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3 Tips to Eliminate Unplanned Downtime Due to Your Industrial Dust Collector

The Huge Cost of Unplanned Downtime

Recent survey of auto industry manufacturing executives shows stopped production costs an average $22,000 per minute. A similar study found that of the facilities that can calculate the cost of downtime, most under estimate it by 300% on average! With this in mind, consider that when an industrial dust collector goes down, it almost always takes its associated system(s) down with it. In fact, in many facilities dust collectors used for pollution control must operate at all times. Any malfunction results in a mandatory shutdown of the entire process and even the facility. With downtime costs running into the tens of thousands per minute in many cases, we can see that these costs far outweigh the average costs to maintain the dust collector properly.

When the cost of downtime / hour or shift is measured in the thousands, properly maintaining an industrial dust collector isn't expensive.

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How to improve collector efficiency for reclaiming precious metal dust

Not just scrap!

Reclamation of precious metals is big business. US Census Bureau data indicates that nearly 14,000 metric tons of precious metal scrap were exported from the U.S. in 2012 valued at $5.5 billion.

In precious metals reclamation applications, efficiency means the difference between profitability and bankruptcy. Many precious metal reclamation processes make careful use of industrial dust collection systems at multiple points along the process. In addition, many other industrial processes that make use of precious metals in their processes (e.g. platinum catalysts in refineries) often have secondary reclamation systems installed to reclaim as much of these materials as possible. In both cases, any improvement in collection efficiency can result in increased profits. 

Different Ways of Using Dust Collectors to Reclaim Precious Metals

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3 Commonly Overlooked Baghouse Maintenance Steps

Baghouse Maintenance - Focus Where it Counts

Many maintenance and engineering teams assume that baghouse dust collectors require substantial amounts of maintenance in order to  function properly. Since many plants maintain legacy systems they often “settle” for letting the unit run poorly as they feel its not worth it to invest the time and resources to optimize an older collector. That's a common but dangerous assumption as most industrial dust collectors, even older ones, require only minimal investment in key parts and operational practices in order to bring them up to acceptable condition. In contrast, failure to maintain these systems often results in excessive downtime and lost productivity - plus the well understood potential for costly health/safety and environmental violations. 

Rather than just lecture about maintenance, though, let’s consider 3 of the most overlooked maintenance tasks for baghouses and how they can make a real difference with only minimal resources. 

  1. Accurate DP Readings
  2. Functional Pulse Jet System
  3. Replace Bags When Blinded
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How to simplify emissions compliance reporting

Everyone's favorite job....NOT

Emissions regulations can seem daunting even just to begin reading. Many standards taking up over 100+ pages in addition to basic outlines established by Title V requirements. And it will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that some of the most onerous aspects of modern emissions regulation involve emissions compliance reporting. Non-compliance with these recording and reporting requirements frequently lead to fines in excess of those related to actual emissions excursions. 

But it's a lot of work, and dreadfully monotonous. So most folks look for ways to reduce the difficulty and complexity of compliance reporting, both to improve efficiency and avoid fines over incorrect reporting. Let’s looks at one way your plant can simplify its emissions compliance reporting. 

Use Triboelectric Monitoring as the Basis for Your CAM Plan

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Am I better or worse for having CEMS emissions data when there's a dust excursion?

Ignorance may not be bliss....

Environmental regulations have evolved over the decades becoming increasingly strict around emissions standards. As this occurs, many older industrial facilities find that it's not financially viable to invest in new pollution control technology. In some cases, exceptions have been granted to older facilities to facilitate the transition to stricter standards. This has meant that some facilities have received exemptions, often called “grandfather” exemptions from certain standards or specific requires of larger sets of emission standards. Often though, these exemptions are forfeited when any significant upgrades or modifications are made to the plant’s systems. 

For this reason, many plant decision-makers have developed the viewpoint that as long as they refuse to upgrade to newer systems they can continue to avoid compliance with new regulations.. This leads them to avoid at all costs any modification or upgrades to their emissions control systems in the mistaken belief that by doing so they will avoid difficulties (and costs) associated with complying with newer, stricter environmental standards.

This can be seen by some plants refusal to install a CEMS or BLDS for fear it will increase their risk of getting fined or sanctioned over emissions excursions. The reality however is the contrary...

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Triboelectric Monitoring Systems and the Cement Industry

Cement is a building block industry of global progress.  Roads, buildings, bridges, factories, stadiums, airports and more - everywhere we go, and everything we do is built on cement.  And because it’s everywhere many take it for granted….but not all of us

In fact, we’re focused on the cement industry and Auburn’s triboelectric detection devices are used for many different functions in cement plants around the world.

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Solving Pneumatic Conveying Problems With Triboelectric Monitoring

Process insights become process control

The use of triboelectric particle velocity monitoring in pneumatic conveying applications is relatively new. In the past, no real viable solutions existed to measure particle velocity in dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems. Pitot tubes can be used to measure air velocity in such systems but encounter problems when introduced into dust-laden air thereby limiting them to only for occasional diagnostic uses. In contrast, triboelectric systems for particle velocity monitoring have no issue working in applications with heavy dust loads. Additionally, because they track the velocity of moving particles themselves rather than measuring airspeed they present a more accurate picture of conveying conditions within the ductwork. 

But what kinds of pneumatic conveying problems can triboelectric particle velocity monitors remedy? Let’s consider two very common problems that come up with pneumatic conveying systems. 

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So Now You Are Responsible for the Environmental Department - What Do You Do?

So now you finally sit down at that desk, ready to take on the world. But now the realization hits you that you're not entirely sure where to begin. The new job or responsibility as an environmental compliance engineer doesn’t come with a set of written instructions on how to start. Its up to you to deliver. As the bosses tell you to “clean house” and to do more with even less you’re feeling the pressure. 

So where can you begin on your first day dealing with environmental issues? In our 40+ years of experience, we have gathered quite a bit of experience regarding what works and what does not work. While every plant is different we feel these 3 suggestions are a good place to start for nearly every plant. 

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Why Dust Collector Maintenance Teams Should Demand Triboelectric Monitoring

With the push for efficiency demanded by the current economy many industrial plant managers press every department to find new ways to do more with less. In particular, maintenance departments frequently feel the pressure to do more with less, cutting costs but owning responsibility for the same or even increased number of systems. 

For this reason, maintenance departments look for any ways they can to cut capital costs and reduce labor costs. We know it's easy to wish for expensive equipment upgrades or new installations, but  these frequently fall far outside the budget for many facilities. 

How can maintenance departments deal with this situation? 

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Triboelectric Particle Velocity Monitoring System To Automatically Adjust Pneumatic Conveying

Insight into systems & subsystems

For many process applications, things are anything but static on the production line. While some processes may involve little more then setting the various pieces of equipment, pushing a green button and then waiting for the shift to finish, many others involve much more dynamic input to function properly. 

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