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How Dust Collectors and Air Handlers Can Benefit from Condition Monitoring

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Particulate buildup can be a problem in industrial processes ranging from wood processing to painting to grit blasting. Excess deposits can cause problems with the equipment and the product, alike. This can affect product quality and trigger premature failure in equipment. Therefore, dust collectors and other air handlers are commonly used to remove these particulates.

Certain particles are strictly regulated by government agencies and operators may be required by law to maintain lower levels to comply with environmental laws or occupational safety. As a result, there is a higher cost of failure and potential penalties making dust collectors ideal candidates for vibration monitoring.

However, dust collectors are often overlooked in favor of monitoring other equipment because they may not be part of direct production and they are typically located at the edge of the plant. More than likely, they are remote devices not connected to the rest of the factory network. Online condition monitoring systems, particularly those that take advantage of existing infrastructure communications infrastructure like wireless or Bluetooth, make monitoring viable and economically feasible.