Plastics & Chemicals


Plastics & Chemicals

Industry At A Glance
Ambient air filtration Briquetting Buffing & polishing Dental Descaling Dryers Foundries ferrous Furnaces (arc, induction, etc.) Mining Molding Pneumatic coveying Polishing Routing Screening Scrubbing Separating Silo venting Thermal spray painting Vaccum Ventilation Wet scrubbing
Filtered Materials
Abrasives Chemicals Combustible Dust Dust Fertilizer Fiberglass Fibres Fumes Gas Glass Limestone Odour Oxides Paint Plastics Rubber Silica

Chemical manufacturers create adhesives, foams, plastics, and other raw materials.  When these materials are handled, conveyed, or dumped into processing equipment, chemical dust that can be toxic as well as combustible becomes airborne.  Some examples of chemical dusts include cadmium, zinc oxide, chromium, iron oxide and cobalt. 

In the plastics industry, most plastic dust is released into the air during processes where solid plastics, resins or fiber-reinforced plastics are moved, machined, ground, or cleaned.  Some common plastic dust types include acrylic (PMMA), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), nylon, delrin/acetal, polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE) and polycarbonate. 

Industry Challenges 

Airborne chemical, plastic and fiberglass dusts can be hazardous to workers, equipment, manufacturing plants and the environment.  They can be toxic, combustible and can cross-contaminate products in other parts of a production line. 

Plastic dust carries an electrostatic charge.  As a result, these dust particles are attracted to filter media and are difficult to pulse off.  This can cause overloading on filters.  The static charge also creates an increased risk for sparks that can lead to self-ignition of a combustible dust explosion. 

Solutions Available 

Airtight Solutions is experienced in all aspects of dust and fume control for the chemical and plastics industries.  Our engineered solutions include: 

  • Reverse-pulse and reverse air filtration 
    • Filters are cleaned by a jet of compressed air in a reverse direction 
  • Fume extraction 
    • Pulls fumes and dust particles into a contained filtration system 
    • Cleans air at the source before it enters a worker’s breathing zone 
  • Wet scrubbing is effective for: 
    • High-temperature applications 
    • Moist exhaust stream applications 
    • Removal of both gasses and particles 
    • Neutralizing corrosive gasses 
  • Bin vent filters, pulse jet style industrial dust collectors, provide these benefits: 
    • High efficiency 
    • Low energy requirements 
    • Low maintenance requirements 
    • Quick installation with minimal installation costs 

These solutions will be customized based on these essential considerations: 

  • Explosion mitigation 
    • Customize a deflagration system which includes: 
      • An explosion vent to release built-up pressure in the collector 
      • An isolation valve to prevent pressure waves from propagating back into the facility 
      • A rotary airlock to keep collected dust safely contained in the hopper 
  • Fire suppression system 
  • Static-reducing filter media which can: 
    • Reduce the risk of self-ignition inside the dust collector 
    • Reduce clinging to the media 
  • Customize an effective filter pulsing system 

We can also custom design suitable ducting systems for all plant requirements including quick strip down ducting in mild or stainless-steel construction for easy cleaning and access. 

Client Benefits/Saving/Results 

We will work with you to find custom solutions to fit your application needs and help answer questions like these:   

  • What type of cartridge and filter media is best? 
  • Is an intermittent-duty, continuous-duty, or variable frequency collector best? 
  • Are explosion protection controls required? 
  • Which style and size configuration are best? 
  • Will the dust collector use compressed air?   

Our custom solutions will: 

  • Protect workers, properties, and the environment from dust hazards 
  • Prevent dangerous explosions from charged, combustible plastic dust 
  • Save time, money, and energy on dust collection 
  • Prevent cross contamination 
  • Satisfy compliance with government regulations   

We also offer a troubleshooting and auditing service for existing plants. 

Airtight Solutions engineered the perfect solution for this industry.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Pierre Westell
star star-white

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
star star-white

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
star star-white

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
star star-white

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
star star-white

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
star star-white

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
star star-white

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
star star-white

Glenn and his team have been consistently quick to respond with solid advice and service. Very happy with their support.

Nick Trolio
star star-white

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

Airtight Solutions
star star-white
Reviews on google
Download our
company brochure
Request a Call Back
Book your Service
Request a Quote