Metalworking shops use different types of CNC and traditional cutting and grinding machines. These machines use fluids to minimize friction, provide cooling effects, and prolong the life of the equipment. As important these machines for their day-to-day operations, they can cause indoor pollution within the facility by releasing harmful oil mists. When exposed to high temperatures, the oil starts to burn, turns into smoke, and emitted into the air. That is why it is important to equip these CNC machines with the right oil mist collector system.
Mist collectors are devices designed to filter the air by removing harmful oil mist from CNC machines, grinding, and milling processes and provide clean and breathable air inside the facility. Its function is not simply limited to collecting oil mist; it is also used to collect and filter machines that release coolant mist and water mist to keep the machine surfaces and facility floors dry and clean.
Installing a mist collector system helps ensure the health and safety of workers by complying with the government regulation restricting oil mist exposure, thus reducing working lawsuits and liability. Oil mist exposure can cause skin and eye irritation, skin and respiratory diseases, difficulty in breathing, fever, vomiting, fatigue, rapid heart rate, and burning sensation in the mouth, throat or stomach. Worst-case scenario, workers can be at high risk of life-threatening disease, like cancer.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Association Advancing Occupational and Environmental Health (ACGIH) issued a limited amount of oil mist exposure to protect the safety and health of your workers. Failure to comply with OSHA’s guidelines can result in fines.
Take a look at the chart given below:
|OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit||NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit||ACGIH Threshold Limit Values|
|5 mg/m3 over 8 hour/day, 40 hours/week||5 mg/m3 at 10 hour/day, 40 hours/week
10 mg/m3 ST – 15 minute period
|5 mg/m3 over 8 hour/day, 40 hours/week|
Oil mist problems can be easily identified. In many cases, oil residues are evident on various surfaces, including machinery, walls, floors, and lights. Oil mist emits a distinct odour that confirms the problem.
However, having a reliable and high-quality oil mist collector system in problem helps eliminate oil mist problems. Consider installing one of these oil mist collector systems to keep CNC machines and the facility clean and oil mist-free.
Air quality plays a significant factor in the success of your business. Responsible business owners understand the importance of employee health and safety and the need to protect them from the dangers inherent to industrial environments. Installing an efficient oil mist collector system comes with some great benefits, including:
Additionally, when oil mist seeps into the coolant pump systems, it creates a thriving place for bacteria that damage the motor pump seals and corrodes the metallic electrical components.
With the growing trend in high-speed machining use, many industries use equipment that creates finer oil mist and smoke that are harmful to your worker’s health. But with the latest developments in filter technology, it significantly helps reduce contamination problems and improves air quality within metalworking facilities.
AMT Machine Tools Ltd. understands the dangers caused by oil mist and the importance of healthy air and workplace safety. As the leading supplier/manufacturer of Filtermist, we help ensure industrial business operators comply with the government agencies’ oil mist exposure regulation, as well as reduce your workers’ risk of exposure to harmful particles.
Filtermist is a trusted and proven solution in providing and servicing oil mist collector systems in Toronto and around the world. Filtermist units are used in various metalworking applications from traditional open grinders to high-precision CNC machines to ensure a clean and safe working environment without the harmful fine oil mist.
Contact AMT Machine Tools Ltd. to learn more about the Filtermist. Our friendly staff will be glad to help you choose the right make and model of oil mist collector for your machining needs.
Start protecting your machines and the people working for you on the shop floor. Call AMT Machine Tools Ltd. at (416) 675-7760 today.