Medical 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 Medical Equipment Manufacturers

Topping out at a full $148 billion, the United States remains the largest market for medical devices in the world. And that number is expected to rise to $155 billion in the next year. Competition between the 6,500+ companies in this market space is incredibly fierce, owing to the fact that over 80% of that competition is small-to-medium sized enterprises with fewer than 50 employees per company—many of which have little or no sales revenue to speak of.

The need for increased efficiency, then, is absolutely crucial not only to staying ahead of the competition, but also to staying afloat as a viable company. With so few employees, worker health becomes a primary concern as it affects efficiency. Add to that regulations and process efficiencies, and air quality easily becomes a major factor medical-device manufacturers need to invest in.


Dust and Fume Collection Challenges in the Medical Equipment Industry

Medical-equipment manufacturers are constantly chasing efficiency in an effort to reduce costs. The problem with pioneering new technology, in the case of medical-equipment development, is that much of the budget is spent on regulatory compliance and product safety rather than on plant investments.

But being able to speed up and stabilize new-product introduction without worrying about employee downtime, or other inefficiencies brought on by poor air quality, requires an agile dust-collection system. A fume extractor that is easy to operate, easy to maintain and that doesn’t take up a lot of room can increase efficiencies, safeguard manufacturer compliance and prevent contamination throughout production.


Regulations for Medical Equipment Dust

Medical equipment manufacturers are no strangers to regulatory compliance; it comes with being in one of the most heavily-regulated industries. Many of these regulations are subject to change or renew from year to year with a new administration and continual developments in technology. Whether the manufacturer is producing electro-medical equipment, surgical and medical instrumentation or surgical appliances and supplies, clean air is a must. No matter which NAICS code the plant falls under, proper dust and fume collection ensures sterility and high-quality production that’s free from airborne contaminants.

Improving the air quality of a manufacturing facility can not only help keep the facility within regulatory guidelines, but it also improves employee retention. Workers breathing clean air are able to work longer and feel better throughout the day. This immediately influences the bottom line of any manufacturer and, in the medical device industry, can potentially mean the difference between competitive efficiency and obsolescence.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in the Medical Equipment Industry

The engineers at RoboVent have spent decades designing dust and fume collectors to meet the regulatory needs of nearly every industry. Our products are equipped with simple-to-use controls and proprietary technology like our exclusive ePad Control Panel so our systems can integrate seamlessly with your processes.

We’ve taken dust control to a new level so that medical-equipment manufacturers can breathe easy. Ensure air-quality compliance as well as effective dust and fume collection with a cutting-edge RoboVent system, such as the Fusion Series collector. Or speak with our engineers about using our VentMapping to customize your solution specifically for your 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.

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.

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.

Talc Dust Collection

Talc Dust Collection

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that crumbles into a very fine powder. While highly useful in manufacturing, this powder can easily become airborne.

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.