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Blog series by Mainiac Matt updated 07-29-2016 05:44 PM 8 parts 11964 reads 57 comments total

Part 1: Old System Doesn't Suck Enough

08-05-2015 06:56 PM by Mainiac Matt | 11 comments »

I’m up to my elbows in alligators lately overseeing a sizeable project for our Wood Department at work, where we manufacture crates an pallets. After shutting down our 10,000 s.f. architectural millwork operation last fall, we decided to expand our existing 20,000 s.f. crating shop into that space. We underwent a complete shop re-organization, utilizing a manufacturing engineering process called Systematic Plant Layout. It was a 7 month adventure and greatly reduced the inefficien...

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Part 2: Rules and Regs.... how to stay out of trouble.

08-06-2015 06:16 PM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

I knew going into the project that there were more than a few rules and regs out there stipulating requirements for big DC installs, but I wasn’t very far into the process before I started getting conflicting information from people who I thought should know the right answer. Finally, a Fire Protection Engineer made the comment to me that “when it comes to dust collection, people use fear to sell all kinds of stuff”.... Ahhhh… now things started to make more sen...

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Part 3: Just what exactly is a "bag house"

08-07-2015 04:03 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

Though you see mostly pleated canister filters on the newer small DC systems and a lot of guys upgrade their bag systems with filters from the likes of Wynn Environmental, I found 100% agreement from everyone I talked to… bag house dust collectors are recommended for industrial scale wood operations. So what’s a bag house? and here’s a picture of the “belly of the beast” You’ll often hear the filter guys rate their systems for what % of dus...

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Part 4: Houston, the Eagle has landed...

08-07-2015 05:18 PM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

Here’s what showed up last night … Unloaded with two oversized fork trucks and a front end loader. Maintenance electrician on the fork truck is waiving hello and expressing how much he likes working with me :^o Here’s my 6’ 2” engineering intern posing with the return air abort gate and the 60 HP blower.. He’s been assisting with this project most of the summer and today was his last day, so I’m glad he got to see the monster h...

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Part 5: Removing old bags.

09-01-2015 03:37 PM by Mainiac Matt | 9 comments »

I mentioned previously that we were disappointed to discover that this bag house had been used in some kind of a stone crushing operation. We had hoped that the bags, which have a reputation for lasting quite a long time and can be washed and repaired, would be useable. But they are caked heavy with talcum powder fine stone dust. The equipment dealer is selling us replacement bags at wholesale cost, but we were concerned about the labor involved with exchanging 124 bags. We were also con...

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Part 6: Murphy bit us

09-28-2015 05:08 PM by Mainiac Matt | 7 comments »

Well tomorrow was supposed to be our crane day to remove the old Torrit cartridge DC and install the new Bag house DC….. but when we loaded the unit onto a flat bed to have it ready to go in the a.m. .... One leg is bent like a pretzel and another is compromised…. so we’re going to have to order 6×6 angle and fabricate a replacement pair of legs…. and with rain in the forecast for the rest of the week, that’s going to set our schedule back substantia...

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Part 7: crane day cometh...

10-05-2015 07:18 PM by Mainiac Matt | 4 comments »

out with the old… landing the base of the new… and the top… all put together with the crows nest (we dropped the ball and didn’t have the caged ladder ready to go)

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Part 8: wrapping it up

07-29-2016 05:44 PM by Mainiac Matt | 15 comments »

I just recently realized that I never wrapped this blog up. So today I will add some pics of the final installation and a few notes about our trials and travails to GC this project in-house, with a second hand system. Here it is from the outside…. In this pic you can see the tower, the 28” diameter “suck pipe” coming out of the building and the material transport loop, which has it’s own blower and transports the debris that drops out of the rotary air loc...

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