POWDER DUST ISSUES

Are you working in a dusty environment?

If you are experiencing issues with dust in your manufacturing facility, it is probably due to open processing.

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Why do I need to reduce dust in my factory?

Dust in your factory can cause unnecessary waste of product and become a serious danger to your employees

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Dust in your manufacturing facility can lead to a number of issues. As well as creating a messy environment, you could be wasting valuable product with powder being spoiled on the floor. A dusty environment can also cause cross-contamination of powders, which is especially important if the process includes allergens.  You could regularly clean away the wasted powder but this will take up valuable staff time, as they are away from the production line or incur the cost of using a third party cleaning provider. Ultimately your production time is reduced and your product can spoil, adding further overhead costs and poor manufacturing practice. 

Depending on the type of powder that you are handling, your staff’s health could be put at risk. A facility that is untidy with poor working conditions will undoubtedly result in your reputation with customers being damaged. Dust is also a highly combustable material that can catch fire and explode when mixed with air. When your activity creates dust your work environment become hazardous and therefore must be reduced immediately. 

What are the common causes of dust

A dusty work environment is not safe and therefore needs to be resolved

There are a number of causes for an increase in dust such as poor working practices, open transfers of powders and your equipment not sealing properly.

During powder filling operations clouds of dust can often be dispersed into the atmosphere as the sack tip bulk bag does not provide a contained process.

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How to remove dust from your factory

A clean and contained manufacturing process is the key to removing dust from your production.

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Fitting a HVAC system may help with air quality in the short term, but it is likely to result in further downtime and costs as the system becomes clogged with your wasted product. Equipment that has been designed for containment, such as the Matcon IBC ensures that your containers can remain closed from filling, mixing to packing. By introducing sack dump stations with dust extraction you can reduce wastage at the first opportunity. Once the IBC has been charged the dust tight seals mean that there are no open holes, no risk of leaking and no contamination.

The production line is completely closed, even during discharge thanks to a ‘lip seal’ on the discharge station and the ‘alpha beta’ coupling system. The IBC can be moved around the factory from filling to blending and onto packing without it having to be opened.

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