Coolant collectors are a kind of cleaning and circulation system that collect used coolants into one place for further usages or processes. In the cutting industry, coolant, lubricant and other kinds of cutting liquids are all essential components for properly performing machining tasks, as we know that cutting metal would naturally lead to many frictions, chips, and heat problems.
The liquids and metal particles are always dispersed into the air in the working area, posing risks of contamination to workers in manufacturing plants. Therefore, how to deal with those liquid and metal chips as well as all those particles has become a serious topic since the 1980s in the market of the USA.
Begun in the late 1990s, the oil-mist collectors are under enthusiastic development thanks to the invention of new motor powers. With better inlet force, oil mists are now efficiently inhaled into the filter which is driven by the new motor power source. The invention allows contaminated air to be drawn into the inlet below the first stage filter in which most of the oil particles are trapped. Once a state of saturation is reached for the stage one filter, the oil droplets will be drained down to the sump underlying the filter collected oil. The same applies to the coolant. Proceeding to the second stage filter, finer mist and smoke particles are then filtered out. The third stage, a non-wicking final filter, captures the remaining particulate that can be as small as 0.30 microns. Clean air is then dispersed into the air from the top of the collector into the plant.
Most industrial oil mist collector solutions, as well as industrial coolant and air filtration systems, can ensure the well being of workers and equipment by maintaining the work areas and taking stress off of users’ overall system. Image, if all those metal and oil particles are attached onto the manufacturing facility, with time passes, people using them and those facilities are all severely contaminated and rust will happen, leading to mal-function in many phases. Because in the manufacturing or metalworking industry, the existence of oil mist is so inevitable, as when fluids used to cool or lubricate metal working tasks, it disperses oil mist and possibly smoke even into the air upon contacting any fast-rotating tools.
All the mist and smoke have varying types of risk factors, but exposure to them should be reduced as much as possible to make the best safety concerns. As a result, the oil mist collectors normally use a loft fiberglass filtration medium to collect H2O or petroleum-based machining coolants. With the above said, the three-stage filtration and vertical design of the industrial air filtration unit enable excess coolant to be drained off, while keeping the filters clean and effectively filtering out any harmful small-size mist created by high-pressure, high-flow machining centers nowadays. In addition, the industrial oil-mist air filtration systems can give customers the option of cleaning all the ambient air in the manufacturing sites.
Today, in the manufacturing industry, either manufacturing or any type of metalworking, fluids are used to cool and lubricate any machining activity as coolants or lubricants. That is, to reduce friction and eliminate wear on machinery. These fluids contain different oils or minerals and contaminants in them to protect the metal and ensure no reaction from the machining activities on the machines. When these fluids come into contact with fast-moving tools, they cause oil mist, which is dispersed into the air. They can also cause smoke, as both due to the high temperatures of the metal parts during machining.
Accordingly, there are regulations on the limit of exposure to oil mist nowadays, but there are many different makeup of these fluids, making it difficult to define how much exposure is too much. For that reason, and for the purpose of keeping the manufacturing site clean from smoke and mist that may damage or increase wear out rates on other machinery, industrial air filtration or ventilation systems are a smart investment to make to avoid expensive and complicated maintenance expenses.
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