Air quality is a key factor in a safe and productive workplace. Industrial air filtration systems remove harmful particulates, fumes and gases from manufacturing processes to prevent health risks for employees and the environment. These industrial filtration and ventilation systems can be either portable or fixed. They may also be large-scale central systems that filter incoming air for use in an entire building.
Most work environments require some form of industrial air filtration. The air in hospitals, manufacturing facilities, laboratories and warehouses needs to be filtered to ensure safety and prevent contamination of the product and the surrounding environment. Often, industrial air cleaners are required by law to reduce the risk of airborne contaminants.
Commercial industrial air purifiers are designed to eliminate harmful particulates, dust, fumes and odors from a workplace. They can be used for a variety of applications, including food processing, pharmaceutical production and woodworking. These systems can be portable or stationary and can include HEPA and activated carbon filtration for efficient removal of airborne contaminants from the workplace.
The main components of an industrial air filtration system are an air mover, an air to air or air to surface exhaust, and a collection point. The air mover is the heart of the system and is usually a fan that pulls or pushes the air. It is important to select the correct size for your space and application. An incorrectly sized air mover can lead to a buildup of contaminated filters, increasing maintenance costs and energy use. An overly oversized air mover can burn out equipment and create an unsafe working environment.
An air to surface exhaust is generally a vent that connects the collection point with an open work area or outdoor environment. These vents can be manually controlled or automated to control the flow of contaminated air in and out of the work area. This is a simple but effective solution for many workplaces, especially in restaurants and warehouses where customers or employees are in close proximity to the collection system.
The collection point is the area where contaminated air is collected and stored for disposal or recycling. Most industrial air cleaners collect pollutants from a specific source or areas of a factory. This can be done using source capture hoods that are designed to fit around process machinery to maximize airflow while minimizing cost and complexity. Downdraft tables and benches are another popular method of collecting particulate, vapors, and fumes at the point of generation. These are often positioned with rigid metal and noise blanket enclosures to provide a safe, contained working environment. This type of recirculating system is ideal for welding, soldering, machining and other industrial tasks where a small area is the source of pollution. They are also effective in capturing combustible materials and smoke.