Camfil APC, maker of Farr Gold Series industrial dust collector systems, has provided this FAQ to help answer common questions about the unique challenges of dust collection and fume handling for plasma cutting systems.
HOW DO I DETERMINE IF MY METAL DUST IS FLAMMABLE OR EXPLOSIVE?
There is no quick and easy way to know if your dust is explosive because every operation is different. Getting your dust tested is the only way to know for sure. These metal dusts are the most hazardous: aluminum, magnesium, carbon steel, stainless steel, niobium, tantalum, titanium, zirconium, and hafnium. Most ground metals create dust with active carbons that are combustible. In addition, rust inhibitors, coolants, paints and/or other fugitive materials can combine into an explosive mixture in the dust collector. Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), it’s an employer’s responsibility to identify and abate hazards in the work place. We recommend that dusts generated during metalworking processes be lab tested to determine your dusts’ physical properties and explosibility tested to determine if it has explosive properties. OSHA requires employers to have records identifying the dust generated in your application.
THE FABRICATOR APRIL 2018
APRIL 9, 2018
When new business opportunities require tighter tolerances and more productivity, an upgrade in cutting and design capabilities is required. Natural Structures, Baker City, Ore., did just that with an investment in new plasma cutting system.
Who says that metal fabricating isn’t fun? Natural Structures, Baker City, Ore., has built a business around that concept.
The business specializes in the design, engineering, and fabrication of pavilions and shelters found in parks and campgrounds; water slides and water play structures found in pools and splash pads; and amenities such as tables, benches, and bike racks that might be found at those facilities. It also has gotten into the business of fabricating stainless steel slides that are finding homes in the headquarters of major financial institutions and Silicon Valley companies.
WOBURN, MA, June 7, 2018 – AKS Cutting Systems, a subsidiary of Kiffer Industries, today announced that Carlson Fabrication Solutions will represent AKS Cutting Systems CNC Plasma and CNC Waterjet product lines in the New England area beginning July 1, 2018. Chris Phillip, AKS Cutting Systems Northeast Regional Sales Manager will provide support and manage the relationship between AKS and CFS.
Newell Machinery, Hiawatha, IA, is one of the largest and most experienced union millwright contractors in Iowa. Newell has more than 100 years of milwrighting experience with thousands of successful projects with exceptional custom millwright products services and solutions, serving a wide variety of agricultural industries including animal food, powerhouses and boilers, food processing, industrial, chemical, precision machine setting, robotic packaging, mining and quarries, and steel mills. Since 1900, Newell Machinery has grown from providing mill supplies and wooden elevators to an industry expert and leader in millwright design, manufacturing, and service.
Newell also designs and builds its own products, and services and installs a wide range of specific floor and overhead conveyors. With over 40 years of experience, Newell has installed miles and miles of conveyor all over the US, including project work, preventative maintenance work, ongoing maintenance contracts and emergency breakdown service. Newell Machinery manufactures conveyors, steel bucket elevators, belt conveyors, and screw conveyors. Other products include associated platforms, staircases, ladders, safety cages and more. Services include engineering and design services, millwright construction and maintenance, and metal fabrication.
Lone Star Grillz in Willis, TX, is a family owned business that fabricates custom and standard smokers, grills, BBQ pits, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, trailers, and related cooking equipment. Lone Star Grillz offers hundreds of outdoor products through catalog and internet sales channels, as well as modified and customized models to suit every customer’s desires.