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The Basic Hazards Of Oil Mist

Date: 2021-04-28 | Author: Christine McAniff

Oil mist will be produced anytime there is rotating machinery in the metal working industry. Oil mist, which is sometimes called organic vapor is formed from a combination of fluids that are used to cool and lubricate rotating machinery. Lubricating oil creates a layer between the moving parts of machinery in attempts to ensure optimal machine function. During the process of cutting, polishing and grinding of metals along with the combined use of cooling and lubricating fluids, fine oil mist and smoke is formed and released into the air. One way to capture the oil mist is to utilize an oil mist eliminator.

Oil mist eliminators such as Fiberbed Filters can help with oil smoke, which is formed when oil droplets are extremely small. Oil smoke is usually produced when machinery is operating at high speed and pressure. When oil contacts the hot machine surface, it vaporizes and condenses then releases sub-micron particles. These tiny droplets are too small to see with the naked eye, however, they are floating in the air until they settle. The residue can be seen on nearby walls, equipment, and machinery. If not captured and filtered, these particles could cause a plethora of problems for companies and operators. In a closed environment such as a factory or a machine shop, mist can linger in the atmosphere and pose a serious health risk to employees. Once released into the atmosphere, the particles leave a negative impact on the environment.

There are millions of people who work in the manufacturing and industrial field, for that reason, it is more important now that ever to prevent exposure to oil mist by investing in oil mist separators. As the oil settles on the surfaces, it will create a film which is slippery and hazardous. Oil mist can damage electrical equipment and circuit boards as well as machines and most importantly of all, people can slip and fall or breathe in the toxins.

Different oils will have different characteristics. Some mist will be dirtier than others, some oils will have larger particle sizes, sometimes it will be more like smoke rather than mist. For this reason, it is important to operate a properly designed oil mist separator. Oil mist by itself can be dangerous, but it can also quickly become contaminated with foreign material and chemicals. Many of these contaminants add to the hazards associated with oil mist.

By wearing PPE, employees can reduce the risk of exposure. However, to reduce the risk of the contaminated mist escaping into the atmosphere, oil mist eliminators are essential. The EPA has placed strict restrictions and mandates on companies to stay compliant. This leads to the pressing need for companies to engage an oil mist eliminator manufacturer that understands oil mist filtration and submicron particles.

Fiberbed filters are used as oil mist separators and are typically indicated for the successful filtration and removal of oil mist. Fiber bed filters are cylindrical filters that capture and collect oil mist from the airstream and optimize performance while protecting downstream equipment from failure. Fiber Bed filters are typically cylindrical and can range in size, reaching heights of 20 feet. The filter is composed of various structural materials known as cages or screens. These cages are made of various durable materials such as, stainless steel, carbon steel, corrosion resistant alloys and polymer materials.

Oil mist is an inevitable product that results from metalworking process, however by choosing an oil mist eliminator manufacturer who understands your needs, you can significantly reduce the risk of oil mist.

Kimre™ B-GON® Mist Eliminators and Fiber Bed Filters are an ideal way to ensure indoor air quality and to minimize hazardous conditions for workers. Kimre equipment can be supplied for point source control as well as combined “house” ventilation systems.

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