Nederman MikroPul is a leader in the air pollution control industry, with its wide range of dust collection systems and filtration solutions making it a global powerhouse.
OWith its mission to protect people, planet and products from the harmful effects of industrial processes, Nederman MikroPul contributes to efficient production, environmental benefits and a safer workplace.
MikroPul is the inventor of the famous pulse jet dust collector, which protects mining sites from the harmful dusts, fumes and fumes that are an essential part of an industrial environment.
Dust collectors have been used in one form or another for over 100 years, initially to address concerns about the effects of exposure to certain dusts on workers in heavy processing industries, including mining, manufacturing and processing. welding.
Effective on-site dust management is necessary as concerns about how this dust affects workers remain.
“A lot of this dust can be toxic – think of coal dust as an example of where you breathe in a lot of it, and it can have adverse effects,” says Dennis Kovacevic, aftermarket manager for Nederman MikroPul.
Implementing the correct dust management systems is crucial, and Nederman MikroPul is at the forefront of helping mining companies understand which system is right for them.
“What we do is we come in and look at the processes of collecting dust and fumes, and we’re looking at ways to extract them from areas to keep personnel safe by filtering them and removing materials from safe way,” said Kovacevic. .
Nederman MikroPul dust collectors are used in many different mining operations around the world, with Rio Tinto using dozens in its operations alone.
Over the life of the dust collector, its capacity expands with new features and capabilities added, and if not designed correctly, it can lead to loss of suction in existing areas, exposing workers and the environment to the harmful effects of dust.
“The immediate impact is obviously people inhaling it and breathing it in, but secondarily it gets into the air, causes incalculable damage and reduces air quality in general,” Kovacevic says.
Regular maintenance of a dust collection system is fundamental to ensure that it works as intended and to keep work areas free of dust.
Ad hoc maintenance is the bare minimum required and is usually triggered by underperformance of the dust collection system.
The trigger point prompts the company to seek advice on repairs, which could be a noticeable loss of suction or an obvious layer of dust on the floor and equipment.
However, for it to become noticeable in this way, the dust collector has likely been underperforming for some time, and the dust exposure may have been present for weeks or months before anyone noticed the problem.
It is difficult for some companies to assess the benefits of a proper maintenance program because it is often assumed that if the collector is working there is no problem, however, if it stops due to mechanical failure, production stops, and then that piece of equipment costs money until it can be repaired.
A proper maintenance program is designed to prevent unplanned downtime by finding and fixing faults before they fail.
Nederman MikroPul customers in the mining industry often follow regular preventive maintenance programs, which means that MikroPul performs regular inspections and assessments of equipment and parts, to ensure that there is no no unplanned and costly downtime.
“Clean Air as a Service” is a program in which MikroPul takes responsibility for the dust collection infrastructure and defines a clear maintenance program over three or five years at a fixed cost.
This covers all parts and labor and gives customers access to expert technicians who regularly visit the site, check the condition of equipment and modify anything that might fail so unexpected.
“We work with the mines to tell them, ‘we will take responsibility for ensuring that your dust collector or equipment is properly maintained and meets your needs,’” Kovacevic tells Safe to Work.
“It obviously depends on usage, so if a mine is running eight hours a day, five days a week, that will be a different maintenance schedule than a mine that is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a week. year.”
This is then linked to its next level of maintenance support, the MikroPul-Assist remote monitoring system, which gives real-time feedback to a computer or mobile device on dust collector performance and flags issues that may require attention before a catastrophic breakdown. might happen.
“What he does is; report that there is a problem and you need to go out and fix it because it is not working as it should,” adds Kovacevic.
“It will flag a number of issues that will impact what the collector is supposed to do, and it may actually get maintenance crews on site before it becomes a major issue and start fixing things.”
The benefit of using outside contractors to perform maintenance activities on dust collection equipment is often overlooked, as mining companies already have general maintenance staff on site. However, only years of experience working on this type of equipment can help identify seemingly minor problems.
This marriage of remote monitoring and external expertise allows everyone to be better informed.
Mining sites are notoriously demanding on equipment. However, with maintenance, you can extend the life of many parts longer than would be possible without it.
Nederman MikroPul is an industry professional that helps customers work with air quality professionals who understand the process and can help a mine site be as safe as possible.