System Architecture

Understanding the design of a dust collection system

Dust collection system design is an essential part of integrating one into your workshop. This page will help you understand the basics of choosing the right arrangement for you. Also, you will find information about different options in system architecture.

Firstly, there are a Sensor and Gate associated with each machine that is part of the collection system ducting. Each Sensor gets connected to its associated Gate. Next, all the Gates are daisy-chain connected to the System Controller. Finally. This system strategy allows the Blast Gates to get plugged together in a chain, just like the ductwork is connected in a network.

From the System Controller, the Gate wiring is run along the ducts, dropping down to the machines alongside the duct connections. Then at each Gate, the chain gets extended to the next Gate. In total, the System Controller has four network jacks allowing up to four chains. Typically, this configuration is usually more than ample for most small systems.

There is no limit to the number of Gates allowed; however, we recommend that any single chain be limited to eight Gates. Most importantly, if you have questions about the design of a dust collection system for your workshop, please contact us for a consultation.

Manual control in dust collection system design

dust collection system manual control switch
Manual Control Switch

Most of the Blast Gates in a system will get controlled by a Sensor; however, you may want manual switching. For example, a floor sweep is where you might want this. Additionally, you may want more control for a chop saw that is being often turned on and off during use. Therefore, we offer a Manual Switch for these situations. In other words, the Manual Switch replaces the Sensor and is connected to the Gate, in the same manner, using the supplied cable. In short, using a Manual Switch will eliminate the unwanted cycling of the central collector.

See the Accessories section on our System Components page for more details.

Additional power options

3-Pole Motor contactor
3-Pole Motor Contactor

The basic system is designed for single-phase power up to 1HP at 120VAC or 2HP at 240VAC. However, should you have a three-phase collector or a collector with higher than a 2 HP motor, we offer an accessory 3 Pole Motor Contactor. The System Controller switches the Motor Contactor on and off. The Contactor is rated up to 280VAC, 5 horsepower.

See the Accessories section on our System Components page for more details.

Here are some various configurations

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