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BEST MAINTENANCE PRACTICES FOR DUST COLLECTOR FILTERS, BAGS AND CARTRIDGES
Thursday, November 6, 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.
Best cleaning maintenance practices for dust collector filters bags and cartridges
#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.
Choose an experienced service technician to inspect, clean or replace your dust collector filters, bags or cartridges to ensure you are given accurate recommendations.
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
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.
#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.
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.
#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.
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.
#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.
#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.
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.
#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.
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.
#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.
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.