Suction of aluminum dust
With the increasingly common requirement for industrial vacuum cleaners to remove aluminium dust, we decided to provide more detailed information about the relative ATEX measures and the risk of explosion due to the nature of this material that, depending on its chemical composition, can cause explosions during suction.
Aluminium is a common material that is used in various sectors for the production of many products. The methods of manufacturing with aluminium are therefore varied and often harmless however, certain applications can result in significant danger by creating the presence of explosive atmospheres.
The primary conditions necessary for aluminium to become highly dangerous depend on its granulometry and composition. It is particularly explosive when found in the form of atomised dust, which is naturally very fine, making this material highly volatile when in contact with the air. Atomised aluminium is used for the production of paints or cosmetics; another example could be as a catalyst in the chemical industry.
In general, it is usually good practice to prevent the formation of dangerous combustible dust whilst maintaining a dust-free workplace by using industrial vacuum cleaners that are specifically designed to eliminate the build-up of dust, either on production machinery or in the workplace.