March 13, 2020
Sourcing the right industrial fume extractor is important for reducing airborne contaminants in work environments where dust and fumes are a factor.
When indoor air is contaminated with dust and fumes from work processes such as welding and grinding, it can lead to health problems for employees. These include coughing, respiratory problems, eye and skin irritation, and even cancer in a worst case scenario.
Every workplace is different in terms of size, dust control needs, types and time-lengths of processes, and so on. This makes it important to select the right product for your situation.
Here are some of the top features to look out for.
1. Highest filtration standards
In a welding/grinding environment, your filter needs to be able to capture micro-splatter particles as well as weld fume. This means that to reduce the risk to workers, you should seek out the highest filtration standards.
Many filters are able to capture larger particles, but not down to 0.3 microns in size. Particles of 0.3 microns are some of the most difficult to capture, and this is where HEPA filters come in.
HEPA filters have the highest efficiency on the market for minute particle capture and filtration. Their capabilities extend to an efficiency rate of 99.8% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
So when you are looking to buy an industrial fume extractor, make sure to seek out units with genuine HEPA filters that meet Australian Standard AS 4260.
2. Portability combined with stability
A portable system means you can move it from one location to another in accordance with where processes are taking place.
It’s important to get a unit that’s easy to move as well as being stable when stationary. This means you should look for a unit with quality directional and rotating casters as well as a strong braking device for stationing.
3. Well-matched to your needs
Your unit needs to be a good match for your processes and the size of your space. This helps to ensure you get maximum efficiency for your investment. As an example, if your space is 8m2 or less in size, then a compact portable unit may be all you need. However, if your filtering area is larger than this then you will require a larger unit to suit.
Need assistance with the right industrial fume extractor?
Every workplace has its own unique needs regarding dust and fume control, making it important to get the right industrial fume extractor system to match.
If you need assistance with this don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.