Coolant and machine oil mist can create a hazardous or high-maintenance work environment, making floors slick and collecting on walls, ceilings and machinery. A mist collector is a worthwhile and necessary investment in keeping areas around machinery safe and minimizing damage to property. When one part of the working process is disrupted, it can lead to much bigger problems not too far down the line. In addition to safer and cleaner work areas, production is likely to be higher when the right equipment is used to create a better work environment for employees. Mist collectors are not small investments, however, so you'll need to understand your needs in relation to the options available, so you end up with the right mist collector for your environment. When buying a mist collector, make sure to ask the following questions.
How does the process work?
Some collectors have different stages in their filtration process. Generally speaking, the more advanced the process, the more expensive the machinery. Ask for a demonstration and explanation of various mist collectors and how they may work for your needs, and don't assume that more expensive is necessarily always better.
How much maintenance is involved in using this mist collector?
Some machines are designed for maximum use, even under difficult working conditions. The more it's designed to take on, the less you'll need to change filters and perform general cleaning. If you work in a busy facility, then it may be worth spending the extra cash to save yourself or your workers time by buying a low-maintenance mist collector.
Will I or my workers need to come into contact with oil or coolant mist?
Keeping contact with mist to a minimum is the ultimate goal to avoid injuries, spills or accidents. The process for the machine you choose should be user-friendly, and it should allow workers to feel safe and free from anxiety when they need to change out the filter. Many newer machines are designed to actively prevent workers from coming into any contact with collected mist.
How does the pressure gauge work?
It's inevitable that when working conditions change, so will the way your mist collector handles the environment. Look for a gauge that is simple to read, and is more or less predictable when it comes to the plant. The workers should all be aware of how it works to avoid any potential hazards. The collector should also be able to handle a high-pressure coolant scenario, and your workers should also know how to read and report the various information you can find on the gauge.
Where can I mount the collector?
Before purchasing a mist collector, make sure you fully understand where the mist collector should be mounted and make sure your facility is set up to accommodate the installation. When in doubt, consult with a contractor or other professional to help you decide on the type and placement of your mist collector.
How well does the mist collector filter out oily smoke?
This would be the most challenging type of filtration, and if your plant creates a lot of it, then you need the best of the best. This is absolutely something that needs to be 'splurged' on if you're dealing with oily smoke, which can create several hazards in the work environment.
How much space will the mist collector take up?
Sometimes a decision is easily made by just a logistical problem of how much space you have. A dream machine quite literally might not be possible given the fact that it just won't fit inside the plant safely. Ensure measurements are taken long before you start even looking at the different models.
What industry do you specialize in?
Some larger plants might prefer one brand of mist collector, while smaller plants may prefer another, and some mist collectors are specifically designed to handle a certain type of environment. When shopping for a mist collector, make sure the company you choose understands the specific needs of your industry.