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Ecogate System Overview
On average Ecogate’s patented dust extraction systems save customers up to 68% on their dust collection electricity costs on average. But how do we help you achieve such substantial savings?
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Ecogate is Intelligent Ventilation™. Our intelligent dust extraction systems monitor what your machines are doing at all times and adjusting the ventilation accordingly to perfectly match your needs in real time. This reduces the overall air volume, creating energy savings for you.
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How Ecogate Works
In a standard Ecogate system a sensor is attached to each workstation. When the workstation is in use, its corresponding sensor reports to the greenBOX control unit. The greenBOX opens the blast gates to active workstations and closes them to inactive ones. The reduced air volume requirements let the Powermaster Variable Frequency Driver slow down the system fan, which decreases the fan’s power consumption.
This is no point for concern, however, as the greenBOX is smart enough to always maintain appropriate transport velocities through your entire duct system.
The Ecogate system is agnostic as to which dust collector and fan is used. If you already have a dust collector and fan, we’ll be happy to work with it. If you’re designing a new dust collection system, we will be equally happy to recommend a great dust collector and fan for you. In fact, we’ll design your whole dust collection system for you such that it works perfectly for your requirements, grows with your business, and performs at peak energy efficiency.
Energy Saving Dust Extraction Management System
At the heart of the Ecogate dust collection system is the revolutionary greenBOX control unit which regulates the airflow to each separate workstation. Sensors are used to allow the greenBOX to regulate other components of the system including the automatic blast gates.
All the data about the performance of your dust extraction system is available to view on the Ecogate Analytics. This allows you to see exactly how much energy is being used, fan and filter pressure, system utilisation and other useful information.
The greenBOX controller processes signals from all sensors and controls the entire dust collection system while maintaining minimum transport air velocities.
Sensors automatically detect when each machine needs suction.
Automatic Blast Gates
Blast gates open automatically to direct airflow where you need and when you need it.
Power Master VFD
A variable frequency drive automatically adjusts fan air volume to match the total machine requirements in real-time while eliminating energy waste. UL & cUL rated.
Get complete visibility into your dust collection system, including energy use, fan and filter pressure, drop & branch air velocities, machine utilisation and more.
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Dust Collection Savings
Are you vacuuming more air than you need to be? Ecogate always knows exactly how much air you need, and it always gives you the right amount. Reducing the air volume lets us slow down your ventilation fan, and that’s where the savings come from. We’ll always give you enough air to maintain appropriate transport velocities.
Maintaining Transport Velocities
By knowing and controlling exactly what is happening throughout your ventilation system, the Ecogate system can maintain appropriate transport velocities. Ecogate complies with all NFPA and OSHA rules and regulations, providing you with a a safer and more reliable working environment.
Ecogate collects detailed data about when your workstations are working. We let you access the data through any web-connected device from anywhere in the world, 24/7. Instantly learn about how your workstations are used, how much electricity you’re saving, and how your operations around the world compare to each other.
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Fan Law & On-Demand Systems
How are the savings so large? With a little bit of help from the Fan Law.
Fan power increases with the cube of the air volume. That means that reducing the air volume by half reduces the fan’s electricity consumption to just 12.5% of the normal value.
More typically, on-demand systems require about 70% of the full air volume. At this point, the system uses only about a third of its full-power electricity consumption – and cash for the other two thirds stays in your pocket.
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