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Bag machine dust controls and bag sealing.
Muldoon TL; Valentine JW; Burnett M
NTIS: PB/86-153558; :1-74
The bagging of dry pulverized products using fluidized air packers creates severe respirable dust problems in many surface mining operations. During bag filling, excess air and product blows by the bag valve-nozzle interface. After bag ejection, dust blows out of the bag valve. During bag conveying and handling, dust is released from the bag valve and dirty bag surface. Overexposure of the bagging machine operator and bag handlers is common. This report describes the development and testing of a new dust control system for bagging machines. The system features a new bag clamp design to reduce product blowby during filling. A controlled vacuum system removes excess air from the bag before ejection, eliminating the problems after bag ejection and during conveying and handling. The system has shown significant reductions in dust exposure for both bag machine operators and bag handlers. These reductions are achieved with no significant effect on total mill productivity.
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Page last reviewed: November 12, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division