What is Combustible Dust?

A layer of dust equal to the thickness of a single paper clip can have the capacity to explode, according to OSHA and the NFPA. And according to the annual Combustible Dust Incident Report, there were 194 combustible dust events in the U.S. in 2018, resulting in 39 injuries and one fatality. A 2018 Chemical Safety Board (CSB) report recorded a total of 59 fatalities associated with combustible dust incidents over the previous 11 years.

No single sector is responsible for these tragedies. The CSB has reported dust explosions across multiple industries, including lumber, food, plastics, metal, chemical, and electrical manufacturing. Types of dusts include, but are not limited to metal dust, such as aluminum and magnesium; wood dust; plastic or rubber dust; fiber, lint, biosolids; coal dust; organic dust, such as flour, sugar, paper, soap, and dried blood; and dusts from certain textiles. In fact, OSHA has identified over 130 sources of dust that create the potential for combustible dust events. It’s an issue that is present across the marketplace.

Facility managers have responded with improved housekeeping measures to mitigate the risk of these disasters. Unfortunately, manual methods and dust collection systems typically aren’t enough to keep up with the accumulation of dust. They are also costly and difficult to manage, often requiring shut-downs and significant ongoing maintenance budgets.

How SonicAire Can Help

Fortunately, a better solution is available. SonicAire’s industrial dust control fans offer a proactive approach. This precision dust-control technology prevents combustible dust accumulation, effectively mitigating the risk of disaster.

The SonicAire Solution

SonicAire proprietary technology combines two methods to control dust flow.

High-Velocity Airflow

SonicAire fans use high-velocity airflow to clean overhead areas. The strength of this airflow effectively prevents the accumulation of combustible dust particles on overhead structures in the facility.

Thermal-Current Control

Typical airflow includes upward thermal currents which naturally lift and carry particles to overhead areas of facilities, where dust quickly accumulates and can become a fire hazard. SonicAire industrial dust control fans prevent these upward thermal currents from holding dust in the air.

Adjust the slider arrows in the middle of the Before/After photos to see the effect of using SonicAire dust control fans in your facility.

Engineered Dust Control Systems

SonicAire offers customized dust-control systems to meet the unique needs of facilities in many industries. This innovative solution is ideal for settings across multiple industries, including:

Learn More

Contact SonicAire to learn how we can conduct an engineering evaluation of your facility and use our BarrierAire™ technology to mitigate combustible dust, improve safety and reduce downtime/improve efficiency of your operation.

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SonicAire Fans at Work

Greene Team Pellet Fuel
We installed four SonicAire fans in our facility, and we’re amazed at how clean the overhead areas are staying. There is practically zero dust in the rafters. We couldn’t be happier with the performance of the SonicAire fans.
– Andy Galis, Operations Manager
Continental Structural Plastics
The fans are a great tool for controlling dust concerns. We saw such a dramatic improvement in dust reduction that we made the decision at a corporate level to put SonicAire fans in all of our locations, because we believe in the products.
– Dina Graham, Corporate Director of Health & Safety
Our board of directors and OSHA consultants were very impressed with how well the fans were operating in our facility.
– Process Development Engineer, Recycling Processing Facility
We installed SonicAire fans over our paper machines to prevent dust from accumulating in the first place. Not only do they keep our plant continuously compliant with OSHA regulations, they keep our employees safer.
– Plant Maintenance Process Leader, Paper Company
We installed SonicAire fans because we saw the need to prevent dust from accumulating in the first place…. Their clean fans use technology that makes an air barrier that keeps combustible dust from building up on overhead structures. They work.
– President, Pallet Company

Put SonicAire to Work for You

With an engineered layout custom-designed for your plant, SonicAire fans will replace high-risk and costly manual cleaning measures, eliminate the need for housekeeping shut-downs and help maintain a clean, safe environment. Use the Learn More form above, at right to request more information or visit our Dust Solutions page to learn more.