Breathe easier: Choosing the right vacuum for your powder coating needs
In developing a comprehensive and effective cleaning program, powder coating plant operators should understand the importance of choosing the correct vacuum for their powder coating application process–this machinery represents a critical component in helping to minimize or avoid certain risks. A superior vacuum not only maximizes production efficiencies by enhancing the performance and lifespan of critical manufacturing equipment, and safeguarding product quality, it also protects the safety and health of employees.
In October of last year, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced random inspections for any company that handles powders and bulk solids1. The audits, which are in direct response to the recent rise of industrial explosions caused by combustible dust, increase the already prevailing pressure to maintain a clean work environment. Dust and debris in any workplace introduce a number of health and safety issues, but the powder coating industry faces unique challenges that make plant maintenance more than just mere housekeeping. Worker exposure to inhalable particles, the possibilities of powder combustion, and environmental damage are all potential hazards that must be dealt with by manufacturers who use powder coating technology.