NFKZ 2000 modular filter
at Starbank




Dust Control Systems Ltd has extended and upgraded the dust extraction plant for leading laminate component manufacturer, Starbank Panel Products Ltd.

In addition to significantly increasing the performance of the dust extraction system, the new installation fully meets the latest ATEX-94/9/EC European Directive for explosive dust.

A family owned and operated concern, based in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, Starbank is a remarkable success story. Formed in 1976 by Gordon Darbyshire and his wife Kathleen, the company is operated by their son Philip (Managing Director), daughter Wendy (Financial Director) and John Roper (Sales Director).

In recent years the company has seen considerable growth and is now recognised as one of the UK’s major suppliers of quality laminated components to the office furniture, education furniture and shopfitting industries.

Since year 2000, Starbank has doubled the size of its workforce and has increased its workshop manufacturing facility from 10,000 sq ft to 50,000 sq ft.

The dust extaction system is part of a £1million investment by Starbank that includes the installation of the latest 700 series BAZ gantry processing centre from Homag. This sophisticated machine is the largest of its type installed in the UK with twin beds, twin routers and edgebanding unit on a gantry system.

DCS has kept pace with the various phases of expansion by up-rating the capacity of the dust extraction system to cope with the increased demand.

Melvyn Bathgate, Sales Manager at DCS Ltd says: “The challenge at Starbank Panels has been to cost effectively increase performance of the system as the workshop expanded and when new machinery came on line. The problems normally associated with expanding a dust extraction system have been considerably reduced as a result of the flexibility of our modular chain filter system”.

The newly expanded system extracts 15 to 18 tonnes of wood waste per week from 14 state-of-the-art panel processing machines in a clean and healthy workshop environment.

The filter system employed is an NFKZ 2000 HJLR, a modular design system, that makes it possible to add more capacity as it is needed. It is a powerful filter that is certified according to the ATEX Directive and is fitted with a unique ‘SUPERBAG’ polyester filter bag.

The system incorporates a drag-chain conveyor that discharges the wood waste into a hopper to be used as fuel for the waste-to-energy boiler or for disposal. Two low noise CombiFab fan sets have been added to the existing fans; all of which now carry the ATEX certificate.



Dust Control Systems Ltd., Horace Waller VC Parade, Shawcross Business Park, Dewsbury, WF12 7RF
Telephone: +44 (0)1924 482500   E-mail:
Freephone: 0800 0407116

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