Before you decide to upgrade or replace your facility's dust collection system, it is advisable to make some considerations that would help you to make the right choice. With a wide range of filtration equipment available, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice especially when you do not know how to go about it. This article discusses a few considerations that would help to guide your selection of fabric filter or dust collector bags.

Understand the nature of the dust and how it is generated - Take time to examine the properties of the dust to find out if its particles are fine, bulky or abrasive. This process is vital because it significantly influences the dust filtration technology you will use. After that, find out if it is combustible or hazardous. This might be a bit technical and beyond your capability and thus, you can involve an expert to do lab tests and get the results. The outcome of the test will determine the collector style, physical location, capacity and hazard mitigation equipment necessary. 

Choose an appropriate technology - After you have understood the properties of the dust and the points of generation, it becomes easy to select the best technology to use for collection. For instance, you can use the cartridge technology where the dust particles are fine and require high-efficiency media and continuous operation. This technology can be used indoors or outdoors. You can also opt for baghouse which is suitable where there is a high generation of dust particles. It is best suited for complex environments such as high temperature, chemical resistance, and moisture. It is placed outdoors, and it adopts a range of cleaning mechanisms. Alternatively, you can choose the fluted media collectors that are designed for point of use dust collections needs.

Consider your space - When you have selected the right dust collection technology, it is time to think about how it will fit into your facility. The position of your dust collector is largely determined by the nature and amount of dust generated. The hazard analysis process can recommend whether the dust collector should be placed inside or outside your facility. Some dust collectors are bulky and might take up a lot of space, and therefore, you should plan well before you bring them. It would be disappointing to realize after you have purchased a dust collector that it cannot fit in your space.

Cost - Most people focus on the initial purchase cost of the dust collectors when deciding to buy. While that is an important consideration, you must not forget about the operational costs and maintenance. Some dust collector might be affordable to purchase, but in the long run, you might spend a lot of money to maintain them.
Four Aspects to Consider When Choosing a Dust Collection System