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Publication Date: 03/1996
Pages: 6
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Engineering study: Solving a bin vent problem in a pneumatic unloading system

Are your pneumatic unloading system's operating conditions stressing your bin vent and reducing its efficiency? Instead of installing a whole new dust collector system, an engineer at a casting foundry solved such a problem at moderate cost with components that are relatively simple to design and install. This article covers the engineer's analysis of the problem, his solution, and advice for applying a similar solution to your own bin vent problems.

During a recent visit to a Pennsylvania casting foundry [the author's workplace], a state Department of Environmental Resources official remarked, "Bin vents just don't work." Too often, this conclusion is accurate. But how did this come to be? A look at how a bin vent is used and how today's venting requirements have evolved will help to explain.

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