6 Innovative Updates to Broken Bag Detectors

Posted by Earl Parker on Oct 9, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Be sure to keep your broken bag detectors updated with current technologies.While there’s a good chance you don’t keep up-to-date with triboelectric broken bag detector news, in recent years, technological innovations have completely changed how accurate and reliable these detectors can be. Evolving with the times, today’s broken bag detectors have technical capabilities far beyond past models; older models that sometimes left a sour taste in the mouths of engineers and facility managers alike.

In this blog, we’ll take a deeper look into six of the most progressive, modern innovations for broken bag detectors, and detail how they help engineers worldwide in their day-to-day applications.

1.) Software Tools and Alarm Reporting

Modern broken bag detectors help engineers meet strict compliance and certification requirements with the use of powerful, flexible reporting software. These reporting tools give users reliable insights into detector systems through trend data and alarm level readings. This data can then be used to provide absolute warnings against bag leaks and detector failures, as well as predictive indications, or even prevention, of future failure events. In applications where traditional, sudden alarms can compromise an entire operation, unified triboelectric monitoring with broad detection range and monitoring software can reduce exposure.

These innovative tools help engineers optimize the lifespan of bags within their baghouses. Modern monitoring systems do this by reporting bag performance values in real time, which allows engineers to replace their bags only when they need to be replaced. What this does is eliminate the need for arbitrary, periodic bag cycles, based on manufacturer recommendations and lapsed time.

While adhering to these time-based limitations, engineers will often swap out their system’s bags before necessary, buying new bags while the old ones have functional life left. With triboelectric broken bag detectors, those same users can abandon scheduled bag replacement, and instead install new bags on an as-needed basis. 

2.) A Range of Detectors for Unique Applications

Baghouse dust collectors with triboelectric performance monitoring, come in a variety of models and specifications designed to meet the needs of virtually any application. Industry habit and specific requirements often determine the specific type of collector – for instance Torit dust collectors.  Regardless of the specific type, though, they perform efficiently in any industry, including:

  • Grain
  • Cement
  • Foundries
  • Food processing
  • Chemical
  • Mineral
  • Steel
  • Wood
  • Recycling
  • Aluminum
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Energy
  • And many others

Triboelectric bag leak detection monitors help companies satisfy baghouse compliance needs, while also helping them get the most of their individual bag lifespans. And yet even while all triboelectric technology has improved, one recent innovation has redefined the industry. Unified AC and DC circuitry provides a broader range of detection capability. 

3.) The Entire Triboelectric Spectrum

In a significant update to traditional AC or DC signal monitors, today’s triboelectric bag detectors can monitor the entire electrostatic signal spectrum, providing fuller and more accurate baghouse readings. The most innovative, modern unified AC and DC detectors today have non-drift circuitry, and eliminate the need for annual zero checks common with older systems.

DC, or Direct Current, occupies around 80% of the entire tribolectric spectrum, while AC (Alternating Current) typically occupies the remainder. In the past, the most effective broken bag detectors were framed around DC currents, as these covered a majority of the triboelectric spectrum. With modern innovations to detectors, however, the entire spectrum can be analyzed, providing thorough and reliable results previously impossible. The modern triboelectric series of detectors have detection capabilities older models can’t even come close to.

4.) New Systems That Aid Control of Furnaces and Rotary Equipment

Today’s triboelectric technologies also ease control of industrial equipment, such as furnaces and rotary kilns. These detectors give engineers better flow control over their systems, optimizing both efficiency and equipment safety in the process.

Triboelectric unified DC/AC detectors help engineers resolve many of the issues that result from inconsistent fuel flow, such as lessened product quality and difficult maintenance. When working with substances such as pulverized coal, cement and the like, merging emissions monitoring and flow control under system brings huge benefits to product and maintenance quality. 

5.) Monitoring with Modern Detectors

Broken bag detectors today are equipped with reliable repeatable monitoring capabities that make it easier for users to perform preventative maintenance and leak location with their triboelectric systems. These systems ensure that main stacks meet regulatory requirements, while also providing predictive indicators of potential events for improved maintenance.

With greater preventative capabilities, these detectors alert engineers to bag leaks and replacement needs before bag performance substantially declines. This eliminates the risk of compounding failures that often follow a bag break.

6.) Recent Technical Updates

Today’s triboelectric broken bag detectors are vastly improved over traditional detectors, and feature numerous technical advances that ease maintenance and expand existing detection capabilities. As an overview, these triboelectric updates include:

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  • Advanced Unified Technology
  • Increased Dynamic Range
  • Multiple Digital Outputs
  • Automated Diagnostic Capability
  • Multipoint Networking
  • Predictive capability

When integrated with bag detection systems, such as those often used with industrial furnaces to meet compliance needs, these technical advances optimize internal detection processes, in addition to helping engineers meet compliance needs. For more information regarding triboelectric broken bag detectors, or to learn how modern detectors can help you meet regulatory standards while also easing maintenance needs, contact us today.