Studies show that typical dust and fume-producing operations rarely achieve greater than 30% actual operating time, while dust-collection systems operate 100% of the time. The result is obvious – up to 80% of the electricity used to operate the system is wasted – taking valuable heated air with it. Your customers and workers deserve to breathe easier and you should save money doing so!
Besides the workers themselves, the cleanliness of the machines they are working on is a major key to improved production. A machine’s performance and longevity are hindered by dust. This dust can affect not only the cutting equipment, but also neighbouring machines like press brakes, shears, lasers and punch presses. Minimizing smoke and dust through the use of dust collection devices reduces maintenance expenses. Bearings, ways and other parts that wear due to the presence of dust must be replaced more often, and to maintain product quality, the equipment must be cleaned more frequently. Plasma cutting systems can fail weekly when no dust collection or inadequate dust collectors were used. The failures are most often related to bearings becoming clogged with the dust and smoke rising from the cutting area into the gantry and torch height control systems. Additionally, the power supplies of plasma systems collect metal dust and therefore will fail more often, resulting in both downtime and replacement costs.
Breath Easy and Save Money!
Dust collection systems are critically important in any size of workshop that works with any material. Wood, plastic, and composite materials all produce some level of dust or fumes which can be harmful to employees health. Many areas also mandate the use of such collection systems to be compliant with health & safety regulations; it’s a critical piece to any workshop.
Dust and fumes produced by any material while being worked with are well known carcinogens, which can irritate the eyes, skin, and nose, while also leading to some forms of cancer. A workplace that is dusty, or contains fumes, is not safe for any worker and can lead to worker injury and lost downtime and production; not to mention lawsuits and a hike of insurance rates!
Keeping a shop dust and fume free is of critical operating importance, however this can be very costly for smaller shops. The VeriCut Downdraft Cutting Table has been specifically designed and built to reduce the amount of dust and fumes that escape, while using a reliable and virtually maintenance free fully mechanical design; the first step in keeping your shop safe and productive.
VeriCUT’s Crossflow cutting tables, manufactured at VeriForm, help other manufacturers become more efficient when cutting sheet metal and plate. The tables use 66 percent smaller dust collectors to achieve nearly 99 percent smoke removal. The number of installations across Canada and in Florida, Mississippi and Minnesota is rapidly growing.
The mechanical, high-efficiency smoke and dust removal tables use a zone approach that provides localized smoke removal. The dust collection system draws smoke only from the area of cutting rather than from across the entire table width or length. Rak explained, “Our 100 percent downdraft tables draw smoke from as much as 24 in. above the cutting surface and at up to 48-in. distances along the table length. They are 100 percent mechanical, meaning they have no motors, PLCs, pneumatics, or other powered devices. The benefit of being mechanical is that the tables have practically zero parts that need replacing or will jam up during production. And they are efficient as a result of the zoning. Dust collectors and energy requirements are therefore reduced tremendously, and those monies can be reinvested elsewhere in the company.”
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