The Army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey was looking for fume/smoke collection equipment for their new welding school on the base and contacted the local Micro Air distributor. The Army Major in charge of the project had some pretty tough criteria that the chosen supplier had to meet including design, fabrication and complete installation of 12 welding stations prior to a 3-Star General’s visit in exactly 4 weeks. Micro Air proposed utilizing a combination downdraft table and source capture arm approach due to the large variety in component sizes…
Something to Snack OnFrench fries and chips are served hot, either soft or crispy, and appear on menus in restaurants, diners, pubs, and bars around the world. The entire process of manufacturing frozen french fries is done by machines.Potatoes roll along conveyor belts, and are sorted by size. Long, oval potatoes are designated for long, strip fries, while small, round potatoes are used for curly fries. Once separated, the potatoes are steamed and dropped onto another machine, where the skin is removed. From there, they make their way to another machine that cuts them into the appropriate shape and dips them in a dextrose sugar and sodium acid pyrophosphate to maintain their color.
June 15, 2020
Coffee production is the industrial process of converting the raw coffee plant into the finished coffee we enjoy each day. This process that keeps most of us going every morning generally consists of sorting, cleaning, roasting, cooling, and packaging. After the beans are sorted and cleaned, they are placed into a customized roaster, which brings the internal temperature of the beans up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Roasting beans is all about forcing the polysaccharides to the surface of the bean. As these sugars caramelize, the color changes from green to brown. From there, the beans are poured onto a cooling try where they are kept in motion while air is sucked through the perforated metal grate, chilling down the beans.
May 15, 2020
Seasonings and spices are used to enhance the flavor of food. Chefs have been using a blend of seasonings for centuries. In fact, the characteristic taste of any region’s cuisine began with its very own signature blend of spices. Whether in fresh, whole dried, or pre-ground dried form, all seasonings must be fresh in order to be effective. Their freshness is reliant on proper packaging; poor packaging can result in stale seasonings. A manufacturer of custom blending and packaging of end-use dry food ingredients added seasonings and spices to their expanding product line. This growth and increase in production caused their existing dry dust collection system to overload.
April 15, 2020
A bulk materials conveyor system is successful if the conveyed material is properly transferred from either conveyor-to-conveyor or into storage bins and stockpiles. A conveyor system’s design has historically been focused on the structural integrity of the system and the selection of the mechanical components. Visible dust produced during the transfer of coal can cause several problems. The dust generated can not only cause a haze in the air, reducing visibility, it can also build up in conveyor mechanical components, causing component failure and unexpected maintenance requirements.
March 17, 2020
Deep frying has been around for nearly a thousand years. The process consists of completely submerging battered food in oil at temperatures ranging from 350 °F to 375 °F (177 °C to 191 °C). Once the food has been submerged in the oil, heat conducts throughout the food causing proteins to denature, starches to undergo gelatinization, and dietary fiber to soften. As the sugars and proteins break down, a golden brown exterior is created.
February 21, 2020
CNC plasma cutting machines are used extensively in metalworking. They give manufacturers the ability to quickly, accurately and repeatedly cut complex shapes out of metal sheets, ranging in thickness from a quarter to several inches. A high energy plasma cutting torch will generate significant volumes of metal debris, with some of the fine particles capable of becoming airborne.
September 10, 2019
Fiberglass is listed as one of the U.S. ccupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) priority safety and health hazards because the fibers can be inhaled. This inhalation often occurs during manufacturing or installation. If inhaled, fiberglass dust can cause several health hazards, including irritation to the eyes, ears and throat, breathing difficulty and cough.
September 5, 2019
A manufacturer of polyurethane pipes, intended for use in the oil and gas industry, had a problem with nuisance dust stemming from various processes along their production lines. These fine polyurethane particulates were generated from their grinding, sanding, polishing and buffing operations.
September 5, 2019
In the mineral processing industry, the practice of taking granulated ore material and separating it into grades by particle size is referred to as mechanical screening. A screening machine contains a drive that induces vibration, a screen media that causes particle separation and a deck that acts as the mode of transport for the vibration.
September 5, 2019