Should My Dust Collector Supplier Provide My Emissions Compliance?

Posted by Earl Parker on Oct 6, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Facilities get their dust collection systems from literally hundreds of different suppliers. These include the big name OEMs with several decades of experience specializing in baghouses, as well as many medium and small OEMs focusing on smaller systems or certain applications. In addition, some custom manufacturing companies and larger HVAC/ductwork firms may also manufacture dust collectors on a project basis. Finally, countless sales rep organizations and environmental consulting firms may resell units from other OEMs to their customers.

Whether they source units and repair parts directly from the OEMs or from a sales rep organization, one question that many have asked Auburn over the years is whether a triboelectric dust monitoring system comes standard with their dust collector. And if not, why should they worry about installing one? Many facilities trust their suppliers to equip them with everything required to meet compliance with emissions and safety regulations. So the reasoning goes that if it were required (or could be helpful) their current (or historical) dust collector supplier would have made them aware of it. 

Let's consider two reasons why facilities should not necessarily rely solely on OEMs to determine the best use technology, especially as it relates to dust collection operation and compliance. 

Dust Collector OEMs/Suppliers/Sales Reps, etc. are NOT Responsible for Your Emissions Compliance

Unless specifically contracted to provide emissions consulting for a project, the responsibility to comply with all applicable emissions limits and reporting regulations falls to the end user, NOT the baghouse OEM/supplier. Many factors come into play when complying with emissions standards (and OSHA standards, and combustible dust hazards) such as production levels, maintenance, and adherence to recommended operating procedures. As such, suppliers very rarely take on the complete responsibility of compliance, usually only guaranteeing their units will achieve at a certain PM collection efficiency when operated per manufacture’s guidelines. They often leave the responsibility figuring out how to use their systems to reach full compliance to the end user. Expert advice on dust emissions solutions is not easy to hear in a crowd of suppliers

Your Equipment Source May Not Be Dust Collection Experts!

Many OEMs use sales rep organizations to sell their products. A small amount of these sales reps have a good technical knowledge of dust collection design and operation, or else they work closely with engineering personnel from the OEMs they represent when building a proposal. However, the majority these sales reps are NOT dust collector experts, and thus do not have adequate technical expertise nor experience. This also happens when custom sheet metal fabricators take on dust collector design, and construction. Often they underestimate the complexity of engineering a dust collector and simply slap some panels together and call it a baghouse.

In such cases, it would be unwise to fully rely on these individuals to when it comes to compliance issues. They may have limited experience dealing with emissions monitoring, and lack understanding of the specific potential benefits of broken bag detection offered by triboelectric systems.

Bottom line?  For anything involving dust collector maintenance, operation, or emissions compliance competent organizations with technical expertise and experience should be consulted.  And to take it a step further, as an end user who's on the hook for compliance, you'd be well advised to dig into the details of a baghouse proposal.

Conclusion - Do Not Assume Emissions Monitoring Is Not Important Since It’s Not Automatically Included 

It’s a fact that emissions monitoring has a direct impact on the bottom line. Rather than assume this vital aspect of compliance is already taken care of by your dust collector supplier, key personnel should educate themselves on the importance how dust emissions monitoring and seek qualified assistance from experts in the field. Doing this will ensure your facility is not held back by its lack of (or inadequate) monitoring system.

Auburn Systems has been designing and building dust monitoring systems for over 40+ years. Our engineers are qualified to help you with all your dust monitoring needs. Learn more about how dust collector operation and compliance can impact your bottom line by viewing our webinar below or submit a request here for more information from one of our engineers.
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Topics: Air Permits, Dust Collection, Environmental Monitoring