Manufacturing plants and factories utilize large machinery and tools to create finished goods. Oftentimes processes such as welding, cutting, grinding, purging, and cleaning create plumes of dust and fume that enter the surrounding work area and accumulate on surfaces.
An accumulation of dust and mist can not only create slipping hazards, but respiratory hazards as well, and can even wreak havoc on other machinery and computerized equipment in the shop. Additionally, particulate generated from one workstation can find its way onto surrounding work benches; which may be of a nuisance to fellow workers.
It is best to house these machines and work processes in separate areas in order to better protect both the workers and the product being manufactured. Unfortunately, facility and shop managers are faced with budget constraints and space limitations. The process of relocating oversized machinery is an expensive endeavor due to machine downtime and labor costs.
Understanding these issues, Sentry Air Systems developed a line of customizable, modular walk-in fume hoods and curtained machine enclosures that are economical, easy to install, and require no machine relocation.
Machine Enclosure Hoods
Sentry Air Systems Machine Enclosure Hoods allow facilities to house their oversized machinery within a curtained, air-filtered enclosure without the use of ductwork or permanent structures.
Knowing that no two machines are alike, Sentry Air Machine Enclosure Hoods come in a variety of sizes and have customizable options to best suit each machine.
Mounted air cleaners atop the hood pull dust, mist, and fume generated by the machine through high-efficiency filter chambers before exhausting cleansed air into the surrounding environment. *Sentry Air Systems also will help you design a vented walk-in containment system as well utilizing your existing fan system if applicable.
As pictured above, a Sentry Air Machine Enclosure Hood surrounds a heavy-duty cutting machine with an open work surface. This particular machine generates large amounts of dust when cutting. The curtained enclosure is sized so that a worker can enter the hood to program the machine. Four Sentry Air Model 400 air cleaners are mounted to the top of the hood to provide the air circulation necessary to properly filter the enclosure.
The number of air cleaners needed is based partly on the size of the machine to be enclosed.
Walk-in Fume Hoods
Sentry Air Systems Walk-in Fume Hoods are a great solution for workstations that use chemicals or involve processes like welding, grinding or bulk powder transfer. By curtaining off these areas you are essentially creating mini “dirty spaces” for workers to use without spreading these contaminants to other areas of the factory.
By simply enclosing these existing work areas with a walk-in fume hood, factories are able to maximize square footage while simultaneously increasing the quality of air their workers are breathing.
As pictured above, a worker is shown at a cutting station inside a walk-in fume hood. This particular walk-in fume hood is dedicated to a table saw workstation so the dust generated from the saw is contained within the hood.
Similar to the machine enclosure hoods, the walk-in fume hoods also have mounted air cleaners atop the hood that filter pollutants within the hood. Sentry Air Walk-in Fume Hoods also come in a variety of sizes and offer customizable features to best suit each application.
Assembly and Installation
One of the defining characteristics of all Sentry Air Systems products is the ease of implementation. The vast majority of our product line is “plug-and-play” installation while others simply require a screw driver and a few easy assembly steps.
This fundamental design aspect was taken into consideration when developing our machine enclosures and walk-in fume hoods. While they require a bit more than a screwdriver to assemble, these enclosures are designed in such a way that professional installation is not required designed in a manner which makes the installation relatively simple. The installation time and complexity will depend on the size of the enclosure. Generally, customers hire contractors to install these systems, or utilize their in-house facilities services.
Detailed instructions and graphics are provided with each shipment and should only take a few hours to complete assembly.
More importantly, these enclosures are non-permanent structures so moving them around a facility is no problem.
The chart below outlines the basic specifications for Sentry Air’s walk-in fume hoods and machine enclosure hoods. Due to the modular design and variety of filter options, our sales specialists work with you to determine the best configuration for your unique application.
|Heavy-Duty Steel Frame||Lighter Aluminum Frame|
|Material||3″ x 3″ Steel Structural Tubing Powder Coated 1/4″ Clear Acrylic Sides||1.5″ x 1.5″ Brushed Aluminum Tubing 1/4″ Clear Acrylic Sides|
|Height||Up to 9 feet||Up to 6 feet|
|Width & Depth||Up to 20 feet||Up to 6 feet|
|Weight||Steel tubing: 3.29 lbs./ft. Acrylic: 1.44 lbs./sqft||Aluminum tubing: .9 lbs./ft. Acrylic: 1.44 lbs./sqft|
|Options||Floor Mounting, Clear Anti-Static Vinyl Strip Curtains, Floor (HDPE), Multiple Filter Units, Collars for Ductwork||Floor Mounting, Clear Anti-Static Vinyl Strip Curtains (only one side), Floor (HDPE), Collars for Ductwork|
|Available Filter Units||SS-300-MS or SS-400/450-MS Single or multiple units are available depending on hood size. Wall mounted units with a connecting hose are also an option.|
Contact Sentry Air
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