Tri-Mist Mist Collectors

Tri-Mist Mist & Smoke Collectors for smoke, oil and coolant mist control are available in several different sizes.

The Tri-Mist series of mist collectors for CNC machines incorporate mechanical impingement and multi-pass electrostatic precipitation to provide the very highest level of liquid separation available to the machining industry today.

We are available to assist you with recommendations for your specific application and requirements. We carry all necessary accessories including ductwork, mounting plates and brackets, collars and replacement parts.

We can assist you with unit sizing and mounting. These systems are an excellent investment in your health and offer tremendous value as well as years of trouble-free service.

Tri-Mist 850G2

The Tri-Mist 850G2 features 0-950 cfm impeller, double pass electrostatic precipitation cells, four inches of mechanical pre-filtration, one inch of post esp final filtration and a High Efficiency Final filter is an available optional.

Tri-Mist 1000

The Tri-Mist 1000 is a highly efficient five stage high capacity mist and smoke collector featuring triple pass ESP Cells with a total of 159 sq. ft. electrostatic collection area. Pre-filtration includes 4 inches of mesh filters for mechanical separation larger contaminates. There are numerous options available including an integrated inlet plenum/machine mount stand and final HEPA level air filtration. During the recovery phase, the collected coolant can be returned to the machine tool sump for reuse. This system is ideal for machine tool applications utilizing high pressure coolant systems operating at extreme high pressures.

Tri-Mist 1400

The Tri-Mist 1400, a 0 – 1400 cfm system, utilizes a triple bank of ESP cells, preceded by 4′ of mechanical impingement. A final 2″ mechanical filter follows the electrostatic precipitation stages. A High Efficiency Post Filtration option is also available. The TriMist 1400 is utilizes a high efficiency impeller and draws only 3 amps at 230VAC.

Micro-Cell 1250

The Micro-Cell 1250 is a multi stage media based mist collector which utilizes the Tri-Dim Micro-cell mini pleat technology. The unit has an infinitely variable motor speed controller and features a baffle impinger as the first stage, a 2″ metal impinger for the second stage and the Micro-Cell 95% High Capacity Filter for the final stage. A High Capacity High Efficiency post filter rated at 99.97%DOP is available as an additional option. Below are links to our applications/installation photo gallery as well as specification sheets.

About Tri-Mist Collectors:

Tri-Mist Mist Collectors are high-efficiency mist and smoke abatement systems used in a variety of applications including CNC Lathes, Swiss Screw type precision machining centers, OD grinders, centerless grinders, and surface grinders. These machines also perform smoke removal in other applications such as heat treat ovens used in the manufacturing of springs and other heat-treated components.

Depending on the application, some lathe operations can generate tremendous amounts of coolant mist, these types of installations can be handled very well with the Tri-Mist 850-G2 or the triple-pass Tri-Mist 1000 depending on the severity of the mist abatement issue.

For installations on larger lathes using a water-soluble coolant, the use of the Micro-Cell 1250 is an excellent choice. Some of these applications include a high-pressure coolant pump which again can generate a lot of coolant mist.

Swiss Screw type precision CNC machines are generally smaller in cabinet size and can usually be handled very well with The Tri-Mist 850-G2 or Tri- Mist 1000. When using high-pressure water-soluble coolant in these machines, the use of the HEPA Hi-Efficiency Post Filter option is recommended.

Tri-Mist Mist Collector Frequently Asked Questions

During the course of business and discussing with people their mist and smoke collection issues on their CNC Mills, Lathes, and Swiss machine tools we answer many questions about smoke and mist collectors, applications and more specifically questions about the Tri-Mist 850, Tri-Mist 850-G2 and Tri-Mist 1400. The following are some of the more frequently asked questions and answers which you may find helpful. We update this page frequently adding additional information regarding questions about Tri-Mist mist collectors, applications, installations and trouble shooting.

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Q When running the Tri-Mist Mist Collector, what is the correct setting for the air flow adjustment and how do I properly adjust it?

A  With the Tri-Mist operating, the air flow control set at the halfway point and the machine tool operational and running a part cycle, check around the doors, bar feed and chip drag for any escaping mist or smoke. If you observe mist escaping turn the air control up a little. Then take a Kleenex and hold it around the door edges, chip drag and bar feeder entry. The objective is to just draw negative air pressure on the cabinet. If you see no escaping smoke or mist and can detect negative pressure in the machine tool cabinet, the Tri-Mist air flow is properly adjusted.

Q How often should I clean my Tri-Mist Mist Collector?

A  The answer depends on several factors. The first is the duty cycle of the machine tool. Is it running 1, 2, or three shifts? How much work product is going through the machine tool? Is the machine tool using oil or coolant? In general, we suggest checking the unit after three months of operation. If it is still clean, let it go another month and then clean it. Adjust your preventive maintenance schedule according to the duty cycle and how much product is going through the machine tool. In general, machines using water soluble coolants tend to require more frequent maintenance.

Q How do you clean the Tri-Mist Mist Collector?

A  Shut down power to the unit. Open the front door and starting at the bottom, remove the impingers and ESP Cells. Now be careful about cleaning solutions. Use a mild inhibited alkaline solution because the components you are cleaning contain aluminum. Aluminum is a reactive metal. Make certain the solution you use is safe for aluminum.  Soak and carefully wash the impingers in the cleaning solution. Rinse them in clean water and inspect them. You may have to wash them again to remove all contamination. When clean, rinse them well and set them aside. Now take the ESP cells soak them and wash them carefully in a mild alkaline soap solution as well. Be careful in handling the cells. Soak them and gently wash them. Rinse them off in clean water. You may have to soak and clean them again to remove all contamination. When clean, rinse them well and gently blow some compressed air through the cells. Now inspect them and be certain all contamination has been removed. Carefully inspect the ionizing wires for any remaining residue and replace any broken wires. Check for any bent collector plates. Be sure none of the plates are touching one another.  Re-install the impingers and electrostatic precipitator cells in the mist collector. Be careful when reinstalling the electrostatic precipitator cells. The arrow on them indicates the correct air flow and orientation. Close the door engaging the interlock switch and put the unit back in operation. For a more in depth treatment of this subject see the following: Cleaning & Maintenance of Electrostatic Precipitator Cells

Q My impeller won’t start. What should I look for?

A  Be certain that your voltage is correct. Check to make sure that the impeller will spin freely. It should spin freely by hand. If it does not, check for any obstructions and rmove them if necessary.  If all is well at this point, check the interlock switch. The unit will not operate if the door interlock switch is not engaged. Check the inlock switch for a failure and replace it if necessary.

Q Does the Tri-Mist handle smoke as well as mist?

A   Absolutely. Tri-Mist Mist collectors are designed to handle both mist and smoke.

Q Do Tri-Mist mist collectors work on water soluble coolant as well as oil.

A   Yes they do. Tri-Mist mist collectors can be configured for operation with machine tools using either coolant or oil.

Q The indicator lights are out on the front panel. What should I check?

A Turn the unit off and remove the corresponding cell from the mist collector and close the door. Turn the power back on. If the indicator light is still off the problem is with the power supply and it will need to be replaced. If the indicator light is now on the problem is with the ESP cell and it should be check a short. This could be touching fins or a chip lodged in the electronic cell. Check for broken wires and replace as necessary. Reinstall the cell and energize the unit.

Q We would prefer a media based unit. Do you offer a media mist collector?

A   Yes we do. Take a look at the Tri-Mist Micro-Cell 1250. It is an excellent media mist collector with multi-stage filtration. Itis ideally suited for to medium larger machine tools.

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