Working With Cement Dust? You NEED An Industrial Vacuum

Feb 17, 2021 | Workplace Safety

Each phase of the cement production process entails the release of large quantities of toxic and very dangerous dust. This dust settles on all kinds of surfaces inside the plant (machinery, buildings, trucks, workers), consequently posing a serious threat to production efficiency. Cement dust also poses a threat to workers’ health, especially when exposed for prolonged periods. Even the correct use of PPE in dusty environments is not sufficient to effectively protect operators.
The regular use of industrial vacuums in these contexts is the right solution to guarantee high efficiency and safety levels.

Regular Maintenance Inside Cement Plants: Advantages

The correct maintenance of industry plants is very important to reduce costs and maximise production efficiency. There are several benefits deriving from the use of industrial vacuums:

  1. Waste reduction: the ability to reclaim material back into the production cycle from leakage. To install a recycling process inside a packaging plant, for example, allows huge savings (on a medium-size plant, it is possible to reach 1 m3 a day)
  2. Downtimes reduction : the regular cleaning of the plant prevents machinery damages and enhances the service life of components while reducing spare-parts costs
  3. Healthier working environment: a clean environment reduces the risks of accidents and respiratory diseases caused by the constant presence of cement dust inside the working environment
  4. Reduction of unexpected downtimes: when daily production reaches thousands of tons of material, a single hour of machine downtime may have larger implications on production output.

Which Processes Are Most At Risk And Require Regular Maintenance?

Each phase of the cement production process is provided with a suctioning system. However,  in order to avoid the sudden interruption of production, some critical points must be kept under control

Conveyor Belt Cleaning

When transporting large quantities of material, leakages are inevitable. For example, a conveyor belt usually leaks 1% of the transported material. This means that for each 100 tons of product, 1 ton is accumulated near or (even worse) beneath the conveyor belt. Consequently, material is wasted and this may cause potential damage to the conveyor belt.

  • Increased safety
  • Reduced damages and maintenance
  • Reduced waste

Pit Cleaning Beneath Bucket Elevators

The material falling down from bucket elevators accumulates in the pit beneath the system, regardless of its depth. If the pit is not emptied regularly, downtimes are inevitable. For this type of cleaning operations, industrial vacuums are a must. In fact, there is no alternative tool able to efficiently complete this task

  • Reduced damages and maintenance
  • Increased production efficiency

Rotary Packing Machines

During bagging operations, large quantities of material spill out from the machinery : a total recycling system allows to reclaim material back into the production cycle from leakage. 

  • Production efficiency
  • Healthier environment
  • Reduced waste

Delfin has created a complete range of industrial vacuums specifically conceived for heavy industry and its needs: the DHV range of products with

  •  Powerful lobe pumps – up to 45kW
  •  High filtration efficiency and automatic filter cleaning systems
  •  Safe use – discharge systems are equipped with safety systems
  •  Also designed for simple and fast maintenance

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