The new rotary valve modular filter sits alongside the upgraded unit.



Stylish leather sofa from Olympia Furniture.




Olympia Furniture Ltd., a major manufacturer of contemporary upholstered furniture for leading names in home furnishings, has recently contracted Dust Control Systems to expand its dust and woodwaste extraction capability.

At Olympia Furniture’s manufacturing facility in Ashton-Under-Lyne near Manchester, more than 250 people contribute their expertise in the production of high quality upholstery, with all aspects of production being carried out on-site. Traditional methods combine with hi-tech equipment for all processes including manufacture and assembly of timber frames, the laying out and cutting of fabrics and the profiling of foam.  Olympia’s workforce includes highly skilled sewing machinists and a team of experienced upholsterers. Finally the furniture is packed and delivered using Olympia’s transport and distribution network.

Tom Brownbill, works engineer at Olympia Furniture, said: “When it was decided that we would invest in a new high performance SCM Ergon CNC machining centre for the joinery shop, we knew that our existing filter would not be able to cope with the increased levels of dust. We contacted Dust Control Systems, who maintain our existing extraction plant, and asked them to make recommendations for up-rating the capacity of the system.”

Following a thorough on-site evaluation, engineers at DCS proposed upgrading Olympia’s existing modular filter unit, making it fully ATEX compliant and installing a new high-efficiency rotary valve filter which would be located alongside the existing filter. The proposal also included a return loop fan-assisted waste conveying system that is fed from rotary valves on both filters. The system includes a low-noise main extraction fan and two ducting systems, complete with blast gate dampers on each ductwork dropper to ensure that each machine has the correct extraction requirement and that the system is balanced.
The expanded dust extraction system provides continuous extraction from 12 machines and has a total airflow capacity of around 34,000m³/hr. Both filter units are fitted with Superbag polyester filter bags which employ a patented weaving technique and provide the capability to handle larger dust loads per square metre of filter area, and easy and efficient cleaning for longer filter life.

Mr Brownbill added: “We were pleased that DCS could utilise our existing filter unit and we are delighted with the way the new extraction system is performing. DCS handled all aspects of the project extremely professionally and importantly for us their engineers installed the new plant and equipment with minimal disruption to production”.



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