DCS modular rotary valve filter with screw conveyor.



(L-R) Richard Peel, H&S manager, Martin Rose, operations manager and Carl Swift, head of sales, check out production schedules in the new panel production cell.



KM Furniture Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of furniture for the educational sector, has recently invested in an energy-saving dust extraction plant from Dust Control Systems. Purchase of the new system is part of a major investment programme by the Chesterfield-based company which includes the re-location and streamlining of its manufacturing facility and the acquisition of an impressive line-up of state-of-the-art woodworking machinery.

At KM’s 110,000 sq. ft. factory, more than 150 people are employed in the design and production of quality educational and contract furniture, with all aspects of production being carried out onsite. It has the capacity to produce over 800,000 chairs, 200,000 tables and 20,000 storage units every single year. Finally, the furniture is packed and delivered using KM’s own transport fleet.

Martin Rose, KM’s operation manager, says: “The company’s policy of constantly looking at new technologies and manufacturing methods to improve efficiency and quality standards has seen the recent addition of a high-performance Homag edgebander, with further orders placed for a Weeke Venture 5-axis CNC and Holzma HPL panel beam saw. Adding these new machines, and reorganising our wood-based processing into a single cellular unit, meant we would need to upgrade our extraction capability to serve the new unit and to cope with the increased dust levels.”

KM Furniture called in DCS to fully evaluate their present and changing extraction requirements for the re-housed panel production unit. The new extraction system was sized on a duty of 25,000m3/hr and comprises a high-efficiency, externally located modular filter unit and 45kW low-noise main fan set, with screw and rotary valve discharge to an existing wood-waste receiving hopper and burner which provides heat to the factory. John Barker, area sales manager at DCS, says: “The new extraction plant is controlled using the energy-saving DCS Dynamic Drive System. The power requirement is automatically adjusted with a transducer-controlled inverter drive system that adjusts the fan unit to the actual duty required at any time throughout the working day, as machine dampers are opened and closed, resulting in significant power savings.”

Mr. Rose adds: “DCS engineers stripped out the existing extraction, which included three main fans and endless ductwork runs, and relocated what could be saved into the new unit. A new ductwork layout was created and, including installation of the new filter, everything was completed ahead of schedule allowing us to resume full production on the agreed date. The system operates extremely efficiently, will save on electricity costs and has provided a much quieter and dust-free working environment.”



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