Oil Mist Separators

Oil mist separators are filter systems for extracting aerosols from ambient air. 

During cutting and shaping processes in the metalworking industry, mists, vapors and smoke can arise from the use of cooling lubricants. On the one hand, this happens mechanically when fast-rotating tools atomize the cooling lubricant (such as when grinding or turning work pieces). It also occurs when evaporated cooling lubricant condenses again on hot surfaces. Openly mounted, still hot work pieces can pollute the ambient air with emissions. In principle, all surfaces exposed to cooling lubricant (such as dirty work clothes, oily polishing rags or floors) should be seen as emission sources. The warmer these surfaces are, the worse they affect the ambient air.

The OILMAC series is installed directly onto the processing machine for the effective direct extraction of oil- and emulsion mist, as well as minimal lubricant mist and smoke.

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The free-standing Plug & Play Hall Ventilation System is ideal as an alternative or supplement to direct extraction, as it extracts oil mist, etc. in halls without pipelines.

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Hazards to employees:

Cooling lubricant aerosols, smoke and vapors enter the operator’s respiratory tract, digestive tract or skin. This can damage the human body in a number of ways: 

  • Irritations, such as inflammation of the skin or respiratory tract
  • Damage to organs
  • Damage to the respiratory tract
  • Mutagenic effects
  • Carcinogenic reactions

How to reduce cooling lubricant emissions:

There are generally three ways to reduce cooling lubricant emissions in workplace air:

  • Preventing emulsion mist, oil vapors and oil smoke from forming
  • Capturing unpreventable aerosol mists with an oil mist separator
  • Additional hall ventilation

How can cooling lubricant emissions be prevented?

Choosing the right cooling lubricant is crucial for preventing aerosol mists, oil smoke and oil vapor when processing work pieces as well as the correct amount. Furthermore, the processing machine and the oil mist separator must be maintained regularly. Hot, wetted work pieces should be stored in closed containers — never store them in the open. If possible, the work piece machine itself should be fully enclosed to prevent emissions from escaping. 

Mechanical separation:

Oil mist separators are used to capture unpreventable aerosol mists. The OILMAC oil mist separator, developed by ESTA, works through mechanical separation. It uses a 3-stage filter system consisting of a pre-separator, a main separator and a backup filter. This provides filtration efficiency of 99.95%, ensuring that workers and processing machines are protected. 

OILMAC oil separators are used with grinding machines, processing centers, lathes, milling machines, coolant systems, honing machines, lapping machines and spark erosion machines, among others. 

The OILMAC is installed right onto these machines, to save space, or is installed next to them and connected by a pipe or extraction hose. 

The right filter system design is one of the most complex issues when dealing with cooling lubricant emissions and should always be handled by an expert.

Hall ventilation:

Harmful substances, such as aerosols, smoke, vapors or dusts should always be captured and extracted right at their source. However, heat generated by the processing machines causes thermal streams that transport suspended solids to the workplace ceiling. Efficient workplace ventilation helps preventing these substances to enter the employees’ breathing space. 

Further information on ESTA hall ventilation can be found here.

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