3 Considerations to Make when Purchasing a Fume Extraction Unit

by: 

Chau Vo

Chau Thien Vo is an inventor, industrial designer, and is the Vice President of Engineering and Product Marketing for PAT Technology Systems. Chau brings 19 years of extensive experience in designing air purification and fume extraction systems, having worked in both North America and Europe. He blends design, engineering, product marketing, and creative thinking strategies in leading PAT’s technical team to consistently output innovations that clean air.

In general, you will need an extractor which has 3 stages of filtration:

1) A high-efficiency prefilter with a rating of at least F8 or F9 to protect and prolong the life the critical HEPA filter.

2) A true HEPA filter with at least a rating of 99.997% efficiency at 0.3 micron to filter out submicronic particles generated by laser processing.

3) A high-capacity activated carbon filter with at least 20 pounds of carbon. The more, the better. Make sure each filter can be replaced independently, which reduces waste and cost.  Automatic flow compensation is also an important feature to maintain a consistent extraction flow even as the filters begin the block. Responsive customer support and the ease of serviceability are probably the most important requirements to consider as they will limit potential downtime.

—Chau Vo, PAT Technology Systems