UK based Expert Tooling and Automation Ltd successfully turned to oil mist collectors manufacturer, Filtermist, to help it remove oil mist from the air in its machine shop - enabling production to continue before air quality became an issue.
Expert has ploughed significant investment into its facilities in recent years, including the purchase of a double column machining centre to strengthen its capabilities in manufacturing parts for the aerospace and automotive sectors.
Shortly after the machine was commissioned, Craig Forster Expert Group’s Facilities Manager, realised that the volume of oil mist in the air was higher than before, so he contacted Filtermist to find out if a solution could be identified.
Following a site visit Filtermist UK advised that installing two FX7002 oil mist collectors, in combination with a specially designed air curtain to push the contaminated air up into an extraction hood, would be the most cost-effective resolution.
Craig takes up the story, “The open nature of the machine meant that the coolant mist was escaping into the air and causing a visible problem. We needed to identify a solution quickly to enable us to use the machine as intended.”
The machining centre has a 23m³ enclosure and uses soluble coolant, so the extraction and filtration system needed to achieve four air changes per minute in order to ensure the air quality meets with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) HSG258 guidelines.
Filtermist’s FX7002 is designed to handle airflow of up to 2750m³/hr without taking up any valuable floor space, and coupled with the air curtain and hood, provides high-performance extraction which has completely resolved the oil mist issue for Expert.
Filtermist UK’s dedicated install engineers mounted the two FX7002s directly to the machining centre and located the air curtain at the opposite end of the machine to contain the air within a specified area.
Craig continues, “We already had a Filtermist FX4002 on an XYZ Proturn 425SLX so were confident that Filtermist would be able to help us. We are really pleased with the service provided by Filtermist as we were literally unable to use the machine beforehand.”
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