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Multi-Stage Filtration System
Why Ours is Better!
Standard, “off-the-shelf” filtration systems are not engineered to trap the ultra-fine particulate a laser produces during the ablation process.
When a laser pulverizes dried ink or coating, it turns the unwanted material into what we refer to as “micro-dust” – so fine it looks like smoke when it’s being extracted off of the roll’s surface.
Why Washable and Bag House Filters Don’t Work
Other systems on the market today use either washable or bag filter systems – these do not have the filtration properties needed to ensure all generated laser dust is captured. On top of that, washable filters, by their very nature, produce waste-water when being rinsed off – another headache.
The majority of washable filters have a MERV rating of 1-4 – our prefilter has a MERV rating of 11 – the higher the MERV rating the better! Please click here for more information regarding MERV.
Although bag filter systems can be more efficient than washable filters, their efficiency rating is still sub-par for laser dust applications.
Eclipse® + Fumex® = Better Indoor Air Quality
The Eclipse® System fully integrates a best-in-class industrial grade “fume extractor” engineered specifically for laser use. Our multi-stage filtration system includes:
- Pre-Filter (traps particulate up to 3 microns)
- HEPA Filter (traps particulate up to .3 microns; 99.97% efficiency)
- Carbon Filter (gas/odors)
- Automated Filter Replacement Notification Sensors (allows for full use of filter life)
- Quick, easy filter changeouts (less than 1 minute to perform)
ARCS has teamed up with Fumex® Air Filtration Systems to ensure no air pollutants escape into your plant or the environment, allowing our clients to maintain their current indoor air quality standards. Please find below technical details and ratings for the filters used in our laser system:
Eclipse® Laser Cleaning Systems contain the following filters:
Poor Construction Can Lead to Poor Indoor Air Quality
One more item worth noting…
Please keep in mind due to the nature of this fine dust, it will “find” any openings or gaps in the overall system housing. The picture below shows a poorly engineered system housing. Note where the arrow is pointing – you can see the laser beam in action. This means not only can a passerby be exposed to this hazard, but it also means there is a gap in the housing which is so large that any dust can easily escape into a facilities atmosphere.
We have one very large client who has a strict VOC policy. During the installation of our Eclipse® Laser Cleaning System, their EH&S crew closely monitored the laser system’s exhausted air and found no traces of any harmful air pollutants. Although they originally planned on connecting the laser system to their existing ventilation piping, they decided that step wasn’t necessary and to this day still allow the filtered air to freely exhaust into their plant.