Dustraction’s considerable versatility in providing dust extraction systems that exactly match customer requirements is aptly demonstrated by one of its latest installations at Highbury College.

Its latest multi-million pound centre is at Paulsgrove, near Cosham and brings all the college’s construction services courses, including woodworking and furniture production, under one roof.

Here, at the Highbury North-harbour Centre, Dustraction has provided a range of extraction plant to handle more than 30 items of woodworking equipment in the machine shop, as well as ancillary operations in the woodworking and furniture workshops.

Dustraction also provided extraction plant for the brickwork, plastering and fibre shops in the same building.

To serve much of the extensive woodworking and furniture department, Dustraction has installed one of its cyclo-filters, a Cattinair 4X5.

The versatility of the cyclo-filter means that just as it is completely suitable for industry, it is also suit¬able for the requirements of the college in a variety of ways.

It is powerful. Total air volume handled is 20,000 cfm, based on all the college’s woodworking machines being in operation at the same time.

Dustraction cyclo-filters have a genuinely small foot print. This one is no exception. It is sited at the back of the college premises, in strictly demarcated space allowed to the woodworking and furniture department.

At the heart of the Dustraction plant is a cyclonic action, whereby waste is tangentially blown into the filter chamber. The result is that 95 per cent of waste material is cyclonically separated before reaching the filter media.

Dustraction’s cyclonic plant has few moving parts and thus requires virtually no maintenance.

Once the main waste has been separated, air passes through the filter element, leaving the remaining five per cent of the particulate, invariably fine dust, to cake on the outside of the filters.

At regular intervals, a short burst of compressed air releases the accumulated dust cake.