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Benefits of Using Cyclone Dust Collection Systems in Industrial Applications

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08/10/2021

Industrial sites are prone to dust and contaminants in their indoor air. While some site owners dismiss these minute particles of dust and other contaminants, studies have shown that inhaling poor quality air for a long period of time can be detrimental to the health of employees.

In many industries like stone processing, cement manufacturing, brick manufacturing and pharmaceutical plants, tiny minute particles of the product may escape from the processing line and hover in the air until an employee breathes it in. Over time, these flecks of matter may cause occupational lung diseases, such as asthma, aluminosis, asbestosis, silicosis, talcosis and many others. It is imperative for the company to have the correct processes in place to protect its employees. This is where cyclone dust collection systems come in.

What are cyclone dust collection systems?

Cyclone dust collectors are cylindrical devices with a conical bottom. This device is made of several parts, but the main 4 parts are:

-         The inlet where the contaminated air flows from

-         The body, the part where the air is circulated

-         The cone, where the particles collect

-         The outlet, where the purified air exits the system.

The contaminated air flows through the inlet into the body. The cylindrical shape of the body forces the air to move in a circular path, circulating at thousands of revolutions per minute (rpm). This creates a centrifugal force which forces larger particles to the outside wall of the body until gravity pulls them down to the cone. The clean air then flows out through the top of the dust collection system. Think of how a marble rolls around the sides of a funnel before falling through the hole. A dust collection system works much the same way.

A cyclone dust collection system is different from a regular dust collector because it has two collection points. The first one collects larger particles, which may even be visible to the naked eye, and the second, which is usually a filter or storage bag separates the finer, more dangerous particles from the contaminated air. The first collection point also reduces the load from the second filter, which may have to be replaced more often in its absence.

Benefits of cyclone dust collection systems

-         Cleaner, fresher air

Perhaps most importantly, a good dust collector picks up any debris and dust left over from the manufacturing process and deposits it in a safe place before the air is released into the air that is inhaled by the workers present on-site. Jacob UK’s cyclone, in conjunction with dust collection systems is capable of removing particles ranging from >19µm to >10µm in size.

-         Low maintenance

With no moving parts involved, your dust collection system will rarely need to be maintained. And when it does, it is usually quite simple, and most plant engineers only have to observe the pressure drop from time to time. They may also need to inspect the walls of the cyclone to ensure it hasn’t worn down due to the larger particles. But other than this, there’s little else to maintain.

-         Safer design

Jacob UK’s two-stage cyclones are considered to be much safer when compared to other dust collection methods, especially when they need to be used in the food industry. This is because they are also available in food-grade stainless steel that complies with both the European EC 1935/2004 regulations and the American FDA guidelines. This makes it safe to be used in flour milling, the spice industry and sugar refineries.

-         Less load on baghouse

When added before an existing baghouse, a cyclone dust collection system will increase your total dust collection efficiency. It will remove the larger particles and debris from the air before it reaches the baghouse, thus preventing the baghouse from overflowing. When the baghouse gets filled slower, its filters also need to be replaced less often, which then saves your employees time and effort that could be better spent elsewhere. If being used in hygroscopic applications, a cyclone will remove most of the hygroscopic particles before they have a chance to reach the baghouse and jam it. Thus the life of the baghouse or filter is also lengthened.

Why Choose Jacob UK for your Cyclone Dust Collector Needs

Jacob UK is a leading provider of high-quality powder-coated, galvanised or stainless steel cyclones, ideally suited to dust collection systems, to manufacturers and businesses of all sizes. With the largest warehouse of its kind in Europe, Jacob UK has the facilities it takes for rapid and responsive, just-in-time delivery of precision-engineered pipe system components. We custom-build cyclones according to each manufacturer or business’s individual requirements and also help you select the right cyclone for the job. Get in touch with our friendly representatives to learn more about our cyclones and other pipe system components