Downdraft Tables for Every Application

Posted by Diversitech News on Oct 26, 2023 8:39:23 PM

There is one dust collection apparatus that is often overlooked for less expensive or older technologies that, in reality, boasts a wide range of use-cases. In fact, the applications for this device are so varied, that it warranted an article of its own. With such wide applications possible for these tools, they have the potential to impact the health and safety of workers in practically all industries across manufacturing, food production, metalworking, wood working, stone working, painting and finishing, pharmaceuticals, and more.


As employees and employers are becoming more acutely aware of the hazards of airborne particulate matter, fumes, and oil mists in the workplace, some illnesses that were considered rare only 20 years ago have skyrocketed in cases, primarily due to prolonged exposure to some kind of airborne particulate matter. COPD, silicosis, and popcorn lung are all examples of these impending health issues that have only recently surfaced in the vernacular. While many of these ailments have been known in medicine for multiple decades in some cases, very few of them have treatments that are near anywhere 100% effective in curing the damage caused by the lung tissues scarring.


These profoundly impactful particulate matter collectors, as you may have guessed, are collectively called “downdraft tables.” They are essentially specialized workstations equipped with built-in ventilation systems designed to capture and control dust, fumes, and other airborne contaminants. Here we will dive into some of the extensive range of uses for downdraft tables, showcasing their importance across manufacturing and beyond. 

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Topics: dust collection, downdraft tables

Industry Spotlight: Cosmetics

Posted by Diversitech News on Oct 11, 2023 11:52:06 AM

Powders, pigments, sprays, and lacquers- all of these and more come to mind when the term “cosmetics” is used. In manufacturing, even some hygiene items like dental care and deodorants fall under the “cosmetic” umbrella. With that in mind, most people don’t give a second thought to the safety of their cosmetic and personal care products- after all, they should be safe to use.

Although cosmetics may seem like the last place where you’d be likely to find toxic fumes, hazardous dusts, and carcinogens abound, the truth is that there are some serious health risks behind all of the glitter and gloss.

In today’s article we’ll be giving an overview of the health risks associated with dusts and fumes in the cosmetics industry- and Diversitech’s solutions to help mitigate health hazards, including downdraft tables and fume extractors.

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Topics: Dust Collectors, Fume Extraction, downdraft tables

How to Keep Workers Safe from Volatile Organic Compounds

Posted by Diversitech News on Sep 27, 2023 10:12:28 AM

Understanding VOCs

Noxious paint fumes, benzene, acetone- these are all substances commonly used in the industrial sector that can be classified as volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds, commonly abbreviated to just VOCs, are solvents which can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions due to their high vapor pressure and low water solubility.

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Topics: Fume Extraction, downdraft tables, VOC's

3 Common Respiratory Hazards in Machine Shops

Posted by Diversitech News on Sep 20, 2023 9:13:57 AM

Mitigate Particulate Matter with Dust Collection

The phrase ‘particulate matter’, often shortened to just ‘PM’, includes a wide range of airborne particles. In the manufacturing world, PM is an umbrella term used to describe microscopic particles which are generated as a result of common manufacturing processes. There are two types of particulate matter: PM10, which are particles smaller than 10µm, and PM2.5, which are smaller than 2.5µm. The finer PM particles are small enough to actually be inhaled, making them an alarming health hazard.

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Topics: Fume Extraction, dust collection, oil mist collection

Particulate Matter Explained

Posted by Diversitech News on Aug 30, 2023 10:38:59 AM

Particulate matter (PM) is a term that encompasses a range of air quality hazards. As defined by the EPA, PMs include solid matter like dust, dirt, soot, and smoke, along with some liquid matter like paint and solvents. These particles are generated through all kinds of processes, but they have an exceptionally large presence in the manufacturing industry.

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Topics: dust collection, wet dust collection

Absolent | Diversitech – In-House Engineering at Diversitech

Posted by Diversitech News on Aug 24, 2023 9:29:14 AM

What is Diversitech’s Turnkey System Design?

The word ‘turnkey’ is used to describe a system which is “complete and ready to operate”; meaning that getting started is as easy as turning a key, like you would to start up a car or open a new door. At Diversitech we pride ourselves on our turnkey system design, which makes getting started with our equipment as easy as possible for our customers. We are able to create these highly intuitive solutions thanks to expertise of our in-house engineering design team.

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Topics: turnkey system design

Which Air Pollution Solution Is Right for You?

Posted by Diversitech News on Aug 2, 2023 10:05:10 AM

Here at Diversitech we offer a broad range of dust collectors, fume extractors, and other air capture devices to help keep the ambient air in your shop free of hazards. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose or even know where to start when it comes to selecting the right device for your operations. Today, we’ll be going over some of our most popular air pollution solutions to help narrow down which one is right for you.

Downdraft Tables Capture Contaminants at the Source

If your manufacturing process is generating particulate matter, you can’t go wrong with Diversitech’s DD Downdraft Table. Downdraft tables are standalone workstations equipped with a ventilated working surface which resembles a metal grate. While you work, a blower motor attached to the table vacuums up airborne contaminants through the ventilated work surface before they can negatively impact the air quality of your production facility, then deposits the contaminants into a dust collection receptacle. We refer to this as capture-at-source technology. Our downdraft tables are compliant with dust, smoke, and welding fumes capturing guidelines as defined by OSHA, so when you choose Diversitech you know you’re investing in a worthwhile safety measure for your workplace.

Our standard DD downdraft tables are well suited to be used for all kinds of cutting, fusing, and finishing operations. However, we do also offer application-specific kits which are designed to provide the most effective dust collection for certain operations. One of these is the welding/grinding/deburring (WGD) kit, which comes outfitted with booth walls and a metal mesh pre-filter for enhanced dust capture. The spray painting kit is equipped with the same booth walls, but also has an additional paint arrestor pre-filter, polytech filters, and reversible carbon canister afterfilters, along with a greater ventilation area on the tabletop surface. This same tabletop with added ventilation is what’s used on our plasma cutting kit. Lastly, the clean air workstation kit includes side and back walls, a dust and vapor proof light kit for improved visibility, and a backdraft hood. Get a closer look at our different models here.

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Topics: Dust Collectors, Fume Extraction, dust collection, downdraft tables

How to Safely Manage Combustible Dust

Posted by Diversitech News on Jul 19, 2023 8:22:51 AM

Many industrial practices result in the creation of a byproduct known as combustible dust. This comes from a wide range of operations and industries- sand handling in foundries, grinding operations in metalworking, even waste conveying in woodwork can result in the production of combustible dust. While the idea of dust might seem like nothing to worry about, combustible dust poses an alarming risk to workplace safety. What defines combustible dust is its ability to cause an explosion when exposed to any form of ignition, regardless of its physical or chemical composition. This means that charcoal, aluminum, some resins, and even powdered milk can be considered forms of combustible dust. A combustible dust’s risk factor is measured by a value called KST: any form of dust that has a KST greater than zero is considered to pose a risk for explosion. The ignition of combustible dust is sadly not unheard of, and has proven to cause significant destruction of workplaces, lead directly to worker injury, and has even taken lives. It is not an issue to be understated or overlooked by any means.

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Topics: Combustible Dust, dust collection

Showcasing Diversitech’s Latest and Best at FABTECH Expo 2022

Posted by Diversitech News on Nov 28, 2022 8:35:28 AM

The premiere event for businesses in the metal fabricating industry, FABTECH Expo is North America’s largest and most respected trade show for metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing. Providing a catalyst for growth across the industry, FABTECH offers employers the tools to see their business thrive.

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Topics: Absolent, Diversitech, FRED Jr, FABTECH, Combustible Dust, Health & Safety, Quatro Air, Air Purifiers, Innovation, Oil Mist Collectors, Dust Collectors, Fume Extraction

Making Connections in Portland, Oregon

Posted by Diversitech News on Oct 27, 2022 8:48:43 AM

This past September, teams from both Diversitech and Absolent America traveled across the continent to gather in Portland, Oregon where they participated in three (3) days of organizational and team building sessions, and toured the Portland Community College (PCC) along with the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC).

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Topics: Education, Health & Safety, welding booths, Vocational Training, Innovation