VentMapping Will Change Your World
In designing whole-plant ventilation systems, a key challenge is how to personalize each system to its unique environment. And that requires a thorough understanding of the physical conditions, including air-movement patterns, in your building. Compiling this data is critical to designing a system that reaches the specified air-quality target without being overly complicated or expensive to install. Every plant is different. Air turbulence can be created by production equipment, process operations, HVAC and other factors. The physical characteristics of a space must be analyzed to get it right. But you don’t have to just imagine what the environment in your plant looks like. With RoboVent’s VentMapping, we can show you.
VentMapping is a comprehensive engineering service that utilizes computer modeling based on the actual conditions of your plant. After recording exact measurements of your building, along with other crucial information, our engineering department produces graphic representations of the airflow in your plant. That work includes supporting data that identifies what and how much equipment is necessary to create exactly the air quality you specify. The most efficient way to have clean, comfortable air is through RoboVent’s VentMapping.
How Effective Ventilation Systems Are Designed
The smartest, most effective ventilation systems for process manufacturing are engineered specifically for the unique properties of an individual facility and its production activities. That’s why our VentMapping engineering service is so important. VentMapping is a fact-based review process that collects and analyzes critical plant data to help determine the correct solution for achieving your air-quality goals. Most importantly, the VentMapping predictive modeling will confirm the desired results before the system is installed in your plant.
The RoboVent VentMapping® Process:
1. Confirm Expectations
In the first stage, a RoboVent application specialist consults with management and others responsible for a plant’s environment. A primary objective is to identify the air-quality levels you want to achieve. Examples and photographic evidence of other facilities help to determine what is best and appropriate for each plant. This initial consultation includes preliminary discussions about available equipment and what may be necessary to reach targeted air quality. We record the measurements and descriptions of the physical conditions of a plant, and the target results are defined. This is key to making sure that the final result meets expectations.
2. Review Current Operation
An important part of our VentMapping audit is to review the process operations. For example, we review the types of processes being done, take measurements of the current air quality and note the hours of manufacturing activities, along with other pertinent data. Compiling and charting these facts about an individual plant’s activities and conditions enables us to use predictive modeling regarding the volume of smoke, fumes and dust that is being generated. We record and research key application information, (for example, the welding wire usage and wire type and size on a welding operation) so that fume output is defined accurately.
3. Calculate Airflow Required
Next, we enter all relevant data into our Ambient Airflow Calculator. This computer application considers all the information regarding the physical characteristics of a plant that was collected in step one and calculates the CFM required to meet the stated air-quality goals. Other calculations that show the effects of alternate CFM on air quality are readily available.
4. Conduct VentMapping® Review
RoboVent engineers analyze the data generated from the air tests and create an airflow simulation of your plant. This is the critical step in determining the optimal placement of air-collector units throughout the facility. VentMapping also provides a dramatic graphic representation of air movement based on the proposed solution. It is an important tool to help visualize and understand how an updated ambient ventilation system will work.
5. Finalize System Design
A RoboVent application specialist makes an on-site presentation to explain the results of the VentMapping engineered service, including the placement of new equipment, the implementation of controls and how this equipment will integrate with any existing systems. Following this review, we finalize the design and complete the engineering so installation can proceed.