Consulting and Design for Dust Collection Systems

Consulting and Design for Dust Collection Systems

  • 3D Duct Design and layout, design packages for turnkey systems
  • System Installations, upgrades, expansions of dust collection systems
  • Site Inspection, Troubleshooting and OSHA Compliance Assistance
  • Upgrading Systems for compliance with NFPA and OSHA
  • Service contracts to reduce costs for maintaining systems
  • OSHA Silica dust compliance
Fume Extraction System for Injection Molding facility - 3D Design Drawing
3D Design Drawing of fume extraction system for a large injection molding facility

Example: Designing a fume extraction System for Injection Molding Operation

A medical device manufacturer with a large injection molding department needed a customized fume extraction system. The three most important needs were: a system that would effectively draw fumes away from the operators, keep the facility free of fumes, and not get in the way. Gulftech worked with the client to develop a design that met these requirements. Starting with a 3D design concept drawing offered an excellent way to communicate and determine the best options.

We will build a 3D design of your system and work with you on the best solution that fits your building, your budget and your timeline! Ask about our design packages, partially refundable with purchase of a system.

Consulting for Dust Collection Systems

Many of our clients are either upgrading their facility with new equipment, or looking at ways to optimize the equipment they have. Who doesn’t like to do more with less? A majority of dust collection and air filtration systems in operation are no longer compliant with current fire and safety codes for combustible dust. Still more systems suffer from worn out components and parts that keep them from operating at the level necessary for a clean facility. We will design the dust collection system that is right for you.

Existing Equipment: A consulting visit or discussion with Gulftech assesses your existing system and reviews troubleshooting, performance analysis, and safety compliance. Based on the reason for the assessment, we will offer a report with findings and recommendations. Based on the need and complexity of repair or retrofit, Gulftech can provide the necessary parts, repairs, or upgrades. https://www.gulftech.us/dust-collection-assessment/

Dust Collector Site Troubleshooting and Assessment
Dust Collector Troubleshooting and Assessment

New Equipment: If you are upgrading a new or existing facility and need new or more capable equipment, Gulftech works with you to design a system that fits in to an existing design. We also work with architect and engineering firms to design-build new systems for a complete design package. https://www.gulftech.us/stainless-steel-dust-collection/

Click here to request information about how Gulftech can help you with your dust collection needs.

Companies Fined $112,600 in Fatal Dust Explosion

The explosion killed a 25-year-old man and injured five others in February at JCG Farms in Rockmart, GA


“It is tragic that despite wide industry awareness of these hazards, that some employers remain unaware of the common hazards of combustible dust,” said Christi Griffin, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-West Office. “This incident and this man’s death were preventable.”

An example of a company that allowed a buildup of combustible dust to create deadly hazard and dust explosion.

Consider the following steps for a safer workplace:

  • Facility managers should be aware of the hazards of the dust produced during their production process, by observing NFPA and OSHA standards for combustible dust
  • Document and follow housekeeping procedures to minimize the buildup of hazardous or combustible dust.
  • Implement dust collection and air filtration systems to minimize dust buildup of nuisance dust.

Dust experts are standing by to provide an analysis of the dust hazards of your facility and provide recommendations for the safe management and containment of dust. Contact Gulftech today for a free review of your dust hazards. [email protected], 727-469-8773

UV Systems Effectively Improve Indoor Air Quality

How You Can Use UV Systems to Effectively Improve Indoor Air Quality

Study reports UV-C inactivates microorganisms with a kill ratio of 90 percent or higher

Ultraviolet (UV) light has been growing as part of the HVAC landscape for years, especially for improving Indoor Air Quality. As the technology has matured over time, organizations have undertaken studies and research to prove its effectiveness. Recent studies have found that UV Systems Effectively Improve Indoor Air Quality  by by eliminating harmful germs from the air, HVAC air ducts and evaporator coils.

One such organization, ASHRAE, recently weighed in on the benefits of UV light by “recognizing the health benefits of UV-C as demonstrated by several studies. The technology is a potentially beneficial option that building owners should consider installing.”

The UV-C wavelength inactivates microorganisms living on HVAC air ducts and evaporator coils with a kill ratio of 90 percent or higher, depending on light intensity, length of exposure, lamp placement, and lamp life cycle. The technology removes both bacterial and viral aerosols from the air.

Tangible health benefits showing that UV Systems Effectively Improve Indoor Air Quality found by the ASHRAE research committee:

• Several studies have examined the health benefits of using UV-C lamps to decontaminate the airstreams in health care facilities. Some have concluded that, by eliminating harmful germs from the air, UV-C can protect a hospital’s most vulnerable patients from getting sick;

• UV-C has been found to be effective in eliminating fungus growing in HVAC systems. Rampant fungus can contribute to hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, and asthma; and

Contact Gulftech Enterprises, Inc. today to discuss options for adding UV into your HVAC systems, ice makers, and other commercial and industrial applications.


OSHA Proposes Lowering Workplace Beryllium Levels

OSHA is proposing new standards on exposure to beryllium, an acknowledgement that many of its standards don’t adequately cover all workplace hazards. Beryllium is a metal widely used in the aircraft and aerospace industries because of its conductive and thermal properties when alloyed with other metals. Beryllium and its compounds are carcinogenic and toxic and when dust or fumes are inhaled can cause an incurable illness known as chronic beryllium disease or berylliosis. The Air Filtration and Indoor Air Quality experts at GulfTech Enterprises have significant experience in providing customer solutions to beryllium exposure. [1] They have installed air filtration systems to safely capture and contain the hazardous beryllium dust to OSHA standards.

OHSA’s proposal is historically significant because it represents a collaborative effort between industry and labor unions. The nation’s main manufacturer of beryllium products, Materion, and the United Steelworkers labor union, representing many of those who work with beryllium, recognized the need for a new standard. Together, they approached OSHA in 2012 to suggest a stronger standard.

“This collaboration of industry and labor presents a historic opportunity to protect the lives and lungs of thousands of beryllium-exposed workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We hope other industries where workers are exposed to deadly substances join with unions and other organizations representing those workers to reduce exposures, prevent diseases and save lives.”[2]

There are an estimated 35,000 workers in the metalworking industry with potential exposure to beryllium that would be covered by OSHA’s rulemaking. Currently, OSHA’s eight-hour permissible exposure limit or PEL for beryllium is 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air. [3] That standard was adopted by OSHA in 1971 and has not changed since. OSHA’s proposed standard would reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. Above that level, employers must take steps to reduce the airborne concentration of beryllium. Air Filtration and dust collection systems designed by experienced companies such as GulfTech, Inc.[4] can help employers meet that standard. The proposed rule would also require additional protections, including personal protective equipment, medical exams, other medical surveillance and training.

“This proposal will save lives and help thousands of workers stay healthy and be more productive on the job,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “We’re pleased that industry has been such a strong voice in advocating for a more rigorous standard. The proposal is strong because of unprecedented partnership between manufacturers and the United Steelworkers.”[5]

While the exposure limits set back in 1971 had a significant effect in reducing fatalities due to acute beryllium disease, it has become clear in the 45 years since that exposure below 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air also had damaging long-term health effects. Although OSHA initially proposed to lower the permissible exposure limit for beryllium in 1975 it was not until industry and labor banded together that gave impetus to finally affect change.

OSHA estimates that the rule could prevent almost 100 deaths and 50 serious illnesses each year. Workers who inhale beryllium particles can develop a debilitating, incurable illness known as chronic beryllium disease, and are also at increased risk of lung cancer. Dangers arise when beryllium-containing materials are processed in a way that releases airborne beryllium dust, fume, mist or other forms.

The majority of current worker exposures to beryllium occur in operations such as foundry and smelting operations, machining, beryllium oxide ceramics and composites manufacturing and dental lab work.

The proposed rule was published in the Aug. 7, 2015 issue of the Federal Register. [1]

[1] OSHA proposal would lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections, https://www.osha.gov/newsrelease/nat-20150806.html

[1] Installing Dust Collection System Helps Aerospace Company Safely Capture Hazardous Dust, https://www.gulftech.us/dust-collection-system-helps-aerospace-company-safely-capture-hazardous-dust/

[2] OSHA proposal would lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections, https://www.osha.gov/newsrelease/nat-20150806.html

[3] OSHA Proposal (Same as Footnote 2)

[4] https://www.gulftech.us/

[5] OSHA proposal (See Footnote 2)

[1] OSHA proposal would lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections, https://www.osha.gov/newsrelease/nat-20150806.html

Ron Beadenkopf is the Business Development Director and Technical Sales Manager at GulfTech Enterprises, Inc. located in Clearwater, FL