Having an efficient dust collection system is an absolute necessity in many industries, including woodworking, metalworking, chemical processing, food and agriculture, and pharmaceuticals, to name a few. When investing in a dust collection system for applications in any of these industries, you should consider choosing one that is equipped with automatic blast gates.
Blast gates are components designed for use in dust collection systems with multiple extraction sites. Blast gates make it possible for an operator to direct power to wherever it is most needed by blocking off branches to equipment that is not in use.
Blast gates can be manual or automatic. As the name suggests, manual blast gates need to be opened and closed manually by the operator. Automatic blast gates, on the other hand, can be programmed to open and close automatically, depending on which machines are in operation.
While manual blast gates and automatic blast gates are equally capable of directing airflow, automatic blast gates are much more convenient for dust collection applications that involve frequent switching between machines or tools.
With manual blast gates, an operator will lose a lot of valuable time halting operations to open or close blast gates every time a different machine is used. Automatic blast gates streamline operations significantly, as they open and close on their own.
Automatic blast gates are ideal for dust collection systems in large scale industrial settings where efficiency and productivity are highly valued.