If you have a laser application — whether for cleaning or etching — you need a fume extraction filter unit. That’s because these powerful filtration systems make it safer for you to operate your laser. During the laser cleaning process, hazardous contaminants are safely absorbed and captured by the filter unit. This prevents dangerous chemicals from filling the air and harming your operators. The same occurs during a laser cutting, marking, or engraving process. But, not all fume extraction filter units are designed for the same applications. How do you know which one you need?
HOW FUME EXTRACTION FILTER UNITS WORK
From cutting, marking, and engraving to cleaning, a fume extraction filter unit makes it easy to capture and contain airborne particles and other microbes during the laser process. Once your process is complete, the filter unit makes it simple to remove and dispose of any hazardous contaminants extracted.
Your laser application is connected to a TEKA fume extraction unit through an integrated channel for the safety of your operators. During the cleaning process, your laser solution will send the contaminants you’ve removed through the channel into the filter unit. This makes it safer for your operators to perform the cleaning process without the need for cumbersome PPE. The fume extraction unit features multiple filters — including HEPA and ULPA — to ensure all airborne particles are captured.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
When you purchase a laser cleaning system from us, you’ll receive a fume extraction filter unit as part of your purchase (if your process calls for it). But, if your needs have changed or if you need a replacement filter unit, we can help you find the right one for your laser application process. When purchasing a fume extraction unit, there are a few things we need to know, including — but not limited to:
- Length of ducting to your enclosure from the filter unit
- How many hours you operate per day
- The amount of fluid generated per day
- The flow dynamic
- The amount of speed per time
- Your ducting setup
- The volume of your enclosure (if you just need to order new filters for your unit)
SIZE OF YOUR ENCLOSURE
Suppose your cleaning process produces a lot of material, but you have a smaller enclosure. In that case, you’ll need a filter unit that has plenty of filter cartridges to ensure that you can operate for long periods of time. Whereas, if you are cleaning materials that are super dry, but not a lot of them, your filter unit could be smaller with a large fan or turbine. The size of your enclosure varies from project to project, and the size of the enclosure impacts the size of the fan and the number of filter cartridges.
The size and volume of your material particulates can also impact the fume extraction filter unit you need. If your cleaning process removes larger particulates, you’ll have a different unit and filter cartridge combination than if the process removes finer particulate material. The fluent generated, whether the particles are wet or dry, and if they’re fire preventative can also have an impact.
Operating your laser system for two hours a day is much different than operating for 24 hours a day. Having the wrong fume extraction filter unit can cause you to interrupt productivity to change filters or conduct other maintenance. That’s why how long you need to operate plays a role in the type of fume extraction unit you’ll need. We’ll use your operating hours — among other considerations, like thickness and types of materials — to pinpoint the right fume extraction unit for your needs.
HOW ADAPT LASER CAN HELP
We’re the exclusive supplier of TEKA filters in North America. Our state-of-the-art TEKA fume extraction systems are ideal for laser and other fume and particle emitting applications. From the slightly irritating to the extremely dangerous, we can safely capture your particulate materials — making them easier to remove and dispose of. Using the wrong filter extraction unit can put a pause on productivity or be dangerous to your operators. We’ll pinpoint the right system for your process in three simple steps.
WHATEVER YOUR NEEDS, ADAPT LASER HAS A SOLUTION FOR IT
Adapt Laser specializes in the know-how and application of laser cleaning solutions. We offer products with a range between 20 and 2,000 watts and provide training to ensure your employees can get the most from their laser cleaning solutions. We’ve equipped a variety of industries and companies with laser cleaning solutions — including military and defense for the US Air Force and Navy — and hundreds of organizations trust our state-of-the-art laser cleaning solutions.