Hosokawa Micron engineers break record with 11m wide downflow booth

The downflow booth encapsulates eight IBC filling stations

Hosokawa Micron 11m wide downflow booth being tested prior to installation on site

Engineers at Hosokawa Micron have manufactured an 11m wide downflow booth, the largest they have designed, using the company's modular downflow booth concept which delivers construction affordability alongside almost limitless size capability.

Designed to offer increased raw materials handling capacity and to meet growing market demands, the downflow booth encapsulates eight IBC filling stations and was engineered to suit the layout and available factory space.

The booth’s open fronted design uses no vertical supports offering unrestricted operator access into the booth and to the filling stations, which makes for easy transfer of IBCs.

Hosokawa Micron's Carl Emsley says: ‘By incorporating into our modular build concept a unique bracing system that supports and stabilises the full width of the booth, and which also prevents the risk of twisting or bowing, we can meet customers’ requirements for larger, tailored, contained work spaces.

In manufacturing a single booth rather than several smaller booths we can also offer customers real economies of scale

'In manufacturing a single booth rather than several smaller booths we can also offer customers real economies of scale – for example, in this instance, there is no need for several control panels; a single control panel manages the operation which in turn delivers a cost saving for the customer.'

Offering a safe working zone for operatives, delivering protection from harmful, hazardous, toxic or sensitising dusts or vapours, the downflow booth uses HEPA filtered air to push dusts or vapours down and away from the operators' breathing zone, creating a clean processing zone that is a safe and more user-friendly alternative to wearing personal protective equipment.

The filtration system can be accessed either from inside or the rear of the booth. Optional safe change barrier bag-in-bag-out type enables maintenance personnel to remove contaminated particulate filters without coming in direct contact with hazardous contaminants or internal booth surfaces during filter change.

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