Dustraction has installed a new dust extraction and management system with Touch Design Group in Devon.

The newly-commissioned extraction plant has been installed to operate automatically in tandem with a new boiler system by leading waste-to-energy partner Wood Waste Technology at the new factory of long-standing dust extraction customer Touch Design in Exeter.

Touch Design Group is well known for the architect-inspired interior projects it undertakes, many of them in the most exclusive territories of London’s West End.

Kitchens, bedrooms with dressing rooms, libraries, bars, staircases – whatever the project, skilled craftsmen make each piece to order using both CNC technology and traditional bench skills.

The company’s top-end users are unstinting in the production quality demands of directors Ed Tremlett and David Crosby, who are similarly uncompromising when it comes to the demands they set for their dust extraction and working environment standards.

“When we moved to our Exeter site a year ago, we needed to upgrade our dust extraction system so that it worked seamlessly with the new boiler that was planned from Wood Waste Technology,” recalls David. “We had used both them and Dustraction before and their working association and standards of engineering meant we could be assured of an integrated fit – which was exactly what we needed because the funding we had secured was for a complete package. Dustraction is used to working both with Wood Waste Technology and also now with us, so it made good sense to stick with the partnership we knew and were used to.”

Dustraction’s quotation included upgrading the existing extraction system and replacing its Dustrax four-section filter with a new six-section 27RV Dustrax filter, to be fed from a new 37kW fan-set together with another new fan-set to enable the waste to be discharged directly to a waste silo.

The Dustrax 27RV  wood-waste filter has an automatic shake-down of waste from the tubular sock-type filters giving an area of around 162m2. Waste is transferred into the end of the hopper section by a floor-mounted fan-set and is discharged via a heavy duty rotary valve air-seal. “The whole of the filter plant,” says Dustraction’s

Steve Matuska,“is mounted on a galvanised steel support structure that’s been specially designed by us to raise the rotary valve high enough so that waste can be fed directly into the conveying system, silo and WWT boiler installation to work in syncro and fully automatically.”

An access door has been included below the rotary valve to discharge waste directly to a container or bulker bag to bypass the boiler if required and explosion relief is in accordance with ATEX requirements and has been built into the filter by Dustraction.

Operation of the entire plant is controlled from a single control panel and the finished installation enables Touch Design to comply fully with all COSHH requirements.

“The hopper feeds the boiler automatically,” says David; “it really works a treat, and Dustraction have been fantastic to work with. They were always here when they said  they would be and the whole installation went through like clockwork. As always, Dustraction have been very communicative throughout the process...  we couldn’t be more pleased!”

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