Controlling dust discharge is one of the toughest but most important challenges for any machine handling dry bulk material. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reduce dust, but why exactly does it matter? Dust has a major effect on machinery, and dust reduction methods must be implemented during operation. Read on to learn more about the importance of controlling dust.
Why You Have Dust Discharge Problems
Virtually any process involving disturbing bulk material leads to dust, but size reduction equipment like the LUMPBUSTER® or lump abradors usually have measures to prevent dust discharge. Dust is finicky and can always leak through smaller machinery parts due to improper care when removing dust bags and/or clearing out dust collection systems. Sometimes, inaccurate bulk density calculations can lead to an excessive amount of dust particles compared to what your dust collectors can handle.
What Issues Can Dust Cause?
Dust can seep into places you don’t want it to, including into your working environment and within parts of other machinery or equipment. Dust can also contaminate the material you’re processing and affect the individuals handling the particulate matter. Many workers cite long-term health problems due to overexposure to dust. Many organizations are levied fines for lack of dust control, and it’s important that you focus on some of the important ways to control dust when operating size reduction machinery.
What Are Some Ways to Control Dust?
There are two ways manufacturers and users attempt to control dust — containment and prevention — and each has its advantages and disadvantages. You can also use air cleaning systems or dust bags that reduce the opportunities for dust to spread. Central collectors use a blower to minimize airflow and, in turn, reduce the ability of dust to fly in the air. Depending on the bulk material you’re handling and the amount of dust created, you may consider either prevention or containment a more effective method than the alternative.
Containment should be the first process you try out and involves using products (or your machinery) to contain dust before it escapes into the excess air. You can reduce dust by creating less turbulent material drops and lower fall heights, and you can get impact beds that help reduce the impact of the material fall. Skirt seals help fully seal loading zones and can cover up hard-to-reach or small crevices that dust can seep through.
Many dust prevention methods attempt to control airflow, which reduces the likelihood of dust finding its way into places it shouldn’t be. When the airflow isn’t high, dust can settle and will lose velocity, giving your dust collector more time to work and product to contain.
Reduce the Effects of Dust With Equipment From JERSEY CRUSHER
With specialized equipment from JERSEY CRUSHER, you’ll have state-of-the-art products that can handle the excess dust and particles that come during operation. Products like our volumetric feeders are designed to be easy to use and clean, and extremely durable, partly due to their flexibility and dust control capabilities. If you’re looking to keep dust out of your machines and your lungs, contact JERSEY CRUSHER to utilize our specially-designed appliances today!