Common Dust Collection Questions
November 3rd, 2020
If you're entirely new to dust collection, here are some answers to some of the most common dust collection questions.
What is Dust Collection?
When you look at the two words of “dust collection,” it basically means what is says. The collection of dust through equipment that uses filters to collect air pollutants and dust particles. A dust collector is a system that captures and controls these pollutants in order to make industrial processes cleaner and safer.
Is Dust Harmful?
By itself, the word “dust” makes a person think of dust that they can see. For example, dust that is collecting on a desk, table, or windowsill. That is not specifically the type of dust we are talking about. While it is true that some dust particles are visible, other particulate cannot be seen with the human eye. Particulate matter is described by the EPA as “a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air.”  Certain dusts are harmful and can cause a number of health issues such as:
• Aggravated Asthma
• Eye/Skin Irritation
• Respiratory Issues
How Does Dust Collection Work?
Let’s get down to the technical side of things. Industrial dust collectors are the main piece of equipment collecting harmful dusts. Once the dust is captured, it moves through the collector and to the filters. These guys are responsible for gathering the harmful pollutants. Cartridge filters use pulse cleaning in which air pulses to remove the particles from the filters.
What is Particle Size?
Dust particles are measured in microns. Depending on the application such as wood dust or dust from food processing, particle size varies. Smaller particles that can only be seen with a microscope are the most dangerous. Very fine particles can go deep into your lungs and then into your bloodstream. Particle size is important to consider when choosing the right collector / filter(s). If you are collecting dust that has small particle size, you don’t want to use a collector or filters that are manufactured for larger particles. This would allow smaller particles to pass through.
You may have heard about “particle size distribution.” Engineers and manufacturers run tests to see what particles the collector/filters are great at capturing. These tests are conducted to see what particle sizes the system is most efficient at dealing with.
What Type of System Should I Use?
There are many types of dust collection systems, and there is a lot to consider before deciding on the right one to use. Depending on what type of dust and application you are working with makes the difference. Not every application is the same. What works for metallic dust particles, doesn’t necessarily work for every dust particle there is. Industries need dust collection systems that are maintained and work correctly.
What is a Cartridge Filter?
Without cartridge filters inside of a dust collection system, the system would not work. Cartridge filters are an essential part of the dust collector that captures and removes dust and other contaminants. At Environmental Filter, we manufacture dust collector cartridge filters for distributors, manufacturer reps, and O.E.M.s. Each filter is manufactured in the United States, with quality inspections before they are shipped out our doors.
Do You Sell Dust Collectors?
We manufacturer the dust collector filters that go inside the collectors. However, our engineering team can answer any questions you may have about your collector. It is our job to make sure our filters are tailored to your custom needs and specifications.
How Do I Know if there is Risk of Combustible Dust?
Many industrial explosions occur because of combustible dust. It is important to keep workplaces clean and free of debris to prevent dust accumulation. Combustible dust exists in many industries. Applications such as welding, woodworking, and pharmaceuticals just to name a few. Dust sources can come from a number of different materials. 
I have a manufacturer's part number. Can you cross this filter for me?
With over 3,000 filters in our cross-reference database, we can help you find the filter replacement you need at a price you can afford. You can also send us the specifications of the filter you are looking for and we can get it crossed and manufactured.
Why is Dust Collection Important?
We can’t begin to stress enough of just how important dust collection is for your process, industry, or application. Though they may be small, particulate and dust particles create an unsafe working environment not only for the industry itself, but for the community and the planet as a whole. At the heart of what we do is making cleaner industries which leads to cleaner air for all.