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Clean Air Zero Mist™ solution for construction equipment manufacturer

June 18, 2013

This customer is a global leader in construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. A great deal of machining is required for the production of many of the components found on this equipment. Along with any high-volume machining process comes the generation of oil mist, which is battled continuously by maintenance and Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS) managers in an effort to ensure plant cleanliness, reduce mist-related machine, electronics and HVAC failures, and most importantly, to ensure a quality breathing environment for employees.

The Situation: In December 2010, this customer's Precision Engine Component division needed to upgrade the oil mist filtration that had been previously installed on one of their centerless grinding lines. Centerless grinding achieves roundness, surface finish and dimensional tolerances that are among the best available in metalworking. In the centerless grinding process, a soluble oil emulsion is used for lubricating and cooling the machinery.

The air quality in the area of the grinding line was not up to the customer’s stringent internal standards and the company needed a better solution.

The Solution: Clean Air America provided a Zero Mist™ OM 2400 oil mist collector with custom Clean Air Hoods to remove the oil mist from the area. The customer found the Clean Air Zero Mist™ solution to be above all other collectors on the market. The Clean Air Zero Mist™ three-stage filtration system is 99.995% efficient at filtering mist particulate down to 0.3 micron, while offering an average filter life of 2-5 years or more in 100% continuous-duty manufacturing environments.

With this high degree of separation and efficiency the cleaned air is then returned directly to the workshop. It exceeds exposure limits to metal working fluids such as OSHA, NIOSH and HSE. Through a comprehensive product range Clean Air Zero Mist™ can improve productivity, lower numerous costs, and reduce energy consumption-through a low maintenance and easy-to-install design.

The Results: It has been 2 years since the installation, and this customer reports that the air in the grinding area is completely free of the oily mist that once hung in the air and coated everything with an oily, sticky film. The Clean Air Zero Mist™ unit continues to perform flawlessly, and the differential pressure on the filters is as low today as it was when the system first went into operation—a testament to the efficiency and incredible maintenance-free filter life customers have come to expect from the industry-leading ScandMist™ technology.


Clean Air America, Inc. is a manufacturer of high performance oil mist collectors based on the Clean Air Zero Mist™ technology and a proprietary range of manual and robotics weld smoke and dust removal solutions available complete turn-key anywhere in the US, Canada and Mexico.

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