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The Proper Ventilation System for De-canning Catalytic Converters

The Proper Ventilation System for De-canning Catalytic Converters

It is common knowledge that catalytic converters must be de-canned in order to maximize their value. Because precious metal loading must be extracted from the ceramic monolith inside the converter’s shell, the de-canning process is the most important step in the catalytic converter recycling process. When this process is performed incorrectly, it can result in waste and revenue loss, as well as harm to the de-canning worker. We’ll go over the safety equipment you’ll need to de-can your catalytic converters in this article, as well as how ventilation systems can help you keep your employees safe while also increasing your profits.

Safety Equipment

First and foremost, proper safety equipment is required. When operating a shear in the de-canning process and working around the dust, the proper equipment will keep you safe from injuries and toxic particulates. Begin by putting on heavy-duty gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, goggles, and/or a face shield. We highly recommend that you use an air purifier. These air purification systems keep you cool by bringing in fresh, clean air while filtering out harmful dust particles.

Ventilation System

Having a proper ventilation system will keep the dust away from the operator as well as anyone who is walking the floor near your de-canning system. The dust collection system protects you from the toxic particles that are carried in the air and you collect as much dust as possible since there is value in the dust. Installing this system is one of the most important and often overlooked pieces of equipment that helps you maximize the collection of your material is a dust collection system/bag house. We recommend using a cartridge system because it is easy to clean. This system works best when you have a ventilation hose in the front and back of your shear that delivers at least 2500 CFMs and a de-canning cartridge that filters down to at least 0.5 microns. Installing your de-canning machines in a specially enclosed room allows for full ventilation and a/c, making catalytic converter shipment processing easier, faster, and, most importantly, safer!

Key Takeaway

Make safety a top priority by making sure you have the right tools for the job. Use a ventilation system to protect yourself by keeping harmful particulates out of the room air and maximizing the efficiency of your catalytic converters. Maximize the amount of precious metals extracted while remaining safe from your catalytic converters.


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