Upgraded and extended modular filter plant provides an air volume of 20,000m3/h.
Main fan speed is adjusted automatically as auto-dampers open and close.
Finnegan’s Wake public house, Edinburgh, following full interior fit-out by Abrahams & Carlisle




Dust Control Systems Ltd has re-housed and upgraded an existing dust plant for leading interior fit-out specialists Abrahams & Carlisle Ltd. The Bradford-based company, now in its 60th year, prides itself on offering a high quality interior fit-out service, to both Private and Public Sectors, including the Entertainment, Hotel and Leisure industry.

The business employs around 80 apprentice-trained joiners who work on general and specialist projects across the country which vary in value from £1000 to £4 million. It’s very much a family business with Garry Abrahams and his cousin Tony operating as joint managing directors. Both are grandsons of Douglas Abrahams who, together with Clifford Carlisle, founded the company in 1952. And the family line continues with both Garry and Tony’s sons, Ryan and Ben, employed in the business.

The company recently moved its factory to a former warehouse facility, adjacent to the site that the firm has occupied for more than 40 years. The new location, with 34,000 sq. ft. of ground floor space, was the ideal site for the company to relocate to from their old premises which occupied three floors in two separate buildings.

Garry Abrahams says: “The move presented us with the opportunity to develop plans to streamline production processes and to create an all-round energy efficient operation. We asked Dust Control Systems to reappraise our dust extraction requirements whilst utilising as much of our existing dust plant as possible. We already knew of their energy saving credentials and were keen to pursue this avenue by upgrading the system to achieve new levels of efficiency. DCS presented an extremely convincing proposal and worked closely with us over the six week fit-out period, helping with the overall layout of the shops, positioning of machines, and also managing to install all dust extraction spigots in advance of the re-installation of machines. We always considered them to be the best in the business and the professional way in which they handled this project ensured they lived up to their reputation and our expectations”

Melvyn Bathgate, sales director at DCS, says: “We were able to extend and modify the existing modular filter to comply with the latest ATEX European Directive and re-house it on elevated steelwork to feed into a skip in the new yard. The entire extraction system was relocated and upgraded, including the addition of an air return system which will return air back into the factory during the winter months. In addition, the project involved the installation of a new 37kW main fanset and an energy-saving DCS Dynamic Drive System whereby auto-dampers are fitted to most of the woodworking machines. As the dampers open and close the Dynamic Drive detects any change in volume requirement and adjusts the fan speed accordingly – providing the optimum extraction volume, only when it’s needed.”

“We are delighted with the new facility”, said Garry Abrahams. “It ticks all the boxes and DCS played an important role in helping us achieve a smooth transition. We now have a highly effective dust extraction system which is saving us a significant amount of money. This, together with our biomass boiler which burns all our wood waste, and a low energy lighting system installed throughout the site, we are all extremely proud of our energy conserving achievements.


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