Fern Acres, Hawaii Extraction Arm Selection and Performance

Fern Acres, Hawaii Extraction Arm Selection and Performance

The first step in extraction arm selection is determining how the arm will be used, the required work area, and any space constraints for hood positioning. The required arm length is determined by the arm mounting location and where the capture hood will be used. The selection of an extraction arm is based on several criteria:

Performance – The volume of exhaust air required is in cubic feet per minute or CFM, and the resistance to airflow is in inches W.G. or static pressure (S.P.) Because the arms are moveable, the S.P. thru the arm will change with arm and hood positioning.

The total S.P. requirement for an extraction arm is based on arm length, the number of arm elbows, the type of arm tubing, the type of hood, and internal or external support structure. Arm manufacturers include this value in their literature along with performance curves. The static pressure will change when the arm is repositioned (extended or compressed). Depending on the arm selected and the work area size, it could be a minor or significant change in fume capture. When choosing an arm, it is best to size the S.P. requirement as the worst case.

The CFM requirement for source capture varies with the collected fume, dust, or product. The amount of collected air is based on the hood capture efficiency, the position of the hood to the fume source, and any crossflow air currents. Follow the project design specifications or contact SysTech for recommended CFM.

Applicable Codes – Typical requests include FDA compliance with food-grade materials or minimizing fire/explosion potential.

Frequency of use – Infrequent usage or continual use dictates light or heavy-duty construction.

Mounting Location - Where the arm is located will determine the arrangement of the design. We can provide them in bench, wall, or ceiling mount designs. These should be selected to access the captured waste stream by locating the arm as close as possible to the process.

Airstream constituents – What is in the airstream will determine the materials of construction, most notably, explosion or fire hazards, abrasive materials, and aggressive chemicals. Materials can be aluminum, polypropylene, stainless steel, and in some cases, carbon steel.

Environment – Dirt or abrasive materials in the ambient room air may adversely affect the arm joints. Also considered is hood capture efficiency being compromised where crossflow air currents exist in the workspace.

Fern Acres, Hawaii Extraction Arm Selection and Performance

Fern Acres Telescopic Fume Extraction Arm

Telescopic extraction arms are designed to fit into confined spaces. They are used for those applications when the operator wants to "compress" the arm out of the way and pull it back to a working position. The unit will mount on the ceiling, wall, or floor stanchion. There are optional designs from which to choose. There is an arm with a ridged flex hose in six or eight-inch diameter having an operating range of seven feet to almost ten feet or a thin-walled tube design that is available in five-inch diameter and can telescope three feet out to seven feet. Both telescopic arm options would include a manual damper.

  • Powder coated steel wall bracket is standard
  • Internal is telescopic
  • Optional fume exhaust fans in aluminum, carbon steel, or PVC.
  • The hood is powder-coated aluminum and includes a grab handle and shutoff damper built within
  • Arm diameters are 6" and 8", and the operating range (compression) is 4' to 7'.
  • Black hose rated up to 195 degrees Fahrenheit (intermittent 260 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Swivel base
Fern Acres Telescopic Fume Extraction Arm
Fern Acres, Hawaii Stainless Steel Extraction Arms

Fern Acres, Hawaii Stainless Steel Extraction Arms

Aggressive airstream chemistry may require the arms to be constructed of 304 stainless steel. The tubing and hood are stainless, with external adjustment joints at the hood and swivel joints. Arm assemblies have a wall mounting bracket and an internal damper for airflow adjustment and shutoff. The standard flex hose at the joints is an FDA Pur Antistatic hose. Stainless steel arm tube diameters vary from three to eight inches, and arm lengths from three feet up to fourteen feet, all suitable for washdown applications. 316 stainless steel construction is an available option.

  • External joints are anodized aluminum.
  • Clear anti-static FDA hose rated for 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Tubes, hood, internal shutoff damper, and duct connection collar are all constructed of 304SS
  • 304 SS grab handle on the hood for easy mobility and positioning.
  • Optional fume exhaust fans in aluminum, carbon steel, or PVC.
  • Arm diameters include 3", 4", 5", 6", and 8", and arm lengths include 3', 5', 7', 8', 10', and 14'.
  • Available in hanging and benchtop models.

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    General Purpose Fern Acres, Hawaii Industrial Extraction Arm

    "General Purpose" Fern Acres, Hawaii Industrial Extraction Arm

    We label these arms a standard issue because they can be universally applied to most fume and dust extraction applications. The general-purpose arm is suitable for capturing smoke, dust, or any non-corrosive product. They are constructed of smooth powder-coated steel or aluminum tubing, a capture hood with adjustment grips, flex hose joint covers, and external adjustment brackets for the hood and swivel joints. The assemblies come standard with a wall mounting bracket but also have ceiling and floor support brackets available. An internal damper is included for airflow adjustment or shutoff. The arm mounting brackets allow for 180⁰ and 360⁰ rotation. Arm diameter options range from three to ten inches, and arm lengths vary from three to thirty-two feet. The maximum airstream temperature for these arms is about 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Features and options:

    • Includes duct connection collar
    • Arm diameters include 3", 4", 5", 6", and 8", and arm lengths include 3', 5', 7', 8', 10', and 14'.
    • An optional fume exhaust fan in aluminum, carbon steel, or PVC.
    • Black hose rated for 195 degrees Fahrenheit (intermittent 260 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • The wall bracket is powder-coated black.
    • Grab handle around the hood that is aluminum powder-coated black.
    • A shutoff damper is built into the lower tube.

    Fern Acres Laboratory Extraction Arms

    The laboratory extraction arm is comprised of thin-wall anodized aluminum tubes with polypropylene swivel joints. A frequent option selection is all polypropylene construction with stainless steel airstream components for highly corrosive airstreams. Additionally, these arms may be constructed of conductive polypropylene material for spark resistance and ATEX-rated explosive applications. Arm tube diameters range from two to four inches, and arm lengths range from two feet up to eight and a half feet. Arms can be paired with a wall or ceiling bracket, several optional hoods, or a suction nozzle. Fern Acres, Hawaii Laboratory bench mount arms are an option and are available in three and four-inch diameter tubes up to six feet in length.

    • Market-leading low-pressure drop
    • Arm diameters include 2", 3", and 4", and arm lengths include 25", 30", 39", 45",51", 53", 59", 65", 75", 79", 83", and 104".
    • Optional fume exhaust fans in aluminum, carbon steel, or PVC.
    • Various hood options for more efficient source capture include dome hoods, square hoods, flat screen hoods, metal hoods, and suction nozzles.
    • Polypropylene (P.P.), ESD (spark forming applications), and ATEX (combustible applications) options are available.
    • Wall brackets, ceiling brackets, and table mount brackets are available.
    Fern Acres Laboratory Extraction Arms