Woodworking Dust Collection

The woodworking industry includes many different processes and types of dust. Woodworking machinery often produces large amounts of dust. Sawdust and wood particles are extremely combustible, so a dust collection system for woodworking must have solid fire and explosion protection.

Also, industrial woodworking may produce particles of different sizes, from chunks of wood to very fine powder. A woodworking dust collection system can be designed to separate these different types of material for better efficiency.

Woodworking dust collection applications often include:

  • Lumber and sawmills
  • Cabinet manufacturers
  • Particle board manufacturers
  • Pallet manufacturers
  • Wood pellet production
  • Flooring manufacturers
  • Furniture manufacturers

According to Dust Safety Science wood dust caused more than a quarter of all combustible dust accidents in 2018. The dangers of sawdust are often underestimated. In many facilities, dust accumulation around the woodworking machinery leads to destructive fires. Wood dust fires travel at high speed and can ignite larger explosions.

Many competitors will recommend baghouses for all woodworking applications. However, Imperial Systems has installed CMAXX cartridge collectors on these applications with great success. Systems should be designed for each company’s type of dust and woodworking machinery.

Baghouse dust collector installation

Possible Equipment

Woodworking dust collection protects people from injury. It also protects companies from OSHA fines, which will be especially high if there is a combustible dust incident.

Our competitors’ standard recommendation for woodworking dust collection is a baghouse. However, CMAXX cartridge collectors often out-perform a baghouse for many of our woodworking customers. The CMAXX has advantages over a baghouse including easier maintenance and more compact size.