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How to Maintain Your Dust Collector in Top Shape

| Author / Editor: Filip Verwaest* / Manja Wühr

Unplanned downtime and increased operating costs? Assistance is provided by a Donaldson-Checklist.
Unplanned downtime and increased operating costs? Assistance is provided by a Donaldson-Checklist. (Source: Donaldson)

An underperforming dust collector is often the result of very high dust loading, ineffective cleaning, or a combination of the two. Left unchecked, these problems can result in unplanned downtime and increased operating costs. So, while this is not necessarily an exhaustive rollout of potential issues, listed below you will find a handy checklist of measures you and your staff can take to avoid costly shutdowns and frequent filter changes.

Compressed air pressure is vital for the performance and longevity of your dust collector. When compressed air pressure is too low, cartridges are not properly cleaned and that usually results in rapid downgrade and saturation. If air pressure is high, cartridges are used up faster and need to be replaced more frequently, driving up costs and maintenance. The quality of your compressed air is also critical. Moreover, the compressor must be strong enough to supply air at constant pressure, even when production is running at maximum speed and all users are demanding peak compressed air quantities.

There are three main boxes to tick:

* The Author is Aftermarket Manager for Industrial Air Filtration, Donaldson EMEA.

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