Dust Collection for Oil & Gas Pipeline and Equipment Manufacturing

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 Oil & Gas Manufacturers

Oil & gas exploration, extraction, refining, storage and distribution is a $1.2 trillion dollar global industry—and at every stage, that industry depends on the manufacture of specialized equipment. Oil & gas manufacturing encompasses a broad range of products, including (but not limited to):

  • Infrastructure components for oil & gas transmission pipelines, drilling rigs, and offshore platforms
  • Distribution pipelines
  • Storage tanks and pressure vessels
  • Tankers and barges
  • Specialized tanker trucks and railcars
  • Drilling equipment ruggedized for high temperature/high pressure environments
  • Infrastructure and equipment for refining facilities

Dust and Fume Collection Challenges in the Oil & Gas Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturers producing equipment for the oil & gas industry face a number of challenges when it comes to indoor air quality.

  • Many components, including oil & gas pipeline infrastructure components, involve high-production manual or robotic welding. Welding of heavy equipment and pipelines produces toxic fumes that have significant impacts on worker health. The volume and composition of weld fumes produced by welding oil & gas equipment depends on the materials and processes used, but often includes toxic elements and compounds such as hexavalent chromium, manganese, nickel and beryllium. Stainless steel, which is commonly used for storage tanks, valves and other components, produces especially toxic fumes. If the fumes are not controlled, workers may suffer from a variety of health effects ranging from manganism to lung cancer.
  • Cutting and grinding heavy steel produces high volumes of dust that are irritating the lungs, toxic when inhaled or ingested, and potentially damaging to other equipment and processes. This heavy dust can be challenging to contain and control.
  • Because equipment used for oil & gas is often used in highly corrosive environments or must be left in the field for extended periods of time, corrosion resistance is of critical importance. However, the materials and coatings used to increase corrosion resistance often contain highly toxic elements such as cadmium, which makes working with the dust or fumes even more dangerous.
  • A lot of the equipment and infrastructure components produced for the oil & gas industry are extremely large. They may be too large to be contained under a hood and often require the use of overhead cranes. These factors make source capture, which is usually the most economical and effective method of air quality control, challenging.
  • Construction of storage tanks, ship hulls and tanker trucks often requires manual welders to work inside enclosed spaces where weld fumes can rapidly collect to dangerous levels. Controlling weld fumes inside an enclosed environment can be difficult, as most source capture methods will not provide adequate control.

OSHA requires manufacturers working in the oil & gas industry to maintain a safe and healthy working environment for all employees. They have set permissible exposure limits (PELs) for airborne contaminants. Most manufacturers producing equipment for the oil & gas industry in enclosed manufacturing environments will have to follow OSHA PELs for General Industry. Some subsets of the industry may fall under separate standards for Shipyards or Construction. Whatever the industry sector, failure to meet OSHA PELs can have significant legal and financial repercussions for manufacturers.

Many manufacturers in the oil & gas manufacturing industry are finding that meeting these minimum standards is no longer enough to remain competitive and attract 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 manufacturers attract and keep the best workers.

In addition, following OSHA standards may not fully protect worker health. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has developed voluntary guidelines for exposure to toxic airborne particulates based on the latest scientific evidence of harm. In most cases, these guidelines are lower than OSHA PELs.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in the Oil & Gas Manufacturing Industry

RoboVent knows how to control weld fumes and dust for manufacturers in the oil & gas industry. From pipeline production to drilling equipment manufacturing, we can help you analyze your processes, identify your challenges, and design an air quality solution that is tailored to your needs.

We have been an industry leader in clean air since 1989, and we are continually innovating to make our equipment safer, more effective, and more energy efficient. And RoboVent guarantees satisfaction. Our manufacturing standards are the highest in the industry, and our warranty is the best in the business.

We have a wide range of solutions for the oil & gas manufacturing industry.

  • The Extractor™ Fume Gun is the perfect solution for manual welding of large infrastructure components or welding inside tanks or pressure vessels for the oil & gas industry. Pair it with the powerful, compact ProCube™ Hi-Vac Dust Collector for a practical, portable solution for weld fume control.
  • Our powerful Fusion™ Series of dust collectors can be ducted to multiple stations or weld cells to provide dust and fume collection for your entire manufacturing line.
  • When source capture is not an option, we offer a variety of ducted, ductless and floor-mounted ambient air filtration options, including Spire360™, Vortex™, and Vista360™.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.