7 Things to Know About Detection Technology Before Choosing a New Baghouse Detection System

Posted by Earl Parker on Oct 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Modern baghouse monitors ease operations across the board.While it’s more than likely that choosing a new baghouse leak detection monitor isn’t going to be your company’s biggest decision this year, it’s a choice that still deserves ample attention. Picking the right monitoring system is more than just a bottom line, “check the box” decision, and should be treated as such.

When engineers treat compliance and monitoring decisions with greater focus, they can reap huge, untapped benefits within their company. Today’s most effective bagouse leak detection systems not only help businesses meet compliance standards, such as those set by the EPA, but also cut back on unnecessary spending and help decision-makers better allocate their maintenance staff.

1.) Modern Updates to Dated Technologies

Let’s start off strong with, what are to us, the most convincing factors that all engineers should have updated monitoring systems: namely, the technical improvements and innovative capabilities of today’s baghouse monitors.

Engineers who integrate newer detection solutions in their facilities see the technological benefits of modern systems immediately. Advances in triboelectric monitoring include:

  • Incredible signal filtering
  • Fully networked electrostatic sensors
  • Centralized data collection
  • Seamless factory integration; fits in effortlessly with existing systems
  • Increased particulate emissions monitoring sensitivity
  • Integrated parametric monitoring

2.) Unified Alternating and Direct Current Monitoring

Beyond and much more notable than the previous innovations is modern triboelectric unification of the AC and DC signal spectrum. With older monitoring systems, engineers were faced with the decision to integrate either AC (alternating current) or DC (direct current) systems, as technological limitations only allowed for partial spectrum reading.

Now, these limitations are a thing of the past, and unified DC/AC monitoring systems are becoming the norm for all dust monitoring applications. By covering 100% of the signal range, today’s baghouse monitoring detectors are efficient in any application, whether those applications be more suited for AC or stronger suited for DC systems. Modern tools capture the full triboelectric signal range, delivering the most accurate and reliable results possible.

3.) They’re Good for More Than Just Compliance

While beginning as tools purely to meet compliance standards, such as the EPA’s MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) standard, modern triboelectric detectors deliver in areas where out-of-date systems perform counterproductively. The goal for modern BLDS solutions is to not only meet compliance, but to also ease operations in other areas, and optimize bag maintenance needs.

Your baghouse detection system should not create more work for your maintenance staff; quite the opposite, actually. The right triboelectric monitoring systems eliminate unnecessary bag upkeep, instead providing performance-based insights into your baghouse dust collector.

So, not only can modern dust monitors help you keep up with compliance needs much more accurately, but they can also provide more efficient alternatives to arbitrary baghouse lifecycles.

4.) The Right Solutions Deliver ROI in Mere Months

It’s in this optimization of baghouse unit lifespans that modern monitoring tools can return on their investment costs in short time. Traditionally, baghouse maintenance required scheduled, seasonal or other, manufacturer-established lifespans; often, these “estimated lifespans” fall short of how long bag units can actually perform. Bag manufacturers have to earn a living somehow.

Accurate monitoring tools measure a baghouse’s individual unit performances, allowing users to provide maintenance and replacement on an as-needed basis. In short months, this cuts back significantly in unnecessary bag unit purchases and cycling. With a modern detection system in average applications, you can anticipate annual savings well beyond $3,000, and a system that returns on its ROI in 6-7 months.

5.) Prevention Beyond Event Reporting

Event reporting and detection alarms; this is the primary application of traditional triboelectric dust collectors. However, modern systems offer huge advantages beyond alarm reporting… notably, prevention. Newer DC/AC systems can detect at-risk bag units and read trends to inform engineers of likely baghouse failures before they can ever occur.

This advantage almost entirely eliminates the threat of total bag system failure, where one bag unit leaks or breaks, and eventually snowballs into a major problem affecting the entire system. With this in mind, prevention capabilities also add up to thousands of dollars in savings, which may have gone to waste had an older bag leak detection system missed a failure.

6.) The Role of Monitor Suppliers

As we stated at the beginning of this blog, choosing the right monitoring system should be a decision you more carefully handle than a simple, “check-off” compliance need; it’s a real business decision, and should be treated as such. This is why it’s best to understand the new role of triboelectric monitoring suppliers.

The best relationships between suppliers and users are those that run like a partnership. When browsing through various detector models and suppliers, treat the supplier as much more than just a vendor, and try to determine how well their support team and engineers will help you have the most effective monitoring system possible for your needs.

7.) Justifying a Detector Update is Easy

Of course, once you’ve decided on the ideal dust collector monitoring solution for your applications, you’ve got to provide backing justification for it; ways to convince those at your company that updating your BLDS technology is worth the investment.

Fortunately, the benefits of modern triboelectric detectors are both clear and measurable, making it easy to counter any arguments over cost, existing permits and past triboelectric system frustration with real data. Newer detection models take all the concerns and shortcomings of past triboelectric detection solutions and turn them on their heads, instead providing unanticipated benefits across compliance and maintenance operations.

To learn more about the modern innovations to bag leak detection systems, or how to find the right triboelectric solution for your applications, contact us today.

Topics: Bag Leak Detection