The topic of industrial air purification has grown in popularity in recent years, as more and more people become aware of the negative impact of air pollution on health and the environment, and the benefits air purification brings to manufacturing processes. Luckily, technological advancements have led to the development of more efficient and effective air purification systems for industrial settings.
In this blog post, we will explore the future of industrial air purification, including recent advancements and innovations in technology including Electrostatic Precipitators, UVGI Air Purifiers, and High-efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA).
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The Role of Industrial Air Purification in Dealing with Industrial Air Pollution
Industrial air pollution refers to the release of harmful substances, such as gases, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), into the air from manufacturing and industrial processes. Exposure to air pollution can cause respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. This is why air purification is essential in industrial settings, where pollutants are often released into the air during manufacturing and other processes.
Air purification systems have become increasingly important in industrial settings to mitigate the negative impact of industrial air pollution. These systems help to remove pollutants from the air, providing cleaner and healthier air for workers, your specialty equipment, and the surrounding community.
Advancements in Industrial Air Purification Technology
Electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) are effective at removing particles from the air, including those that are too small to be captured by other types of filters. They work by using an electrical charge to ionize particles in the air, which are then attracted to oppositely charged surfaces, such as plates or wires. As the particles build up on these surfaces, they are periodically removed by mechanical means, such as shaking or washing.
Electrostatic precipitators are a proven and effective technology for air purification, particularly in industrial settings where large amounts of pollutants are produced. However, they can be expensive to install and operate, and may not be effective at removing certain pollutants such as gases. As with any air purification technology, it is important to properly maintain and operate ESPs to ensure their effectiveness over time. While ESPs don’t require filter replacements, the plates need to be cleaned to maintain the electrical charge. Working with electricity is also a safety concern not posed by conventional filtration. ESPs are expected to continue as a specialty application where electrochemistry adds efficiency over other methods.
UVGI Air Purifiers
UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) air purifiers use ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and mold that can be found in the air. When the air passes through the purifier, it is exposed to a UV-C lamp that emits short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation. This radiation is absorbed by the microorganisms in the air, damaging their DNA and rendering them unable to reproduce or cause harm.
UVGI air purifiers are very effective at killing microorganisms and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. This makes them essential in healthcare settings, where airborne pathogens can be a serious concern. UVGI air purifiers also have some limitations. They are generally less effective at removing larger particles, such as dust and pollen, from the air.
UVGI air purifiers are a promising technology for air purification, particularly in healthcare settings where preventing the spread of infectious diseases is critical. However, they should be used in conjunction with other air purification technologies to ensure that all types of pollutants are effectively removed from the air.
UVGI is still an emerging technology, and the results have been mixed – there are genuine UVGI applications, as well as products that did not deliver the intended results notably during the early stages of the global pandemic. There are also tradeoffs with conventional methods of air purification in healthcare settings, notably the use of high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA).
High-efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA)
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are a type of air filter that is designed to remove small particles from the air, including dust, pollen, and other airborne pollutants. HEPA filters work by forcing air through a dense mesh of fibres that trap particles as they pass through.
HEPA filters are highly effective at removing particles from the air, with some models capable of removing up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. This makes them particularly useful for people with allergies or respiratory issues, as they can help reduce the number of airborne allergens and irritants in the air.
HEPA filters are widely utilized in various industrial settings, particularly in controlled environments like cleanrooms. They can effectively eliminate airborne contaminants and prevent the spread of pollutants, which is of utmost importance in workspaces where people handle hazardous materials or in areas where hygiene and sanitation are paramount.
Overall, HEPA filters are a highly effective air purification technology that can help remove small particles from the air. They are particularly useful in industrial settings where air quality is critical, as well as for people with allergies or respiratory issues. However, they should be used in conjunction with other air purification technologies to ensure that all types of pollutants are effectively removed from the air.
Aeroex continues to leverage the HEPA technology to eliminate airborne contaminants like coronavirus in public/institutional settings like schools or even in clean rooms with heightened regulatory requirements (e.g. pharmaceutical manufacturing).
Industrial Air Purification Solutions from Aeroex Technologies
Aeroex Technologies offers a comprehensive range of air purification solutions, tailored to meet the specific needs of various industries. From heavy-duty oil mist collectors for industrial settings, to medical-grade air purification systems equipped with HEPA filters, our products are suitable for various applications including restaurants, schools, and hospitals.
Aeroex offers medical-grade air purification systems that can be installed in any type of business, either as a standalone unit or as an integration into existing ventilation systems. Our multi-stage filtration solution is rated as a High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA), the highest standard for air filtration as recommended by the CDC in the 2003 Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities. We have already installed hundreds of these filters in workplaces like schools and hospitals.
Our air purification systems are scientifically backed and have a proven track record of successful implementation in various jurisdictions, including provincial governments that require medical-grade air purification.
For those looking for a medical-grade air purification system, Aeroex recommends the IRIS series of medical-grade air purification units. We can provide detailed information on how these systems work and how to select the right solution for your specific needs – contact our team for a quote today.