Dust collection is essentially a mechanical process. That being said, several technological components are an integral part of the systems installed in industrial environments. For example, process control involves devices that require tailored programming by automation specialists. The installed logic and sequencing represent control intelligence that directly influences operational effectiveness and cost. These technological devices, like many others that are present in manufacturing industries, contribute greatly to the profitability of businesses.
At AIREX, we are constantly seeking to innovate in order to improve the products that we offer our clients. Our R&D work enables us to propose technological solutions that can optimize time and money when maintaining our dust collection systems.
New Cutting-edge Control Panels
To push the boundaries of automation, AIREX has its own CSA-certified control panel production workshop. Our electrical engineers have recently developed an entirely new standard that offers many technological advantages, while remaining accessible from a budgetary standpoint.
Fig. 1 : CSA-certified control panel made by Airex Industries
Furthermore, these new panels include a data logger that can compile and display certain information in the form of charts. The device makes it possible to efficiently plan preventive maintenance such as the replacement of contactors or motor ball bearings as they approach the end of their lifespan. Furthermore, these new panels include a data logger that can compile and display certain information in the form of charts. The device makes it possible to efficiently plan preventive maintenance such as the replacement of contactors or motor ball bearings as they approach the end of their lifespan.
Filtering media also receives enhanced surveillance. The differential pressure of the dust collector can now be measured not through a mechanical component but rather with electronic sensors, thus eliminating the risk of malfunction in traditional devices.
Fig. 2 : Home menu with complete system status
Real Time Data
Cost calculations and system maintenance planning can be greatly improved with the availability of real time data. The new panels developed by our teams make it possible to view:
- The power consumption of the dust collector fan
- The total operating time of motors since they were last serviced
- The number of motor starts since they were last serviced
- The differential pressure between the clean and dirty sections of the dust collector
Fig.3 : Inputs & outputs system monitoring
Completely Configurable Control Logic
Sequencing based on a simple timer will now be a thing of the past! With the enhancements made to the new panels, it is now possible to personalize the filter declogging cycles based on a large number of variables, such as:
- The number of cleaning cycles when the dust collector stops
- The valve opening time during an air pulse
- The time between each pulse
- The assignment of a set value linked to the differential pressure in order to trigger a cleaning sequence
- The assignment of a set value for elevated differential pressure alarms
- Adjustments to the declogging sequence between various modes:
- For even-numbered valves only
- For odd-numbered valves only
- Completely personalized
- The option of testing the entire sequence or a single valve at a time
Fig. 4 : Declogging cycles configuration interface
Automatically Detected Malfunctions
Operating problems caused by a malfunctioning solenoid terminal can result in a full range of filters becoming clogged if the signal is not received by a diaphragm valve, and consequently the system’s balance could become compromised. The new panels developed by AIREX make it possible to detect a malfunction in the self-cleaning sequence and informs the operator immediately, specifying the defective terminal so that it can be replaced.
The Big Revolution: Internet Connected Panels
In addition to all the innovations described above, what is truly revolutionary with this new panel is the “Internet of Things” component. AIREX dust collectors can now become connected things, through an Android, Apple or PC app. It will then be possible to connect to them remotely, from anywhere in the world!
Thanks to an e-mail alert system, those in charge of maintenance will no longer be required to stay in front of their control panel to be notified of a malfunction. Even better: they will not even need to be in the plant to take action!
This new option also provides our technicians the flexibility needed to offer remote support to our clients.
Innovating to Perform Better
All these technological developments to the control panels will provide new operational benefits. By listening to the needs of clients and by investing in innovation, AIREX is helping industrial and manufacturing business remain competitive and safe and perform at a high level.
Contact our team to find out how you could benefit from a connected industrial dust collector!