Collector Operation and Cleaning

Instead of trying to re-introduce the wheel, and write yet another paper on Dust Collector operation there are two articles on dust collection and collectors developed by the EPA which are extremely helpful.  These articles are
very comprehensive and explain in great detail the operation of a dust collector.  The lessons are divided into two categories:

The first lesson describes basic operation of a fabric filter collector.  The chapters introduce basic collector design, dust collector principals, and filter construction / materials. Outstanding illustrations of various systems, and a quick quiz at the end of the article to determine level of understanding of dust collection.
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Lesson 2
The second Lesson covers the types of cleaning methods utilized to remove dust particulate from the filter during operation, as well as describes the types of filter bags in each system.  There is written text as well a as illustrations of each style of dust collector.
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Lesson 3
The third lesson describes variables used when designing filter systems.  “Air to cloth”, “pressure drop”, and “filter drag” are all explained in various types of collectors.  Math calculations are explained and graphs are used to illustrate the effects.
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Lesson 4
The forth lesson covers the types of fibers used to manufacture filters, construction of the Media, and the variables that affect the filter life,  Although this lesson describes woven materials and does not address non-wovens it does a great job of describing the terms, and tests that are performed on filter media.
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Lesson 5
The fifth lesson details how to effectively review the designs, and plans summited to build a dust collector.  Study this section closely if you plan to purchase a new collector.  Some designers will skimp on air to cloth, or other critical areas to reduce the manufacturing cost, and thus the bid cost.
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Lesson 6
The sixth lesson outlines maintenance inspections, monitoring, and recordkeeping.  This section is highly critical.  It describes the monthly, quarterly, and annual inspections required to keep you in compliance with EPA standards.  If you require help with inspection forms contact your FilterPro representative, and we would be happy to help.
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Additional Studies
This paper is actually a student guide from a course that encompasses much of the material above but has additional, and more in-depth information.   This publication serves as a fantastic review.
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