Metal Cutting Fume Extraction

Imperial System’s CMAXX Dust Collector System is the perfect modular dust collector for all metal cutting fume extraction applications such as CNC turning, grinding, blasting, and welding. The CMAXX Dust Collector System can be customized to fit your dust collection needs. From welding, grinding, laser cutting, and plasma cutting to Thermal Spray. The CMAXX dust collector with DELTAMAXX dust collector cartridge filters will make any metal cutting application process an easy task. We work with customers that are concerned about being compliant with EPA and OSHA. We understand the risks and concerns of handling combustible and toxic dusts.  Our dust collection equipment and systems are custom designed to fit into your existing operation with little or no down time. The CMAXX Dust Collector’s heavy-gauge construction along with being the first modular dust collector with no external bolt holes, creates a safe environment for your workers and total field flexibility. With no external bolt holes it’s easy for us to say “NO LEAKS GUARANTEED”! We specialize in OSHA and NFPA compliant system to meet all of the newest codes. Metalworking dust can be highly explosive and may require chemical or mechanical isolation equipment as well as explosion venting.

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Welding is a group of processes used to join non-metallic and metallic materials, by applying heat, pressure, or a combination of both. Most welding procedures require heat, although some procedures require only extreme pressure (cold welding). The welding process chosen to join materials together depends upon the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of the materials to be joined, and the use for which the product is intended.

Typical Welding Fume Processes

  • Mig/tig welding
  • Robotic welding
  • Resistance welding
  • gas welding
  • arc welding
  • electrogas welding
  • electroslag welding
  • plasma arc welding
  • submerged are welding
  • underwater welding
  • electron beam welding
  • laser beam welding
  • friction welding
  • thermit
  • brazing
  • soldering

When welding, the work area should be properly ventilated with a dust and fume collector. Also, wearing protective clothing is necessary to avoid injury from sparks, metal fragments, flames, and ultraviolet and infrared rays. Different welding processes require specific clothing. Clothing should be flame resistant, hair and skin should be covered, and special goggles must be worn. Sometimes leather clothing and helmets are recommended, as are steel-toed boots.


Grinding wheels provide an efficient way to shape and finish metals and other materials. Abrasives are often the only way to create parts with precision dimensions and other materials. Abrasives are often the only way to create parts with precision dimensions and high-quality surface finishes. Today, grinding wheels appear in nearly every manufacturing company in the United States where they are used to cut steel and masonry block; to sharpen knives, drill bits, and many other tools; or to clean and prepare surfaces for painting or plating.

Common Applications

  • Belt Grinder
  • Bench Grinder
  • Cylindrical Grinder
  • Surface Grinder
  • Tool & Cutter Grinder
  • Jig Grinder
  • Gear Grinder

Two important components, abrasive grains and bonding materials, make up any grinding wheel. Often, additives are blended to create a wheel with the properties necessary to shape a particular material in the manner desired. Abrasive grains constitute the central component of any grinding wheel, and the hardness and friability of the grinding materials will significantly affect the behavior of a given wheel. Although bonded abrasives began as tools made from natural minerals, modern products are made almost exclusively with synthetic materials. A bonding material holds the abrasive grits in place and allows open space between them. The bonding matrix in which the abrasive grains are fixed may include a variety of organic materials such as: • rubber • shellac • resin Inorganic materials, such as clay, are also used. Inorganic bonds with glass-like or vitreous structures are used on the tool-sharpening wheels for the home workshop grinder, while resin bonds are used in masonry or steel-cutting wheels. Generally, vitrified bonds are used with medium to fine grain sizes in wheels needed for precision work. Resin bonds are used generally with coarse grains and for heavy metal removal operations such as foundry work.


Turning is a machining process in which a cutting tool, typically a non-rotary tool bit, describes a helical tool path by moving more or less linearly while the work piece rotates. The tool’s axes of movement may be literally a straight line, or they may be along some set of curves or angles, but they are essentially linear. Usually the term “turning” is reserved for the generation of external surfaces by this cutting action, whereas this same essential cutting action when applied to internal surfaces is called “boring”. Thus the phrase “turning and boring” categorizes the larger family of processes. The cutting of faces on the work piece, whether with a turning or boring tool, is called “facing”, and may be lumped into either category as a subset.

Common Applications

  • Tapered turning
  • Spherical generation
  • Hard turning
  • Facing, Parting
  • Grooving, Boring
  • Drilling
  • Knurling
  • Reaming
  • Threading
  • Polygonal turning


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