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Is Industrial Ventilation Necessary?

Industrial ventilation is the method of controlling exposure of airborne toxins and flammable vapors to your facility and employees. This is done by exhausting contaminated air away from the work area and replacing it with clean air. Industrial ventilation is important for maintaining an efficient and clean work area and controlling exposure to air contaminants.

Typically used to remove welding fumes, solvent vapors, oil mists, or dusts from a work location, an industrial ventilation system protects your work environment and can create workplace efficiency by reducing contaminants, hazardous or combustible mists and providing higher safety for your employees.

In fact, state organizations and OSHA have precautions in place for employees and guiding manufacturers on how to properly ventilate their facility.




Why do I need an industrial air ventilation system?

There are four main purposes of ventilation that make a big impact on your plant:

  • Provide a continuous flow of fresh, outside air
  • Maintain temperature and humidity levels
  • Reduce potential hazards for fire or explosioN
  • Remove or dilute airborne contaminant


What are the components of a ventilation system?

Ventilation systems are composed of many parts and are typically custom fit to your facility. Generally they contain the following components:

  • An air intake area such as a hood
  • Ducts to move air from one area to another
  • An air cleaning device
  • Fans to help move the air, bringing it in from outside and pushing it through to the exhaust where contaminated air is dispersed


Do I need an Industrial Ventilation system?

If your facility produces an air contaminant such as chemical vapors, mists or another hazardous byproduct, an industrial ventilation facility can help keep your work area safe for your employees. Our team will review your facility and make recommendations designed to custom fit your facility. To learn how a ventilation system can fit into your existing facility or to plan for a new system, contact our team of ventilation consultants.




Do I Need a Dust Collection System?

If your facility produces a product and as a result releases a small dust-like byproduct such as an oil, powder, metal shaving, wood dust or similar waste product, your facility may be susceptible to fire, employee injury or severe damage. Our wide array of dust collection systems can get the clutter out of your way, creating a safer, better environment for your company. Our dust collection systems effectively capture oil, dust and powder mist and are calibrated and arranged to fit your facility for peak performance.




Memphis Environmental Systems Experts

If you’re in need of industrial ventilation, dust collection equipment, commercial HVAC systems, industrial heating, or seismic restraints, Bedson REPS is committed to designing custom solutions for your building. We’re proud to serve not only Memphis and other Tennessee areas, but also surrounding sections of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Please call us at 1-888-229-1917 or contact our Memphis office today to discuss how we can meet and exceed your needs with our wide variety of quality products and expert advice.




Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why is Collecting Wood Dust Important?

If you work in a woodshop or any environment in which wood is processed, chances are you’re aware of the dangers of sharp saw blades and other equipment, but are you aware of the serious risks posed by wood dust?





Dangers of Wood Dust

Wood Dust Health Risks

Wood dust may look harmless, but in fact, it’s one of the deadliest hazards in the workplace. Wood dust is classified as a carcinogen, a substance capable of causing cancer. Studies have shown a direct link between wood dust exposure and early cancer exposure in the nasal region.

What is a carcinogen? Carcinogens are substances that can affect the way in which human cells reproduce. Essentially, carcinogens can change the blueprint of our DNA, which can lead malignant cells to multiply at an abnormal rate, a process we refer to as cancer. Click here to see a full list of known and probable carcinogens.

Dust from walnut, birch, elm, oak, beech, ash, and mahogany woods can cause “nasal cancer” if exposure exceeds the limits that OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) sets for the woodworking industry. Western red cedar has also been found to cause occupational asthma.

On July 27, 2015 OSHA fined Oak Creations Inc. in Montana $50,000 for 21 safety hazard citations after a mandatory inspection following the passing of 55-year-old Tom Hegg, a cabinetmaker of 15 years. “Acute, long-term exposure to wood dust” was named as the cause of Hegg’s death.




Wood Dust Explosions

Wood dust also poses a serious threat to the safety of wood workers in the form of wood dust explosions. The combustible quality of wood dust lends itself to explosions or fires in plants that do not adhere to safety requirements.

Under the right circumstances, several materials and substances commonly found in workshops and factories can lead to explosions. The force of an explosion can cause death and bodily injury to workers and can result in massive damage and loss to facilities. In 2010, three workers were killed in a titanium dust explosion, and in 2008, 14 workers were killed in a sugar dust explosion in Georgia.




Wood Dust and Decreased Productivity

In addition to causing safety concerns, an accumulation of wood dust can put a damper on productivity as employees try to work through the mess or stop to clean frequently. Wood dust particles can also infiltrate wood finishing processes, diminishing production quality.


How do I prevent wood dust?

Wood Dust Collection Systems

Wood dust collection systems gather dust from your workshop or factory in order to prevent health hazards, fires, explosions, and other safety risks.





Wood dust collection systems like those produced by Bedson REPS keep your employees safe, your environments clean, and your processes on track with the proper dust collection system. Custom dust collection systems can also be implemented for lumber mills, furniture companies, cabinet businesses, plywood manufacturing operations, and other woodworking services.

After carefully assessing your workplace layout and your production processes, a dust collection systems specialist can design the most effective and cost efficient wood dust collection system for your unique situation. A few pieces of information a specialist will gather during an assessment include:

  • The amount of wood dust your production emits
  • How much wood dust you will need to store before disposal
  • Whether your wood dust collector needs to be inside or outside
  • Characteristics of the wood dust produced by your plant
  • Whether your production is constant or periodic
  • Your environment’s “airflow requirement in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM)


Types of Wood Dust Collectors

Cyclone Dust Collectors

The cyclone dust collector is a sort of air purifier that uses the helical rotation of a centrifugal fan to isolate wood dust particles from an air stream with approximately 90-95% efficiency.

Air contaminated with wood dust spirals through the Cyclone from its wide peak to its narrow base, while particles are separated from the air through the cyclical motion.

Bigger fragments of wood dust drop to the floor of the cyclone to be extracted later. The clean air then departs through the middle of the cyclone. The optional filter bag catches the particles expelled through the action of the cyclone. The Cyclone can handle applications ranging from 300-13,000 CFM.




Baghouse Collectors

Baghouse collectors can be used inside or in an enclosed area outside to collect wood dust that has passed through a primary dust collector like the Cyclone. In the case of non-toxic dust collection, baghouse filters allow air to re-circulate after being purified, saving your business money on energy expenses.





Support the Woodworking Industry

We all appreciate quality woodworking as it contributes to offices and homes in the form of cabinets, furniture, doors, floors, paneling, structural supports, and more. Bedson REPS recognizes the people behind the fine wood products and wants to help businesses in the woodworking industry keep their employees safe and their environments tidy. That’s why we go beyond just offering wood dust collection products.

We’re happy to help you assess your needs and design a custom wood dust collection system for your plant. If your business accumulates wood dust as a byproduct of your production, contact our Memphis team today to experience our hands-on approach to wood dust collection and our dedication to customer service for the woodworking industry.




Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What Can Bedson REPS Do For You - Industrial Business Equipment

1. Fix Industrial Ventilation and Dust Collection Problems

Bedson REPS doesn’t just sell products; we solve problems. Bedson REPS helps builders and contractors identify the equipment they need and works to advise them on installation and ductwork tailored to specific industries.

Our Memphis team will even visit your construction zone to thoroughly inspect problems and offer appropriate solutions for the equipment you need. From industrial ventilation and heating, to commercial HVAC and dust collection systems, we have the knowledge and the tools to help you safely move clean air at the correct temperature throughout your facility.




2. Keep Your Air Clean

Bedson REPS provides a variety of industrial ventilation systems to meet the air circulation requirements of your building and those who will work in it. We recognize that every environment is different, so we will design a ventilation system that meets your unique needs in the most economically and environmentally efficient manner.

Some work environments are extremely hot and full of contaminants, in which case something like the tube axial fan might be appropriate, whereas the stainless steel and washdown duty air circulation fans are well-suited to wet environments. You might even need an industrial ventilator with a bird screen in the form of the centrifugal downblast ventilator.




3. Keep Your Air Cool

Commercial HVAC Installation

Bedson REPS has years of quality experience in the Commercial HVAC industry. Rest assured we’ll design a dependable Commercial HVAC system customized to satisfy your building’s unique demands.

Whether you need a system with a vertical or horizontal orientation, an air-cooled or water-cooled model, a rooftop or outdoor unit, single or dual upflow and horizontal circuited coils, or a condensing and recirculation function, we have an energy efficient solution for you in whatever airflow range your space requires.

Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Additionally, we simplify routine HVAC maintenance by also offering an extensive variety of filter replacements whenever you need them.




3. Keep Your Air Warm

Industrial Heating Systems

Bedson REPS offers an array of industrial heating systems and an expertise in discerning which type of equipment will keep your particular building warm when it needs to be. We will ensure that your industrial heating system is both safely suited for your environment and financially efficient for your budget.

Types of Industrial Heating Systems

Some of our industrial heating categories include gas fired or electric unit heaters, as well as chilled and heated water coils. Heating needs for small, specific areas can be met by Bedson REPS selection of gas or electric infrared heaters, which produce infrared beams that quickly and efficiently warm their immediate environment.

A larger category consisting of industrial HVAC direct and indirect fired air handling units and indirect fired air turnover units serve a variety of indoor and outdoor applications in horizontal and vertical orientations. A notable attribute of one of these systems, the Addison Indirect Fired Air Turnover Unit, is its ability to maintain temperature variations of only 3 to 5 degrees throughout an entire workspace.




5. Protect Your Employees and Investments

Industrial Wood Dust Prevention

Dust collection is a very serious problem in the workplace. Recent studies have shown a direct link between exposure to wood dust and cancer as well as other particle dust and early mortality due to cancer.




We can also offer you cleaning tools like industrial vacuum systems and suction technology such as downdraft tables and benches that absorb dust, smoke, and fume particles before they contaminate your environment. When you’re ready for a replacement dust collection filter, we offer those as well.

From filtering oil mist to collecting smoke, dust, fumes and heavy particles from your environment, Bedson REPS Dust Collection products serve a variety of purposes.

If oil mist is your issue, precipitation filters funnel moisture out of your workplace and into a confined space. If you need fine particles like welding fumes or grinding dust gathered in your space, the cartridge collector is likely your solution. To remove heavy particles such as wood chips from your space, cyclone collectors that feed into bag-houses could be your best option.

Industrial Earthquake Protection + Seismic Restraints

When seismic activity occurs in the form of an earthquake or a severe storm, seismic restraints help industrial equipment withstand movement and avoid damaging the surrounding environment or harming the people operating it. From cable restraints for suspended piping and curb supports for rooftop units to spring isolation mountings and hangers that limit your equipment’s range of motion, Bedson REPS carries an assortment of seismic restraints that protect your employees and equipment.

For more insight into the necessity of seismic restraints and the variety of seismic solutions that Bedson REPS offers, please see our post on “Why the Central U.S. Requires Seismic Restraints.”




Memphis Environmental Systems Experts

If you’re in need of industrial ventilation, dust collection equipment, commercial HVAC systems, industrial heating, or seismic restraints, Bedson REPS is committed to designing custom solutions for your building. We’re proud to serve not only Memphis and other Tennessee areas, but also surrounding sections of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Please call us at 1-888-229-1917 or contact our Memphis office today to discuss how we can meet and exceed your needs with our wide variety of quality products and expert advice.




Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why the Central U.S. Requires Seismic Restraints

New Madrid Fault | New Madrid Seismic Zone | Bedson REPS | Seismic Restraints | Memphis Industrial Fans

Mid-South Earthquake Concerns

California isn’t the only U.S. area prone to earthquakes. In fact, Bedson REPS is based in Memphis, TN on the most active seismic zones east of the Rocky Mountains, the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). In addition to west Tennessee, the NMSZ spans southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and Northeastern Arkansas, with the potential to affect northwestern Mississippi and southwestern Illinois.

Earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.0 and higher, along with thousands of aftershocks hit this very area in 1811 and 1812. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey predicts a 25-40% chance of a 6.0 or greater earthquake every 50 years, and many researchers believe the New Madrid Seismic Zone is long overdue for that kind of event.

What do earthquakes have to do with industrial ventilation and dust collection?

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), during earthquakes, “manmade structures and their contents” are the #1 cause of human injury and casualty. In particular, the MDNR warns people of the danger of “structures with complex shapes and lots of corners,” such as the large machines used inside manufacturing facilities or within any large building. Proper restraints on piping, HVAC equipment or other large machines, will decrease the likelihood that your facility will experience major damage during seismic activity. Conversely, failure to restrain your equipment can cause more damage to your facility, putting your employees in danger, and potentially cause more downtime for your business while the necessary repairs are made.

How important are seismic restraints?

As you probably know, earthquakes give no warning of their arrival, so it’s important to always be prepared with seismic restraints that protect everyone inside of your building from shifting industrial machinery. In fact, laws and insurance mandate seismic restraints in public service buildings, and Shelby County requires all gas lines to be braced for seismic activity. 2012 amendments to the Memphis and Shelby County Fuel and Gas Codes included seismic design guidelines and “periodic special inspection” during the installation of piping for “flammable, combustible, or highly toxic content” and “HVAC ductwork that will contain hazardous materials in structures assigned to seismic design categories.”

The Table Shaker Test for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems

The table shaker test simulates an earthquake to demonstrate how the equipment would likely react (shifting, tipping over, remaining stable, etc.) in a seismic event. Below is a video of this test in action.

Bedson REPS Seismic Restraints

Bedson REPS offers a variety of seismic restraints for your commercial and industrial air ventilation and collection equipment. Roller Supports and Rooftop Supports can stabilize piping, while Curb Supports provide platforms for mounting equipment, and Seismic Roof Curbs accomplish equipment vibration isolation. Concrete Inertia Bases and Iso-Curb Spring-Flex Bases isolate vibration in large pumps, fans, motors and compressors. Vibrations in general suspended equipment, electrical cable trays, and ductwork can be deflected with Single Arm Braces.

HVAC equipment can be restrained with Griple Seismic Cabling, Seismic Rod Bracing Clamps, and Spring-Flex Mountings. Spring Isolation Mountings hold equipment to a ¼” radius, while the Floor Mounted Isolator II holds cooling tower applications and chillers to a 1” - 5” radius.

For assistance with selecting the proper vibration isolation equipment and seismic restraints for a specific industrial environment, please contact our Bedson REPS team. Bedson REPS wants to ensure that all of our customers know exactly how to comply with earthquake codes that are designed to keep them and their property as safe as possible during tumultuous activity on the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Monday, June 22, 2015

Bedson Reps Now Offering New Dust Collection and Air Ventilation Products from Industrial Maid

Dust explosions are a major risk factor in factories throughout the country. From metal workshops to powder bulk producers, the presence of dust in a factory can reach critical levels and when introduced to an ignition source can cause explosions that can cause mass casualties and massive damage to your factory. Can you afford the downtime that comes with recovering from a dust explosion?

Industrial Made | Dust Collector | Bedson REPSTo prevent dust explosions, we help businesses install an oil mist and dust collection system in place that fits with their factory and effectively captures the harmful dusts. In order to continue to bring the best products and services to the market for dust collection in the Mid-South, we are proud to announce we have partnered with Industrial Maid to carry their full line of dust collection and air ventilation products.

Industrial Maid brings together an environmentally sound business model with the best in air vents, to create products that your company can feel good about using. The products manufactured and assembled by Industrial Maid include commercial air cleaners, industrial air cleaners, robotic hood systems, environmental work booths, down draft benches and oil mist collection units. All of these products are designed to collect smoke, fumes, mist or other fugitive dusts in commercial and industrial environments.

Using an Industrial Maid system from Bedson REPS gives your facility peace of mind and offers employees a safe, dependable working environment. This improves productivity, morale and can have a big impact on your business.

To learn more about our partnership with Industrial Maid, take a look at this Industrial Maid brochure to discover all we can provide or contact our Bedson Reps team to start planning a dust collection system in your facility.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bedson Team Honored by Gripple, Inc!

Bedson Reps was recently recognized by Gripple, Inc as one of the top producers in the US market for our efforts in Gripple Seismic cable sales! 

Pictured are Steve Braun from Bedson, Larry Dalton from Gripple, Bill McWatters from Bedson.

Bedson Reps is proud to offer Gripple seismic restraint products and offers a variety of solutions for vibration isolation and wind/seismic restraints. To learn more about our partnership with Gripple, contact our seismic restraint specialists.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Oil Mist Fire in Chattanooga- Don't Let this Happen in Your Factory!

A Wrigley plant in Chattanooga caught fire last month as a result of a an oil mist present in the factory. With the correct equipment in place, the fire was quickly contained and allowed workers to reenter the plant. 

As combustible dust explosions and fires continue to destroy property and kill and injure workers across a range of industries, the NFPA will be issuing a new standard on the requirements for managing combustible dust hazards. The NFPA 652: Standard of Combustible Dusts will provide the basic principles of and requirements for identifying and managing the fire and explosion hazards of combustible dusts and particulate solids. 

Preventing fires in your plant should be of utmost importance in your plant safety plans, and an oil mist collector is the key. Oil mist collectors take highly flammable toxins, such as fine dust byproduct from your plant and remove them from the air, reducing the chances for spontaneous rupture. These oil mist collection systems help contain the dust and reduce the change that fire can reach them. Should the dusts combust within the system, the damage and recovery process is much less strenuous and often easier.

Do You Need a Dust Collection System?

If your facility produces a product and as a result releases a small dust-like byproduct such as an oil, powder, metal shaving, wood dust or similar waste product, your facility may be susceptible to fire, employee injury or severe damage. Our wide array of dust collection systems can get the clutter out of your way, creating a safer, better environment for your company. Our dust collection systems effectively capture oil, dust and powder mist and are calibrated and arranged to fit your facility for peak performance.

To speak with a dust collection expert or to learn about how dust may be a risk in your facility, click below.

Learn About Dust Collection

Posted by Larry Bennett at Thursday, March 26, 2015

3 Foolproof Ways to Increase Factory Efficiency

With budgets tightening and resources dwindling, it's important to always look at new ways to create efficiency, streamline costs and cut away clutter and unnecessary fat. Overloading your resources can cause your budgets to tip the scales and fog up production, while maintaining a trim production process can relieve pressure on employees, budget and overall stress in the factory environment. Below are three ways we can help you cut factory costs and save on your bottom line in 2015.


High volume, low speed fans are a great way to provide ventilation for your factory at a low cost. New products hitting the market, such as the Macro Air Airvolution fans are created with a smaller, more efficient motor, that powers the fan at a fraction of the cost of other industrial options.

Using motors that run efficiently significantly reduce costs and down-time, and increase productivity. HVLS fans also reduce the need for larger scale HVAC systems as they can keep air movement and temperature down. In fact, HVLS fans are proven to provide more airflow than small high speed fans, and regulate the temperature quicker.

Reusable Oil Mist Capture

If you are using a mist or oil collection system in your facility, you probably find yourself questioning the waste and chemicals that leave your facility. Waste disposal is not cheap, and if there's anything you could do to eliminate the amount of waste, you'd jump at the chance, right?

Enter the JW Alum MM800. As oil mist or smoke is entering the atmosphere via it's draining system, the MM800 connects to a hood over the system, reclaiming the reusable mist and filtering it back into the process for reuse, rather than transferring it as waste.

This system can potentially reuse oil up to three times before being disposed, effectively reducing waste that can be costly.

HVAC Systems

Heating and cooling your facility can account for more than 30% of factory utility costs. Having an up-to-date, well-designed system can reduce costs and implement saving techniques that control and contain air, increasing their efficiency. Often times a great HVAC system is in place, but lack of proper sealing around doors, frames or windows can contribute to energy loss and higher costs.

A well-designed system looks at potential threats such as these broken seals or inefficient room setups and minimizes their impact, while distributing air flow uniformly throughout the facility. Additionally, recovery ventilation systems can work to reclaim waste energy from exhaust, to heat outgoing air.

Adding in these and other energy efficient components to your factory lines can aide your company's bottom line and increase a healthier, more reliant workplace for your crew. To learn more about any of the above systems or to hear other ways your facility can become more efficient, click here to contact the team at Bedson Reps or give us a call toll free at 800.443.5858
Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MacroAir Launches New HVLS Fans

MacroAir, the company credited as the inventors of high volume low speed fans has reinvented the HVLS industrial fan category with their new product line, AirVolution-D. MacroAir's new line of products is powered through an innovative technology for the motor, called D-Drive.
D-Drive is the first "compact electric motor capable of handling the consistent torque requirement" of a large industrial fan. This new design delivers 50% more horsepower and 75% more wind power than current HVLS fans on the market.

With the advanced design, this new change in the market is a more powerful, but lighterweight fan. With less moving parts, this new HVLS fan offers more reliability and efficiency for your factory. In addition, they are quieter and require less space to operate.

With the improvement of the size and space required for hardware, the AirVolution-D line is available in more sizes than ever before and can fit in rooms with ceilings as low as 12-feet, and is customizable into any color to blend aesthetically in any space.

Read below to learn how MacroAir beats the competition.

Power: Among HVLS Fans, AirVolution-D has the highest overall efficiency. It delivers 50% more mechanical horsepower that translates to 75% greater wind power.

AirBrain Processor: Inside AirVolution-D is a smart processor that acts as the brain behind the fan which can automatically adjust to different power sources and allow users to access real time performance analytics.

Highest Efficiency: Even with a smaller profile, the D-Drive motor was specifically designed to perform longer and stronger. Moving air 50% more efficiently and generating 25% more thrust at the same input power than the leading competitor, costing just pennies a day to operate.

D-Drive Smart Motor: AirVolution-D’s electric direct-drive motor uses a non- conventional electromagnetic system that represents a breakthrough in torque management, with minimal heat generation while providing high constant torque.

45 Percent Lighter: By comparison to current 24’ fans, AirVolution-D is 150 pounds lighter. By eliminating the gearbox, this loss of weight reduces load-stress and results in a sleeker aesthetic.

50,000-Hour Warranty: AirVolution-D fans are designed to perform longer than any HVLS fan on the market. Run it at any speed, in any environment, and if anything needs repair, MacroAir will fix it or replace it free within 50,000 hours of use—that’s more than 24 years in a typical installation. An industry first.

Bedson Reps offers a complete line of MacroAir products that are suited to provide efficient cooling and air-movement systems for your factory or warehouse. The AirVolution-D line is offered in three models: the 370, 550 and 780, ranging from small spaces to large heavy-duty applications. To learn more about how MacroAir Fans can work in your facility, contact our Mid-South MacroAir experts.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Winter and Productivity: How to Boost Production During the Cold Winter Months

Are you seeing a decrease in productivity as the Winter settles in?

Bitter cold temperatures loom in the Mid-South, threatening our temperate weather with blustery cold. A colder than normal winter has a great impact on our day-to-day operations and impact processes in our daily life as well as in industrial and commercial industries.

In fact, controlling the environment in which your facility operates can provide a boost in productivity during these harsh winter months. According to Smart Planet, operating a bright and warm facility goes much further than increased production hours. Use these tips to keep your facility running smoothly this winter.

1- Bright Light

Allowing in Natural light and reducing areas with dim lighting or overly artificial lights can have a major influence on productivity. In fact, in a recent study by scientist Mirjam Muench, when comparing two groups of people under both natural light and artificial, it was found that employees with artificial lighting deemed themselves 'sleepier' than their countersubjects who were exposed to natural light.

In addition to the sleepiness, it was found that cortisol levels dropped significantly under artificial or poor lighting, which can lead to more stress and less ability to stabilize energy levels.

2- Stabilize Cold Working Environments

In a study by Cornell, it was found that "when temperatures were low (below 68 degrees) employees made 44% more mistakes than at optimal room temperature (77 degrees)." The reasoning for this is that more energy is being spent to keep warm, rather than on the intended task.

How does this affect your production? If your employees are focused on their external environment, can you foresee how that would lead to a decrease in productivity? Having a well equipped industrial heating system in place can prevent the decrease.

3- Heat Equals Happiness

As if increased productivity wasn't enough, researchers also found that warm, bright environments also increased happiness in employees. The Cornell study gave people heating pads or ice packs to hold on to, and found that people with warm hands had "higher job satisfaction and greater willingness to buy from and work at companies" than did their cold-handed counterparts.

The reasoning behind this is that the brain has difficulty in differentiating physical sensations with psychological ones. Putting employees in less desirable environments affects not only their core temperature, but also their mood.

Industrial Heating Solutions Can Help!

Monitoring these three factors can keep your facility running at optimum production and maintain your employee satisfaction. An efficient industrial heating system that is designed specifically for your factory can help regain control of your production levels and help eliminate the winter slug.

To learn more about Bedson's industrial heating solutions, contact one of our experts today.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Combustible Dust Creates Safety Hazard

Factory is Fined for Putting Employees at Risk

Employees at a Paris, Illinois factory were exposed to excess amounts of combustible cornstarch dust which along with other hazards has caused the factory to be fined $46,400. The 21 serious safety violations put the employees at risk for explosion, says OSHA:

"Combustible dust can burn rapidly and explode with little warning, putting workers at risk for severe injury and death," said Thomas Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "OSHA's inspection found that Septimus used potential ignition sources, like forklifts and electrical equipment, in areas where combustible dust was present."

The factory's April inspection found that workers were exposed due to lack of protective covers. If this dust ends up suspended in the air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The inspection found the company was operating powered vehicles that were in poor condition were being used in environments where combustible dust was present.

In addition to the vehicles, there were several electrical issues that could lead to unplanned combustion. These explosions can cause severe harm to factory and employees. In fact, The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that led to the deaths of 119 workers, 718 injuries and numerous extensively damaged industrial facilities.

Aside from explosion, employees can suffer respriatory illness or lung disease from inhaling the excess dust.

A "serious violation" rating occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. OSHA is going to great lengths to educate facilities on the dangers of dust explosion, and fining the factory's who are disregarding the safety protocol.

How to Minimize Dust Exposure

To minimize dust exposure, a proper system for dust collection must be in place. A proper system will intake all excess dust and create a basic environment that minimizes exposure and limit the amount filtered throughout your factory.

Our line of dust collection systems can be seen on our Dust Collection page. These solutions are not the only part of reliable air quality that will make a difference in your building. They help clean up your facility enviroment, we also provide air and electric powered portable and central Industrial vacuum units for general clean up and housekeeping issues your plant might be facing.

To learn more about how to avoid these costly fines, contact our experienced professionals who can tell you how our systems can create a custom solution for your factory.

Learn More about Dust Collection

Powder and Bulk Engineering and our partner Vac-U-Max are presenting a Dust Collection Webinar on January 6, 2015 and it's free! To learn more about Dust Collection, join this interactive session where you can learn all you need to know from industry professionals.

This webinar will describe how to assess the magnitude of the dust layer hazard, list the hazards from cleaning operations, explain the considerations for hiring a contractor for major cleanup, and review the design principles for successful vacuum cleaning systems, which are the preferred method in NFPA standards.

To register, visit the Vac-U-Max Webinar Page.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hartzell Products: Good Enough, Never Is

Working with upstanding companies who provide superior products and world class support is important for us. It ensures we can provide top-quality service to our customers.

Hartzell is one of those suppliers that we've had a great working relationship with. Their fans and industrial heating products are among the best in the industry and often a product that we recommend for client solutions.

Hartzell recently launched their new campaign to promote their quality and commitment to excellence. Take a look at the video below to learn more about one of our trustworthy vendors and for more information on how Hartzell products might be a good fit for you, contact our environmental solutions team.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Industrial Heating Aims to Melt Away Arctic Freezes That Can Impact Production

With winter looming, heating your facility efficiently means the difference between a cold, resource-sucking factory or a well heated, optimum working condition. Can you afford not to have a proper heating system this winter?

Many of our clients come to us in the cold winter months looking for the easy answer to their heating problems. The question we are often asked is, which product is best?

This answer is one we relish. Although we could identify one 'best' solution, chances are once we step inside your facility that answer may change. The truth is that each factory is different and heating applications vary from placement to system.

Our company has a variety of vendors that help create complete systems. Working with varied partners ensures that we are able to transcend brands, product lines or any other single manufacturer to bring only the best and full, comprehensive system that will work for you. Our expert staff inspects and plans out just the right heating equipment needed to heat your space, creating an industrial heating plan that works for you within your budget and timeline.

What's the difference in Industrial Heating products?

Several products offer different benefits. While all are quality products, the applications in which they are suited can vary.

These high efficiency heaters make a great solution for many commercial applications. Great for high-ceiling areas, they require duct work and heat large areas by propane, natural gas or electricity.

Air handling units are great for whole-plant heating and provide an air-recycling system that continually heats air. This is a great application for plants, warehouses or other large facilities.

These heaters provide great efficiency when used in low-ceiling applications, and can provide direct heat to factory lines or other stationary-movement areas.

We sell and distribute industrial heating equipment for all of our clients throughout the mid-South, including Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Please give us a call at 800-443-5858 or contact our industrial heating experts to discuss your industrial heating needs. We will work with your to provide the right heating solutions.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How Can You Prevent Dust Explosions Inside your Dust Collector?

Dust explosions and your facility: Are you at risk?

As we've discussed in previous blog posts, there are 5 elements that create the perfect environment for a dust explosion: combustible dust, oxygen, a suspended dust cloud, a confined area and an ignition source.

We know the important of dust collection, and how valuable it is to have a dust collecting machine in your bulk solid plant to diminish factory explosions. However, the question remains, what can you do to prevent an explosion from happening inside your machine?

Dust Collectors do a great job at removing harmful materials from your factory. They minimize the risk of explosions in general. Inside the machines, four out of five necessary elements are generally present, only missing the ignition source. Avoiding an ignition source from finding it's way into your machine is key to preventing this possibility of explosion.

There are times however, when an ignition source does make it's way into the collector. Things such as excessive heat, flames or sparks, and even static electricity can all act as an ignition source that can create an unpredictable situation. These ignition sources can be introduced through a variety of ways, including equipment and/or operator error, as well as the process itself and materials used.

To further minimize the chances of an explosion, additional measures can prevent the ignition source from entering into your dust collection system. The following are three ideas that can help identify and remove the ignition sources before they become an issue.

1. Monitor all processes and identify which potential characteristics and processes pose a hazard.

  • Once this is done you can implement steps to manually remove the potential ignitors before they go into the collection system.

2. Manage a clean dust collector through routine maintenance

  • Cleaning filters and excess dust buildup as well as checking for any cracks or tears in materials or seals safeguards the possibility of explosion.

3. Isolate the potential ignition source

  •  Using an IR (infrared) detector to determine possible ignition sources by measuring the heat of the particles before they enter the chambers is another way to prevent explosion. The particles can then be segregated or cooled before entering the enclosure. Another way is to displace the oxygen of the chamber by forcing an inert gas to replace it, taking away the oxidation the dust need to combust.

Learning to address these potential risks further allows your factory to remain safe and free from high-risk safety compromisers. Our team is familiar with a variety of application and facility solutions. We have experience in identifying probable pain points at risk of explosion and developing custom systems that minimize the risk. To learn more about combustible dust or how your facility may be at risk, contact our team of dust collection experts.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Monday, October 20, 2014

Bedson Reps to Host Seismic and Wind Load Seminar November 18

We're happy to announce that in partnership with Gripple Seismic, we'll be hosting a seismic seminar on November 18. Participate in a discussion with Mr. Robert Simmons, from Seismic-Source International, LLC and earn 6 PDH hours. For more information, or to register your spot, click here.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Oklahoma Creates Council on Seismic Activity to Study Ongoing Earthquake Swarm

Oklahoma Governor creates Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity to link researchers with policy makers and energy industry experts.

At the beginning of the month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin created a Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity, appointing public sector groups and state legislators to come together to help educate researchers, policymakers and regulators study the state of activity throughout the state.

The public groups appointed include the Oklahoma Geologic Survey, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board as well as research institutions like the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Fallin was quoted as saying “Oklahoma has always had seismic activity, but the reality is, we are seeing more earthquakes today than we did several decades ago. It’s important we study this issue and have sound science that can inform decisions made in both the public and private sector.”

In the past five years, the state has seen an increase in activity to over 40 earthquakes per year measuring magnitude 3.0 or greater. In 2014 that number is even greater, with over 200 so far this year according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. There have been 8 earthquakes between the magnitudes 4.0-4.5 in 2014 and have all been located in Logan county.

In just the last 7 days, over 18 quakes ranging in magnitude from 1.6 to 3.6 have occurred in the state. While the only known fault-line in the state, known as the Meers Fault (pictured at right), can be seen from the air, the last slip on this fault is said to have occurred some 1300 years ago.

With such great seismic activity, the threat of mass destruction is largely imminent. Factories with large equipment can face mass destructions, putting your business out of operations, your employees out of work and the burden of rebuilding.

In order to maintain building safety, seismic restraints have been created to firmly attach mechanical equipment to the building, minimizing earthquake damage. While each facility is different in terms of needs and equipment, custom solutions for installed equipment prevent the damage that can so easily destroy your machines and facility.

Bedson REPS carries a variety of products for HVAC vibration isolation and wind/seismic restraints to help your building continue to function after a natural disaster. You could suffer irreparable damage due to inadequately restrained mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment.

Contact our Seismic Restraint Experts for more information on Oklahoma seismic restraints or for more information on seismic activity in your area.

To read a case study on how Seismic Restraints can help, click here.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Monday, September 15, 2014

Exhaust Systems Save Operational Costs

Have dust, fumes, smoke, vapors, mists, and odors become a problem in your facility? Whether expelling harmful chemical fumes or just cooling your facility to increase employee efficiency, an industrial exhaust system designed for your facility can maximize employee protection, improves housekeeping and saves operational costs.

Exhaust systems are made of pipes that connect hoods to industrial chimneys through other components of exhaust systems like fans, collectors, etc. They bring the unwanted material out of the facility or into a collection area, taking it away from main work areas. These exhaust systems are not part of an HVAC system but do provide a process for air movement.

Adequate ventilation in any workplace is good for health and productivity. Benefits of exhaust systems include:

1. Reduced electricity usage as well as resources used in maintaining clean working conditions.
2. Reduction in airborne illness due to hazardous substances.
3. Increase in productivity in a comfortable working environment.

Our industrial fan products are all American made and used throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, & Oklahoma to cool and ventilate industrial and warehouse spaces.

Adding in an exhaust system must be skillfully done, as each fan must be placed strategically to correctly capture airflow for transport. Our team of skilled experts have the precision and know-how to create a solution that will help keep your facility safe.

Custom designed hoods and ducting combined with the properly sized fans and filtration equipment guarantees you a system that will create a safe workplace with a minimum investment.

For more specific answers to questions about our industrial ventilation fans, please give us a call at 800-443-5858 or send us an email through our contact page.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall and Winter are Coming- Is your Facility or Warehouse's Industrial Heating Products Ready?

Are you prepared for the colder months ahead?

With the summer quickly ending and our colder months just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about industrial heating in your facility. Often times factories work to keep their employees safe and comfortable in the summer, but the same care should be taken throughout the rest of the year. With temperatures in Tennessee reaching below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and other places experiencing the coldest winters in history, industrial heating is more important than ever.

Our industrial heating solutions are available throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and come in a variety of applications for any factory or warehouse.

Which Heating Source is Right for Me?

Unit Heaters- Delivering high energy efficiency and performance, unit heaters are a great solution for heating commercial and industrial applications. These heaters are typically used in areas with high ceilings. Unit heaters are also cost efficient and heat large volume areas without requiring duct systems. Unit heaters can use natural gas, propane or electricity.

Replacement Water Coils- Hot water coils provide safe temperature increases inside ducted HVAC systems. These coils are designed for indoor air heating and use hot water or steam to transmit heat, performing in both replacement and new construction applications.

Industrial HVAC Air Handling Equipment- Air handling and air turnover units are available for indoor and outdoor settings. Air handling units use generated or recycled air depending on the application and are a high efficiency way to provide heat to industrial plants, warehouses, and other manufacturing spaces and more.

Infrared Heaters & Heating Equipment- Used typically in low ceiling applications, high intensity and low intensity infrared heaters can provide direct heat that is evenly distributed throughout a work area or can be used as spot heaters for certain areas and applications. These are great for quick, focused heat such as factory lines, fully heating up within 30 seconds. Typically IR heaters a very efficient.

Still not sure which heating solution you need? Our team of professionals can give you a no-risk consultation to identify the needs of your business. To learn more, visit our industrial heating page.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Thursday, August 21, 2014

29 Fatalities in 5 Years: How Dust Collection Can Prevent These Fatal Explosions

Many manufacturing byproducts place many factories at unknown risk for dust or oil mist explosion.

If you've been following along with our recent news, we've covered the topic of dust explosion extensively. If you aren't familiar, you can read more here.

Dust Explosions are becoming more of a hazard in today's world, where production is expected to be quicker and more efficient than ever, with less down time spent to make sure systems are running effectively. The oversight of dust caused by metal production, grain production or a variety of other materials creates an unsafe environment that puts your facility and its employees in a risky situation.

In a statement from the from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, he stated:

Preventable combustible dust explosions continue to occur, causing worker deaths and injuries. From 2008 until 2013, the CSB documented 50 combustible dust incidents resulting in 29 fatalities and 161 injuries. In 2013 the Board designated the issuance of a general industry dust standard as the CSB’s first “Most Wanted Safety Improvement.” The CSB believes it is imperative for OSHA to issue a comprehensive combustible dust standard for general industry with clear requirements for preventing dust fires and explosions.

These explosions are preventable with the correct equipment and proper disposal procedures. The National Fire Protection Agency has become the authority on the matter and has produced guidelines which can be read on their website here.

Do you manufacture a product that creates a dust byproduct? Are you unsure how to handle the dust collection or whether you're at risk for serious explosion? Bedson is committed to keeping factories safe, and can provide a complete consultation of your factory to identify areas that may no meet OSHA or NFPA standards.

To learn more about our product, please visit our Dust Collection Pages or leave a comment below to get in touch with us.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Thursday, August 7, 2014

Factories for US Retailers Under Fire for Safety Concerns

Factories for US Retailers Under Fire for Safety Concerns

In the latest global factory news, seven factories have been shut down in Bangladesh due to structural problems and or Safety Concerns. The factories, totaling more than 600, are owned by a North American-led group that provides clothing for U.S. fashion retailers including Walmart, Children's Place and Gap. The shutdowns are the result of an inspection probe that began in April after a factory in the Rana Plaza collapsed, taking the lives over 1,129 people and injuring thousands more.

The slew of inspections will bring the sub-par factory conditions up to a higher standard, reporting on electrical and structural problems, improper fire escapes and/or alarms, or other items that put the factory in danger. In the shut down factories, the alliance is expecting to provide employee compensation for up to 4 months while the buildings and machinery are brought up to acceptable standards. they are importing safety structures such as fire doors and sprinkler systems, incruing a huge cost to fix or repair each building.

While structural and electrical problems seem trivial in U.S. factories, other problems within a facility can cause an unexpected drop in production. Could your factory afford to be closed for up to four months for repair and/or construction? Would you be able to ensure all of your employees could be compensated during the down time? Often the cost of repair is much more than the initial cost of implementation and planning.

Is your factory up to date on all OSHA standards? Could you use a complete safety review to determine changes that need to be made to keep your factory safe and working at the optimum pace? Our team of experts provide free consultations and can help your team resolve any current issues. 

Contact us to set up your no-risk factory exam.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Friday, July 18, 2014

Combating Combustible Dust in your Facility

Combating Combustible Dust in your Facility

In many production factories, combustible dust is a notable concern. Factories producing a variety of things from agricultural products like flour and powdered milk to metal production plants using materials like aluminum or bronze produce dust as a byproduct of production processes. This dust can impose a hazard, which includes explosion and combustion if not disposed of regularly or maintained properly.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), combustible dust is defined as the following:

Combustible Dust (NFPA definition): “a finely divided combustible particulate solid that presents a flash-fire hazard or explosion hazard when suspended in air of the process- specified oxidizing medium over a range of concentrations”

Dust explosions occur when any powdered combustible material is present in an enclosed atmosphere or in high enough concentrations of dispersed combustible particles in atmosphere or other suitable gaseous medium such as molecular oxygen. The force from a combustible explosion can result in injuries, employee deaths and building destruction.

Important factors in determining if plants produce a combustible dust is looking at the shape, size, moisture and environment in which the dust is accumulated. If there is a doubt whether or not the dust is combustible, a screening test must take place.

The screening process consists of tests that result in a “go” (yes it’s combustible) or a “no go” (non-combustible).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set forth guidelines for factories producing combustible dust to lessen the risk of combustion. Although there is no formal regulation on collection of combustible dust, it is in best practice to ensure the byproduct is properly contained, and is something that OSHA is pursuing, although the process of regulation can take several years to be in full effect. In 2013 alone, thousands of dollars worth of citations related to combustible dust hazards were issued in the United States by OSHA, due to facilities not meeting standards established and other dust-related incidents.

It’s also important to note that understanding the issues of combustible dust helps to mitigate the risks and establish a strategy. Maintaining a healthy workforce is an asset of great value and creating training processes to ensure proper technique is important.

There are five necessary conditions for a dust explosion to occur:
  • A combustible dust
  • The dust is suspended in the air at a high concentration
  • The dust cloud is confined
  • There is an oxidant, like atmospheric oxygen
  • There is an ignition source
Fire sources aren’t the only cause of explosions. Common sources of ignition include electrostatic discharge, friction, arcing from machinery or other equipment or hot surfaces like overheated bearings. Often times, excess dust accumulates in often unvisited areas of the facility, including flat surfaces, rectangular HVAC ductwork, overhead beams. These surfaces also produce a potential threat to the facility if not maintained.

Does your factory meet all OSHA Guidelines when handling combustible dust? Are you putting your factory at risk for an explosion? Bedson REPS offers a full selection of mist and dust collection products to keep the air quality at optimum inside your factory and minimize any risks associated with combustion.

To speak with an industry expert and learn more about Dust Collection or how you can safely provide a factory solution for other environmental risks in your space, contact the team at Bedson REPS. We will provide a free, no-risk consultation of your facility to ensure you are compliant with all workplace standards.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Thursday, July 3, 2014

Is your Warehouse a Sauna? - Heat Ventilation- Bedson REPS

Is your Warehouse a Sauna? | Heat Ventilation- Bedson REPS

As summer 2014 takes shape, many factories are experiencing unwavering heat during work hours, putting the lives of their employees at risk in overheated buildings. Temperatures can rise well above 100 degrees, making it impossible for productive work and puts the entire team at risk of encountering a form of heat stress.

According to the CDC:

"Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam."

Keeping your factory or warehouse in working order throughout the summer means making sure employees stay hydrated, cool and safe and that buildings maintain ventilation so they don't reach high temperatures. a variety of products can help achieve this, but how do you know what is right for you?

Which Type of Fan is Right for Me?

Industrial Fans: Heavy duty fans, including exhaust fans, wall fans, power roof ventilators and process air blowers can be used for general plant ventilation, clearing of smoke and fumes in addition to cooling employees. They are designed to generate a great amount of air movement efficiently and dependably. They are perfect in commercial applications and are available in several sizes. There are several specifications that can be met by this type of ventilation, including for metal building, manufacturers, wastetreatment plants and more.

Industrial Centrifugal Fans: The latest development in the fans and blowers industry, these fans are highly efficient, and offer a superior performance. They are typically smaller in size, requiring minimum space. Often used in both commercial and industrial applications, they are designed with quality and longlasting performance and have several components to customize their effectiveness.

High Volume Low Speed Industrial Fans: HVLS fans are best used in industrial warehouse and commercial spaces over 10,000sq.ft. The size of these fans make them ultra-efficient and effective. One of the biggest attributes of this fan is the economic impact; a 24’ AirSpan fan can generates ventilation for over 20,000 sq. ft. and run for 8 hours for only $1. One option is even solar powered, using a specialized component that converts power from the solar panels, standard remote control and an optional auxiliary power supply. These fans are useful in replacing several standard ceiling fans, making your plant or warehouse more energy-efficient.

Bedson Can Help

Bedson REPS' reliable industrial ventilation systems provide your industrial facility with better air circulation and ventilation. Proper industrial ventilation increases productivity, improves air quality, and improves employee health & safety in your workplace. We work with you to determine heating and cooling challenges and which ventilation system will work for your needs. To discuss our variety of products with an experienced representative in your area, please call us at 800-443-5858 or send us an email to discuss your needs and we'll work with you to provide the right solutions.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Are You Ready for a Season of Severe Weather?

Seismic restraints and supports keep your building secure.

With summer season upon us, most of us will enjoy the warm, sunny weather and clear skies. Here in the south, we have the fortune of experiencing milder winter weather with severe heat during the summer. We’re also accustomed to severe weather in many forms during the summer months- from rain showers with heavy winds to tornadoes and even effects from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.

Unfortunately, many of us are all too familiar with natural disasters and the devastation they can bring. Irreparable damage costs millions of dollars in cleanup and replacement and often times businesses and factories never fully recover. This past April, a tornado ripped through the town of Athens, Alabama, flattening the entire neighborhood, with homes and businesses alike. 

The Limestone County Emergency Management Agency reported at least $2.75 million in tornado damage during the April storm. A massive $2 billion in property damage was accrued in May 2013 as a massive tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, displacing a 17-mile stretch of schools, homes and businesses.

In addition to high wind and tornadic activity, the United States Geological Survey has published the following map of the highest seismic hazard areas in the United States; it’s alarming to note just how much of the country could feel the effects from seismic activity.

Seismic Hazard Area | US Geo Survey

Would your factory or warehouse building withstand the elements that come with natural disaster? Would you be able to ensure your equipment stays in place and that your employees would safely be able to return to work after the impending storm?

Bedson Reps offers a variety of HVAC vibration isolation and wind/seismic restraint equipment. From seismic restraints and non-penetrating roof supports to noise and vibration control, we have answers for all of your equipment stability needs. Our team of professionals can offer a full-service solution for you that will help your building continue to function after a natural disaster.

Our web site has several product overviews and serves as a sampling of the products which best answer your needs. To get a complete view of the solutions right for your building and equipment, call Bedson Reps to discuss at 1-800-443-5858.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Industrial Vacuum Systems and Dust Collection

Vacuum Systems | Bedson REPSVacuum cleaning systems are the OSHA- and NFPA-preferred housekeeping method for removing dust to reduce dust explosion hazards. NFPA 654 states, “vigorous sweeping or blowing down with steam or compressed air produces dust clouds.” Industrial vacuum cleaning systems not only prevent dust from becoming suspended in air during cleaning, minimizing explosion hazards, but are easy to use and can handle a variety of dust-removal duties.

Despite these standard recommendations, many companies today still use air compressors and brooms to clean equipment and areas of dust and debris. The problem with using brooms and air compressors is that they just blow and move the dust around resulting in small particles that settle onto elevated surfaces. However, more recent technology allows for more effective, efficient cleaning.

Although most companies are not willfully violating the standards, a perception remains that vacuum cleaning systems come with a high price tag. In reality, incorporating industrial vacuum cleaners into a housekeeping routine produces additional cost-saving benefits in terms of increased production, reclamation or wage savings.

With Bedson Reps, there are many options to choose from in order to ensure that you choose the right vacuum cleaning system for your facility. For safety, ergonomics, productivity and other goals, industrial-specific vacuum equipment must be implemented to address specific applications.

The two main types of vacuum cleaning systems are portable systems and centralized systems.

Portable Systems

Portable vacuum cleaning systems typically consist of a collection container that is mounted on wheels that can be moved easily throughout the facility, from workstation to workstation. A flexible plastic hose extends from the container and its free end can be connected to various vacuum attachments (wands, brushes, etc.) or hand tools (sanders, grinders, etc.).

Centralized Systems

A central system consists of a vacuum power unit with a collection container and is typically installed at one location in the plant. Attachments and hand tools can also be used with this type of system. Central vacuum systems give workers an easy to use tool for quick cleanup of dust and spills.

Dust particles and material accumulations are easily picked up and distributed by air currents within plants and facilities, spreading them throughout and making dust collection more difficult. Suspended dusts on surfaces can ignite and trigger explosions. Dust presents other hazards such as polluted and/or toxic air, buildup on stored finished goods and can also settle on bearings in equipment.

It is vital to be proactive in dust collection. Be sure to choose a partner who can evaluate your facility and determine if a portable or centralized system is right your specific application.

Let's get started today. Contact our professionals today!
Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Don't Cut Corners on Dust-Fume Collection in Your Facilities

Business owners and facility managers have to consider the bottom line when making capital expenditure decisions. However, a low bid today can lead to very costly implications for your facility in the long run.

Some vendors offer undersized systems in order to come in at a lower price and just get your business. It is important to select a company with not only the right price point, but the right solution for the size and demand of your unique facility.

Similarly, any vendor that comes in with a large, expensive proposal should have the data, research and reasoning specific to your business to back up their solution.

Whether the personnel charged with designing your dust-fume collection system is in house or through an outside vendor, they should have quantifiable experience in design, installation and maintaining dust-fume collection systems.

In order to ensure that your bidding or buying process goes as smoothly as possible, it is important to do the following: 

  • Research. Try to independently gain an understanding of how dust-fume collection systems operate. While conducting research, make a list of questions, including those specific to your facility, that you may have and ensure that your vendor(s) provide quality, detailed answers to your questions.
  • Check. Review the numbers and the calculations provided within any bid. Ensure that the figures match industry standards and meet your specific facility needs.
  • Compare. Don’t limit your pricing process to a single vendor. By soliciting pricing from more than one source, you should be able to identify any gaps or discrepancies. Then, you can ask questions and make a more informed decision.

A dust-fume collection system may appear to be cost effective on paper, but if it is revealed after implementation that it does not function at the proper level, the time and dollar investment is rendered virtually useless. Then, you’re left to begin the process over again and could double, or even triple, your initial cost.

Allow Bedson REPS to assess your facility and its risk(s) in order to identify any hazards in your business. Then, we will be able to provide you with the steps to take to control those risks and keep your team safe.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Thursday, April 10, 2014

Is Your Facility Ready for the Summer Heat?

If you live or work in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas or Alabama, you’re all too familiar with the hot, humid air of the southern summer. Is your facility prepared to efficiently maintain employee productivity, safety and comfort? 

Performance Issues

It is hard to expect employees to perform at their best when they are distracted by attempting to regulate their body temperature.

The results of several, relatively consistent studies show an average relationship of a 2% decrease in work performance per degree Fahrenheit when the temperature is above 77 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, if a single employee generates an average of $50,000 in yearly revenue, a drop of even just 5% in productivity amounts to a loss of $2,500 -- and that’s only an individual employee.

How is the working environment within your industrial facility affecting the bottom line?

Safety Concerns

Not only does employee productivity decrease when the heat rises, serious safety concerns also rise.

Welders work within two feet of the welding arc, which can reach over 3,593 degrees Celsius. While intense heat can certainly be irritating for the welder, the impact is more than an issue of comfort. A goal should be to provide a comfortable environment without disturbing the welding process.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees."  

Heat-related illnesses are completely preventable and workers should not be focused on being uncomfortable or regulating their body temperature, especially in industrial or high-stress environments where safety is a top concern. Adopting technologies as part of a reliable heat management plan may help control time and resources spent dealing with legal liabilities associated with heat related injuries.

Smart Solutions

A solution to this decrease in productivity does not have to mean an expensive HVAC system overhaul. Quality air movement creates a cooling sensation as the breeze passes over the skin, making an employee feel up to 10 degrees cooler. One of the newest innovations in the fan industry can provide significant amounts of this type of air movement, at very low operating costs. MacroAir high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans could help you save on energy costs, while helping your employees beat the heat, while staying safe and motivated during the summer months.

Because long, aerodynamically designed blades of HLVS fans move a massive amount of air at a slow, comfortable speed, air conditioning units can be set higher. This combination of well-functioning HVAC systems and the implementation of HLVS fans reduces system run time, resulting in savings of 20% or more.

MacroAir fans destratify the workspace and move cooled air where it is needed the most – where the employees are working. When employees feel cooler and more comfortable, they will perform better and reduce the risk of heat-related safety concerns. Employers not only save money on cooling a building, they are able to maintain productivity levels and content workers.

We also have more information available about the MacroAir high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans.

Allow Bedson REPS to assess your facility and its risk(s) in order to identify any hazards in your business. Then, we will be able to provide you with the steps to take to control those risks and keep your team safe.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Friday, March 21, 2014

Occupational Health: Managing the Risk of Welding Fumes in the Workplace - See more at: http://www.b

Hazards of any kind pose a serious risk to both employees and employers occupational health. In recent years, thousands of welders have filed lawsuits against employers, welding rod manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, alleging that the manganese present in welding fumes causes a long list of illnesses, including Parkinson's disease. These cases have garnished significant media attention and have come with costly consequences.

Welding fumes are a complex mixture of metallic oxides, silicates and fluorides. Fumes are formed when a metal is heated above its boiling point and vapors then condense into very fine particles, which can be inhaled by those in close proximity. When inhaled, welding fumes can enter the lungs, bloodstream, brain cells, spinal cord and other vital organs; this can cause both short- and long-term health effects.

According to National Safety Council, exposure to these fumes can cause:

  • asthenia
  • dry throat and cough
  • dyspnea
  • encephalopathy
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • insomnia
  • lower back pain
  • malaise
  • mental confusion
  • metal fume fever
  • paralysis
  • rales
  • spastic gait
  • tightness in the chest
  • vomiting
  • weakness

Today, we are able to combat and manage these risks with industry-leading technologies, implemented by experts. Ventilation systems, respirators, training, industrial hygiene monitoring and alternative welding methods can help to improve fume conditions in work areas.

It is vital to have adequate ventilation in a workplace to prevent the displacement or enrichment of oxygen and to prevent the accumulation of flammable atmospheres. Solutions are available for both large and small work areas; from addressing a single workstation to entire warehouses, there is a proper way to keep the air clean and free of these harmful toxins.

Portable Collection Machines

Portable solutions work well for smaller areas and smaller jobs. When the application demands the flexibility of portable dust and fume collectors, this type of equipment is ideal. Portable collection machines move and set up easily. When applied in the correct environments, these solutions offer powerful fume and dust collection to ensure health, safety and optimum efficiency.

Clean Air Booths

Clean Air Booths are self-contained, ductless systems that provides maximum manufacturing flexibility, while protecting workers from the airborne hazards associated with metal cutting, welding, grinding, sanding, finishing and other operations that produce harmful airborne particulates.


Employers may choose to supplement ventilation systems in welding work areas with respiratory protection. Although there is a wide variety of types of respirators, this is generally a supplemental solution that should be used in conjunction with other solutions and should be evaluated regularly.

Downdraft Tables

Downdraft tables pull the contaminants down into the table and away from the employee’s breathing zone. Special deflectors create an even airflow across the entire downdraft table surface in order to ensure there are no “dead air zones.” Not only is this solution effective, it’s also practical; the work area is 100% usable.

Questions about managing risk?

Allow Bedson REPS to assess your facility and its risk(s) in order to identify any hazards in your business. Then, we will be able to provide you with the steps to take to control those risks and keep your team safe.Download our Industrial Ventilation Guide for free; and let's get started today. 

Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, March 4, 2014

News Release: Bedson Reps Adds Hartzell Air Movement to Product Offerings - See more at: http://www.

Leadership at Bedson REPS announced today that an agreement has been reached with Hartzell Air Movement that names Bedson REPS as a new manufacture’s sales representative office in Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS and eastern Arkansas.

Bedson REPS currently offers products within the industrial ventilation and air processing markets, specifically to automotive, timber, food processing and steel industries. The staff’s extensive knowledge regarding fans, dust collection systems and industrial heating products will ensure an easy transition into the distribution of Hartzell industrial fans.

“We are proud to add Hartzell Air Movement to our product line,” said Bedson REPS Principal, Bill McWatters. “It will greatly benefit both existing and future customers, as we will be able to offer a more complete ventilation package, based on the specific needs for each client.”

Bedson REPS is a company not only dedicated to great environmentally responsible products such as Hartzell Air Movement, but also to offering the complete and customized solutions to customer problems.

“Bedson REPS is a perfect addition to our sales force,” added Hartzell Air Movement’s Director of Sales, Chuck Abramson. “They have a proven history and a dedicated sales team, capable of going above and beyond to service the customers in their markets.”

About Bedson REPS
Established in 1976, Bedson REPS currently serves as a leader within the industrial ventilation and dust collection business. The company currently offers complete line of industrial ventilation fans, man cooling fans and pressure blowers. Bedson REPS also provides fume, smoke, dust and oil/coolant mist collection equipment to clients in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama. For more information, please visit www.bedsonreps.com.

About Hartzell Air Movement
Hartzell Air Movement is a leading manufacturer of industrial air moving solutions to a variety of markets throughout the world. The company manufactures in Ohio, Indiana and Singapore. Hartzell has been in business since 1875. For more information, please visit www.hartzellairmovement.com.
Posted by Larry Bennett at Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Right Tool For Removing Combustible Dust

Sometimes, we overlook the obvious and simple solutions to our plant problems. A simple solution to hazardous dust explosions in a dry bulk solids plant may be effective housekeeping. This simple solution is not a modern insight. In 1922, a National Fire Protection Association manual titled Dust Explosions cited the need for a vacuum cleaner which could withstand the challenges of an industrial environment.

The dangers of dust explosions are still a plant concern 90 years later. This 1922 book explains that sweeping dust with brooms or using compressed air to blow it off surfaces can lead to the dust being suspended in the air. That warning remains true today. The suspended dust could ignite and cause a primary explosion or settle back on floors and hard surfaces, thereby creating the opportunity for a secondary explosion.

Primary Dust Explosion

A primary dust explosion requires three components: fuel (combustible dust), an ignition source and oxygen. This combination is referred to as the fire triangle. Without all three, the fire cannot occur. Then if two other elements, a contained environment (a room) and a dust cloud, are introduced to the fire triangle, this may create an explosion pentagon: All five elements must be present simultaneously for an explosion to occur. Effective housekeeping will assist in eliminating two of the components, dust and an ignition source.

In an open environment such as an outside building, igniting a dust cloud would create a brief flame flash. However, in a contained environment, like a dust collector, the dust cloud’s fast burning creates a rapid pressure rise inside the vessel which could consequently damage or destroy the equipment.

Secondary Dust Explosion

If you touch a flame to a layer of dust resting on a table in an enclosed room, the dust will ignite, but won’t explode. Conversely, if you throw that same dust into the air, thereby creating a dust cloud, then touch a flame to it, the dust will explode.

This scenario is an excellent example of what happens in a secondary dust explosion. When the primary dust explosion’s force dislodges fugitive dust from the plant’s surfaces, this produces more dust clouds and thereby creates a chain-reaction that can cause additional explosions.

Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaning System

Even when your plant takes every precaution to eliminate ignition sources that can cause fires, you must go further to prevent dust explosions. Your plant must also initiate a safe housekeeping plan to remove fugitive dust.

Choosing the right vacuum cleaning system is the first step in effective housekeeping. In the 21st century, we know that alleviating the ignition source is a major step in creating a safer environment in plants. This means that standard shop vacs are not a viable solution for plant housekeeping. Like most non-industrial vacuum cleaners, a shop vac is susceptible to ignition. One of the most common sources of ignition with vacuum cleaning is static electricity. Particles flowing in one direction through a plastic vacuum hose can create a volatile static electricity charge, plus static electricity can build up in the particles themselves. This is why many plants handling the removal of combustible dust with non-industrial vacuum cleaners, such as shop vacs, have been cited by OSHA.

Conversely, industrial portable and central vacuum cleaning systems for the removal of combustible dust must be rated for use in Class II Division 2 areas (a National Electrical Code hazardous area designation). This rating means that not only is the vacuum cleaning system designed so that no particles can contact any source of ignition in the system, but also that the system is redundantly grounded to eliminate any possibility of a static-ignited dust explosion. A vacuum cleaning system powered by plant compressed air is in itself safe because it has no motor and therefore no moving parts or electrical current.


The current NFPA guidelines leave some room for interpretation when it comes to safely cleaning up combustible dusts. Even with a small quantity of combustible dust, it’s best to be cautious. By using a portable or central vacuum cleaning system designed for combustible dust collection, you can safely and effectively clean up dust in your plant, eliminating the fuel needed for an explosion. In fact, using a system designed for safely capturing fugitive dusts is now the preferred housekeeping method for removing dust in dry bulk solids plants per OSHA and NFPA standards.

Protecting your workers, equipment and building from combustible dust hazards is as easy as just having a good housekeeping plan in operation.

Portions of this article appeared in Powder and Bulk Engineering.

Posted by Larry Bennett at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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