Industrial Process Fans

By: Oleg Chetchel

Fans play an important role in a number of industrial processes, all of which require the right performance to maintain optimal operating conditions. Buffalo Blower extensive engineering and manufacturing capacities have allowed Buffalo Blower to offer a complete line of fans for industrial applications, from standard pressure blowers to heavy duty custom engineered mechanical draft fans. TBuffalo Blower’s equipment delivers the air for heating & cooling, ventilation, dust collection, separation, conveying, laboratory fume exhaust, gas tight, explosion proof, fired heater, and boiler systems. To meet specific requirements we offer many accessories and options including specialty materials, coatings, custom safety guards, spark resistant construction, explosion proof motors, and high temperature designs. Whether for a pulp and paper mill, plastic manufacturing operation, or subsurface mine, our quality products will provide the reliability needed for your industrial process.

In addition to the extensive fan design and manufacturing experience, Buffalo Blower offers the most comprehensive line of fans that meet the stringent requirements associated with the control devices used in the air pollution control market. Depending on the specific application, we can design fans with a variety of options with heavy-duty construction features such as nominal leak-tight construction with specific sealing features, materials of construction specific to the contaminants and temperatures of the air stream, and spark resistant construction. Our products play a key role in the wide array of processes and associated ancillaries used with control devices for the air pollution control industry.

Buffalo Blower works closely with a large number of OEMs that manufacture Car Wash systems, and offers a complete fans as well as a variety of parts including wheels, cones, drives and inlet plates. Dryer fans are typically built with 10 HP and 15 HP motors in 50 / 60 HZ ratings. Nominal 18" diameter backwardly-inclined steel wheels with 10-blade construction are generally used to minimize objectionable "pure" tones that can be irritating to the human ear. Buffalo Blower also offers airfoil aluminum wheels using all welded extruded blades when a customer prefers aluminum rather than steel wheels.

Dryer fans are commonly mounted on the sides and top of arches located at the exit section of a typical car wash installation and are generally constructed from a high density plastic material to prevent corrosion. The special projected mounting of the inlet cone to the housing offers higher outlet velocities, which allows for faster drying times. Buffalo Blower also makes special plastic nozzles to obtain yet higher velocity air for optimum drying.

The chemical industry demands the highest standard of engineering, design and quality control for their equipment. Commercial grade products are unacceptable and specific attention to detail is regularly required to ensure proper function and durability. Buffalo Blower has the resources to comply with ASME, ISO, ATEX directive and other industry standards for handling toxic, corrosive, and unstable materials. These fans are used for a range of applications including laboratory and fume exhaust, dust collection, general ventilation, high pressure low volume, special metal/FRP and gas tight processes.

Buffalo Blower manufactures a full line of fans that are designed to handle the material laden airstream’s found in a number of coal processing applications. Many of the fans used in these applications require additional features such as abrasion resistant liners, spark resistant construction, explosion proof motors, high temperature alloys, specialty coatings, and custom safety guards. In addition to these features, thr fans are available in a variety of arrangements and configurations to provide maximum product flexibility for ease of installation and maintenance, including a complete range of fans for general HVAC plant ventilation and human comfort.

To reduce greenhouse gases and produce a useful byproduct, many countries, states, counties, and cities are replacing landfills with industrial composting systems. One of the most common methods for large scale operations is Aerated Static Pile or Active Aeration composting. ASP refers to any of a number of systems used to biodegrade organic material without physical manipulation during primary composting. Our fans play a key role in these systems by forcing air through an array of perforated piping placed in and around the compost material to provide air circulation for controlled aeration. This allows system operators to maintain the desired temperature, moisture, and oxygen levels within the piles during decomposition.

Aerated static piles offer process control for rapid biodegradation, and work well for facilities processing wet materials and large volumes of feedstocks. Advantages of this composting method include the ability to maintain the proper moisture and oxygen levels for the microbial populations to operate at peak efficiency to reduce pathogens while preventing excess heat, which can crash the system. Aerobic compost systems also facilitate the use of biofilters for treating process air to remove particulates and mitigate odors prior to venting.

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Oleg Tchetchel
Fan and Blower Systems Engineer
Buffalo Blower Co.

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