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In industrial settings, the efficient operation of dust collectors is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. This is even more important in the winter when cold weather conditions can adversely affect the performance of these systems. Here are a few seasonal cold weather problems that can result in problems for your industrial dust collectors problems and headaches for you.

Increased Moisture Levels

Cold weather usually brings high moisture levels. When moisture levels in compressed air are detected the valves and solenoids of any collector can freeze. This freezing will prevent the unit from pulsing and the cartridge life will be greatly reduced. If the valves crack or stick in the open position the collector will drain all the compressed air from your system.

In order to minimize freezing we recommend draining the collector’s manifold in the fall. It is also important to have an incandescent dryer near the collector to ensure the compressed air is stripped of any moisture. Lastly most collector manufacturers have a cold weather kit that is essentially a small 24v heater that is installed in the solenoid box to help with freezing.

Temperature Fluctuation

Cold weather often brings about fluctuations in temperature, which can cause expansion and contraction of materials used in dust collector components. This thermal stress can lead to cracks, leaks, or other forms of damage, compromising the integrity of the system. Implementing a proactive maintenance schedule that includes thorough inspections and repairs can help identify and address any potential vulnerabilities before they escalate into significant problems.

Low Temperature Impact on Lubricants, Bearings, & Components

Frigid weather may also impact the operation of fans and motors integral to the functioning of dust collection systems. Cold can affect lubricants, bearings, and electrical components, potentially leading to increased friction, reduced efficiency, or even equipment failure. Regular lubrication, monitoring of motor performance, and keeping electrical components protected from the elements are essential maintenance practices to ensure the reliability and longevity of these critical components.

Higher System Demands

During colder months, there is usually an increased need for heating within industrial facilities, leading to the recirculation of indoor air containing dust particles. This makes it even more critical that dust collectors be properly maintained so they can effectively capture and remove contaminants from the air. Safeguarding the health and well-being of workers and preventing potential fire hazards associated with the accumulation of combustible dust is always essential, but may require even more attention in cold weather..

Glacier Technology is Your Northern U.S. Dust Collection System Specialist

By implementing a comprehensive maintenance regimen, including regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs, you can mitigate the adverse effects of cold weather on your dust collection systems, ensuring optimal performance, safety, and compliance with regulatory standards.

The Glacier Technology team understands industrial dust collection applications and cold weather! Contact us – we are here to help!

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