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Cleaning for more than one cycle after system “group stop”
Interlocking the dust collector to operate in concert with the system will streamline and improve efficiency and reliability. As previously noted, when using a condition-based cleaning approach, begin with the needs of the system in mind and adjust the dust collection system accordingly. Good start-up and shutdown procedures will contribute to the life cycle of the filter media. When a baghouse is not interlocked with the system and operates independently, overloading, over cleaning and premature filter failure may occur. The baghouse should operate on the principle of resistance pressures, and if the baghouse is cleaning while the system is not in operation, there would be no resistance pressure.
The filter is only the beginning
Filter media are available in many different fabrics, weights and surface
Multi-branch vs point-source
Adding too many pick-up points will inhibit the ability of the dust collector to function properly. Consideration should be given to the ROI for dedusting multiple points, adding static pressure to the system, or over drafting on a case-by-case basis. Interlocking the system in multi-point ventilation environments can be challenging. In this respect, the interlock would need to be placed on the vent duct rather than the system itself. Doing so will create an environment where sealing, static pressure and programming would be needed. This arrangement would be less than ideal when balancing the required capture velocity at a point as mentioned above. Instead, a combination of designed containment, hood and duct needs may necessitate the split of multiple point-source collectors in a system instead of one dust collector with multiple ducts and ventilation points. For example, in a plant where the finish mill dust collector had the capacity to pick-up additional ventilation points, additional
An example showing a dust collector as a part of a typical mill sweep system.
There are certainly cases where nuisance dust collection can be coupled with process dust, but in most cases, collection efficiencies are negatively impacted.
When able, consolidating return equipment in a dedust recirculation mode will likely save time, money and resources. In nuisance dust systems, situating a dust collector immediately over the conveying component downstream of the collector is optimal. In process dust collection systems, controlling the dust load and direction of flow also contributes to the successful operation of the system.
A typical baghouse unit showing the clean air exit and the collected particulate transport.
When considering the dust collection needs of a facility, it is important to consider these basic dust collection principles to optimise the overall system performance. Considering that a dust collector is a component of a larger system will streamline the production process and improve overall system efficiency, saving time, money and other resources. Interlocking these components to operate in
Written by Anthony Johnson, CLARCOR Industrial Air, USA. This is an abridged version of the full article, which appeared in the September 2014 issue of World Cement. Subscribers can view the full article by logging in.
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