Secret to Simplifying Dust Collection Systems Monitoring & Reporting

Posted by Earl Parker on Nov 21, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Unified triboelectric detection simplifies compliance needs, primarily by simplifying data reporting.Everyone's trying to cut costs.  That's business.  But it's very infrequent to find a company evaluating their dust collection systems reporting as an area of potential savings.  For most, compliance is compliance, and they never stop to think that it's a place where they could move the cost needle.

This view, however, doesn’t capture the full scope of what dust collection systems are capable of, and can wind up costing facility managers and engineers thousands every year in unnecessary maintenance costs.

For compliance and emissions control applications, the best way to limit frivolous spending is by equipping a facility with more efficient technologies. By streamlining the reporting and monitoring processes in your business with innovative new equipment, you can see huge potential savings in a mere matter of months.

The Short- and Long-Term Benefits of Simplifying Monitoring of Dust Collection Systems

Simplifying your dust collection and emissions monitoring equipment is the one of the easiest, and often unrecognized ways to reduce unnecessary facility spending. These systems optimize baghouse lifespans by reporting immediate performance and trend data, and allow engineers to replace individual units on an as-needed basis.

Today, by using the right monitoring for dust collection systems, companies free themselves from the arbitrary scheduling and manufacturer-determined bag filter rotations of older bag leak detection installations. As users can now replace bags when they are failing, or a leak risk is detected (as opposed to industry-determined timing), they can generate significant savings in both the short- and long-term by eliminating expensive, unnecessary maintenance rotations.

Since meeting compliance needs in the workplace affects labor, spending and overall facility operations, it’s crucial to have the most efficient systems in place. Triboelectric monitoring devices enhance accuracy and integrate with tools to simplify data reporting.  Together they create a more proactive approach to baghouse maintenance.

The Technology Behind the Savings

The innovations that make dust collection equipment such an appealing cost cutting option among today’s industrial facility managers are new twists on traditional triboelectric technology.

These new unified signal spectrum technologies use particulate monitoring probes and electrostatic sensors to capture the entire DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) signal spectrum; this is a huge advantage over older detection systems, which could typically detect particulate emissions within either AC or DC signals.

Today’s highly accurate monitoring systems can detect changes in particulate emissions and air quality with signals as low as 0.005 mg/m3; combining this accuracy with continuous monitoring and networked detection devices provides a suite of tools that enable engineers to simplify their current data reporting process.

But it's not just historical monitoring and out of limit alarms - there are preventative benefits, as well. As these technologies can detect real-time changes in particulate flow, maintenance staff can address developing or trending baghouse conditions immediately, assuring that their systems never fully fail, and keeping operations running with minimal downtime.

Immediate, performance-based data reporting virtually eliminates the risks of baghouse failure, helping engineers ensure that isolated bag leaks or filter failures stay isolated, and do not progress into system-wide compliance hassles. With real-time reporting, engineers can preempt virtually all large-scale system failures; these are huge advantages in any industry; and obsolete traditional, after-the-fact reporting of older monitoring systems.

Finding the Right Supplier for Your Needs

Perhaps the most challenging part of integrating triboelectric dust collector reporting tools is finding the right supplier and justifying ROI to company decision-makers. Dust collection data reporting probably doesn’t come up often in discussions over facility needs… Too often, manufacturers and facility managers in many industries treat compliance as a hassle, a check-the-box process; what they don’t consider, and probably are completely unaware of, are the savings possible after just a few short months with the right triboelectric monitoring tools.

Justifying a dust collection monitoring system with lowered labor costs and material expense is, however, just the first step in incorporating these innovative new systems in your facility. Next, you’ll have to find the right triboelectric supplier to service your industry. As these technologies are responsible for the compliance, air quality control, maintenance hours and some material spending of your business, it’s important to not just find the best system for your needs, but also the best supplier.

For these reasons, we suggest choosing a triboelectric supplier as a business partner, not just a sales source. With increased insights, your ideal triboelectric agency will be able to suggest the absolute best detection monitoring tools for your needs, specifically tailored to save you money in the short- and long-run, and help you meet any and all compliance regulations.

To learn more about innovative data reporting technologies, or for more information on how the right detection model can increase your efficiency and save you thousands in a matter of months, download our free eBook - A Guide to Intelligent Monitoring.

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Topics: MACT Reporting, Air Permits, Dust Collection