Cement, Mining & Minerals


Cement, Mining & Minerals

Industry At A Glance
Ambient air filtration Briquetting Descaling Dryers Foundries nonferrous Furnaces (arc, induction, etc.) Grinding Mining Pneumatic coveying Polishing Pulverizers & classifiers Sand blasting Screening Scrubbing Separating Shot blast Silo venting Smelting Vaccum Ventilation Wet scrubbing
Filtered Materials
Abrasives Aluminum Cement Combustible Dust Dust Fertilizer Fibres Fly ash Fumes Gas Glass Limestone Metal fume Minerals Oxides Powder Rubber Sand Silica Stone

Mining and mineral processes produce large volumes of hard and abrasive dust particles.   

Effective dust emission control is essential in these settings:  

  • To protect equipment, processes, employees, and the environment 
  • To keep production moving  

Industry Challenges

The abrasive dust particles from mining and mineral processes negatively impact filter media and must be considered in dust collection systems to prevent filter damage and leaks. 

  • Best practices will consider the following data to ensure proper protection of filter media: 
    • Incoming air velocity 
    • Dust distribution 
    • Air patterns within a collector 
  • Best practices will also plan for the removal and disposal of dust to avoid blockages, equipment abrasion, secondary dust emissions and higher costs for maintenance and materials handling. 

Cement manufacturing is estimated to lose as much as 1% of mining throughput to the surrounding environment. 

  • Losses come from various dust-generating areas, such as conveyors, crushers, screens, and stockpiles.   
  • Two basic strategies for applying dust control to mines and quarries include: 
    • Source collection – Placing dust collectors at the source of the dust emission so collected dust can be returned directly back into the process stream. 
    • Centralised collection 
    • Placing the dust collector in a central location where dusty air can be collected and discharged as a separate process stream. 

Solutions Available

Airtight Solutions is experienced in all aspects of dust and fume control for the mining, mineral and cement industries including dust control at these process areas:   

  • Calcining 
  • Milling 
  • Crushing 
  • Screening 
  • Mechanical handling systems 
  • Storage facilities 

An Airtight Solutions system will have the correct filtration method and the correct fan sizing to give you hassle-free extraction. 

Some of our engineered solutions include: 

  • Reverse-pulse filtration 
    • Filters are cleaned by a jet of compressed air in a reverse direction. 
    • These short-duration pulse jets dislodge fine particles attached to filters keeping them free from wear and tear. 
  • Reverse air filtration 
    • A continuous cleaning system that avoids the need for compressed air and valves. 
    • Bags are cleaned at regular intervals using the efficient reversed flow of processed air. 
  • Wet scrubbing 
    • Removes both particulates and gasses in a single system.   
    • Handles moderate to high concentrations of pollutants. 
    • Handles combustible and nonflammable metal dust contaminants efficiently and cost-effectively. 
    • Ideal for high-temperature applications. 
  • Hot gas filtration systems 
    • Used to remove particulate matter and other pollutants from gas streams in high-temperature processes. 
    • Used to protect downstream equipment such as: 
      • Heat exchangers 
      • Catalyst units 
      • Scrubbers 
      • Gas turbines 

We can custom design suitable ducting systems for all plant applications including heavy flanged mild steel construction for high throughput, abrasive dust applications.   

Our motto is, “Do it once, do it right!” 

Client Benefits/Saving/Results

Airtight Solutions provides maintenance services not only on our equipment but also on equipment supplied by others.  We offer a trouble shooting and auditing service for existing plants, and we would be pleased to offer our services for scheduled dust control plant maintenance and servicing. 

Airtight Solutions engineered the perfect solution for this industry.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Pierre Westell
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Airtight make high quality products that are very simple to use. Having dealt with Airtight for a number of years I can certainly say the customer service from Glenn Nicholls and his team is excellent and they are very reliable. I Have recommended Airtight to other people and will continue to do so as they provide a very good service at fair price.

Phil Binder
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When we required the latest technology for our new plant in Mount Gambier, Glenn was able to not only supply the material but organise his competent crew to install the extractor on site during the Covid shutdown when we were experiencing very tight deadlines. We can highly recommend Glenn and his knowledgeable team.

Rachael Portsch
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Great products!!!! Love working with this team. Very efficient and reliable. In particular ….. Glenn Nicholls 🙂
Cheers from the team at Portsch Classic Furniture, Hendon SA 5014.

Matt Gabbett
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Good old fashioned reliable service. Glenn is always willing to go the extra mile to help, and you also get a top bloke thrown into the deal for good measure.

Caleb Wallace
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Nothing but good feedback for this company, Glenn Nichols runs a great operation with great service. The 3HG dust extraction system has been excellent, wouldn’t look elsewhere!

Steven Foote
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UWE Hay worked with Airtight Solutions at our export facility in Southern New South Wales for the installation of a fully integrated dust extraction system. The staff and leadership at the business were of the highest calibre and the professional approach was felt from the initial phone interaction to the onsite visit, to the cost effective quote of their fully customised solution and installation of the system within our facility. Prior to selecting Airtight Solutions our company discussed our requirements with several company’s however the outcome was there was only one choice. Airtight Solutions provided a highly professional package and after sales service and we would recommend their systems to any other businesses in the agricultural industry with similar requirements.

General Manager, UWE Hay – April 2017
Matthew Kitchin
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When I upgraded my underperforming cartridge dust collector, Airtight Solutions came highly recommended. My expectations were naturally high, but the system is everything they said it would be and the performance difference is unbelievable!
Airtight delivered a quality job and timely with minimal disruptions. The process was made easy and the communication was open and honest. I would recommend Airtight to anyone.

Director, Capital Design Works – May 2016
Tony Wright
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Glenn and his team have been consistently quick to respond with solid advice and service. Very happy with their support.

Nick Trolio
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Very professional and easy to deal with. Great products and great service.

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