Filtermist oil mist collectors have a deserved reputation for their robust construction and reliability, but the UK based manufacturer was still pleased to hear that three of its units had been operational for more than 30 years for component manufacturer Boneham & Turner.
Established in 1918 and still owned and run by the same family, Boneham & Turner manufactures and supplies a range of tooling components and precision engineered components at its Nottinghamshire production facility.
In recent years the forward-thinking company has ploughed significant investment into ensuring it has the most up to date machinery and systems in order to provide the highest quality service possible to its UK and international customers.
The latest phase of Boneham & Turner’s machine shop modernisation programme included replacing three F28 units installed in the 1980s with two FX7002s. The FX7002 units extract oil mist from four centerless grinders and were installed by Filtermist’s dedicated install engineers.
The installation involved mounting the Filtermists on floor stands and connecting them to fishtail capture hoods over the top of each machine using flexible and solid ducting. The multi-point extraction system also incorporates fire dampers, designed to close the extraction system down should a fire break out in the machine tool.
Boneham & Turner’s Managing Director, Peter Boneham, comments, “Our old Filtermist units had served us extremely well, but we decided it was definitely time for an upgrade so we contacted Filtermist and everyone we have come into contact with since then has provided a first rate service.
“Following an initial site visit to identify what type of extraction would be best for our grinding cell, Filtermist advised us to go with the FX7002s and we are extremely happy with the results. The install engineers were really helpful and explained what they were doing every step of the way and the after-sales service has been excellent. Most importantly, the Filtermist units are doing their job and effectively removing all of the oil mist generated by our four grinders - keeping the air in our machine shop clean.”
The popular FX7002 units use high-efficiency IE3 rated motors and provide airflow of up to 2750m³/hr. The installation for Boneham & Turner included fitting F Monitor monitoring systems to each unit to allow the machine operators to make sure the extraction is working properly. A simple coloured warning lights system shows if the Filtermist needs servicing or if any of the filters are blocked.
Filtermist Managing Director, James Stansfield, says, “Filtermist was established in 1969 and this isn’t the first time we’ve come across a case of such old units still in working order. We were contacted by a company a couple of years ago trying to source replacement parts for another unit which was 40 years old and still in good working order – that particular unit is now situated in our training room as a reminder of just how much history and experience the company has in effective oil mist extraction.”
More examples of Filtermist oil mist filters used in grinding applications can be found by visiting http://www.filtermist.com/applications/grinding/.