What To Expect After Installing a Pneumatic Conveying System

What To Expect After Installing a Pneumatic Conveying System

If you’ve installed a pneumatic conveying system in your facility, you can expect to see an uptick in productivity and efficiency. Pneumatic systems are great because you can fit them to your facility’s layout, up and out of the way. They’re also lightweight compared to other conveyance systems, and they’re very good for preventing loss, spillage, and safety hazards. At the same time, pneumatic conveyors come with specific issues and things you must watch out for to ensure smooth performance. Here’s what to expect after installing a pneumatic conveying system

Loudness

Blowers are noisy. Loud noises can be distracting, unsafe, and harmful to one’s hearing over a long period of time. When your pneumatic conveying system manufacturer or contractor installs a pneumatic system, they’ll usually enclose or position the blower in such a way to reduce the noise around the area. Otherwise, be sure to place it somewhere where the noise won’t interfere with work.

Plugging

Pneumatic conveyor systems are marvelous for moving loose powders, dust, particulates, and more. They keep the particles breezing along, so to speak, through the pipes from point A to point B. Unfortunately, sometimes bits and pieces get left behind along the way. Particulates can stick to the pipes’ interiors and build up over time, blocking the path. Watch for wet products and sticky materials that can gunk up along the wat in bends. Periodic maintenance should prevent this, however. And speaking of maintenance…

Filter Changes

Every pneumatic conveyor system has a filter somewhere. This is to ensure clean air enters and exits the system, preventing contamination and dust dispersal. Your installer should introduce you to a regular schedule for filter changes and general maintenance. Stay on top of these, periodically cleaning or replacing the filter to ensure there’s no blockage or backup that can interfere with performance or cause a fire or other hazard.

Discharge

Here’s one last thing to expect after installing a pneumatic conveying system. There may be local and state regulations regarding the setup and positioning of your system’s discharge, particularly with dust collectors. If your system dispels dust, it can pose health and environmental hazards. Your installer should be aware of such regulations and adjust as needed. As a side note, keep track of the pipes and connections in your system, always watching for cracks and broken seals that will allow materials to escape.