REDwire Dust collection system helps company enhance product quality

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The N.R. Murphy dust collector has a capacity of 26,685 cubic feet of air per minute, and includes a "return-heat-to-plant" exchanger.

Quality is extremely important to the very existence of Aclo Compounders’ business. This quality statement is not just a trendy cliché, but an essential way of doing business at Aclo, a custom compounder of thermoplastic resins. This commitment was demonstrated when the company installed a new dust collection system.

The problem was airborne dust, such as pigment and powder, in the plant. Fortunately, this dust was not a hazard to Aclo employees. It was classified by the Ministry of Labour as "nuisance dust", as it is completely non-toxic. In other words, installing a new dust collection system was not a serious matter of health, although the working environment would be improved, but the main goal was to enhance product quality.

After consultation with several dust collection companies, Aclo awarded the project to N. R. Murphy Limited, a Cambridge, Ont.-based manufacturer of dust collection systems and related equipment. 

"Getting this sort of work is typical," explains company president Norm Murphy, "since the kind of customer we attract are the type who sell quality products and, in turn, will need to depend on, and can expect, quality performance." 

According to Tom Stockford, senior technical/manufacturing manager, Aclo chose N. R. Murphy because of its reputation for manufacturing quality dust collection systems. 

"Murphy's overall experience stood out when compared to the other suppliers, as the Murphy team offered concrete ideas and suggestions throughout the planning stages," Stockford explains.

The final result was the installation of a Model HEC-330-8 (continuous duty automatic self cleaning) dust collector. The system features twin top air inlets, top bag removal through walk-in plenum for convenient and inexpensive maintenance, interior mounted compressed air manifold, explosion relief latched doors, safety ladder, platform and railings, and an inline duct silencer in the return air line. The dust collector has a capacity of 26,685 cubic feet of air per minute, and includes a "return-heat-to-plant" exchanger. The collector stands 10 by 20 by 31 feet high, and has a storage capacity of 85 cubic feet.

After the dust collector was put into service, and the dust had settled, the results were seen. 

"There were no disappointments with N. R. Murphy Limited's quality system, which meets our highest expectations," says Aclo's Stockford. "The project was delivered and installed on time, as promised."

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