Argueso & Co. Achieves 99% Efficiency for Particulate Emissions Using Whirl Wet
M. Argüeso & Co. produces casting wax blends for the investment casting industry, wax products to stabilize parts during machining, and specialty wax blends for sculpture, jewelry and other uses.
M. Argueso moved from Mamaroneck, New York to Muskegon, Michigan in 2005, subjecting the facility to Michigan’s stringent air regulations.
The company’s first priority was a system that would collect fugitive wax particulate with consistently high efficiency. Low utility cost and minimal maintenance were also important. Wet particulate collection was specified at the outset because the wax vapor carried with the airstream would quickly blind baghouse, cyclonic and other dry systems.
Argueso purchased two Whirl Wet systems, 5000 and 7500 cfm, respectively, one for each of two operations. In the main operation, super sacks, suspended from forklifts, dispense fillers and resins in powdered form into hatch-lid kettles. As these materials are added, the Whirl Wet pulls outside air through the hatch, preventing release of particulate. Base waxes are generally added as slabs, or pumped in as liquids. Components are mixed into molten base waxes.