Our Filt-Aire Dust Collector Adaption
Aug 12, 2020
During these unprecedented times, we have shared how HEPA filtration can reduce virus spread in indoor hospital and healthcare facilities, as well as, OSHA’s requirements on negative air machines and negative pressure rooms; however, we have yet to share our expertise on how we know our systems work. We are exceedingly proud of our efforts in transforming our Filt-Aire Dust Collectors to create HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air)-filtered negative pressure environments in a Tennessee hospital.
The IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) covered our efforts, and you can find their article here. However, we believe it is important to show you our side of these efforts.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we received a request from a Tennessee hospital to use our HEPA filters which are known for trapping particulates as small as 0.3 microns. We adapted our dust collecting unit to trap virus spreading particulates to ensure the safety of those within the hospital building, and those outside the building by circulating virus free air.
Virus particulates come from solid or liquid matter that hangs in the air. These particulates can aggressively attack the respiratory tract if inhaled by another human being. Infectious disease spread, bacteria spread, germ spread, and virus spread are all drawn out of the room through our HEPA filters. Each one of our dust collection systems in Tennessee contain 36 filters each – addressing all harmful particulates found within hospital spaces.
We received this request in early March and were faced with the task of retrofitting 8 of our Filt-Aire Dust Collectors, as well as providing the Tennessee healthcare facility with the last of our HEPA filters – 200 total. Under these unique circumstances, individuals were not working in manufacturing facilities, however, we required more HEPA filters to complete this order, and other orders during this time. We are fortunate enough to work with an understanding supplier, who provided us with the rest of the HEPA filters required for the order.
Our challenge was due to the short timeline we were given. We were given five days, and then our shipment of six Filt-Aire Dust Collectors was transported to the Tennessee hospital. Within two weeks from beginning our manufacturing process, we transported all eight dust collectors to the hospital’s exterior and connected to the central air system via 12-16” ductwork connected through the window.
We are most proud of the response we got from our Tennessee facility in learning that no healthcare workers contracted the virus while providing health assistance to those in the healthcare facility.
We are extremely proud of our accomplishments in the hospital and healthcare field. We are specifically proud that we can use our team of innovative engineers to retrofit Dust Collectors for the purpose of varying application uses. If you are in need of a piece of machinery but don’t see your application use, please contact us, and we will work with you for your application use.