Finding leaks fast means money. The longer a leak lasts the more likely it is to reach reportable levels, damage other equipment, and create a safety hazard. Additionally, as the hours turn into days the labor for the abatement process increases dramtically.
Tracking down leaking bags takes time. This is especially true at larger facilities, where dust collection systems are often so large they are compartmentalized. While a leak can be easily detected at the stack, pinpointing the exact source of the leak can prove challenging. Systems of this size may include tens of thousands of bags spread out over multiple units and compartments.
Traditionally, the only the only way to locate the leak would be to conduct a dye leak test in each unit/compartment until you found the leak. This could take days since each unit/compartment requires at least one full shutdown/startup cycle for a dye leak test.
But you may ask, Is there a better way? The simple answer is....Yes!
Use a Triboelectric Dust Detector on Each Compartment
By installing a separate tribo detector on each compartment operators can pinpoint leaks within hours rather than days like other methods. Triboelectric detectors can detect even minor increases in emissions, which means they can detect leaks at the very earliest stages - as a leak develops, and before it breaks free.
By networking a series of triboelectric dust detector instances together, operators can see emissions for each individual compartment as well as overall levels at the stack in realtime. When a compartment's emissions rise faster than the others it can indicte a leak. Thereafter, operators can even localize the leak down to the specific row(s) by setting the cleaning system to continuous mode and watching for spikes in emissions when each row is pulsed.
Save Money Today With Triboelectric Emissions Monitoring
Operators of large multicompatments systems can see huge savings by monitoring emissions at the compartment level. Quickly detecting leaks prevents small leaks from becoming major issues. This reduces labor costs for repairing the leaks and for abatement. Most seriously, being able to quickly remedy leaks prevents leaks from creating health and safety hazards or from exceeding emissions limits leading to fines, sanctions or forced closures.
Auburn Systems can explain how their line of Triboelectric detectors and networking systems can provide your facility with the ability to quickly locate leaks in your dust collection system. Contact Auburn today and receive a free consultation!