If your home has a central air system, you’re probably used to changing the filter on it every other month or so when it collects too much dust. But what happens when you have an industrial or manufacturing plant that produces an enormous amount of dust or particulates? In that case, you need a baghouse!
The Baghouse: An Air Quality Workhorse
Almost every type of plant in the US that produces dust or particulates is going to have some type of air quality control system, and the baghouse is the most common type. Each baghouse contains a filtration system that collects dust or particulates and prevents them from entering the work site or being released into the atmosphere.
Our pulse jet baghouses are also incredibly efficient, capturing 99.9 percent of dust and particulates in most applications. The absence of moving parts in most pulse jet designs means that they are long-lasting and won’t suffer from periodic breakdowns like other types of equipment.
Camcorp’s baghouses are designed to be loaded from the top or bottom. We also have configurations available with walk-in plenums and a range of intake builds.
The inside of a baghouse is arranged with vertical sheet metal rows, which house a bag filter system. Depending on the type of dust or particulates that your system needs to capture, a baghouse may or may not be fitted with an additional cartridge system, which we’ll explain below.
How a Pulse Jet Baghouse Works
The operation of a pulse jet baghouse is fairly straightforward. Dusty air is blown into the baghouse through an inlet duct. As the gas rises inside the baghouse, the particulates are caught on the bag filter system. Clean air is vented out the other side through a plenum.
A really nice feature of pulse jet baghouses is that they are self-cleaning. You can set the system on a timer (or do it manually) so that compressed air is pulsed in the opposite direction of the airflow periodically. This causes a ripple effect along the filter bags, which knocks the caked dust off for collection in a hopper at the bottom of the baghouse. Pulsing can even be done while the system is in operation, so the plant doesn’t have to shut down to clean the filtration system.
Does your application need a cartridge collector?
Baghouses are great for operating with large particulates, a heavy dust load, or in high-temperature applications. But what if a plant’s air quality control needs don’t quite meet those conditions? In those cases, a cartridge collector may be a better choice.
Cartridge collectors may be a better option when you have to clean dry dust, small particulates, or a lighter dust load with your filtration system (although a baghouse can technically deal with those as well). This type of system uses filter media cartridges to collect dust. The cartridges have to be periodically removed for cleaning.
Contact Us for a Baghouse or Cartridge Collector Quote
Whether you need a custom-designed baghouse to meet the air quality control needs of your plant or a cartridge collector, Camcorp can provide the equipment you need. Contact us to request a quote on your next baghouse configuration or cartridge collector needs.
Read the press release in the AFS Women in Metalcasting Newsletter, March 2021.