When it comes to manufacturing medical implants, there are all types. Screws and rods can be high quality stainless steel, or titanium. Recently GulfTech was involved with a project to improve the buffing and de-burring at a local manufacturing facility.
The current process for de-burring and polishing of these parts was in a small enclosed room, with an employee wearing some protective gear. The dust collection device was a small dust collector designed more for a wood shop than a medical facility.
A Dry Dust Collector & Wet Dust Collector In order to be compliant with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) the Stainless Steel Parts and the Titanium Parts cannot be de-burred or polished using the same collector. GulfTech proposed a solution that would use a Dry Cyclone Dust Collector hard ducted to 6 de-burring and polishing pedestals for the stainless parts:
For the Titanium Implant parts, we recommended two Wet Dust Collectors due to the explosive nature of Titanium Dust (From NFPA 484 – “Dry Titanium fines collected in cyclones have, on occasion, ignited spontaneously when allowed to drop freely through the air”). GulfTech recommended two Wet Downdraft Dust Collectors for this process.
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