Construction Equipment Industry and Dust Collection

Clean Air Matrix

RoboVent engineers are experts in every category of air filtration and ventilation. The four categories below represent the major options for treating your contaminated air. RoboVent has designed solutions for each of these categories and has manufactured air filtration systems of unrivaled quality.

For more information about these categories, see Indoor Air Quality 101.


Large blowers and air filtration equipment draw contaminated air from the plant (typically at the ceiling level), filter it and return it to the plant. This is a proven solution in plants welding large parts with overhead cranes. It reduces the haze in the air, resulting in a cleaner working environment, with no negative pressure or heat loss.


Air in the immediate area of the welding activity is captured in a hood system, then filtered and returned to the plant. This is the best solution whenever possible. It allows for a more flexible system and removes the smoke directly from the operator's breathing zone. There are many types of source capture, including overhead hoods, crossflow hoods, fume arms and fume guns, some of which work better than others.


Large exhaust fans draw contaminated air from the plant and exhaust it directly into the environment, typically through the roof or walls. This is a traditional method and often results in negative air pressure. Also, it is very difficult to climate-control your plant and the system may not work well in the winter.

Air in the immediate area of the welding activity is captured in a hood, sent through ductwork, and exhausted directly into the environment. This is a lower capital cost alternative to filtration, but tends to result in high operating costs and large, unsightly ducting systems that work less efficiently with modifications. It also results in negative pressure problems.

Introduction to Dust and Fume Collection for Construction Equipment

The 2008 economic crash hit the construction industry hard. Investment dried up, building plans got cancelled and some projects even sat unfinished. But the industry is rebounding, and, with it, demand for construction equipment is on the rise. Whether the equipment's end use is industrial, commercial or residential—all are recovering, albeit at different rates—construction equipment manufacturers are doing their best to meet their customers' needs.

Two new factors are driving much of this building boom. First, strong growth in overseas infrastructure building is showing no signs of slowing down. Latin America and East Asia, in particular, are pouring money into infrastructure projects. Second, public-private partnerships are encouraging investment. Given the assurance of public backing, private sector money is loosening up and flowing toward major residential, commercial and industrial projects.

As construction equipment manufacturers transition into this new phase, they must keep in mind any changes in regulations for dust and weld fumes, as well as new information that might protect workers' health. Maintaining good air quality is more important than ever.


Dust and Fume Collection Challenges in the Construction Equipment Industry

As manufacturers well know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues standards to regulate air quality in the workplace. These regulations apply to dust and fume levels, in general, as well as to specific substances found in those dusts and fumes. For example, OSHA regulates workers’ exposure to hexavalent chromium, a metal that can be found in weld fumes. Particulates of this substance are extremely small, due to the high temperatures involved in welding. When inhaled, these tiny particulates can travel deep into the body. Hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen and, when inhaled, has been linked to incidences of cancer.

It is impossible to manufacture construction equipment without engaging in serious metal-working processes. No manufacturer is going to avoid dust and weld fumes from these sources. Whether you have only a few manual welding stations or a floor full of robotic welding cells, the airborne contaminants produced will be substantial. These contaminants don’t just threaten workers’ health and regulatory compliance, they also can make employee recruitment and retention more difficult. Due to the upsurge in manufacturing, it is becoming more difficult to attract new, skilled workers. The American Welding Society estimates that manufacturers will see a shortage of 290,000 skilled workers by 2020. Maintaining a pleasant and safe workplace will help to attract and keep the best workers.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in the Construction Equipment Industry

RoboVent has decades of experience designing and manufacturing the best air filtration equipment available. We understand the construction equipment industry and have a solution for every application. For example, the Fusion Series dust collectors provide power and performance at an unprecedented level of efficiency. These collectors are designed to save energy while delivering the finest filtration possible. If your operation is large—or growing—you can scale up the collection efforts with different configurations.

For a more flexible operation, RoboVent’s line of portable collectors lets you capture dust and fumes at their point of creation. These collectors use fume arms or hoods to make sure welders are protected, as well as everyone in the facility. These collectors are especially useful when welding or cutting large components, like those seen in construction equipment.

RoboVent also offers exceptional protection from fire and explosion. For example, the Delta 3 spark arrestor and the Supprex-200 Fire Suppression System stop fires before they start. These systems protect workers, property and production lines.

As always, RoboVent guarantees satisfaction. Our manufacturing standards are the highest in the industry, and our warranty is the best in the business.


Manual Welding Source Capture

Source capture is a proven way to reduce weld fumes in manual welding operations. Collecting fumes at the point of welding ensures a more efficient means of capture and a higher degree of safety for workers.

Robovent Manual Welding Ventilation Solutions

Manual Welding Ambient Systems

Ambient solutions for manual welding stations capture weld fumes from the environment, improving the air for workers and the entire facility.

Ventilation Solutions For Portable Weld Fume Extraction

Portable Weld Fume Smoke Extraction

These self-contained systems enable workers to capture weld fumes from any location. When production lines or welding cells must remain flexible, these systems safeguard workers, no matter the situation.

Robotic Welding Ventilation Systems by RoboVent

Robotic Welding

RoboVent offers multiple systems for addressing the special concerns of robotic welding. Cutting-edge collectors provide workers and facilities the highest levels of protection possible.

Ventilation Solutions for Laser Welding

Laser Welding

Laser welding is a growing field, and RoboVent offers solutions for the unique weld fume issues involved. Our enclosed capture solutions are ideally suited for the high-volume, precise nature of laser welding.

Resistance Welding

Resistance welding produces serious weld fumes. RoboVent offers powerful solutions for whatever kind of welding operation you have, in order to protect workers, comply with regulations and improve your facility's environment.

Plaser Series: Laser Cutting Ventilation System by RoboVent

Laser Cutting

RoboVent's solution for laser cutting is a powerful ventilation system that both protects workers and ensures the air is as clean as it needs to be. RoboVent's engineers have decades of experience helping customers be leaders in manufacturing.

Ventilation Solutions for Plasma Cutting

Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is growing in popularity, and RoboVent has developed a ventilation system that is perfectly suited to its demands. The Plaser Series offers powerful airflow, long filter life and the longest warranty in the industry.

Ambient Oil Mist Collector

Oil Mist Ambient Systems

RoboVent's ambient capture solution for oil mist is a facility-wide system engineered to address the problem in the broadest, yet most effective, way possible. This system's proprietary design creates a circulating airflow throughout your facility that produces extraordinary results.

Source Capture Solutions for Oil Mist

Oil Mist Source Capture

RoboVent's source capture solution for oil mist is the result of a rethinking and redesigning of oil mist collection. The final result delivers exceptional performance to protect your workers and your facility. As always, satisfaction is guaranteed.

Abrasive Blasting Dust Collection

Abrasive Blasting Dust Collection

Abrasive blasting operations produce a wide variety of dusts, and RoboVent has the expertise and equipment needed to clean the air of any operation.

Laser Cutting Dust Collection

Laser cutting is fast and efficient, but controlling dust is key to protecting workers and an unobstructed beam. RoboVent has solutions custom-made for the process.

Finegrinding Fiberglass Dust Exposure

Fine Grinding Fiberglass Dust Collection and Filtration

Fibrous glass particulates, like those associated with fiberglass fine grinding, can be a health hazard in dust form. RoboVent specializes in solutions for these kinds of concerns.

Silica Dust Collection

Silica is used in countless industrial applications. A recent change in air quality regulations has made silica dust a pressing concern for many employers.

Welding Fumes Collection

Weld fumes are a serious threat the workers' health and a manufacturer's bottom line. RoboVent has decades of experience solving weld fume challenges.