Protect your warehouse and logistics center with clean air solutions

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The benefits of clean air in your warehouse and logistics center is a competitive advantage in the hectic logistics industry. In a clean production environment, there is less downtime, lower energy costs, lower environmental impact and healthier employees, and of course a cleaner and flawless product to send out to the customer.

 

What threatens indoor air quality in warehousing and logistics centers?

Air pollutants in warehouse and logistics centers are generated from both internal and external sources. In large centers, it is difficult to prevent outdoor air pollutants entering the facility, as traffic both inside and outside the centers is heavy and pollutants are easily spread through loading doors and ventilation. When evaluating air quality challenges, it is important to know and understand the air quality risks caused by your company's operating environment. Is your property located in a busy industrial area? Air pollutants can then travel to your building from a neighboring property or from outside traffic. Inside of a warehouse and logistics center, air pollutants are caused by normal day-to-day operations, from the exhaust fumes of the transport equipment to the dust caused by trucks and conveyor belts. The operations release small particles that can affect the indoor air quality and the functionality of the equipment, as well as the health of the staff. A simple way to solve indoor air quality challenges in your property is to place air cleaners on the areas that are most polluted or impacted.

BENEFITS OF AIR CLEANERS IN WAREHOUSE/LOGISTICS CENTER
  • cleaner work environment, fewer downtime
  • lower cleaning costs
  • lower energy and maintenance costs
  • lower environmental impact
  • healthier employees
  • even temperature distribution
  • removes most air pollutants such as gases, paper, and board dust, concrete dust coming off the floor, sand dust, and, in general, small particles of all sizes (including PM1 and PM2.5)

Protection against air pollution is important, as poor air quality can affect warehouse operations in many different ways. Airborne particles can damage storage processes and equipments as dust can land on automated collection lines and scanning equipment. Pollutants spreading in warehouse facilities can easily damage products and can have a significant effect on their quality and also on the company image. In addition, you need to take into account the impact of poor air quality on working personnel. You should ensure that your staff has a clean and comfortable working environment, that is not exposed to the health or hazardous effects of particles or gases. By eliminating the risks posed by polluted air and dust, you save on the costs that would normally be incurred in maintaining and servicing equipment and on staff sick leave. At the same time, you ensure that customer satisfaction remains high.

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Only by measuring, you can be sure what indoor air actions your property requires

Monitoring air quality is crucial so that you can respond to early warning signs and be able to prevent potential air quality risks in your property. Also, be sure to regularly check air ventilation filters, pressure gauges, and the seals of doors and filters, to ensure that the ventilation units are fully enclosed and operating at full capacity.
By following the variations in air quality levels, you will immediately notice significant changes and be able to react to them before a major nuisance occurs. The amount of small particles in the air can easily be monitored with an Air Image sensor. Camfil's patented intelligent sensor system helps you monitor the amount of small particles in your property’s air and also control the speed of the air cleaner according to the number of particles. Its automatic function helps you save energy while ensuring clean air for your staff and customers. Machinery, equipment, and products remain cleaner and of better quality, and no unexpected and extra maintenance costs are incurred.
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Measurements of gaseous pollutants such as VOC, formaldehyde, ozone, benzene, and ethylene should also be carried out from time to time, especially in warehouses where the stored or passed material varies. Ethylene is a problem in premises where vegetables and fruits are stored because some of them release ethylene, which “ages” other products prematurely – at worst spoiling them completely before they even end up in a sale.

An air cleaner solves dust problems in an energy-efficient way

Installing or replacing a mechanical ventilation system is often very expensive and usually, air quality problems occur in warehouse and logistics centers only in certain areas, not comprehensively throughout the building. Therefore, the most cost-effective solution is to place efficient air cleaners in those areas where air quality problems are detected. With air cleaners, energy costs can also be reduced, since the direction and pattern of blowing clean air can be adjusted so that the warm air that rises higher in the space can be recirculated down to the floor level. This significantly reduces the need for heating.

With the help of air cleaners, you take over the heating costs of your property and ensure the smooth operation of your logistics chain. When clean air can flow freely between packaging and goods, in addition to protecting the stored products, you ensure the health of the people who handle them - good air quality is a crucial factor in a well-functioning supply chain.

The CamCleaner ™ series consists of patented air cleaners with the most efficient air filters on the market. All models have at least two-stage filtering and the main filters are at least HEPA H13, which also filters viruses. Camfil's air cleaners can also be equipped with molecular filtration when they remove e.g. the aforementioned gases as well as odors.

Do you need help with evaluating the air quality requirements of your property?

DB Schenker Case Study

DB Schenker in Västerås, Sweden, had a big dust and exhaust problem in their terminal which was an issue for the employees and their health. Camfil helped them to improve the air quality and reduce the dust and exhausts in the building. Watch our Case study to see how we did it.