10 Reasons to Update Your Dust Monitoring Technology

Posted by Earl Parker on Oct 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Keeping your dust monitoring system current can mean huge benefits to your maintenance labor and costs down the line.Having an up-to-date, effective dust collection monitoring system isn’t just bureaucratic anymore; it’s something that can contribute directly to your bottom line, and help assure preemptive compliance with strict environmental standards rather than frantic response.

Basically, by keeping an out of date monitoring system in place, you're eliminating the possibility of savings down the line, and missing out on the great benefits a state-of-the-art triboelectric bag leak detecton system can bring. Here, we’ve outlined ten compelling reasons to consider upgrading aging systems to newer, more efficient and capable solutions.

1.) Air Permit Reporting Capabilities

Sometimes folks hesitate to upgrade dust monitoring technology for fear of disrupting existing air permits. In reality, though, making the shift to a newer, more innovative system does not typically interfere with existing air permits and actually will substantially enhance air permit reporting operations. Simplified reporting, with consolidated data logging & storage, and custom report formats can convert a time consuming reporting hassle into a “push of a button” procedure.

What this means is that one of the most common challenges engineers associate with dust monitoring system upgrades isn’t really a challenge at all. Most permits are written with a requirement for “bag leak detection” or a comparable high level requirement which is exceeded by the typical proposed upgrade.

2.) Long-Term Savings in baghouse maintenance and compliance

Compared to older dust collection monitoring systems, or even facilities without monitoring tools in place, up-to-date technologies potentially generate huge long-term savings; particularly, in regular baghouse maintenance and bag failure prevention.

Let’s be honest; making the decision to install a new triboelectric monitoring system, or to update an old one, may be difficult to justify to peers. It’s a change where the immediate financial benefits may not be crystal clear. However, for those who do integrate the most current monitoring tools in their dust collection systems, these gains come consistently and limit unnecessary expenditures for dust event response, remediation, and reporting in a short matter of months.

3.) Optimizing Dust Collection Baghouses

Providing more insight as to how these monitoring tools can save engineers thousands of dollars over time, we’ll next take a look into the dust collection baghouses themselves. Traditionally, or with older, less effective monitoring systems, collector baghouses must be maintained according to a schedule, either seasonal or set on a fixed, arbitrary lifespan.

With up-to-date monitoring systems, individual deteriorating bags can be quickly identified and exchanged, and whole baghouses maintained, on a performance basis. By eliminating unnecessary bag changing, engineers with current triboelectric technologies can experience significant savings annually.

4.) New Tools Measure Performance Better than Ever Before

Today’s triboelectric dust collector monitoring tools measure bag performance with astounding accuracy, allowing engineers to get the most out of their baghouse lifespans and generate optimal savings.

With modern monitoring tools, engineers are only required to switch out old bags and install replacements when the bags reach the very end of their lifespans; there’s no more estimation, scheduled replacements or cyclical maintenance involved. What these innovative technologies bring are real results and real savings, in only a matter of months.

5.) Meeting MACT Compliance

Among the many compliance and air quality standards that triboelectric monitoring systems help engineers meet are the strict Maximum Achievable Control Tecnology (MACT).  Combining sensitive predictive monitoring, warnings & alerts as problems begin to develop, and powerful reporting capability, upgraded dust monitoring supports air permit compliance at all levels.

Today’s incredibly powerful monitoring tools simplify MACT reporting needs, and help engineers meet these standards consistently in their dust monitoring applications.

6.) Compliance With Other Emissions Standards

Beyond MACT compliance needs, effective monitoring systems help their users reach other NESHAP (National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) regulations, and ensure the safety of their dust collection systems.

These standards are in place to limit the risks of harmful gases and pollutant exposure in industrial facilities. With up-to-date triboelectric monitoring systems installed, engineers can rest assured that these standards can be met, and bag leak incidents largely avoided.

7.) Unified DC and AC Monitoring

Modern baghouse monitoring systems deliver this proactive environmental compliance performance through the innovative unification of DC and AC monitoring. Today’s most effective triboelectric monitoring models observe 100% of the triboelectric signal range, whereas older systems were only capable of monitoring 80% (DC) or 20% (AC) of the total signal.

Dust collection monitoring systems now unifying the DC/AC signal are ideal for virtually any dust collector application, as the performance accuracy, repeatability, and reliability is now proven to work in even the harshest  industrial environments. Therefore, when finding the right triboelectric monitoring system for your needs, we advise looking into unified signal monitoring systems that use the entire triboelectric (DC/AC) signal.

8.) Prevention Beyond Event Reporting

Today’s most innovative dust monitoring tools not only generate savings by identifying developing bag leaks, but also by helping engineers prevent most reportable events altogether. Traditionally triboelectric monitors served as remedial tools; they were used to notify users of problems that had already occurred (already reportable and requiring expensive intervention) and limit the consequences of a failure.

However, by carefully monitoring particulate emissions and flow, modern dust collector monitoring technologies can alert users of an impending bag failure before it occurs. This helps assure engineers they have the safest and most compliant systems possible specific to their applications.

9.) From compliance expense to business investment - A Justified ROI

Modern dust monitoring technologies, through more efficient baghouse maintenance and performance-based reporting, can actually provide a business investment justification.  Compared to traditional systems which were simply an expense for compliance purposes, today’s systems can pay for themselves.

In baghouse optimization alone, engineers can expect to see their new systems pay off their initial investment costs in a mere matter of months (we estimate, in a hypothetical typical baghouse containing 720 bags, there is a savings potential of over $3,700 after just one year with newer triboelectric systems). With these new systems, the great savings and compliance potentials are there, just waiting to be realized.

10.) An Automated, More Efficient Monitoring Process

As a whole, the most compelling reason engineers with triboelectric emissions monitoring tools in their facilities should update their models with current upgrades is the final, more effective processes these updates create.

With immediate reporting and incredibly accurate particulate monitoring that covers the entire triboelectric signal, today’s dust monitoring technologies are the perfect solution for engineers seeking to improve their monitoring efficiency, and generate huge operational savings over time. To learn more about how an updated dust monitoring system can benefit your baghouse maintenance needs, and improve general efficiency in your applications, contact us today.

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Topics: MACT Reporting