Poor air quality can be a serious problem in high-volume manufacturing, metal- and woodworking, furniture building, and other dusty applications. From industrial and commercial wood and metal shops down to the hobbyist's home workspace, dust particles can quickly build up in the air or on floors, causing respiratory problems or slipping hazards. Dust can also interfere with proper machinery operation and even be a combustion risk.
Typically consisting of a heavy-duty vacuum, a dust-collecting receptacle, and a rugged industrial hose to connect the two, a dust collection system can effectively improve air quality and maintain cleanliness for a safer work environment. The system pulls dust particles from the air and transfers them to a central location, where they are collected for disposal. Read on to learn more about the role of hoses in the dust collection process.
Dust collection hoses are important for any operation that generates airborne dust. However, in the presence of the right environmental conditions, wood dust in particular can be combustible and a potential explosive dust risk. Hoses assist collection systems in capturing and collecting such dust for safe disposal. For example, static dissipative hoses, a type of anti-static hose, reduce or eliminate the risk of static electricity. They mitigate the chance of combustion by dissipating the static to the hose ends through their rubber material.
Particle size and moisture content help determine dust's combustion risk. To find out whether or not the dust at your shop is a combustion hazard, it is important to have a certified testing facility evaluate it. Several recognized testing methods are available, including the OSHA Combustible Dust NEP Test, which complies with OSHA's National Emphasis Program for Combustible Dust.
Features & Benefits of Dust Collection Hoses
Manufacturers design numerous varieties and sizes of hoses to handle dust, as well as abrasive fibers and powders, in harsh industrial environments. Lightweight but made of heavy-duty materials, these hoses resist abrasion, tearing, and other damage while retaining excellent flexibility. They are also highly compressible, incorporating a steel wire helix to help them keep their shape.
Quality dust collection hoses will:
- Promote a healthier and safer working environment for workers
- Enable a clean workspace that enhances equipment performance and efficiency
- Reduce combustible dust accumulation that would otherwise create fire and explosion risks
- Help businesses adhere to exposure guidelines, industry regulations, and best practices for dust collection
Applications & Industries
An effective dust collection system for woodworking shops and other locations could utilize miles of industrial hose. Also, these facilities often use metal piping, thanks to its larger diameters and ability to move greater volumes of air. Keep in mind that your power source should be able to accommodate the related requirements for airflow to prevent CFM loss from harming your system and its performance.
Utilizing blast gates will allow you to manage air supply, providing it just for the areas in which active machinery is located, and a transparent hose will enable you to see any system blockages. It's also best to use a grounding wire to safeguard against electrostatic buildup from larger-capacity equipment. When properly set up, dust collection systems create safe environments in metal- and woodworking, agriculture, food production, and cyclone industrial settings.
Cyclones are dust collectors capable of removing as much as 99% or more of debris and fine particles from the air. When combined with single-stage dust collectors and the appropriate piping, cyclones eliminate the need for dust bags and collect dust in a supplied receptacle. The benefits of cyclone separators include:
- Quick and easy method for disposing of waste
- Continuous, strong suction that eliminates suction loss
- Improved filter lifecycle with reduced clogging
- Minimized need for cleaning or maintenance
- Safeguarding the fan impeller against debris
When using a cyclone for particle-size reduction operations, optimal air circulation is crucial. However, a common issue in cyclone-based dust collection systems is air leakage. Durable dust collection hoses can mitigate this issue for your system.
Flexaust's Dust Collection Hoses
At Flexaust Inc., we offer a variety of dust collection hoses to fit varied applications. These include:
- R-4 Stretch
- Flx-Thane SD
- Flx-Thane MD
- Flx-Thane LD
- Flx-Thane XLD
- Flx-Thane LD-SD
- Flex-Tube EF (Eco-Friendly)
- Industrial MRO General Pick-Up Accessory Kit
- Commercial MRO General Pick-Up Accessory Kit
Proper dust management is critical for hobbyist home workshops that generate airborne dust. Using a dust collection system with quality hoses will help you not only maintain a clean workspace but also protect workers and prevent fires. Since 1938, Flexaust has manufactured flexible hose and ducting solutions for reliable, long-lasting protection against dust, fumes, and poor air quality.
We don't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Our team is committed to innovation in dust collection, offering a wide range of thermoplastic, metal, and fabric products. We can help you determine the ideal hose material, size, and flexibility for your unique application. Contact us today for more information or help navigating our catalog of premium dust collection hoses.