Wet dust collector handles food processor's hygroscopic dust
After hygroscopic powdered ingredients caked on and clogged a baghouse dust collector's cloth bag filters, a food processor installed a wet dust collector.
Halben Foods, St. Louis, manufactures approximately 200 institutional-use food products, such as drink mixes, cheese sauces, bar mixes, gravies, and desserts. During manufacturing, a worker dumps bags, drums, or cartons of ingredients [many in powder form] into a ribbon blender. After blending, the blender's discharge gate opens and the blend empties through a filling head into a bulk container. A forklift truck then moves the container to a dump station. After dumping, a screw conveyor moves the blend to a form-fill-seal machine that fills flexible packages or to a filling head that fills rigid containers.