The powerful, energy efficient DCS Cyclo-Filter installation at Apex Interior Systems Ltd.

(L-R) Apex Interior Systems’ Managing Director, Andrew Ashworth and Production Manager, Jeff Green at the new CNC routing centre.


Apex Interior Systems Ltd, specialists in the manufacture of vinyl-wrapped doors for the kitchen and bedroom sector, has recently invested in a complete dust extraction and woodwaste-to-energy system at its facility in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Growth in demand for their quality doors and matching accessories led Apex to embark on an expansion programme to increase production capacity, including the installation of a second high performance SCM Ergon CNC routing centre. Extending the workshop and introducing the new woodworking machine resulted in the generation of significantly higher levels of dust and woodwaste. The company decided that the time was right to invest in a modern dust extraction system and also to install a woodwaste burning system that could recycle the high volumes of MDF waste as fuel to heat the factory.

For the dust extraction system, Apex had no hesitation in calling in Dust Control Systems (DCS), who had supplied their existing dust plant and had provided on-going servicing for the system. Following a thorough evaluation of Apex Interior Systems changing needs, DCS put forward a scheme that would effectively deal with the heavy dust-laden air and would link directly into a new waste-to-energy system. At the centre of the dust extraction system is one of the new generation of DCS Cyclo-Filters, designed to handle high air volumes with heavy dust loading. The compact unit incorporates a bag filter system that uses Dura-LifeTM filter bags - the latest in filter bag technology - to provide a single, powerful and energy-efficient system. A new network of ducting has been installed throughout the workshop, including clip-together (QF) ducting, for transportation of material to the storage silo.

The waste-to-energy system was supplied and installed by Northampton-based Ranheat Engineering Ltd. The system is fuelled by MDF sawdust and wood chips from the extraction system and by granulated material produced by reducing MDF off-cuts in two hoggers. Woodwaste is discharged directly from both the extraction system and from the hoggers into a fuel storage silo. From here, woodwaste is fed into a 600kW burner that provides low cost space heating for the 27,000 sq ft factory.

The co-operative efforts of DCS and Ranheat have helped Apex Interior Systems provide a comfortable, dust-free environment for their workforce and a waste management strategy that has slashed waste disposal and heating costs.


Dust Control Systems Ltd., Horace Waller VC Parade, Shawcross Business Park, Dewsbury, WF12 7RF
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Freephone: 0800 0407116

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