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Why Comprehensive Record-Keeping Is Crucial for Troubleshooting Dust Collection Systems

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Baghouse optimization is key for any production plant. The goal is to move as much product through the production line as possible with no shutdowns. Obviously, this would be a “Perfect” scenario which is seldom the case. In times of unexpected shutdowns, the goal is to troubleshoot the issue, fix the issue, and get the equipment back online. With every shutdown—planned or unplanned, records are accessed and examined.

The question is not “do you keep records” but “how extensive are your records”. Keeping comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date records allows plant management and their partner vendors identify areas that have been an issue in the past, or perhaps quickly get to the root of a new issue that has presented itself. Diligent record-keeping provides critical data, that when analyzed, reveals those performance anomalies which should be targeted first. Ultimately, decreasing the amount of time spent on troubleshooting an issue allowing quick resolution with focus on the issue’s source. The information gathered also dictates how to avoid future occurrences and guides the Preventive Maintenance process.

Within the Baghouse Dust Collection System there are numerous components to track, but the most important elements to chart, include but are not limited to:

  • Failed Bag Location within in the Dust Collector
  • Filter Failure
  • Differential Pressure
  • Baffle Installed, last inspected
  • Door Seals Installed, last inspected
  • Valves Installed, last inspected
  • Change in Production
  • Temperature Excursions
  • Cage Condition
  • Corrosion and/or Wear within the Dust Collector

At the risk of stating the obvious, the record-keeping system should be a combination of programmable logic controls and human intervention. Human intervention extends to physical inspections—using sight, sound, smell and touch senses—recording observations into electronic forms and including notations about the plant’s operations at the time; i.e., time, date, production level, plant conditions (hot/cold/humid), outside influences (weather conditions, power outages), etc.

Record-keeping is one of plant management’s most viable documentation resources to ensure Baghouse optimization.  If you’d like to learn more about how to improve your Dust Collection System’s operations, contact Nate Litmer at nate.litmer@bwf-encirotec.us.

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