Fume Extractor

What is a Fume Extractor?

A fume extractor is a system that utilizes a fan using negative draft to pull fumes and dust particles into a contained filtration system. Fumes and particles are created during industrial processes such as welding, grinding, spraying sanding, power filling and other applications, and fume extractors are able to remove these hazardous particles from air on site of the operations. They will make sure that both the workers and machines are protected against these particles.

Fume extractors utilize a variety of filters, whereas others may employ multiple filters in line depending on the applications. The combination of the reliable filtration system and the power, high-quality fan generates a circulating air pattern for ductless unit. Thanks to the air flow, ductwork or costly replacements are not necessary. Fume extractors are almost always necessary in the settings mentioned above, and thankfully, these units do not take up too much space, making them fairly easy to deploy at the site of operations.

Different Types of Fume Extractors

Some of the common types of fume extractors include:

● Portable Fume Extractors:
As the name suggests, a portable fume extractor is compact and lightweight with heavy duty wheels. They come with portable handles for easy transportation. This type of fume extractors are ideal when you need to be carrying one from site to site, allowing maximum adaptability to operation changes.

● Benchtop Fume Extractors:
This type of fume extractors is designed for optimum proximity as it usually sits close to the fume making applications. These units have small footprints to occupy little space on work table. Some of the common applications include soldering pharmaceutical dosing, and other non-corrosive operations.

Wall Mounted Fume Extractor:
A wall mounted fume extractor does not require any floor space, but is instead mounted against a wall. It is generally equipped with an extended arm hose for capturing fumes, which can either come self-supporting or be manually moved by the operator. Some of the corresponding applications include soldering fume extraction, brazing, welding fume extraction, organic vapors, chemical fume extraction, light grinding and various other industrial processes where the wall-mounting mechanism is suited.

Stand Mounted Fume Extractor: Stand mounted fume extractors are another decent alternative when the option of wall mounting is not available. This type of fume extractor is ideal for oversized machinery or when the user wants to conserve floor space. Some of the relative applications include welding fume, laser fume extraction, chemical fume extraction, pharmaceutical powders, printing fume extraction, soldering fume extraction, light grinding, particulate control, and a wide myriad of other industrial processes involving relatively larger scale projects.

Applications of Fume Extractors

Fume extractors have an exceptionally wide range of applications. Anywhere where there are fumes and harmful particles, a fume extract will be needed to protect those working on the premise as well as other machinery.

Welding fume, a kind of smoke and fume generated from welding applications, can potentially be very toxic depending on the materials being used. Workers undertaking welding applications can be exposed to high levels of manganese toxin from the welding fume because welding rods typically contain a high level of manganese for metal strengthening purposes. When manganese toxins enter our bloodstream, our respiratory system, central nervous system, blood and kidneys are at the mercy of these toxins. Prolonged exposure can lead to more adverse consequences such as cancer in the lung, larynx or urinary tract.

Fume extractors are also used during solder applications wherein workers are exposed to lead oxide fumes and gases containing toluene, styrene, phenol, chlorophenol and benzene. All of which can lead to nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal cramps, nervousness, loss of appetite, headache, insomnia, skin irritation, etc. Other long-term problems may include dermatitis and asthma.

Nail salon is also another industry where a fume extractor is widely used to extract chemical vapors, odors, and dust. These chemicals can be very toxic to customers. It is imperative that a fume extraction system is implemented in similar settings to ensure the safety of both the workers and customers. You definitely do not want to have returning customers claiming that she’s experienced adverse health issues because of your lack of a proper fume extraction system. A good fume extractor may just be detrimental to your salon business to eliminate poor experience from your customer.

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