Due to a call from industry to upskill staff to counter a drop in qualified tradespeople, woodworking departments at TAFEs and schools have seen machinery stocks increase in recent years.
General upgrades ensure maintenance of appropriate air quality in the room for students, an area where air filtration and environmental control specialist, Donaldson Australasia offers its expertise.
Donaldson recently replaced an existing dust extraction system with its latest patented Unimaster technology at a TAFE project.
The new dust extraction system is capable of extracting at a rate of 750 litres per second, disposing off potentially harmful dust and other particles produced during woodwork processes into an 80-litre bin.
A 5.5kW fan system incorporated into the dust extraction system has an acoustic diffuser to achieve quiet operation.
Except for large wood chunks, the system extracts all the dust particles in the air emanating from the cutting machinery processes.
Most common TAFE or school workshops are equipped with machines including a wood lathe, drop saw, sanding disc, spindle moulder, band saw, power saw, drill and portable tools for bench work.
For better efficiency in dust extraction, Donaldson linked every one of the woodworking machines at the TAFE project to the Unimaster system using about 60 metres of 150mm ducting.
As soon as the Unimaster operating system is turned on, dust extraction automatically takes place at every machine.