Adding to Nol-Tec’s Leadership in Air Pollution Control with Lodge Cottrell Division

In September 2015, Nol-Tec Systems acquired KC Cottrell US and transitioned the company into our new Lodge Cottrell division. With their focus on all aspects of air pollution control (APC)—inspection, parts, service, consulting, etc.—the Lodge Cottrell division makes Nol-Tec a total solutions provider for the APC market.

The addition of the Lodge Cottrell division gives us a whole host of additional capabilities and specialties. Lodge Cottrell offers an array of consulting services specific to ESPs (electrostatic precipitators), including evaluations via both high level data analysis and onsite inspections, performance predictions, and performance enhancements. They also provide ash resistivity testing and fabric filter evaluations.

Lodge Cottrell provides replacement parts and repair/maintenance services for APC equipment. Their ESP and fabric filter inspection capabilities include complete internal inspections—tolerance checks, ash buildup assessments, component wear examinations, etc.—and control inspections to check for proper operation and calibration.

ESP engineering and upgrades are also available through our Lodge Cottrell division. Their experts can provide replacement of internals in-kind or with rigid electrodes, expansion of the collecting plate area, additional inlet fields or parallel chambers, and more. They also provide complete onsite installation of new ESPs and fabric filter equipment.

Thanks to our Lodge Cottrell division, Nol-Tec can provide complete, start-to-finish air pollution control services. From consulting and evaluations to APC system design and engineering to installation, commissioning, and training, we have the know-how and the technology to deliver the perfect APC solution for any application—even yours!

 

Nol-Tec Offers Dust Mitigation Solutions for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule

Earlier this year, OSHA (the Occupational Health and Safety Administration) announced its “final rule” regarding respirable crystalline silica. In the works since 2013, the new rule reduces the permissible exposure limit (or PEL) for workers in a number of industries where workers are frequently exposed to respirable crystalline silica.

A Decades-Late Update

Crystalline silica is a common mineral that is one of the building blocks of materials such as rock/stone, sand, concrete, brick, and mortar. Exposure to this substance is common in workplace operations that involve the cutting, drilling, crushing, and handling of these materials. This includes those found in construction, glass manufacturing, sand blasting, concrete production, and other industrial processes, as well as other, less obvious applications, such as dental laboratories and jewelry production.

For their part, OSHA admits that the dangers of respirable crystalline silica have been well known for more than 80 years. In their official overview of the final rule, the organization states that “Workers who inhale very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious—and often deadly—silica-related diseases” including silicosis (an incurable and sometimes fatal lung disease), lung cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and kidney disease. OSHA notes that approximately 2.3 million Americans are exposed to silica at work each year.

OSHA’s current PELs for the substance have not been updated since the 1960s, however, and evidence gathered in the decades since shows that the current exposure limits do not adequately protect worker health. “[Since] the current exposure limits were adopted,” OSHA’s overview states, “respirable crystalline silica exposure has been found to cause lung cancer and kidney disease at the levels currently permitted.” Once the full effects of the rule are implemented, the new standards are expected to save more than 600 lives and prevent over 900 cases of silicosis annually.

Nol-Tec Has the Compliance Solution You Need

Under OSHA’s new rule, employers whose workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica are required to, among other measures, implement controls and work practices to limit employee exposure to silica dust.

The best and most effective solution for limiting exposure to harmful dust is to limit the creation of that dust. Nol-Tec Systems offers complete, high efficiency, customizable material handling solutions that will minimize breakage of your materials and significantly reduce dust.

To further limit workers’ exposure to dust, our dense and dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems are fully enclosed to prevent dust from escaping into your facility’s atmosphere.

We will conduct on-site evaluations of your processes, as needed, and conduct small-scale trials in our testing lab—using the actual materials you work with—to create a particulate control solution that provides efficient and effective protection against respirable crystalline silica exposure.

OSHA’s ruling gives employers one to five years to get their safety solutions in place, depending on the size of the company and their specific processes. Five years may seem like a long time, but, as there are thousands of employers across the country that will be working to meet the new standards, solutions providers will be booked up fast, and likely far into the future.

You don’t want to be stuck on a waiting list when the time for your inspection rolls around—contact Nol-Tec today to get started on the respirable crystalline silica solution you and your employees need.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nol-Tec

Nol-Tec Systems was established in 1983, and has since grown to be one of the most knowledgeable solution providers in the dry bulk materials handling industry. We balance the technical expertise of our staff with original ideas in order to provide custom-engineered pneumatic conveying solutions, bulk material handling, dry sorbent injection and emissions control solutions, and integrated control systems.

Our customers are industry leaders, and come in a variety of sizes and industries from small foundries to multi-national food manufacturers. Our work ranges from projects with large utilities for mercury abatement, to pneumatic conveying systems for plastic pellets, to pneumatic material handling for proppant (frac sand) suppliers, and more. We can handle dry bulk materials quickly, efficiently, and with a system specifically designed for your particular needs.

The diversity of our employees is one of our biggest assets. Collectively, they have more than 100 years of experience in the industry, and have handled countless materials in a wide variety of applications. Our staff members provide excellent service to fulfill your ever-changing project needs.

Learn about Nol-Tec’s passion for partnership with our customers and how our exceptional staff makes the difference in handling success for them by watching our new introductory video.

Introduction to Nol-Tec Systems

 

 

Food, dairy, and pharmaceutical manufacturing

Food, dairy, and pharmaceutical manufacturing can demand strict sanitation, rigorous materials cross contamination concerns, and precise measurement of ingredients. Properly designed dry bulk materials handling equipment can play a major role in meeting these requirements.

Every step of the process is important, and the conveying system design should be executed so that you’re working efficiently and keeping costs as low as possible. Limiting wasted ingredients is a key to success in cost containment. It’s also important that your system designer understands the flow properties of ingredients and how dry materials will react with certain equipment. Some material transfer methods can cause material breakage or compaction. Either condition negatively impacts your system’s efficiency.

Dense phase pneumatic transporter conveying systems can ensure precise measurement of ingredients, efficient transfer throughout the process, and work to minimize product attrition. Ingredients are valuable – so using the right equipment can help provide their most efficient use.

New Technologies

New technologies such as conveying line air injection and pneumatic blending result in an improved batch quality. Keeping materials moving without blockages is key. And air injection, such as Nol-Tec’s Air Assist, makes sure that materials flow reliably by distributing conveying energy throughout the system to avoid potential obstructions. Advanced blending cone technology uses compressed air to mix ingredients together with minimal material degradation and equipment wear.

Automation

As previously mentioned, in the food, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries, it’s required that the ingredient measurements are precise, and that all materials are blended properly. With the use of an automated system, this consistency is guaranteed, and leaves minimal room for error. In addition to accuracy, automation reduces expenses related to labor and the cost of ingredients, offers reporting of ingredients weights and variances, and can be programmed to meet your production needs.

Nol-Tec Systems has more than 30 years of experience in dry materials handling – so we know how ingredients flow. Every decision made impacts your end result, and our knowledge and expertise can aid in creating a system design for your specific needs.