Military and Defense 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 Military and Defense

Few industries are presently experiencing uncertainty like military and defense manufacturing. Rapid changes in technology are forcing manufacturers to make expensive transitions, whether they're ready for them or not. Budgets for military spending are in flux, both in terms of funding amount and priorities. As defense departments around the world seek to adapt to a new unconventional landscape, they must consider affordability, as well. Manufacturers are surfing these waves in the industry while facing plenty of internal pressures of their own.

Manufacturing is as complex and challenging today as it has ever been. Regulatory demands, for example, continue to force manufacturers to maintain—or improve—air quality and other workplace standards. Plant managers must monitor air quality and ensure that dust collection equipment is operational at all times, especially in facilities that use welding or metal cutting.


Dust and Fume Collection Challenges in the Military and Defense Industry

Manufacturers in this industry oversee many processes that produce air quality challenges. Welding stations and metal-cutting tables create fumes and dust that demand remediation, and the only way to do that is through vigorous collection and filtration of these substances. Failure to control air quality not only endangers workers’ health, it risks breaches in regulatory compliance.

Dust and weld fumes are a serious problem when sensitive electronics are involved. The risk of contamination is real, and there is little room for error. The only answer is to actively filter the air and to maintain a high standard as vigilantly as possible.

Protecting workers’ health is accomplished with comprehensive dust and weld fume collection, as well. Metal-cutting operations and welding stations produce serious amounts of inhalable particulates. Many of these particulates contain toxic metals which can be absorbed into the body and can cause serious illnesses and diseases. For example, hexavalent chromium is produced by many welding processes. Exposure to this carcinogenic substance has been associated incidences of cancer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a specific regulation for hexavalent chromium, as well as for many other specific toxic metals. OSHA sets permissible exposure limits (PEL’s) to protect workers from excessive exposure to harmful airborne particulates.

The accumulation of dust can also create a fire hazard. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 3% of workplace fatalities result from fires and explosions. This serious danger to workers and to property can be mitigated with effective filtration equipment and fire suppression devices.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in the Military and Defense Industry

RoboVent’s comprehensive dust and weld fume collectors are well suited to the military and defense industry. They safeguard your products and prevent contamination. They protect your workers’ health and ensure compliance with air quality regulations. They also operate efficiently, saving on energy and maintenance demands.

RoboVent equipment also protects your operation from the risks of fire and explosion. Equipment features like the Delta 3 spark arrestor and the Supprex-200 fire suppression system protect your workers, property and production lines.

RoboVent’s advanced dust and weld fume collectors, such as the Fusion Series or the Spire Series, are good examples of systems that are powerful, flexible and budget-friendly. When a bigger system is needed, our Grid Configuration allows you to scale up your operation but still remain flexible.


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.

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.

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.