What to Look for in a CNC Machining Air Pollution Control Solution

With CNC machining projected to become a $129 billion industry by 2026, some thought needs to be allocated to figuring out how to manage the air pollution–the particles, dust, mist, and smoke created by the CNC machining process. Not many people think about this problem, but environmental and labor regulations will make it a critical issue to consider when starting or upgrading a CNC operation.

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Highly-Efficient Contaminant Removal

If you are getting an air pollution control system, then you should look for the one that provides the highest efficiency for contaminant removal. Getting an efficiency rating of 95% of .3 μm particles in a single pass and an efficiency of over 97% in a double pass is ideal for anyone looking for a CNC workstation air pollution control solution.

Mist Collector Functionality

Because most CNC systems use a combination of water and lubricant to cool the work area where the CNC operation is taking place, it creates a need to handle both solid particle waste as well as the liquid mist that is created by the operation. For this reason, the air pollution control solution you select must have the ability to collect this mist as well as handle dust and debris generated by the CNC machining process.

SmogHog offers solutions that provide electrostatic precipitators in combination with primary and after-filters based on your specific air filtration needs. Select fiberglass envelope bags or PEACH coalescing filter cartridges for primary filters, and HEPA or ASHRAE oil mist after filters. Configure your mist collector with up to 6 filter modules. These filter options will allow you to recover some of the oil and lubricant used in the machining process.

Multiple Configurations for Air Pollution Control

CNC machining workspaces are configured in an endless number of ways, which makes the ability to install and configure your air pollution control system essential. The ability to mount mist collectors directly on the machining center saves valuable work floor space. Other options include a stand-alone system that connects several workstations through ductwork or a portable mist collector unit that can be moved from active workstation to workstation on an as-needed basis.

Adjustable Airflow

Because of the variable nature of the CNC machining process, the mist collection process will need to have different airflow volumes to properly manage the waste airflow coming from the operation. By optimizing the amount of airflow being generated by the system, it only operates when you need it and thus, reduces your energy usage and noise generated by the unit.

Easy to Service and Maintain

In a CNC machining operation, time is money, and if your workstation is out of operation because the mist collector needs to have a filter changed, or routine maintenance performed, it needs to be done quickly. An excellent mist collector design, such as the SmogHog line of mist collectors, are designed with service and reliable operation in mind. Easy filter removal combined with tool-free access saves time and money when servicing or maintaining your air pollution control solution.

Experienced Air Pollution Control Solutions Provider

One of the most important qualities to look for in an excellent CNC machining air pollution control solution is to find the expertise that will make sure that you get the equipment and supplies that are just right for you. Having someone who can not only help you select the solution and install it, but also provide routine maintenance on it, make quick and reliable repairs, and have replacement filters and parts readily available when needed.

Matrix Systems Supplies, Services, and Supports All SmogHog Mist Collector Equipment

At Matrix Systems, we provide SmogHog Mist Collector air pollution control solutions in many different configurations, one of which is sure to meet your needs. Not only do we sell these units, but we also provide replacement filters, provide routine maintenance, and support them. 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 mquinlan@2mxs.com.