Dust Extraction

Dust Extraction – ‘Rip and Tip’

Mil-tek have devised a solution to the problem, as part of the overall lean compacting manufacturing waste handling solution.

Dust Extraction

Dust build-up in Rip and Tip areas is a common problem for many manufacturers. With Health and Safety guidelines tightening around the amount of dust that can be safely present in the production environment, it is important to have a suitable, safe, and efficient way to reduce dust escaping into the air from the emptying of bags in the rip and tip area.


Rip and Tip

The ‘Rip and Tip’ function is a key part of the manufacturing process for many food, pharmaceutical, and feed mill businesses, to name but a few.

The process of ripping the outer bag, pouring the powder products into the mixing process, and then placing the empty bag into a waste container, naturally creates dust in the air. The dust is further compounded by the staff looking to store as many empty bags in one container before making a non-productive trip to an external waste container with the empty bags, often these containers weigh less than 20kg when full of empty bags. By flattening these bags further to attempt to fill the waste container, high levels of dust escape into the environment and evade the extraction process designed to remove them.


A Lean Compacting Solution

Mil-tek have devised a solution to the problem, as part of the overall lean compacting manufacturing waste handling solution.

Using small footprint, air-powered balers to compact these bags solves the non-productive time problem, by ensuring only high quantities of empty bags are removed from the production area to external waste areas. This ensures staff remain in the production area and productivity remains high.


To handle the dust issue, Mil-tek have created a solution where a dust extraction collar can be fitted directly toi the side or rear of the Baler, ensuring that with each compaction stroke, dust is removed directly into the extraction network, removing it safely and efficiently from the production area.

The machines themselves are purely powered by air, so no electricity or hydraulic oils are present, meaning they can be sited in high hygiene production areas, reducing internal and external trips.


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A by-product of this process is a higher segregation and recycling rate, reduced cross-contamination opportunities, and the potential to reduce accidents, particularly those related to forklift truck use