When you want the efficiency and energy savings of a centralized ducted system, but with flexibility to move components if needed, consider RoboVent’s Grid Configuration.
Grid gives you the flexibility of mobile source capture systems with the efficiency of a centralized ducted system. It’s a whole-facility solution consisting of modular, standardized ductwork and components that can be easily reconfigured as your needs change. The Grid system is:
Energy efficient: The ducted grid system only needs 70% of the airflow used by individual units, delivering significant energy savings over time.
Modular: We use standardized, modular components to make installation of your custom system fast and easy.
Low-maintenance: Our Smart Gate™ Auto Cleaning system directs airflow to clear debris from the system automatically, reducing manual cleaning requirements. RoboVent still recommends getting all ductwork cleaned annually.
Flexible: Move components around, expand or reduce capacity, and adjust your system to your new requirements. Modular components and QuickClamp ductwork make it easy to change your configuration as your needs change.
How it Works
Primary Grid Duct System
The Grid system is designed using the same principles as a compressed air loop system for optimal efficiency. QuickClamp ductwork snaps together for fast and easy setup and endless configuration options.
Grid Fusion Connectors
Modular Grid Fusion Connectors are the same size as the ductwork section, so you can place them anywhere on the Grid.
Standardized One-Size RoboVent Grid Collector
RoboVent produces the most powerful, effective and energy efficient dust collectors on the market. The Grid system uses standardized collectors for maximum flexibility.
Grid Process Connectors
Smaller Grid Process Connectors drop down to connect to the suction hoses for the collectors. They easily connect anywhere along the Grid system, so you can add or subtract collectors and move them to wherever they are needed.
The Smart Gate™ system is a proprietary connector for the ductwork within the Grid system. We combine our proprietary Delta3 spark arrestance technology with a system of automatic gates to control airflow in and out of each cell. Airflow can be increased or decreased in specific areas as needed, and directed to clear debris out of the system. Delta Gate can be integrated into the cell prior to set up and delivery, so it’s ready to go as soon as the cell is assembled on site.
RoboVent Grid Running with 70% of the stations welding: The RoboVent Grid simulation illustrated on the left shows 5 of 17 stations with their DeltaGates closed. The system includes 6 RoboVent Grid collectors. Using the data on RoboVent savings seen in the graph, and assuming an average arc-on time of 71%, the total savings per 8-hour shift would be 1,718.8 KWHs!
Built for Energy Savings
With the Grid System, efficiency and energy savings are built right in.
Many facilities simply exhaust dirty air outside, which drives heating bills sky-high during winter months. With the RoboVent Grid system, air is returned to the plant after being cleaned in our highly efficient filtration units. This eliminates a significant loss of energy for manufacturing facilities.
In addition, Grid comes with automated controls that reduce energy consumption automatically. Arc-on time for most robotic welding stations is between 45% and 75%. For manual stations, arc-on time may only be between 20% and 40%. So why pay for the power to run your dust collection system 100% of the time?
With RoboVent’s automated controls, your system is on when you need it, and off when you don’t-delivering significant energy savings.
The DeltaGate system is tied to welding activity. The gates open when the welding arc is on and automatically close a few seconds after the arc turns off. When the gates close, pressure on the system increases and airflow is automatically increased in other areas to compensate.
The proprietary eDrive Automated VFD comes standard with the Grid System. It works with the DeltaGates to control airflow and adjust the motor speed up or down based on system requirements. That means your system draws power only when it is needed-typically we see an average of a 30% reduction in overall airflow and horsepower required.
A Flexible, Modular System
The Grid System uses the same size ductwork components and collectors throughout, working together on the same ductwork system. This allows you to easily configure and reconfigure for your unique needs.
Initial Plant Layout
This image shows a plant with an initial layout and floor plan design with multiple stations and collectors. This scenario depicts what your plant layout might look like in normal working and production conditions. As production needs fluctuate and facility-specific manufacturing processes change, the system can be easily altered to accommodate needs.
As your needs change, the system could change right along with you. For example, consider a scenario where you add six new welding stations, as seen here. In order to accommodate the additional welding fume output, you simply add two additional collectors to your configuration.
Imagine you have moved two robotic welding stations to the other side of the plant. With the Grid system, the collectors can be easily moved to wherever they are needed. The system will automatically self balance to optimize the new configuration.