Ducting specialist Eximo supplies a range of ducted waste disposal solutions to the Australian woodworking industry.
According to NSW WorkCover, wood product manufacturing often results in the generation of fine airborne wood particles and dust from typical woodworking activities such as sawing, routing, turning and sanding.
Breathable wood dust is also produced when bagging dust from local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems, using compressed air to blow dust off articles and dry sweeping of factory floors.
Air monitoring results confirm that when manufactured wood products are cut or sanded, the only significant airborne hazard is exposure to wood dust, which can be controlled adequately using LEV systems.
Eximo/speedLOCK founder and managing director Roger Marriott explains that research and testing will ensure Australia’s woodworking industry has access to the best ducting technology anywhere in the world. speedLOCK Ducting, now in its 30th year and a family owned Australian company, is one very good way to satisfy this criteria.
Eximo’s ducted disposal systems are designed to meet any specific woodworking requirement, and include flexible ducting and non-flexible or modular steel ducting, two of the most widely used solutions.
Flexible ducting is made from various grades and weights of PVC, polyurethane or rubber; the higher the grade and weight, the tougher the flexible ducting. Eximo flexible ducting offers chemical resistance, flame retardation, high flexibility and excellent axial compressibility, and is resistant to aggressive and abrasive fumes and dust.
speedLOCK’s highly versatile modular steel ducting can be used for everything from wood and metal shavings, agricultural and milling waste, and food waste from confectionary production, to paper waste, liquid waste and welding fume removal.
Featuring smooth bore technology, speedLOCK modular steel ducting greatly minimises the risk of wood waste settlement and system clogging. Design features include bends and changes of direction gradually radiused to minimise opportunities for clogging and blockage, and joints made using lockrings for simple assembly and dismantling.
Even for applications where some clogging is unavoidable, the system’s easy access simplifies cleaning and maintenance.
NSW WorkCover regulations mandate the use of a local exhaust ventilation system or LEV for wood dust removal.
Roger Marriot says Eximo/speedLOCK ducting has been designed to work well within the requirements of worker safety laws and other health parameters.