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The importance of the air filtration industry in the UK
03-January-2017, 12:46
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Air filtration for the Industrial sector in the UK
03-January-2017, 12:36
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The Air Filtration Industry: Safeguarding workers’ heath in the UK
03-January-2017, 12:19
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Pinewood Studios
01-September-2014, 11:55

Dustraction won the contract to put a new face on waste at the shop floor that makes all the film-sets at Pinewood Studios. Pinewood, at Iver Heath in Bucks, is Britain’s Hollywood - the studios that made the Bond Films famous, and made Michael Caine a star, first as Harry Palmer in movies like the Ipcress File and later The Italian Job; Pinewood is also the home of the Carry-On films.

 

The workshops at Pinewood help make all the film sets for movies which, in the present day, include recently released Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie; manufacturing in wood and wood-based panels for the film-sets of movies like these gets busier and busier. Dustraction’s new installation services many traditional woodworking machines from makers like Wadkin, that have been on the floor at Pinewood doing the same work for years, together now with more up-to-date names

like SCM that share the work-load of today.

 

One of the most important watchwords at Pinewood, whoever you are, is noise because filming is always going on somewhere on the million square feet of staging the film-makers are now working with. Dustraction has been tasked with reducing the sounds of dust extraction and disposal, noise with which we, in this industry of ours, is eminently familiar to us but which is outlawed by the sound recording teams working on today’s movies.

 

Because of the importance of noise abatement around the film sets, Steve Matuska says all the new filters and fans at Pinewood are now located indoors and have been partitioned off inside a dedicated new plant room. Systems contain several fans and duct mains, each serving a separate area of the shop floor, in a layout that enables individual areas to be shut down when not in use, making savings in power as well as noise.

 

Dustraction have been working on impeller noise generated by the traditional paddle-blade style of fan-set and Steve Matuska reports on big increases in efficiency as well as lower noise output. Work done by the R&D Team in the drawing office at Oadby has resulted in a new generation of ruggedly constructed wood-waste handling fan-sets that retain the self-cleaning characteristics of the old paddle-blade styles but which can also now operate at much higher pressures with increased efficiency as well as lower noise output due to improvements in blade design.

 

The new cyclo filters are Dustrax 5s which between them handle a total air volume of 11.3m3/sec which represents a spare volume capacity of almost 50% for the future, which Pinewood’s man Jonathan Ash says may be needed sooner rather than later! At Pinewood, Dustraction have now installed two new indoor cyclo-filter systems together with a number of fan sets; one cyclo filter handles clean wood and the other plastics and non-recyclables, each plant discharging to externally mounted skips via closed loop cyclones.

 

The filter sleeves of Pinewood’s new reverse pulse cleaning systems generate good cake-waste release without significant cloth movement and meet continuous use requirements. Duct mains are run out of the new plant shop to external waste skips. The contract overall carried a completion clause for the end of May 2014, which Dustraction have met.

 

The sounds of waste extraction at Pinewood Studios are now housed in a dedicated Plant Room at the back of the Woodworking & Panel Mill where redesigned fan-sets  operate at higher pressure and at lower noise output.

New ducting by Dustraction is now feeding many more machine stations at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire.

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Retail House Solutions Limited
01-September-2014, 11:46

Shop fitting and retail displays is a fast-moving environment in which shop-fitters react quickly to the needs of their high visibility brand clients whose timber or panel-based displays can generate massive lifts in sales overnight. Production Manager Luke Dakin says: “Design is also in the mix, of course, combining the best graphics with wood and panel based displays manufactured to high standards and to very tight schedule deadlines for big brand customers. We need a clean and functional shop floor to address that.”

 

Retail House in-store displays, with fully supported overhead canopies and large light boxes, for example, can boost sales by 100% on prime retail sites overnight for client brands like Yves St. Laurent, L’Oreal, Guerlain, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior. Skincare, colour, fragrance and consultation sites for prime names like these demand manufacture and fit-out to tight production deadlines when department floors will be re-open for trading at 9.30am next morning.

It’s exciting stuff, says Luke: “We have to make here, often overnight, and then pack, shift and fit-out top quality panel-based displays overnight and with no suggestion of hold-up. Now we are also breaking into new fields with clients like BareMinerals, for whose skin-care and colouration retailers we are working with modern sheet materials like black glossed wood-based panels, printed acrylics and even painted glass or stainless steel sheet plus Corian patterns and colours.

And now Retail House has a cohesive shop floor production layout of their own featuring state-of-the-art CNC by Biesse plus also edgebanding, overhead routing, vertical spindle moulding, planer thicknessing plus table saw sizing precision. “The plan is to extend manufacturing capacity to the many other organisations in the industrial midlands area with similar production needs to our own. We  have a good layout here in Croft, designing with real timber finishes and combining light pad and LED illumination, stainless steel sheet and Corian solid surface work tops.

Dust extraction has become a very significant part of the manufacturing mix at Retail House Solutions in an environment that has to be as clean, tidy and efficient, and as creative as every other part of the shop floor. Dustraction’s Dustrax No 27 modular filter has a cloth area of nearly 2,000 sq ft and gives a filtration velcocity of  5.2 fpm. Each section of the modular woodwaste filter carries multiple tubular cotton fabric filters with more than 100 of them in total, all powered by a 37kW TEFC-wound uni-directional electric motor.

Heavier waste particles are dropped by the system into a hopper while fine dust is collected by the fabric filters; two automatic shakers maintain the sock-type filters clear of wood dust and in perfect working order. All wood dust and waste generated by Retail House leaves the factory via heavy-weight rotary valve and airseal with resilient rubber-tipped fan blades that prevent blockages, avoid fan damage and are also now low noise. The filter  is fitted with explosion relief  panels in full accordance with the latest ATEX requirements.

“All of our wood waste collection and disposal systems are fully COSHH -compliant,” says Dustraction’s Steve Matuska. “We take our role in keeping production machinery clean and clear of working dust very seriously; everything we do is in full compliance with the latest regulations of the Health & Safety Executive whose working regulations we monitor at all times and to whose conditions we always react immediately.”

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The importance of the air filtration industry in the UK
03-January-2017, 12:46

 The ‘Air Filtration’ industry and its many uses

There was a time when air pollution in the industrial sector in the UK had reached endemic proportions and as a direct result, the health of the many workers associated with British industry was being adversely affected. This is when the need for an effective dust control solution was felt, which in turn led to the creation of the air pollution and dust control industry, so as to ensure that the health and output of the many employees of British industry did not need to suffer any more.

The air quality of any factory or plant is of critical importance not just for the workforce but also due to a host of legislation from a large number of government agencies who may take punitive measures against the management if the air quality is not up to mandated standards. In fact with the passage of time the health of the workforce has taken clear precedence over most other considerations not just for the government but also the management of these factories.

AS a matter of fact,, not filtering air in many factories may potentially be a root cause for a lot of health and safety issues. Fumes in a chemical treatment plant for instance can cause serious ailments such as cancer and acute cough while even being responsible for a build up of highly combustible gases that, if not filtered properly may be the main causative agents for any subsequent explosion. Alternately, very small cloth particles may cause breathing problems and lead to such ailments as Bronchitis as well as Asthma.

This is why it is of prime importance to deal with such problems on a war footing and that is precisely what the highly qualified technicians ‘air pollution combat industry’ do for a living. This industry has been highly instrumental in the provision of a safe breathing environment for the workforce of the many industries in the manufacturing sector. In fact, this industry rose to the challenge with gusto and has been key to the provision of many highly innovative solutions to age old air filtration problems in the atmosphere of such plans.

 Cutting edge technology

The air filtration and pollution control industry has evolved along with its client industries and as a result has invested heavily in cutting edge technology to help ensure that its products and services retain their efficacy in even the most demanding of environments. This is why the many professional experts of this field use advanced machinery built to exacting tolerances on sophisticated CNC machinery.

 Areas of specialisation

The many players who exist in this highly specialised field tend to concentrate on their own areas of expertise. For example ensuring cool air circulates at a pre specified temperate at a steel furnace would be the speciality of a filtration plant providing company that works exclusively for smelting plants While others may be more attuned to the specific needs of the furniture making industry.

Air filtration for the Industrial sector in the UK
03-January-2017, 12:36

Dust control issues have been responsible for the degradation of the health of the British workforce for untold centuries. And this issue is even more of a problem in factories that are more prone to dust pollution due to the nature of their work, such as marble making works and the joinery industry. These problems gave rise to the dust and atmosphere control industry and this sector has been at the forefront of providing a safe breathing environment for the many workers of the industrial sector in the UK. In fact, since its very creation this industry has always strived to provide highly customised and workable solutions to all dust (and other solid particle) control related problems.

AS a matter of fact, this particular industry has its is own state of the art CNC machinery controlled manufacturing facilities for precise measurements and many of its production areas stretch for acres, effectively showcasing the importance this industry has for the industrial sector as a whole . Some of the high lights of this sector include:

 The necessity of providing good quality cartridge filters

A functional filtration system regardless of how completely customized it may be, nevertheless requires good quality cartridge filters to ensure continuous performance as per pre-set standards. Such filters may be self cleaning though the system via compressed air flows. Or alternately, they may require periodic maintenance by duly qualified personnel from the dust control industry. Amongst the many cartridge filters are explosive dust particles as well as anti-static filters. However for best possible performance, it is vital to change the cartridges when ever their service life nears its inevitable end.

 Ducting & filtration

Ducting is arguably one of the important parts of almost every dust control system around. If these filters are misaligned in any way or for that matter if there is any fault in their placement, than the ducts might start leaking and as such defeat the whole purpose of installing a filtration system. If the filtration system does not work the odds are it would lead to a direct increase in dust control levels and as such the atmosphere would be hazardous to the health and well being of the employees working at that plant. Moreover, a build up of air pollutants could also lead to fires and explosions. The many players in this industry are responsible for plotting an extensive range of ductwork as per the requirements of their clients. They use the highest quality materials in their manufacture so that they are able to perform for a long period of time.

 Expert advice

The industry’s highly qualified teams of specialists understand their work well and make sure that dust control problems are handled efficiently and safely even as they are ever willing to advise their clients and customers as to the best solutions for their atmosphere pollution control issues.

The Air Filtration Industry: Safeguarding workers’ heath in the UK
03-January-2017, 12:19

The dust and pollution control industry is at the forefront of the efforts of the industrial sector to safe guard the health of its work force in the UK. It is helped along in its crusade by both the captains of industry as well as the government at the regional and national levels.

At the governmental level, increased legislation has helped ensure a work environment more attuned to the health of the huge workforce employed in the myriad factories and manufacturing facilities all over the Kingdom.

Moreover, the many corporate chieftains who own such industries are quite different from their much maligned predecessors from ages past; as they take an active interest in making sure that their workers are able to operate in an environment whose atmosphere is as safe and free from dust and pollution as is possible. As a direct result of this investment in the setting up of dust and other air particle pollution, the output of the employees has markedly increased both in quality as well as quantity and there are far less sick leaves and employee insurance benefits to take care of, than ever before.

As a matter of fact, many leading industrialists in the UK have made air quality a very important element of the health care services that they provide to their workforce. As can be evidenced from the facts on the ground, this altruism is in marked contrast to the days of yore when the factory owners did not take the heath care needs of their labour force due to their obsession with meeting targets and earning profits.

As of now, the management of the British industrial sector takes a very ‘healthy’ interest indeed in the working conditions of the labour force, in fact far more so than any other time since the UK became an industrialised nation. The managers now well understand that a strong and healthy workforce is not only more productive but also a great asset to the company at large and not only is its output increased but the quality of its work is also markedly better.

The industries that most require air filtration plants include furniture makers (the sawdust floating in the atmosphere of the working area) Marble products (tiny marble chips creating dusty conditions) and garments and hosiery industries amongst many others.

However, thanks to the ‘pollution control and air filtration ‘industry such air pollution is a thing of the past wherever filtration plants have been installed. In fact, the many companies who operate in this sector provide complete solutions to all dust control problems ranging from ducting to the setting up as well as maintenance of full fledged filtration plants so that the atmosphere remains pollution free at all times irrespective of the magnitude of the dust and other pollutants created by the machinery being operated therein.

Pinewood Studios
01-September-2014, 11:55

Dustraction won the contract to put a new face on waste at the shop floor that makes all the film-sets at Pinewood Studios. Pinewood, at Iver Heath in Bucks, is Britain’s Hollywood - the studios that made the Bond Films famous, and made Michael Caine a star, first as Harry Palmer in movies like the Ipcress File and later The Italian Job; Pinewood is also the home of the Carry-On films.

 

The workshops at Pinewood help make all the film sets for movies which, in the present day, include recently released Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie; manufacturing in wood and wood-based panels for the film-sets of movies like these gets busier and busier. Dustraction’s new installation services many traditional woodworking machines from makers like Wadkin, that have been on the floor at Pinewood doing the same work for years, together now with more up-to-date names

like SCM that share the work-load of today.

 

One of the most important watchwords at Pinewood, whoever you are, is noise because filming is always going on somewhere on the million square feet of staging the film-makers are now working with. Dustraction has been tasked with reducing the sounds of dust extraction and disposal, noise with which we, in this industry of ours, is eminently familiar to us but which is outlawed by the sound recording teams working on today’s movies.

 

Because of the importance of noise abatement around the film sets, Steve Matuska says all the new filters and fans at Pinewood are now located indoors and have been partitioned off inside a dedicated new plant room. Systems contain several fans and duct mains, each serving a separate area of the shop floor, in a layout that enables individual areas to be shut down when not in use, making savings in power as well as noise.

 

Dustraction have been working on impeller noise generated by the traditional paddle-blade style of fan-set and Steve Matuska reports on big increases in efficiency as well as lower noise output. Work done by the R&D Team in the drawing office at Oadby has resulted in a new generation of ruggedly constructed wood-waste handling fan-sets that retain the self-cleaning characteristics of the old paddle-blade styles but which can also now operate at much higher pressures with increased efficiency as well as lower noise output due to improvements in blade design.

 

The new cyclo filters are Dustrax 5s which between them handle a total air volume of 11.3m3/sec which represents a spare volume capacity of almost 50% for the future, which Pinewood’s man Jonathan Ash says may be needed sooner rather than later! At Pinewood, Dustraction have now installed two new indoor cyclo-filter systems together with a number of fan sets; one cyclo filter handles clean wood and the other plastics and non-recyclables, each plant discharging to externally mounted skips via closed loop cyclones.

 

The filter sleeves of Pinewood’s new reverse pulse cleaning systems generate good cake-waste release without significant cloth movement and meet continuous use requirements. Duct mains are run out of the new plant shop to external waste skips. The contract overall carried a completion clause for the end of May 2014, which Dustraction have met.

 

The sounds of waste extraction at Pinewood Studios are now housed in a dedicated Plant Room at the back of the Woodworking & Panel Mill where redesigned fan-sets  operate at higher pressure and at lower noise output.

New ducting by Dustraction is now feeding many more machine stations at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire.

Retail House Solutions Limited
01-September-2014, 11:46

Shop fitting and retail displays is a fast-moving environment in which shop-fitters react quickly to the needs of their high visibility brand clients whose timber or panel-based displays can generate massive lifts in sales overnight. Production Manager Luke Dakin says: “Design is also in the mix, of course, combining the best graphics with wood and panel based displays manufactured to high standards and to very tight schedule deadlines for big brand customers. We need a clean and functional shop floor to address that.”

 

Retail House in-store displays, with fully supported overhead canopies and large light boxes, for example, can boost sales by 100% on prime retail sites overnight for client brands like Yves St. Laurent, L’Oreal, Guerlain, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior. Skincare, colour, fragrance and consultation sites for prime names like these demand manufacture and fit-out to tight production deadlines when department floors will be re-open for trading at 9.30am next morning.

It’s exciting stuff, says Luke: “We have to make here, often overnight, and then pack, shift and fit-out top quality panel-based displays overnight and with no suggestion of hold-up. Now we are also breaking into new fields with clients like BareMinerals, for whose skin-care and colouration retailers we are working with modern sheet materials like black glossed wood-based panels, printed acrylics and even painted glass or stainless steel sheet plus Corian patterns and colours.

And now Retail House has a cohesive shop floor production layout of their own featuring state-of-the-art CNC by Biesse plus also edgebanding, overhead routing, vertical spindle moulding, planer thicknessing plus table saw sizing precision. “The plan is to extend manufacturing capacity to the many other organisations in the industrial midlands area with similar production needs to our own. We  have a good layout here in Croft, designing with real timber finishes and combining light pad and LED illumination, stainless steel sheet and Corian solid surface work tops.

Dust extraction has become a very significant part of the manufacturing mix at Retail House Solutions in an environment that has to be as clean, tidy and efficient, and as creative as every other part of the shop floor. Dustraction’s Dustrax No 27 modular filter has a cloth area of nearly 2,000 sq ft and gives a filtration velcocity of  5.2 fpm. Each section of the modular woodwaste filter carries multiple tubular cotton fabric filters with more than 100 of them in total, all powered by a 37kW TEFC-wound uni-directional electric motor.

Heavier waste particles are dropped by the system into a hopper while fine dust is collected by the fabric filters; two automatic shakers maintain the sock-type filters clear of wood dust and in perfect working order. All wood dust and waste generated by Retail House leaves the factory via heavy-weight rotary valve and airseal with resilient rubber-tipped fan blades that prevent blockages, avoid fan damage and are also now low noise. The filter  is fitted with explosion relief  panels in full accordance with the latest ATEX requirements.

“All of our wood waste collection and disposal systems are fully COSHH -compliant,” says Dustraction’s Steve Matuska. “We take our role in keeping production machinery clean and clear of working dust very seriously; everything we do is in full compliance with the latest regulations of the Health & Safety Executive whose working regulations we monitor at all times and to whose conditions we always react immediately.”

Dustraction are specialists in a wide range of fume and dust extraction equipment for a wide range of sectors. From industrial clients to schools and colleges, we can provide fume and dust extractor systems to cater for your specific requirements. From unit and cyclo filters to our range of modular filter systems specifically designed for wood waste extraction, Dustraction has provided the right product for you, specifically tailored to your needs, budget and available space.

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