AM dust filters

Jason Lixfeld jason at lixfeld.ca
Tue Aug 12 19:44:02 UTC 2014


On Aug 12, 2014, at 3:09 PM, Tom Morris <blueneon at gmail.com> wrote:

> One important question: how often is the equipment accessed for maintenance?

Who knows :)  Maybe it becomes someone's full time job to go do regular checks and maintenances of every POP?  Maybe after an appropriate filter is found, a relatively low temperature threshold monitor is set up in an NMS.  When this threshold is reached, it would probably be safe to assume a dirty filter (or some other condition that would require a visit) and someone could be dispatched to replace it.

> I've had reasonably good luck with air filter media coated with a tackifier, similar to the Dustlok media here http://www.filtersales.com/pagout.htm?id=Pad%20Media
> It seems like what happens with it is heavier airborne fibers (lint, hair) get caught up in the first few fibers of the media, not obstructing airflow, and allow the finer dust to travel deeper into the media where it sticks to the tacky layer at the back. It lasts a good long while. It's single use though, so it has to be replenlished every now and then.
> 
> Foam rubber media tends to have trouble with surface/airflow area vs pore size.
> 
> The best option, though, will be to enclose the equipment in a cabinet that can be pressurized by one or more fan forced+filtered inlets. Middle Atlantic makes rack cabinets and fan panels that can be used to pressurize them that way. If you get a cabinet that takes a standard furnace filter, I've had good luck with the off the shelf 3M Filtrete Ultra Allergen filters, they have a TON of surface area with great fine dust capture and very low airflow resistance, even when you're drawing the air through them really way too fast. :)

Unfortunately a cabinet isn't possible due to a variety of issues.

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> On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Jason Lixfeld <jason at lixfeld.ca> wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I'm interested in knowing what sorts of material folks use to make after-market dust filters for their various devices which wouldn't normally have any.  This seems to almost be a necessity when these kinds of devices are deployed in environments that are overly dusty and dirty (it should also be implied that these environments are all in-doors and would have less than ideal airflow and climate control).
> 
> A material that is too dense will hider airflow and cause an immediate increase in inlet temperature, which would exacerbate a potentially threatening temperature situation in environments where the ambient temperature is already in the mid to high twenties and above (that's 77 - 86F+ for my American friends ;)).  A material that is not dense enough won't do a very good job at filtering.
> 
> Do folks just hack up HEPA filters or something?
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