Improved Dust Extraction And Control For Vale (UK) Ltd

Leading retail fit-out specialist, Vale (UK) Ltd., has recently contracted Dust Control Systems Ltd to install a new energy-efficient dust extraction system at its workshops in Prescot on Merseyside.

The privately-owned company, which employs 65 people, provides a comprehensive refurbishment and fit-out service for major retail outlets. Mostly operating as principal contractor, Vale (UK) has an impressive client list of high street names including Tesco, Matalan, McDonalds, Dunelm Mill and the Co-operative Group.

Contracts are varied, from strip-out and refit projects to large store conversions, often requiring installation of mezzanine floors. Both standard and bespoke joinery is produced in a purpose built 10,000 sq. ft. workshop which is equipped with a wide range of modern woodworking machinery.

Vale (UK) is a long-standing customer of DCS and, following a decision to invest further in new state-of-the-art woodworking machinery, the firm had no hesitation in calling in DCS to evaluate the changing extraction requirements.


Melvyn Bathgate, sales director of DCS Ltd says: “Although Vale’s 18-year-old DCS ‘E-Series’ filter was still working well, it was unable to cope with the additional demands of a high performance CNC router and new table panel saw. We successfully proposed an externally-located, high-efficiency modular filter, designed to handle an airflow capacity of 12,000m³/hour. The complete installation, which includes a low-noise main extraction fan and ducting, also incorporates the DCS Dynamic Drive System which automatically determines the precise extraction volumes required as woodworking machines come on and off-line; adjusting the main fan speed accordingly. The system responds dynamically to meet demand, providing optimum extraction just when it’s needed.”

At the heart of the extraction system, the modular filter unit is fitted with high-performance polyester filter bags, which cope efficiently with varying loads of wood dust and chips. Collected waste is discharged ‘pressure-free’ into a container housed beneath the filter. In addition, the system is designed to return warm filtered air back into the workshop to help reduce heating bills.

Mike Kissack, general manager of Vale (UK), whose responsibilities also take in Health & Safety, says: “Everyone is pleased with the new extraction plant which undoubtedly provides improved dust extraction and control whilst making considerable energy savings. But, most importantly, there’s far less dust around the place; improving the quality of the working environment and creating a more comfortable atmosphere.”