Cutting, grinding, or sanding materials in an industrial environment can release particles into the area that, without proper elimination techniques, can reach a high enough level of concentration to create potential for a fire or explosion. In fact, the concentrated dust particles can even catch fire from the very work that is creating them in the first place.
In order to eliminate dangerous dust particles from the area, a modified version of a typical workbench can be used to reduce the risk of explosion and dust inhalation down to nearly no chance at all. It also eliminates the risk of fires or explosions caused by sparks or locally concentrated dust by creating constant air circulation.
What Is the Benefit of Using a Wet Downdraft Table?
The most obvious benefit of a wet downdraft table comes from its elimination of workplace hazards due to free-floating particulates in the air. However, they also offer an ergonomic design to help create a more comfortable working environment on top of a safer one.
These workbenches come with added features that help to make the process more convenient:
- Manual controls with a computer interface
- Pressure gauges and water level monitoring
- Adjustable work surface
- Easily accessible waste elimination
All of these features come in addition to features that may be requested according to industry needs.
How Do These Tables Work?
Unlike a typical workbench, wet downdraft tables are specialized surfaces that are created specifically to eliminate dust and particulates from the air. The work surface is perforated with holes that will capture particles, which will be directed by downward fans into water that is constantly running to help bring the resulting sludge into a container for proper disposal.
The sludge itself poses no risk of explosion when it is properly handled. Being mostly made up of water, the sludge is easy to clean, and quick maintenance can help ensure the downdraft table will not clog up with particulates.