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Aspen Planers blows dust away

Nov. 10, 2014 – As a means to prevent fugitive dust build-up, Aspen Planers of Merritt B.C. has installed a number of powerful fans to dislodge wood dust from out of reach areas. On October 9, six fans were installed in the DDM room to combat dust accumulations. The fans knocked down any dust that had collected high up in the trusses and on the bridge crane – out of reach of those attempting to keep the mill free from wood dust. Within 30 minutes of running the fans, the room was noticeably cleaner. These fans will help maintain a high level of clean in this room and reduce the amount of manpower and regular cleaning required.

The SonicAire robotic fans installed at Aspen Planers use high air velocity to disrupt the thermal currents, which carry the dust up into hard-to-reach areas. This creates an overhead barrier, which prevents the dust from settling on overhead structures.

Dust build-up, even if it is only the thickness of a dime, can form a dust cloud if dislodged. This dust cloud can cause a catastrophic explosion. Often an initial, small explosion will cause this dust cloud to form, which, if ignited, results in a disastrous secondary explosion.

Running these fans continuously will prevent the dust from settling out of reach. With a vertical cleaning range of 0-140 degrees and a continuous 360 rotation, the fans offer a broad cleaning range that leaves no dust accumulation untouched. In addition to their cleaning capacity, the fans also de-stratisfy the air, which prevents any condensation and evenly disperses the air throughout the room the fans are located in.

Airmax Air Purification Systems has been a leader in industrial dust and fume solutions in Western Canada since 1995, and is committed to providing outstanding products and services. The company offers industry-leading products and technologies, backed up by solid technical knowledge and experience.