UK Timber Case Study

A Cleaner, More Efficient System

Tailored to the Volume and Waste Type of Each Application

A Total, low maintenance Solution from Air Plants saving on time and space
UK Timber in Corby, Northamptonshire, a leading supplier of both hard and softwood materials and products

Solution Required

Problems with Existing Plant

  • Improve the levels of extraction.
  • Eliminate the time required to empty their various extractors.
  • Discharge waste into a container or trailer for easy disposal.
  • Utilise limited space to locate a new filter and fan sets.
  • Temporary extraction solutions were no longer fit for purpose and were very labour intensive to empty and maintain.
  • Staff faced the arduous and dirty task of changing over-full bags of waste twice a day.
  • Several dozen 1-ton tote bags were taking up room in the yard.

Solution Provided

  • Modulair Filter, Baghouse Dust Collector with x48 500mm diameter, XL filter sleeves. The longer sleeve length enables the unit to be located on a smaller footprint without compromising the overall filter area. The 500mm diameter sleeves are designed to handle the high volume of waste produced, which is predominantly oak with fairly high moisture content.
  • A 30Kw main fan is connected to the new suction main, onto which all machine connections, bar one, are fitted with blast gates. This ensures that the suction is directed to the machines in use, eliminating the need for a bigger than necessary main fan.
  • The extracted waste is transported from the filter by a 300mm diameter rotary screw, which is more reliable than a chain conveyor, will cope with high volumes of waste in concentrated bursts, and is virtually maintenance free.
  • A rotary valve releases the waste into a loading fan and then into a trailer with a closed loop transfer system. This returns the air from the trailer, resulting in a sealed system with no leaks to atmosphere.
  • The whole system is run by a control panel, sequencing the start up and shut down procedures and greatly reducing the risk of blockages on restart. On commissioning, the control panel is set up to the individual requirements of each application to ensure the system is tailored to the volume and waste type of each individual application.
  • In case of a delay in changing the container over, a secondary closed loop divert has been fitted so that waste can be diverted into a chip store in the interim period and avoid production losses. The store is connected to the suction main via a duct fitted with a blast gate, this enables the chip store to be emptied back into the main trailer once it has been changed over.

The Modulair Filter at work