A Yorkshire furniture manufacturer has replaced its dust extraction and filtration system to improve capacity, save on energy bills and gain environmental benefits.

Gower invested more than £350,000 in a Super-Blower filter and associated works for its kitchen carcass facility at Leeds because the existing chain filter system could not cope with increasing production.

The company has been growing rapidly over the past three years, with turnover rising from £18m to £27m in the last year alone and some 72 tons of chipboard dust are now being created each week.

Indusvent, which supplied the new system, said benefits would include savings in electricity consumption, a reduction in operating costs and increased capacity.

The negative pressure aspect of the Super-Blower means extracted dirty air is injected directly into the filter chamber and the main exhaust fans are located on the “clean” side, enabling them to avoid contact with foreign objects, so reducing noise levels.

The Super-Blower 440-SBF extracts 80,000cfm via two JK100MT fan sets, with filtered air either vented outside or used for factory energy.

It is made of high-strength 3mm steel, is designed for 24-hour maintenance-free operations and includes a fully automatic filter cleaning facility computer activated on demand from the Power Pulse pressure sensing system.