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Solarpanels : Dust Collector Serving Solar Panel Production
Solarpanels : Dust Collector Serving Solar Panel Production

Solarpanels : Dust Collector Serving Solar Panel Production

Added to MTDCNC by Camfil APC Ltd on 14 July 2016

Camfil KG supplies a leader in manufacturing of solar panels with
filters for many applications throughout their plant in Frankfurt (Oder)
and they were happy to supply the company with replacement cartridge
filters on their solar panel recycling plant as they required changing
every 3 – 4 weeks.

However, the customer was tired of changing the filters so often and
asked Harald Kretschmann, the Camfil KG salesman, if he knew who
could supply a dust collector that would give them a longer filter life.

The dust contains cadmium and tellurium, both of which are toxic and
any system must ensure that the operators do not come into contact with
these compounds. The existing system had no protective measures to
reduce the exposure risk for the operators.

Disposal costs for the spent filters was very high and the customer
wanted to reduce the total cost of ownership for the filter system by
reducing downtime, filter costs, labour costs and disposal costs. The
company also wanted to work with a company that was experienced in
providing complete turnkey installations.

Harald called the APC division of Camfil to see if their Gold Series
dust collector was up to the challenge. Camfil APC evaluated the
existing system and agreed that it needed to be replaced to increase
filter life and provide the safety features that the company required.
A new airflow and static pressure was determined for the system and
Camfil APC was able to reuse most of the existing ductwork, with
new transitions to connect to the new Gold Series dust collector and
safe change HEPA filter, also supplied by Camfil.

To ensure the correct choice of filter, a sample of the dust was sent to
the Camfil APC dust testing laboratory. The characteristics of the
dust were analysed and it was found to be both abrasive and
hygro-scopic. These results aided in the selection of the dust collector
and the filter media to guarantee a long life. The final specification
included a GS16 dust collector fitted with DuraPleat filters, Bag-In/Bag-
Out doors and dust collection bin with dust liner.

Once the German competitor’s dust collector was removed, the new
Gold Series dust collector was installed into the same space. The BIBO
doors addressed the exposure concerns of the end user, as filters can
now be safely removed without exposing the operators to any contamination.
The Unit was installed sucessfully and has not yet required
a filter change. Over 12 months of filter life and still going strong!

The Camfil APC Gold Series dust collector addressed all of the
customer concerns by extending filter life, reducing down time, reducing
labour costs and reducing the disposal costs associated with the old dust
collector. In addition the Gold Series provides a safe way of changing
the filters when they eventually need to be replaced.

Product Information
Product: Gold Series® dust collector
Size: GS16
Application: Glass dust containing cadmium and tellurium
from solar panel recycling
Customer: A leader in manufacturing of solar panels,
Frankfurt/ Oder, Germany


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