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BEST MAINTENANCE PRACTICES FOR DUST COLLECTOR FILTERS, BAGS AND CARTRIDGES

 

Thursday, November 06, 2014


Dust collector filter, bags and cartridges are one of the most important parts of your dust collector system. They require regular cleaning and maintenance. However, there are specific guidelines on how you should be cleaning and maintaining these filter elements. Here is a simple and easy-to-read best service practice list to ensure you are doing it right.

#1 Do not underestimate your filter's

life by the way it looks


The famous quote, "Do not judge the book by its cover." is true even with dust collector filters, bags and cartridges. A dirty looking filter element may still have plenty of life left. However, only an expert dust collector service technician can
clearly see this.

Recommendation:
Choose an experienced service technician to inspect, clean or replace your dust collector filters, bags or cartridges to ensure you are given accurate recommendations. 

Click here if you are looking for such a dust collector service technician or if you would like to find out about our dust collector services. Otherwise call us on 1300721458.

#2 Never hit a filter in an attempt

to clean it


If you ever see someone tapping on a dust collector filter, bags and cartridges, then it is a clear sign they are not a trained technician. Hitting your filter element to knock off dust not only damages your filter but also places your engine at risk for dust ingestion. Moreover, tapping never releases deeply embedded dirt present in your
filter elements.

Recommendation:
 

It is always better and safer to let expert technicians do the cleaning for you. Otherwise, change to a new filter, bag and cartridge to ensure maximum efficiency. 


Click here if you are looking for such a dust collector service technician or if you would like to find out about our dust collector services. Otherwise call us on 1300721458.


#3 Don't remove an air filter from its

housing simply to inspect it


It can be tempting to inspect your filter, bag and cartridge every once in a while. However, removing a filter element from its housing just to inspect is not recommended. Ridges of dirt on the gasket sealing surface can easily drop on the clean filter element side when the gasket is released.

Recommendation:
 

Install a differential pressure or magnehelic gauge to easily monitor your dust collector's performance. You'll be amazed with how much time and cost savings it will bring to your operation.


Click here to learn more about the advantages a magnehelic gauge can bring to your system and equipment.


#4 Immediately replace a worn or

damaged gasket


If your dust collector requires a cover gasket, replace it with a new one when changing your filters. Reusing the old one is not recommended.

Recommendation:
Prevention is always better than cure. Replace your gasket according to service instructions. This will help you avoid unwanted downtime due to equipment breakdown.

Click here if you are looking for a dust collector service technician or if you would like to find out about our dust collector services.  Otherwise, call us on 1300721458.


#5 Never substitute one filter

with another one that has

a different model number


Many filters, bags and cartridges look almost identical, but every dust collector has unique filter element specifications. A slight difference in size can dramatically affect airflow or prevent a good seal.

Recommendation:
   

Order and purchase filters, bags and cartridges from trusted companies. Tell them your dust collector's model number to ensure you will get the correct item.


It's best to find a supplier that can send a technician onsite to ensure you get the right one in and even install it for you. Send us an online enquiry or call us on 1300721458, today.  Click here to see our comprehensive range of filters, bags and cartridges. 


#6 Regularly check for air leaks

in the ducting on both sides of your

dust collector or baghouse


An air leak between the air cleaner and the engine gives dirt a direct path into the engine. Immediately fix this by including this in your inspection checklist to maximize your equipment's efficiency.

Recommendation:
     

Reduce your costs by finding a reliable partner that provides complete dust collector cleaning and maintenance service. Read more about the transition hose (flexible duct) installation and maintenance we deliver.


#7 During filter replacement,

check to ensure that there is no damage

to the dust collector housing itself


New dust collector filters, bags and cartridges are ineffective if the dust collector housing has damage. Check the integrity of your dust collectors structure to ensure it will deliver the result you wanted.

Recommendation:
     

Choose a service technician that doesn't only care about filter element replacement. Find a company also that checks the integrity of your dust collector's structure when doing replacements.     


Click here if you would like for find out about our dust collector service or call us on 1300721458.


#8 Check any intake hoods and pre-

cleaner devices during maintenance


You need to inspect and tighten all the connections of your dust collector system. Check all clamps, elbows and connections to ensure they are secure and tight. Replace damaged components and repair any visible holes. Report faulty inlet hoods and get them repaired immediately to ensure it will not significantly shorter your new filter element's life.

Recommendation:
       

Hire the services of a company that has a quick call out response time and will care for your equipment as if it was their own. Observe how they perform their inspection and maintenance routine to see how conscientious they are with details.       


Click here if you are looking for such a dust collector service technician or if you would like to find out about our dust collector services. Otherwise call us on 1300721458.

     

#9 Record all action item taken in your

filter service records


Put everything on file. List the repairs, adjustments and replacements you have applied to the system. Indicate when your next filter cleaning or replacement should happen.

Recommendation:
Place an inspection folder on your dust collector machine which contains when it was inspected and maintained. Include a checklist to ensure all inspection items on your dust collector has been carefully looked at.

Get free expert's advice


Our service department offers a comprehensive range of dust collector cleaning and maintenance services. We also supply a comprehensive range of dust collector filters, bags and cartridges. Call us on 1300721458 to find out what is best for you and your situation. We are happy to visit you onsite if necessary and recommend the most cost effective solution for your needs. Send us a message with our online form.


 
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