The decision to invest in a centralised oil mist extraction system, or stand-alone units, relies on various factors. Depending on the nature of the business, each option has its own benefits.
Factors to consider include:
- What contaminants needs extracting (oil mist, smoke, dust or fume)?
- What type of machining cutting fluid are you intending to run with (soluble coolant, neat oil, MQL)
- Are you intending to use a high-pressure system?
- What type of process (grinding & Honing, milling & turning, cold heading, quenching)?
- How many machine tools require extraction and is this number likely to change in the foreseeable future?
- Are there any open or partially enclosed machines?
- Is the machine shop frequently re-configured or is it a static production line?
- How will the system be controlled (inverter driven PLCs)? Damper control valves should be considered to create a smart energy efficient system
- Should the clean air be returned to the factory or exhausted outdoors?
The answers to these questions will determine which extraction system is suitable and sufficient to meet your specific requirements and assist in providing a clean working environment.
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