Boeing Faces Problems with Deburring Dust Control

Published on December 5th, 2013 by Jim Maclaren

Boeing Faces Problems with Deburring Dust Control

Boeing’s facility in Wichita, Kansas faced problems dealing with dust control created during deburring and finishing of certain aluminum components. As a premier manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft, Boeing saw the importance of finding a way to contain the aluminum dust.

Deburring Aluminum

Boeing’s facility in Wichita, Kansas, produces components primarily made of aluminum. The process of deburring removes sharp edges and excess material from the components being produced.

When we visited Boeing’s facility, we saw that operators were deburring on tables with no ventilation. In addition, they were forced to wear uncomfortable face masks to prevent dust inhalation.

Custom DD-2X4 Downdraft Table

Following a careful evaluation, we recommended a 2′ x 4′ downdraft table equipped with extended overhang, Lexan side & back walls, and explosion-proof motors. The extended overhang table was key to operator comfort, because it allowed operators to sit comfortably with their legs under the table for an entire shift. The Lexan side & back walls ensured good visibility through the facility, and the explosion-proof motors reduced the hazard from the presence of aluminum dust.

Improved Air Quality

After we installed four of these 2’x4′ extended overhang tables, the staff at Boeing were so pleased with the improved air quality, dust control, and operator comfort that they requested additional 3’x6′ and 3’x8′ custom downdraft tables for other deburring processes.

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« As a repeat customer, and owner of both wet and dry downdraft tables, we cannot say enough about the products, and the people at Diversitech…….both are a pleasure to work with! »

  • Combustible dust from deburring safely contained with wet downdraft tables
  • Solved excess dust from grinding and finishing steel parts
  • Reduced cycle time by allowing operators to deburr near the machining center

« The tables are now fully functioning! The students were on them yesterday, and the instructors were so impressed. One instructor even said that he’s “old school” and wasn’t sure about the downdrafts, but he was very impressed. »

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  • Delivered tables "on-time" to five separate campus locations
  • Nanofiber filter technolgy ensure students have a clean and safe learning environment

« We love the downdraft table and are using it full time. We will probably be looking for another one in 6 months to a year as well. Thanks for a nice product. »

  • Mini DD eliminates deburring dust at source
  • Supplied cushion grid matting to protect parts from damage
  • Downdraft table filters airborne dust to protect workers and machinery

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