We did the following for brazing fumes but much of the expertise these
companies supply will be applicable to your use. I don't have any
connection with any of these and, when we did this, the information was
Air Filtering Equipment
You can start as I did with a simple fan and a metal stovepipe. This
is very easy and cheap to install. The drawback is that it usually
sucks a lot of warm air out during cold weather.
Most states provide free consulting. If you are in British Columbia
then you can contact the Workers' Compensation Board at (604)
Three Excellent Articles
1. One is by John Ashe of AAF (American Air Filter) International in
Louisville, KY. (305) 443-9353. His article is Controlling Welding
Fumes in the July, 1997 issue of The Fabricator. Reprints of the
article are available by calling (800) 477-1214 and asking for reprint
2. Another good article was in the December 1996 issue of the same
magazine. It was written by Joe Topmiller who is Director of Technical
support for United Air Specialists at (800) 551-5401 in Cincinnati,
Ohio. The article is Addressing Air Quality Issues in the Workplace.
3. The third article is on new respiratory standards by Jay G. Mears in
Modern Woodworking. (248) 244-6439. It was called: Intelligence
Report: Getting Ready for 42 CFR part 84 call MSA and is available at
1. AAF International (American Air Filters) -(305) 443-9353 -
small line but appropriate for most shop applications - great
technical support - (see articles section above). Excellent
2. Abicor Binzel (301) 846-4196 Frederick, MD - They only supply fume
extraction guns for welding. Great product if you need it.
3. Airflow Systems (214) 503-8008 Dallas, TX - wide variety of
units, overhead units, downdraft tables, and portable units - "Dust
and fume Exhaust" pamphlet has good technical information.
Recommended for literature.
4. Coppus (508) 756-8391 Millbury, MA - unique, portable dust
collection systems - also employee coolers for hot areas. Unique
5. Dust Vent, Inc. (630) 543-9007 Addison, IL. - Wide range of
equipment and good literature. Recommended for literature.
6. Eurovac (905) 850-9828 in Ontario. -Central vacuum cleaner
systems and other dust collection equipment.
7. Farr Pollution Control Products (800) 479-6801 Los Angeles, CA. -
Overhead cleaning with or without arms.
8. Gardner Environmental Products (414) 485-4303 Horicon, WI
-Ceiling mounted and portable units.
9. Industrial Ventilation Group (800) 610-6010 Harbor Springs, MI
-Central and portable units, downdraft tables. Recommended for
10. Lincoln Electric (216) 481-8100 -Offers a central collection
system and portable units -just one mention in their catalog.
11. MAC Equipment, Inc. (800) 821-2476 - Huge, complete catalog.
Excellent information, great source to build your own system.
Recommended for literature.
12. Nederman (313) 729-3344 Westland, MI -Nice literature -looks
like nice overhead arm extraction equipment -good information on Do
It Yourself. Recommended for literature.
13. Plymovent (732) 417-0808 New Jersey -good equipment -great
free booklet "My Pocketguide to Clean Fresh Air". Recommended for
14. Sly, Inc. (216) 891-3200 Cleveland, OH -Shop size central
collection systems to huge industrial systems. Recommended for
15. Trion (800) 421-3956 Greensboro, NC -Overhead units -they
advertise a free clean air guide.
16. United Air Specialists (800) 551-5401 Cincinnati, Ohio -Invented
the original smoke eaters for bars, etc. -Good equipment -good
literature and great technical help. Recommended for literature.