Since plastics have become integral to our society and play a part in virtually all manufacturing, the production of plastics has dramatically increased. While the increase in production is a good thing, the combustible dust from trimming and shaping plastic components presents a significant challenge.
As the plastic dust accumulates, it poses a fire and explosion hazard. The dust heats up, melts and evaporates, generating volatile, flammable gas. Some plastics facilities use dust collection systems, but they don’t capture all the particles and fail to fully mitigate the risk of explosion or fire. In October 2019, a Connecticut-based manufacturer experienced an explosion in its dust collection unit, causing extensive damage.
Not only does uncollected plastic dust pose a significant hazard, but its collection and storage do as well.
So what is the solution?