A wide range of machining processes create industrial mist in the workplace. Mist, dust, and smoke contaminants are generated from wet machining, grinding, turning, milling, drilling, and other manufacturing and processing applications that generate wet contaminants. Industrial mist includes fluids such coolant and machine oil, which can be harmful to the respiratory systems of people who must work and breath in the immediate area.
In addition to breathing hazards, industrial mists put the work environment itself at risk. Industrial mist deposits collect on work surfaces, machinery, and floors. Accumulations are especially dangerous on floors, as slippery floors lead to falls and serious injuries. Increased maintenance is required to continually clean industrial mist residue. Equipment may be less easy to clean, as industrial mists can infiltrate internal mechanisms. This can result in costly machine repairs or premature failure.
There’s Good News and Bad News
The good news is that industrial mist issues can be controlled and managed with the right industrial mist collection solutions. Ready for the bad news? Mist collection systems are not all the same and not all are effective. Unfortunately, some mist collection systems actually move air around rather than filter it. There is only one way to know what you are dealing with when it comes to industrial mist, and only one way to know if the system you have is working. You need industrial mist testing.
More Good News –
Glacier Technology Has Your Mist Testing Needs Covered
Using Dusttrak II Aerosol Monitoring technology, we provide on-site mist testing to determine if your mist collector is delivering the clean air you need in your environment. Measuring aerosol contaminants such as dust, smoke, fumes, and mists, the handheld monitoring device uses a light-scattering laser photometer that provides real-time aerosol mass readings in a parts per million read out. The parts per million measurement indicates the amount of particles present in the air we breathe. Ideally, this measurement should be as close to zero as possible. Using the test data, we provide customers with a benchmark readout and then implement mist collection solutions that will return the work area to as close to zero parts per million as possible.
Glacier Technology has over two decades of experience with successful mist collector installations in a wide range of machine shops. We will assist you with the installation of a mist collector that meets your specific application requirements, works with your process, and fits in your budget.