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LEV-CO
182 N Port Road, Unit 3
Port Perry, Ontario L9L 0B7
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Educational Facilities - Machine Shop

Here are method(s) that control the emissions generated from the Machine Shop process.

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Ambient Air Cleaners
Ambient Air Cleaners involve the use of large “Washable, Cleanable or Replaceable Media” filters. These units, both filter and re-circulate the air back into the work place Installation Configurations: Free Hanging "Negative Pressure" “Race Track” "Cross Dilution" Depending upon the designed air pattern, these systems "scrub" the ambient air of contaminants and the result is a dramatic reduction of airborne pollution. These systems are best used in combination with source-collection equipment.

Some important things to consider when purchasing these types of units:
  • What is the volume of the room you want to clean? (cubic dimension: L'xW'xH')
  • How many times would you like to change the air in your room? (eg: Welding=8 AC/H)
  • How much contaminant do I generate? (eg: dust, smoke, fume)
  • Where am I going to mount these units?
  • Can I use these units to create a negative pressure in my work area?
  • Do I want "throw away", "washable", "cleanable" or "self cleaning" filters?


  • For more information, please see the products and information listed below:
    Animated Diagram for Ambient Air Cleaners
    Back & Side Draft Systems
    Back and Side Draft Tables are similar to Down-Draft Tables. “Back Draft” and “Cross Draft” are ideal solutions when extraction methods such as self-supporting extraction arms and other such systems prove to be inappropriate for the application.The contaminated air is drawn in from the back or side panels of the work area. These units come with or without filtration systems and can also be combined to create complete enclosures for whatever the application might be

    Some important points to consider when purchasing:
    • What is the velocity or the air required to pull the fumes and dust horizontally into the table? (Capture Velocity: Add up the CFM for all of the inlets that will run at once)
    • What velocity at the Table surface is required to achieve the appropriate Capture Velocity? (Face velocity)
    • Do I have enough filter media in the collector? (Air to cloth ratio)
    • Will it stand up to the working environment (Eg: is it made from Plastic or Steel?)
    • Filter cleaning: Does the filter cleaning system really work in your application?
    • What will be my filter maintenance and energy costs per year?
    • Are there any tertiary risks such as fire, explosion, etc., that I need to consider?
    For more info, please see the products and associated documentation listed below.
    Animated Diagram for Back & Side Draft Systems
    Centrally Ducted Filter Units
    Centrally Ducted Dust Collectors such as these are ideal for large shops and centrally ducted applications. Most of these solutions are based upon self-cleaning filter cleaning systems to help reduce filter costs. In addition, Water based filtration systems are available for certain explosive and flammable applications.


    For more info, please see the products and associated documentation listed below.
    Animated Diagram for Centrally Ducted Filter Units
    Down Draft Tables
    Down Draft Tables. Sometimes the best solution for extracting welding fumes is right on the table. This is generally referred to as a Down Draft Table. The Downdraft Table serves as both a workbench and an air cleaner. A rigid grill supports the product, while an air cleaner below draws smoke and fumes down and away from the worker's breathing zone. A worker can weld, grind, and cut on the surface of the table while dust and fumes get sucked away from breathing air space

    Some important points to consider when purchasing:
    • What is the velocity or the air required to pull the fumes and dust downward into the table (Capture Velocity)? (Add up the CFM for all of the inlets that will run at once)
    • What is velocity at the Table surface required to achieve the appropriate Capture velocity (Face velocity)?
    • Do I have enough filter media (Air to cloth ratio) in the collector?
    • Will it stand up to the working environment (Eg: is it made from Plastic or Steel?)
    • Filter cleaning: Does the filter cleaning system really work in your application?
    • What will be my filter, maintenance and energy costs per year?
    • Are there any tertiary risks such as fire, explosion, etc, that I need to consider?
    For more info, please see the products and associated documentation listed below.
    Animated Diagram for Down Draft Tables
    Ducted Air Cleaners
    Ducted Air Cleaners are used in a variety of applications where the filter selection often requires a specific configuration. With these collectors you can select a variety of particulate, liquid or gas phase filters such as “HEPA” filters, “Mist Agglomerators” and “Gas Adsorbers” respectively. These systems are available with or without pre-engineered and installed fan packages.

    Here are some general design velocities when using "CAPTURE" Hoods:

    Smoke (e.g. Welding):
  • Capture Velocity 100 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 3000 FPM
  • Minimun Face Velocity 2355 FPM
  • Dust (e.g. Grinding):
  • Capture Velocity 500 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 4000 FPM
  • Minimun Face Velocity 4000 FPM
  • Gas (e.g. V.O.C.'s):
  • Capture Velocity 50 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 2000 FPM
  • Minimun Face Velocity 785 FPM
  • Mist:
  • Capture Velocity 100 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 2250 FPM
  • Minimum Face Velocity 1766 FPM
  • Animated Diagram for Ducted Air Cleaners
    Dust, Fume & Vapor Control Booths
    Environmental Control Booths allow operators to work on a variety of components while assuring worker comfort and visibility within the critical area. These solutions also ensure that the "dust produced within the booth... stays in the booth..." Some important points to consider when purchasing:
  • How large does the booth have to be?
  • Is the air speed through the work zone high enough to protect the worker?
  • What is the noise level? (inside and outside the booth)
  • Will it stand up to your environment (Eg: is it made from Plastic or Steel?)
  • Filter cleaning: is it easy to clean? Does the filter cleaning system really work?
  • What will be my filter costs per year (in welding you can use lbs of welding wire…)
  • What is the filtration efficiency
  • Are there any tertiary risks such as fire, explosion, etc?
  • For more info, please see the products and associated documentation listed below.
    Animated Diagram for Dust, Fume & Vapor Control Booths
    Extraction Arms
    1. What is an extraction arm?
    Answer: An extraction arm is a Capture or receiving device designed to capture aerosols at the emission point before the contaminants have a chance to reach the workers' breathing space.
    Typically, it is the 1st and most crucial part of an LEV or Local Exhaust & Ventilation system. NB: NB: Local exhaust ventilation can also be referred to as Process ventilation or Industrial Ventilation, or Local Control ventilation.
    Available in several different designs:
    • Internally Supported
    • Externally Supported
    • Telescopic
    • Mild or Stainless Steel Construction
    • Lengths: Up to 45'
    • 2.5" to 8" Diameter's Available
    Typically the Extraction Arms are connected to a fixed extraction fan, Filter system or dust collector via direct mounting or a "Header Type" duct system.

    2. What applications are best served by extraction arms?
    Answer: Here is a list: (List all of the Process linked to the catalogue solution called "Extraction arms")

    3. Can "extraction arms" make toxic work places spaces safe from Airborne contaminants?
    ANSWER: Yes, but only when systems the systems are designed, installed and used precisely. Unlike Dilution ventilation, Extraction arms can return significant energy savings and improvements in health and safety. However, the precision at which they must be designed, installed and used can be complex. Lev-co recommends that these three procedures OSHA's HOC(hierarchy of controls) and MOC (management of change) and PSR (Pre-start Safety review), when appropriate, should be used when selecting extraction arms as a capture method.

    Here are links to examples of these 2 procedures:
    OSHA Hierarchy of controls (https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/2019-03/health_hazards_workbook.pdf
    MOC Management of change sample document (https://www.safer.ca/docs/safer_combustible_dust_management_of_change_handout.pdf)
    PSR Pre-start Health and Safety review (https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/osha3132.pdf)

    4. What industries and environments are extraction arms used in?
    ANSWER: Here are the various industries using extraction arms: (Show links to relevant industries)

    5. What are the different types of extraction arms available?
    ANSWER: See our offering of fume extractors here: (Show list from catalogue section)

    5.5 What are the selection criteria that must be considered when selecting an extraction arm?
    ANSWER: See Below:

    • Capacity (How much flow will the extraction arm handle?)
    • Capture velocity (can the extraction accommodate the required capture velocity to capture the aerosol?)
    • Easy to use (How many articulations/joints does the extraction arm have?)
    • Stay in place? (Does the extraction stay in place, how often do the joints need to be tightened?
    • Extension hoods (Do you need a large diameter extension hood, eg 36" diameter?) (Optional)
    • Can the extraction arm withstand the Pressure/abraision/corrosion/etc?

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    What are the pros and cons of extraction arms versus other types of capture methods?
    ANSWER: Pro's:

    Remove airborne toxins at source before they enter any worker“s breathing zone
    Low energy costs (Heat loss, electrical energy)
    Allow the use of smaller filtration equipment
    Well suited for "on-demand" controls allowing for greater flow at the source, yet lower overall flow
    Some extraction arms allow the supporting of items like wire feeders, Compressed air cord reels and electrical cord reels for increased productivity
    Better visibility through the addition of hood-mounted lighting solutions
    Optimized hoods, large-diameter receiving hoods and hose extensions are effective solutions where capture or hood placement is difficult
    hood can be rotated 90 degrees (perpendicular to the floor), eliminating shadowing
    when used correctly, the operator can visually see the contaminant being safely drawn away from the process Con's:

    Operator needs to be comfortable with the use of the arm to ensure adequate capture
    Arms not always available in larger diameters for required capture velocity
    Production time lost to place the extraction arm in place
    Cannot always reach the point of emission
    Worker buy-in is not always achieved due to lack of fume capture
    Fugitive emission released into the workspace
    Some extraction are not built to withstand the working environment
    poor design can lead to excess capture velocity resulting in extra capture velocity (Shielding gases loss) and air noise.

    Animated Diagram for Extraction Arms
    Industrial Hose & Duct Work
    Lev-Co offers a wide variety of lightweight, flexible, abrasive resistant, heat tolerant, innovative technical hoses to provide solutions for a wide range of industrial & Automotive applications. Here are some general design velocities when using "CAPTURE" Hoods:

    Smoke (e.g. Welding):
  • Capture Velocity 100 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 3000 FPM
  • Minimun Face velocity 2355 FPM

    Dust (e.g. Grinding):
  • Capture Velocity 500 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 4000 FPM
  • Minimun Face Velocity 4000 FPM

    Gas (e.g. V.O.C.'s):
  • Capture Velocity 50 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 2000 FPM
  • Minimun Face Velocity 785 FPM

    Mist:
  • Capture Velocity 100 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 2250 FPM
  • Minimun Face Velocity 1766 FPM

    FOR MORE SUPPORT IN SELECTING THE RIGHT HOSE pls EMAIL us with details on your application at: sales@lev-co.com
  • Animated Diagram for Industrial Hose & Duct Work
    Mist Collectors
    Mist Collectors are for a variety of mist producing applications such as: CNC Machining and Coldheading Applications. These filters are "SELF-DRAINING" and it is important that the amount of dust being captured by these systems does not exceed more than 5% of the total extracted pollutant. If the dust quantity is kept to a minimum, filter life can be expected between 1 and 5 years depending on the application and runtime.

    Here are some general design velocities when using "CAPTURE" Hoods: Mist:
  • Capture Velocity 100 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 2250 FPM
  • Minimum Face Velocity 1766 FPM


  • Here are some general design velocities when using "ENCLOSING" Hoods: Mist CNC:
  • Minimum Face Velocity 75 FPM
  • Transport Velocity 2250 FPM
  • Animated Diagram for Mist Collectors
    Portable Filter Units
    Portable Dust & Fume Filter Units. Quite often “Clean Air” solutions are required throughout a work place. These units can be easily moved from location to location with ease while capturing dust and fumes where needed.

    Various Options in Filtering Systems Available:
    • Washable Filters
    • Cleanable Filters
    • Self-Cleaning Systems
    • Throw Away Filters
    All Units equipped with fan/motor assemblies to ensure adequate extraction at all times

    For more info, please see the products and associated documentation listed below.
    Animated Diagram for Portable Filter Units
    Single or Dual Work-Station Filter Units
    Single or Dual Work-Station Filter Units such as these are ideal for 'Cell Based' manufacturing and work stations. Most of these solutions are based upon self-cleaning filter cleaning systems to reduce filter costs.Water based systems are also available for certain explosive and flammable applications

    Some important points to consider when purchasing:
    • What is the Total Flow Rate? (How many CFM's are needed to capture the contaminants)
    • What is the exact resistance (filter and capture device losses) required for the fan to overcome?
    • Do I have enough filter media in the collector?(Air to cloth ratio)
    • Will it stand up to your environment (Eg: is it made from Plastic or Steel?)
    • Filter cleaning: Does the filter cleaning system really work in your application?
    • What will be my filter, maintenance and energy costs per year?
    • Are there any tertiary risks such as fire, explosion, etc, that I need to consider?
    For more info, please see the products and associated documentation listed below.
    Animated Diagram for Single or Dual Work-Station Filter Units