Sizing an Industrial Dust Collection System — How to Evaluate and Select the Right One

Getting a new industrial dust collection system can be overwhelming and intimidating when you start to consider all of the factors involved in selecting the right system for you. Here are some of the factors to be thinking about before you start shopping around.

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Type of Material

Is the dust fine and powdery, or is it large with lots of visible particles, dirt and chips? Is the dust near room temperature, or coming from a hot process? Is the dust flammable or explosive? How much moisture is present during the collection process? What is the composition of the dust? Is it acidic, basic, or neutral?

Size of the Area to Be Covered by the Dust Collection System

You will need to spend some time looking at the floorplans of your work area to create a map. Calculate the cubic feet within the work area, and then figure out the static pressure and FPM (air velocity in feet per minute), the CFM (air volume in feet per minute). It is best to work with an industrial dust collector installation specialist to get the proper calculations for this area. Once you gather all of the necessary info, you’ll need to factor in additional information including safety regulations, future capacity for expansion, and more.

Amount of Dust – Dust Load

The volume and frequency of dust disposal will help you determine which type of dust removal system would be best for you. If your average dust volume is low, a filter cartridge dust collection system such as the DustHog Plug-n-Play filter cartridge would be adequate for your needs. For large volumes of dust, a baghouse or cyclone dust collection system would work best.

Dust Particle Size

Large particle dust works best when collected with a cyclone dust collector because of the way it works, pushing large particles of dust down as it cyclones around inside of the unit. Cartridge, bin, and booth dust collectors work best for fine particle dust.

Laws and Regulations

Many industries produce harmful, or hazardous dust that must be regulated by local, state and federal guidelines such as those from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Different areas and industries have different air quality guidelines that must be met.

The complexity of this process makes it essential to work with a dust collection specialist to help you get the industrial dust collection system that meets all of these work requirements and your specific needs.

Matrix Systems is Your Premier Dust Collection System Specialist

Matrix Systems supplies many different configurations DustHog dust collection equipment. We sell, service, and supply a wide variety of filter cartridges, filters, and much more. For more information, give us a call at either (510) 822-5167 for Bay Area customers, or (530) 273-5474 for Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada area customers, complete our online contact form, or email us at