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Publication Date: 10/2011
Pages: 3
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Baghouse dust collector helps improve casting process one step at a time

A company replaces a cartridge dust collector with a baghouse to improve production efficiency.

Cascade Dafo, Ferndale, Wash., designs and manufactures dynamic ankle and foot orthoses (orthotic braces) to help improve the mobility of children and adults with neuromuscular challenges. In the past, the company used a cartridge dust collector to collect dust generated during the finishing step of a manual plaster-casting process. When the company automated the casting process, it switched from using plaster to polyurethane foam to make the casts. However, shortly afterward, the company began experiencing problems with the dust collector’s cartridge filters: They plugged prematurely with the foam dust generated during the casting process. To improve operational efficiency and reduce production downtime, the company needed to install a more effective dust collector.

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