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    Green Printer is offline Senior Member
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    properly working exhaust are start but a small fraction of fixing the problem. You must eliminate or extremely reduce the cause of the oders.
    Without any change in your consumables the oder will never go away. Our facility has been virtually oder free for 7 years. Bestchem&supply helped us.
    Last edited by Green Printer; 03-17-2011 at 12:19 PM.

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    Proper air flow and air exchanges are key. There are many mobile air purification systems out that are on wheels that utilized activated carbon with coconut shell based carbon for the best absorption of fumes. Placing units like these closest to source. Also very important. Keep all containers on the floor closed. So many press operators that I go into keep drums of solvents and other products in open containers. This is not a good management practice. ICA (Island Clean Air) units are one unit that you may wish to look into for a mobile air scrubber solution as well. Sorry for getting to you so late on this. More info if you are interested at mark@greenflow.com


    Quote Originally Posted by Allegraman View Post
    Hello Everyone!

    Looking for some advice. We have recently moved into a 60,000sqft facility and have print production, sales, accounting and management in the same building. We did a 90% demolition and planed well out new facility and have the print production facility totally separated from office environment with hallways and double insulated walls, etc.

    The issue we are having is our presses, (1) Heidelberg SpeedMaster 102 6 color with aqueous coater and (1) Heidelberg SpeedMaster 74 6 color with aqueous coater are "Smelly" to the office workers and are causing headaches and watery eyes for some office workers. We have verified this by having some worker work at home on alternate days to test this theory. And yes symptoms go away

    The print production environment is 11,500sqft with sealed concrete floors and 22ft high ceilings to the roof deck. The presses are side by side and there is currently no venting above the presses or the aqueous coaters.

    HVAC guys want to install exhaust fans on the ceilings to vent out air and say this should alleviate the problem. I am leaning towards hoods and a vent above coating units but fear it is going to be costly.

    Suggestions, comments?

    Thanks
    Allegraman

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    Lots of suggestions of controlling the symptoms and not fixing the problem. I would think that changing to a process that doesn't give off all of the noxious odors would be easier and more cost effective.
    Running fans and motors and filters uses lots of electricity has a big initial investment along with a increased electric bill each month while still not fixing the problem of the chemicals giving off odors.
    Moving the odors and noxious fumes outdoors subjects any nearby business or residence to the same fate. Absorbing the fumes into charcoal concentrates the pollution and it could be considered Hazmat waste when the charcoal becomes saturated requiring it to be exchanged for new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegraman View Post
    Hello Everyone!

    Looking for some advice. We have recently moved into a 60,000sqft facility and have print production, sales, accounting and management in the same building. We did a 90% demolition and planed well out new facility and have the print production facility totally separated from office environment with hallways and double insulated walls, etc.

    The issue we are having is our presses, (1) Heidelberg SpeedMaster 102 6 color with aqueous coater and (1) Heidelberg SpeedMaster 74 6 color with aqueous coater are "Smelly" to the office workers and are causing headaches and watery eyes for some office workers. We have verified this by having some worker work at home on alternate days to test this theory. And yes symptoms go away

    The print production environment is 11,500sqft with sealed concrete floors and 22ft high ceilings to the roof deck. The presses are side by side and there is currently no venting above the presses or the aqueous coaters.

    HVAC guys want to install exhaust fans on the ceilings to vent out air and say this should alleviate the problem. I am leaning towards hoods and a vent above coating units but fear it is going to be costly.

    Suggestions, comments?

    Thanks
    Allegraman
    What did you do to fix the problem?


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