The Essential Components of an Industrial Ventilation System

April 28, 2017
Red Cow

There are several different components that make up a well-functioning industrial ventilation systemOf course, ventilation begins with extracting stale air and bringing fresh clean air into the building, but there are ways that you can improve your system to ensure the safety of your employees and the longevity of your machinery. Different industries require different ventilation systems, depending of your place of work, you may need any combination of the following equipment.

Fans:

Before you install a fan into your factory, you first need to collect the precise calculations of how much airflow you need within the space. Another factor, which is equally as important, to consider is calculating whether your application requires a positive, negative or balances pressure – failing to do so can have a disastrous effect.

Louvers:

This is a feature of a ventilation system which allows you to let clean air into the building, without outside components such as rain, dust or insects to come in with the clean air.

Dampers:

This feature opens and closes to allow airflow regulation, and even stop airflow in the event of an emergency. For example, if you want to contain fire and smoke within an area in order to put the fire out, a fire isolation damper will assist with this.

Dehumidifiers:

Dehumidifiers are used in a factory when moisture needs to be removed from the air. This component allows you to maintain a property relative humidity for applications that are sensitive to moisture in the air, i.e. high tech equipment or spoilable goods.

Silencers:

These components work to maintain a comfortable noise level, which is particularly useful for factories that use noisy machinery. There are different noise solutions for different industrial and environmental needs.

Air Filters:

Air filters work in collaboration with silencers – they don’t actually filter the noise from the air, but they remove particulates from the air, while allowing the air to pass through them.

Dust Collectors:

Dust collectors play a similar role to air filters, but are considerably more heavy duty. This feature is vital in factories that cut, file or change any material, for example a workspace where people sand wood and created a lot of sawdust. The dust collector picks up all of the dust particles through a vacuum system and places the air either back into the space, dust free, or outside.


Special consideration needs to be made for different industries: a chemical plants have a corrosive airstream and will therefore need to be equipped with stainless steel ducting. Painting facilities will need an easy opening fan system, so that it can be regularly cleaned, and metal foundries need solutions which allow air movement, as they get extremely hot very quickly.