when purchasing a dust collector.

Look into the Electronics

It’s not uncommon for heavy-duty machinery to lag or slow down over time, and sometimes this can be due to something as fundamental as damaged or poorly designed electronics. So, where possible, we suggest looking into these components of dust collectors you’re considering as well.

At the most fundamental level, this can mean ensuring that the circuitry within the dust collector’s operating system is up to par. The propagation delay in electronic circuits can be enough to slow down connections, and thus performance if the design is inadequate. That may or may not be something you’re able to determine when assessing a dust collector. But keep in mind that if the machine simply seems to work inefficiently (or reviews from others indicate as much), it may be a core problem with circuitry and electrical design - which is not something you can easily fix after purchasing.

Comply with Emissions Regulations

Considering deflagration and looking into electronics are necessary in assessing how safely your dust collector will operate and how well it will work. But another key part of this process is making sure that the dust collector you use will help your system adhere to emissions regulations.

As one guide to the safe use of dust collectors pointed out, complying with emissions regulations is a more complex matter than it can initially seem. The MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is reliable in measuring initial efficiency in a filter but doesn’t assess additional factors like pressure drop or energy performance. For this reason, it can be best to test a new dust collector according to the more stringent ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016, which can provide a more thorough overview of performance with regard to EPA standards.

Analyze Cost

Once you’ve assessed safety, performance, and regulatory compliance, you’ll also need to consider how the dust collector factors into your budget.

What’s important to keep in mind when it comes to this subject is that the pure price of the dust collector is not the only factor. It’s important to also take capital cost avoidance into account, considering where an effective dust collector might save you money down the line. Low maintenance costs and avoided capital costs can result in savings that significantly offset the up-front price of the machine.

In the end, your dust collector selection process will also depend somewhat on your specific needs and circumstances. But hopefully, these points can help guide your assessment and enable you to purchase the right dust collector for you.

Guest Author: Rivka Juliana

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