Pet food producer reduces dust by 99%
Bathurst Speciality Blending (BSB), a specialist in bulk preparation of dry pet food transported to Masterfoods for packaging, recently completed an evaluation of air quality at its factory. The aim was to eliminate future problems by eradicating excess dust from its operations.
"We tend to use forklift vehicles to tip powdered mineral-based ingredients including dicalcium phosphate and potassium chloride into open topped hoppers for blending," said Mr McLachlan, BSB director and maintenance manager.
"In recent years, these have become increasingly fine grained and therefore harder to eliminate without the assistance of specialised technology."
"The installation of a Donaldson Dalamatic 1/5/15 dust extraction unit was carried out primarily for health and safety purposes as well as the general cleanliness of the factory. We also wanted to eliminate any possible fire risk from excess dust," he said.
The system required only basic modifications to be made to the hoppers to allow the vacuum heads to be attached, a process expedited by Donaldson's own technicians.
Operating for 12 hours a day, the modular nature of the technology means it can be easily expanded or contracted to fit capacity as required.
"Since installing Donaldson's Dalamatic system, we have reduced excess dust in the relevant areas of our operations by 99%," said Mr McLachlan.
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