The Safeguarding Devices for the Working Environments: Oil Mist Collector Systems

Posted on Dec 13, 2020

Oil Mist Collector Systems

Oil mist collector systems are the systems that help collect the oil mist or water mist that is produced during the process of machining works. The oil mist collector systems are able to intercept the oil mist and water mist from spreading through the air and cause harmful effects.

What are oil mist collector systems?

Oil mist collector systems are the systems that help collect the oil mist or water mist that is produced during the process of machining works. The oil mist collector systems are able to intercept the oil mist and water mist from spreading through the air and cause harmful effects.

The main method of intercepting the oil mist from the machines is to filter the air that is polluted when the machines are operated, blocking the way of oil mist that is potentially penetrating through, and send out the purified air into the atmosphere of the working fields.

We can often see the workers or operators in the industrial fields wearing masks or eye shields that cover the mouth, nose, and eyes. This is because the masks and eye shields are supposed to protect the worker's or operators’ eyes as well as the respiratory system.

The eyes and respiratory system of human beings are both very fragile and delicate, while we can hardly know how the conditions are unless there are severe symptoms that occur when the conditions become really bad.

In fact, those organs that are mentioned above are all not good at automatically getting rid of the particles that come from the air we breathe in, no matter in the atmosphere of the living environments or industrial fields.

There are more and more people adopting air purifiers in order to make indoor air clean without contamination. While the air of the industrial fields is probably required to be purified as the contamination of the air would be more severe.

The oil mist collector systems are playing the role of air purifiers. They purify the air of the industrial field using several filters in a similar fashion to the air purifiers so that the workers and operators can be free from the harmful effects that are brought because of the operation of the machines.

The oil or water mist can be made when the machines come in contact with the workpieces, or when the coolant fluids are added in to lower the heat that is produced during the machining works.

When the machines and the workpieces contact each other, there would be heat and friction that is formed between them. At that time, the coolant fluids such as metal fluids are applied so that the heat and friction can be reduced, then the working process goes smoothly and the machining tools can be free from damage.

During these procedures, the oil mist or water mist would be produced, so that the oil mist collector systems are used to play their role in collecting those harmful substances, and leaving the atmosphere clean and tolerable for the workers or operators.
 

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What is Bad about Oil Mist?

As the above introduction has mentioned, oil mist is produced from the interaction between the coolant fluids, the machines, and the workpieces. The purpose of the coolant fluids is good initially, while what the oil mist brings for the workers or operators are actually bad.

The oil mist may be harmful to human eyes, skin, and respiratory systems. The harms can be some slight symptoms, and can also be serious like resulting in cancers.

For the eyes and skin that contact the oil mist by the spreading of the contaminated air or the splashing, dripping, or leaking of the fluids, there would be symptoms of irritation or allergy that are occurred to them.

As for the respiratory system, when the workers or operators inhale and exhale, the symptoms of respiratory irritation, bronchitis, lipoid pneumonia, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and extrinsic asthma may be possibly caused.

In addition, cancers in the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, larynx, colon, or rectum may also be caused in the more serious cases if the exposure to the oil mist is continuous in the long term.
 

How do Oil Mist Collector Systems Form?

There are two main types of oil mist collector systems, and they are differentiated from how they are mounted and what they contain, including the primary control oil mist collector systems and the secondary control oil mist collector systems.
 

primary control oil mist collector systems

The primary control oil mist collector systems are usually mounted right above the machines. They consist of three layers of filters, and the direction of purifying is from the bottom to the top.

The three layers of filters include a pre-filter, a carbon pre-filter, and the main filter. These filters would collect the substances in the oil mist from the biggest to the finest particulates, and recycle the reusable coolant drains back to the machines for being used.
 

secondary control oil mist collector systems

The secondary control oil mist collector systems can be either hung from the ceiling or mounted on the ground, and this type of oil mist collector system would be applied when the primary control oil mist collector systems are not available.

The secondary control oil mist collector system consists of four layers of mesh pre-filters that are attached to each other, and oil filter bag, and an adjustable dour-way grate. 

The principle of the operation in the secondary control oil mist collector systems is similar to the primary one, while the working direction is laterally instead of longitudinally.
 

How Do Oil Mist Collector Systems Work?

 

primary control oil mist collector systems

In the primary control oil mist collector systems, there are three steps of the procedures, and these procedures are performed longitudinally from the bottom to the top. The first layer of filter, which is the pre-filter collects the reusable oil or coolant drains and pushes them back to the machine for being reused.

When the air passes through the second layer, which is the carbon pre-filter, the larger particles would be captured and block the way for them to continue passing through.

Once the air is delivered through the third layer, which is the main filter, the main filter would collect the finer particulates, and make the air totally purified. Then the filtered air would be discharged back to the atmosphere of the working fields.
 

secondary control oil mist collector systems

As for the secondary control oil mist collector systems, the working direction is lateral from one side to the other, and there are also three steps in the procedures. First, the oil mist would pass through the four layers of the mesh pre-filters and be purified.

If there are reusable oil or coolant drains, they would be collected through the drain plug for being reused. While the non-reusable air would proceed to pass through the oil bag filter, and the finer particles would be collected here.

Finally, the filtered air would be released back to the atmosphere of the working fields through the four-way grate on the opposite side of the opening of the four layers of pre-filters.
 

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What are the benefits of using oil mist collector systems?

As far as we know, the main purpose of using the oil mist collector systems is to purify the air that contains the oil mist that is produced from the operating of the machines, which prevents the health of the workers or operators from being influenced by those harmful particulates.

In addition, protecting the health of the workers and operators can also maintain the quality of the machining works, and the total revenue of the industries can be more and more prosperous in the long term. Therefore, investing the oil mist collector systems is definitely what any industry should do.

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