Case Study: Dust Collector Fire Damage Assessment and Replacement
Situation: A customer experienced a fire in their dust collector resulting in the system being destroyed. Gulftech was brought in to assess the damage and provide options for replacing the system.
Assessment: Working with the customer and their insurance company, Gulftech determined that due to space constraints, replacing the system with an exact duplicate was the simplest option. The manufacturer was able to find the original drawings of the unit and provided a “plug-and-play” system that fit precisely into the limited space available for the unit.
Result: Gulftech provided expertise and labor to remove the fire damaged dust collector and install the new system. The customer was extremely happy with the result of the project, as it allowed them to get back up and running quickly.
Repair or Replacement? Making the right Choice?
In the event of a fire resulting from material collected in the dust collector hopper, the damage may be contained if the fire does not spread through the duct or surrounding materials. An initial inspection may indicate that the damage was contained quickly enough that your equipment can be returned to operation with only minor repairs. We recommend having a trained technician with experience in dust collector damage assessments take a closer look.
Equipment Repair vs. Replacement Options
When considering repair/replacement options, be sure to inspect the fan blower or impeller and all electrical components for damage. While some components may appear to have escaped damage, electrical wiring and other sensitive components may sustain damage that must be addressed. Pulse cleaning valves, gauges and other sensors may be damaged, be sure to inspect them carefully. Inspect connecting duct for heat warping or damage that might prevent a good seal. Inspect silencers or other after-filter components to sure they are still functional.
Safety Components: Many dust collectors installed prior to recent changes in fire code may no longer be compliant with current safety regulations. Gulftech will assist in identifying what areas of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code apply to your dust collector, and recommend the safety equipment to make your system safe and compliant. Fire and explosion safety components include Explosion Vent Panels, Fire Suppression Systems, Explosion Isolation Valves and other features that Suppress, Isolate and minimize the risk and spread of fires and explosions that occur in facilities producing combustible dust.
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