Quality Fume and Dust Control Solutions

Airfab

With decades of experience in the industry, ranging from detailing to manufacturing, and project management to site installation including commissioning, Airfab is committed to meeting the needs of numerous industries across Australia.

When Airfab was formed, General Manager and majority shareholder Paul R Taylor brought with him 37 years of combined experience, including previous positions held as an independent consultant and managing a global environmental company working in project management, construction management, general management, design, fabrication, technology, and helping to foster a business to grow to a staff of 100. Now, along with David Sloan, the company’s Manager and junior partner, Mr Taylor created Airfab in December of 2011, and it became operational in late January of this year. With a talented team of 14, including graduate engineer, draftsman, human resources personnel, project manager, and workshop and site crews, Airfab is a quality provider of Mechanical Air Movement systems specifically suited to fume and dust control industries.

Along with a range of products and air quality solutions, Airfab prides itself on making a genuine commitment to full service and support across all areas, from shareholders to clients, suppliers to employees. Among the industries proudly served by Airfab are manufacturing, automotive, mining and mineral research, chemical, pharmaceutical, educational workshops, timber, food processing, and waste management.

“We have a network that we’ve built up over the years,” says Mr Taylor. “It has to do with ongoing relationships with many industrial businesses around Australia.”

Wide Range of Products

Working with a network of technology partners and equipment suppliers, Airfab is able to offer its customers an impressive range of products and equipment, ranging from modular ductwork to wet scrubbers and industrial fans. Along with these products, Airfab can provide a selection of spare parts, such as dust filter bag units, filters, pulse valves, flexible ducting, and rotary valves.

Airfab provides state of the art Shaker Dust Collectors – fully automatic, highly efficient and economical. These shaker dust collectors are virtually maintenance free. Tubular filter bags are fastened onto a cell plate at the bottom of the bag house and suspended from horizontal beams at the top. Dirty dust laden air enters the bottom of the bag house and passes through the filter, and the dust collects on the inside surface of the bags.

Cleaning a mechanical shaker bag house is accomplished by shaking the top horizontal bar from which the bags are suspended. Vibration produced by a motor creates waves in the bags to shake off the dust cake.

In shaker bag houses, there must be no positive pressure inside the bags during the shake cycle. Pressures as low as 0.02 in. wg can interfere with cleaning. The air to cloth ratio for shaker bag houses is relatively low, hence the space requirements are quite high. However, because of the simplicity of design, they are popular in the educational and training industries. Bag houses are very efficient particulate collectors because of the dust cake formed on the surface of the bags.

Additionally, Airfab can provide Reverse Jet Pulse Dust Collectors, a reverse pulse cleaning system which works for small systems through to large industrial systems with the help of a digital sequential timer attached to the collector. This timer initiates the solenoid valves which, in turn, inject compressed air into the blow pipe cleaning the filters online. Wet Scrubbers are also available, and are used to ensure incoming dust is sufficiently wetted to add weight/mass to each dust particle such that it can be removed in what is fundamentally a cyclonic separator, baffled chamber or similar device.

For industrial applications, Airfab can supply and/or fit fans to meet client needs. By working with a range of other technology specialists, partners, and equipment suppliers, the company can supply the right fan for all clients, including industrial fans, centrifugal fans, axial fans, and other types of equipment necessary to deal with fume and ventilation requirements, including shaker collectors and second hand equipment. Much of the quality equipment sold by Airfab has been precisely engineered in Europe over the past 50 years.

Ductwork, Spray Booths and Installations

With a strong focus on delivering products and systems to clients, Airfab’s well-established network of fabricators can offer any form of fabricated components, from light sheet metal or plate work all the way to structural steel items such as major supports and trestles. Close to all amenities, the freeway, and just 20 minutes south of Perth’s central business district, Airfab’s two-storey modern facilities include 150 square metres of office space, a workshop exceeding 450 square metres, with room to expand in the future.

Along with plasma cutting and CNC programming devices, rollers, spot welders, hydraulic benders, lock formers, and swages, the company’s sheet metal manufacturing equipment includes a 60 tonne brake press with a three metre bed, and a three metre wide, four millimetre plate guillotine. “If it is too heavy for us to build, we will get one of our subcontractors to do it on our behalf,” says Mr Taylor. The company is able to produce duct work of any size, along with air conditioning components, ventilation duct work, steel supports, cowls, hoods, and custom sheet metal products.

In addition to in-house engineering and drafting resources, Airfab has worked with and maintains solid relationships with some of the industry’s leading design engineers and consultants from around Australia. If the company’s own in-house knowledge requires a second opinion due to a difficult or unique problem, Airfab can source their combined knowledge to find a solution.

When it comes to installation, Airfab is able to serve the needs of all clients. With its own in-house installation teams, Airfab also has access to subcontractors who work on the company’s behalf.

At Airfab, the company supplies a system of modular ductwork. Installation is fast and straightforward, and systems can easily be modified, extended, added to, or even reduced to suit client needs and the needs of any site. Additionally, Airfab supplies and installs spray booths to specific client needs and applications. Designed for various dimensional work pieces, the company’s spray booths require minimal maintenance and have a long lifespan, using filters which are easily replaceable at low cost.

Since Airfab has its own fully established and professional workshop with the latest equipment and technology, it is able to produce any size of duct work. All modular duct work systems are fabricated to custom specifications to guarantee client requirements are met, and air conditioning and ventilation duct work for new developments is also available.

“We like to get involved as early as we can, so we can add more value to the project itself,” comments Mr Taylor. When Airfab comes on board depends on the project and the clients. Some works are project tenders, with Airfab called upon to fulfil the design and scope, while other projects are upgrades or refurbishments to meet current needs. In some cases, systems need to be upgraded because they are not efficient. “It can be from a design or a construct startpoint,” says Mr Taylor.

With fully qualified personnel, Airfab makes site visits and full inspections for clients of existing systems. Auditing and reporting on the condition and performance of a system, the company will suggest possible changes for improvement and proficiency of the existing system. By thoroughly analysing system issues, Airfab can provide valuable information on environmental, health and safety impacts, along with budget costing for repairs. Out of hours labour can be undertaken to keep the impact on production as low as possible, and Airfab is able to provide ongoing or one-off maintenance to clients.

With extensive experience in designing, manufacturing and installing commercial and industrial systems, Airfab can create purpose-designed systems to suit new and existing manufacturing facilities, reticulated duct work, ventilation systems for welding bays in manufacturing plants, dust collection systems for woodwork manufacturing facilities, cabinet makers and timber product producers, and provide industrial insulation, cladding for pipework, cladding for duct work, new work for thermal and acoustic applications for process plants, power stations and mechanical plant rooms, repairs and maintenance of insulation and cladding following mechanical maintenance and repairs to existing systems, cladding for acoustic enclosures and treatments, and acoustic treatments for fans, generators, and high noise level generators and equipment.

No matter the project, Airfab takes pride in the quality of its products and service, and the company’s quality procedures and solid record on safety are second to none. One of the Health and Safety procedures the company has in place is “Take Two,” which means that a person can work more safely by taking two minutes to think through a job before the task is started. TAKE, which stands for Talk, Actions, Knowledge, and Equipment, is an effective checklist to review the tasks that need to be done and ensure no harm comes to employees, equipment, clients, or facilities.

“Before we take on a task or an activity, we have a look at the environment – are we going to cause any harm to ourselves or other people? – and take appropriate actions to make sure that we don’t hurt anybody, that we are aware of the environment that we work in, and take the necessary time,” says Mr Taylor of the company, which has spent months working on business and quality systems, in addition to safety systems. With a focus on Western Australia, Airfab looks forward to the future, and has a long-term strategy and business plan for the company which includes building and operating its own facilities, with a larger workshop, more staff, and a bigger office. While maintaining and expanding its client base, the company’s roots will remain the same: satisfying customers while maintaining core values of quality and hard work, and fostering an environment where people genuinely enjoy what they do.

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June 22, 2018, 5:14 PM AEST