Dust Properties and Choosing a Collector

Posted by Joyce Nagy | Apr 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM 0 Comments

Do you know your dust?  Consider your dust properties carefully to identify the best dust collection solution.

When you're looking for dust collector equipment or filters you'll need to get up close and personal with your dust!  Choosing the right collector based on your dust properties will help you narrow down the diverse selection of industrial air filtration equipment.  Consider the following dust properties carefully:

  • Size: What is the size of the dust particles being filtered; fine or large?
  • Density: Is the dust low in density like wood chips or heavy in density like fine steel dust?
  • Chemistry: Will you be filtering any abrasive dust? Corrosive dust? 
  • Temperature: Will you need to operate in a high heat environment?
  • Moisture: Is there any moisture or oil present in the dust?

Now that we've considered your dust properties we can narrow down the selection of industrial dust collectors that may be the best fit for your facility.  These are the three main types of collectors and what industries typically use them:


Baghouses are usually suited for large volume applications.  They will perform best when you have a large area or high volume of dust that needs to be captured.  For example, collecting more than one 55 gallon a drum per day and an airflow exceeding 1000 CFM would be considered high volume.  Baghouses perform well in high temperature applications.  Here are some industries that use baghouses:

  • Foundries
  • Mining
  • Castings 

Cartridge Collectors

Cartridge collectors can be more compact and modular than baghouses.  Cartridge collectors are a good option when you have height or space restrictions in your facility and you are filtering very fine, fume dust.  A cartridge collector will work best when you are collecting a low volume of dust with CFM of 500 or greater.  For example, less than one 55 gallon drum a day would be considered best.  The most common industries that use cartridge collectors include:

  • Steel
  • Synthetics
  • Paint/Powder Booths

Bin Vents

Bin vents perform best in applications where you are moving product from location to the other, and the dust being produced from that movement needs to be captured.  Just like a cartridge collector, bin vents are quite compact.  They handle a lower volume of dust and can handle between 400 - 10,000 CFM.  Some of the environments they work best in are:

  • Cement
  • Agriculture

Now that you have an introduction to dust properties, the most common dust collectors, and which one may work best for your application, you have enough information to get started on your next dust collector project.  You can also take advantage of our free Dust Collector Purchasing Guide that will help direct you to buying a dust collector that will provide you with the most optimal performance for your needs.


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Topics: Industrial Dust Collector