New Handte Vortex wet scrubbers from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) feature high performance, "plug and play" operation and low maintenance, according to the company. The units are suited for capture of very sticky dusts and fibers, for processes with high fire loads and flying sparks, and for filtration of highly explosive dusts (e.g. aluminum, magnesium, titanium, etc.) - particularly for applications where NFPA standards state that dry dust collection systems are not appropriate. There are no filters to replace. The units reportedly install quickly and are easy to operate.
Handte Vortex scrubbers use combined principles of water swirl and disintegration to provide two levels of separation of dust particles traveling through the system. The scrubbers work best with medium to large grain emissions and reportedly provide 99% removal efficiency on particles of 3.0 micron and larger. Moist, clean air is exhausted out through a central air outlet. The water level is automatically controlled, feeding in fresh water as needed to ensure that the concentration of dust particles in the scrubbing fluid is kept below required thresholds for optimum safety and performance.
Two basic models are available. The Handte Vortex Dual has an integrated fan/ventilator within the unit that intensifies the separation of dust particles. It combines a robust, low profile design and can handle a wide variety of applications. The Handte Vortex (standard) has a top-mount fan and is effective in dealing with fibers and fluff, including sticky materials. Handte Vortex scrubbers operate at low internal pressure drop compared to venturi-type wet collectors, according to the company. Two horsepower ratings are available for standard and high static pressure applications.
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