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Mist Collection for Health Hazard Reduction and Cost Saving

Mist collectors are an excellent proven tool for metalworking shops to maintain both safe indoor air quality and a cleaner facility.

Mists are liquid droplets that are less than 20 microns in diameter. Mist collectors are air handling systems designed to separate the tiny droplets from a facility’s air.

Oil Mist Collection - Stealth - The EliminatorMist droplets are comprised of the water and oil coolants and cutting fluids used during machining operations.

They often also contain a number of chemicals that a machining operation may give off or generate. These may be things like carbon monoxide, acetone, benzene, methanol or ethyl alcohol, microorganisms, carcinogens, toxins or allergens and other irritants.

Unfortunately, once airborne, mists may be inhaled by workers. These droplets are smaller than a single white blood cell (about 25 microns). This means they are small enough to enter your alveoli which are the tiny passages in the lungs. This can pose a breathing hazard in the short term.

Prolonged exposure can result in chronic breathing ailments and respiratory disease. Metalworker-CoughingAdditionally, absorbing certain chemicals may cause cancer, toxicity or an allergic reaction.

Mists may be absorbed in other ways as well. Aerosolized droplets that settle on the skin, in eyes or on other mucous membranes can cause irritation and inflammation. They may also lead to contact dermatitis, skin acne or dermal infections.

Aside from direct contact, mists that collect on surfaces inside of a facility pose problems as well. Exposure to contaminated surfaces can causes not only injuries from slips and falls but also skin irritation through contact.

The risks of mists are not just human hazards.

  • Dirty machines, surfaces and ducts degrade operations over time.
  • Mist covered precision machinery may cause downtime for servicing and repair.
  • Dirty ductwork needs cleaning or replacement.
  • Dirty facilities transfer contamination onto products causing corrosion, fouling or part corruption.

The results. Lost time and productivity.

Mist collectors can remove mists before they become a problem.

A mist collector captures mists at or near their source and keeps them out of the circulating air.

Filtra-Systems-Stealth-X1 Mist Collection SystemThey can effectively reduce or eliminate worker exposure to mists and minimized the need to deal with mists collected on surfaces. Besides, mist collectors help ensure facilities meet OSHA sets standards for indoor air quality.

In addition to helping maintain clean and healthy facilities, mist collectors that recycle valuable cutting and cooling fluids also save facilities money.

Systems, such as the Eliminator by Filtra-Systems, are designed to separate contaminants from the mist and recycle fluid. This allows coolants to be reused continuously until the fluid breaks down. This reduces fluid consumption upstream. Downstream, it also reduces costs associated with disposing potentially of hazardous materials.

Mist collectors offer many benefits to metalworking facilities.

First and foremost, they reduce or eliminate human hazards due to mist exposure. However, they also help maintain a clean facility which minimizes service and housekeeping costs.

And, a huge added bonus is the cost savings realized with a mist collection system that recycles metalworking fluids.

To determine if a mist collection system is right for your metalworking facility, give us a call and talk to one of our mist collection experts. 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.