Case Study: Combustible Dust Safety in Aerospace Manufacturing 

Background

A prominent aerospace manufacturing client approached Baghouse.com seeking assistance in aligning with Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) recommendations, which had identified non-compliance with NFPA guidelines for combustible dust hazards. 


Scope of Work

 

Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) Compliance

  1. Baghouse.com initiated the project by conducting a thorough assessment of the existing dust collectors and equipment in relation to NFPA guidelines for combustible dust hazards.
  2. The DHA report highlighted critical gaps that needed urgent attention to ensure compliance and mitigate the risk of combustible dust incidents.

System Consolidation and Upgrade

In response to the DHA findingsBaghouse.com proposed consolidating pickups from several older baghouses into a single, more efficient unit.

Rusted and outdated baghouse unit
One of the many small old baghouses that were replaced by one bigger, more efficient unit

The baghouse underwent a comprehensive refurbishment, including the installation of new cartridge filters, pulse valves, solenoids, and updated hardware to meet industry standards.

NFPA-Compliant Safety Measures

To enhance safety measures, Baghouse.com incorporated NFPA-compliant explosion vents and an explosion isolation valve.

Heavy gauge ductwork was strategically installed between the baghouse and the explosion isolation valve to meet the safety requirements outlined by NFPA. 

Explosion isolation valve installed to meet safety requirements

 

Specialized Equipment Installation

A crucial aspect of the upgrade involved replacing the non-compliant flex hose discharge with an explosion-rated rotary valve.
The installation of explosion-rated components aimed to minimize the risk of dust-related incidents and ensure the safety of the environment.
 
The installation of explosion-rated vents aimed to minimize the risk of dust-related incidents and ensure the safety of the environment.
Newly installed explosion vents


Outcome

The aerospace manufacturing facility achieved full compliance with NFPA guidelines for combustible dust hazards.

Baghouse.com tailored solutions provided the client with a robust and compliant dust collection system, as well as improved overall efficiency and dust collection performance.

Conclusion

Baghouse.com expertise in dust collection systems and commitment to safety facilitated a seamless transition for the aerospace manufacturing client. By addressing DHA recommendations and implementing NFPA-compliant upgrades, the project not only met regulatory requirements but also significantly bolstered the safety and efficiency of the client’s dust collection processes.

Would you like to hear how a thorough technical inspection and a system report by Baghouse.com could improve the efficiency of your operations? 

Talk now with one of our baghouse experts for more information.

 

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