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Mist Collection for Safety, Cost-Reduction and Quality

Stealth Oil Mist Collection SystemIn a manufacturing facility, mists are produced from machining and assembly operations. Mists are very fine droplets of oil, particulates (like in smoke or dust) and coolant.

Mists are problematic for workplace safety, facility maintenance and part contamination. They can be inhaled by workers, sucked into ventilation systems or end up deposited on surfaces. They can also foul the surface of production parts.

There are several types of mist produced in manufacturing facilities including Smoke, Oil/Coolant and Dust.

Welding and grinding produce smoke fine particulate mists. Oil/Coolant mists occur during high-speed machining operations. The pressure and heat from turning, milling and grinding create aerosolized oil/coolant emulsions. Dusts are fine particulates. They may be produced in HVAC systems or from environmental sources and machine operations.

The liquids and particulates that make up mists are tiny – less than a micrometer in diameter. They are light and able to float in the air. The slightest amount of air flow can carry them long distances in a facility.

Inhaled mists are also hazardous to health. To protect workers, the OSHA standard air contamination is set to below 5.0 mg/m3 for human safety.  European standards are even more stringent.

Mist can accumulate on floors and grab surfaces which can pose safety concerns for slips and falls. In addition, the accumulated mists on non-grab surfaces and in ducting must be regularly cleaned. This build-up increases cleaning and filtration costs.

Accumulated mist is also problematic for facilities producing parts and assemblies for medical devices and instruments, aerospace and automotive, and engines and transmissions. These industries require low surface contamination. They often require production facilities to meet more stringent air quality standards than those of OSHA. These requirements can be as high as 0.1 mg/m3.

Given the problems caused by mists, addressing them before they are airborne is paramount.

Ultimately, mist reduction decreases health risks, improves facility costs and addresses customer requirements. Installing a mist collection system is an excellent way to mitigate mists before they wreak havoc on health, facilities and parts.

Mist collection systems collect mist at the source. They capture droplets before they can be carried throughout the facility.

Mists can simply be captured and collected. However, systems like the Filtra Systems’ Eliminator and Stealth mist collection system also filter coolants for reuse. This is an additional cost savings.

The Eliminator, when installed on machines generating mists, the oil mist is coalesced and collected for reuse.  Then the Stealth system purifies the air in two stages for circulation in the facility.

Manufacturing facilities should consider installing mist collection a priority for worker safety, facility maintenance and part quality.  Mist collectors keep manufacturers ahead of OSHA and European standards. More importantly, they help meet stringent quality requirements set for precision industries.

For more information on mist collectors, mist collection systems, the Stealth and the Eliminator, please call our mist collection experts at 248-427-9090.

Why Your Company Needs A Mist Collector

From large machinery air quality, successful companies understand realistic safeguards are needed to protect their workers from the dangers that are inherent to industrial environments.

Oftentimes, these safeguards not only protect workers’ health, but they also have a significant positive impact on the efficiency of your process.

Companies that choose to invest in these safeguards help keep their employees safe and can make more money in the process.

Iron-Clad Ways To Improved Workplace Health

As is often the case, when coolants and oils are sprayed onto parts during cutting, honing, and grinding processes, oil mist is released into the air. If good mist collectors are not installed, this oily mist will leave the machine and escape into the air.

Don’t be mislead, this mist is not healthy for humans to breathe.

Limiting lung exposure to this byproduct of CNC machining has measured benefits for your workers’ health. In addition to the respiratory issues that can result from the inhalation of oil mist, long term exposure can cause skin disease.

The current OSHA standard for mineral oil in air is 5 mg/m3. Air passed through HEPA filters generally has 0.5 mg/m3 of oil mist, 10X below OSHA standards.

Mist collectors are regularly mounted to the cutting machine and prevent oil mists from entering shop air. HEPA filters can prevent this from happening by removing most particulate from the air stream.

Impressive Maintenance & Efficiency

Filtra-Systems has designed coolant filtration systems for industrial applications for almost 40 years, which is why we appreciate the need for robust solutions that require little maintenance to ensure optimum output with little downtime.

Systems that lack mist collectors increase maintenance problems because mist accumulates on the walls, floors, and machines. Just as importantly, systems that lack mist collectors must spend money on additional coolant to add to the system in order to make up for the volume lost to the air. Both of these issues can cost a company time, money and many other headaches.

Discover The Filtra-Systems Advantage

Filtra-Systems Gen II Mist Collectors have several distinct advantages over competing collectors. The vast majority of coolant can be returned to the machine because it is mounted directly to the CNC machine, before any ductwork. The centrifugal separator protects the disposable HEPA filter, minimizing the cost of replacement media and downtime during change-outs.

Designed with our customers in mind, our oil mist collector will improve your company’s bottom line and protect the health of your workers.

Contact us today and make your mist collection make an impact.

Conserving Coolant With A Mist Collector System

At Filtra-Systems, we are engineering new products that will increase health and production standards for the various industries we serve. Today, we want to talk to you about our mist collector systems that will help conserve your coolant. Before we talk about our mist collector and coolant filtration systems, let’s talk about how this machinery works in order to better understand the benefits.

When coolants and oils are sprayed onto parts, oil mist is released into the vicinity. Inhalation of this oil mist can cause long-term health problems. When members of your workforce are exposed to this mist regularly, it is common for respiratory issues to arise, cause by the exposure to the mist. We know how important it is to conserve coolant through filtration, but we also know how important the health of your workforce is. The long term effects can generate serious concerns including skin disease, and therefore OSHA has requirements for mineral oil in air exposed to workers.

A mist collector is used to remove the oil from air using a centrifugal separation system. After doing this, the droplets are then gravity-drained back in to the machine tool, decreasing the overall loss of coolant. Not only is this process economically beneficial, but environmentally sound as well. During this process, there are no active moving parts. Therefore, excess maintenance is not required for this particular mist collection technology.

Another added benefit of our mist collection systems is the reduced maintenance of the surrounding area. This same oil mist accumulates on walls, floors, and machines and because of this causes the workers in the area to be subject to not only health hazards but a dirty workplace. Filtra-Systems Gen II Mist Collectors are mounted to the cutting machine and prevent oil mists from entering the workplace air.

How A Coolant Mist Collector Can Improve The Health Of Your Workforce

If you are in charge of a workforce, health is always a top priority. Keeping your workers safe is first and foremost. What if you could not only keep them safe but protect the health of your workforce? At Filtra-Systems, we take pride in engineering safe and efficient technology. We want our customers to enjoy our products without the risk of incurring any health issues. That is why we have designed the Coolant Mist Collector, which can improve the health of your workforce.

Our Mist Collector uses centrifugal separation to remove oil mist from the air. The oil mist droplets are gravity-drained back into the machine, decreasing the overall coolant losses. This also reduces the cost of coolant make-up costs. This piece of machinery is unique because at this stage it does not require moving parts, like other centrifugal mist collectors do. Due to the non-moving parts, maintenance is reduced.

During the process of coolants/oils being sprayed onto parts, mist is released into the air. This oil mist is known to cause long-term health problems. These are experienced by your workforce, who are exposed to this mist on a daily basis. Respiratory issues are commonly related to the exposure of oil mist. Long term effects are typically more severe and can include skin diseases. The current OSHA requirement for mineral oil in air exposed to workers is a maximum of 5 g/m3. Mist often collects on the walls, machines, floors, etc.

As for the improvement of your workforce’s health, the Coolant Mist Collector has you covered. Our mist collector prevents mist from entering the air due to its design. Our collectors are mounted to the cutting machine which prevents the mist from entering the workplace and endangering the workforce.

Improve the health of your workforce with our Coolant Mist Collector! The health and safety benefits, in addition to the process benefits and savings combine to greatly improve your manufacturing setting. Contact us today!