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Custom Fabricating

Air Quality Case Study

When we put out a call to local manufacturers, asking for

volunteers to participate in an air quality study, we were very
pleased when Allan Barber, owner of J.K.M. Custom Fabricating
in Cambridge, Ontario, stepped forward.

J.K.M. is a well-established metal fabrication

System on IAQ in a challenging manufacturing

company that makes a variety of steel, stainless

environment, J.K.M.s 10,000 square-foot shop

steel, and aluminum products. Their shop-floor

operations include grinding, welding, and
painting, all of which have an adverse effect on
indoor air quality (IAQ).

was an ideal test site.

pilot sites to prove the energy-saving benefits of

problemjust because of the

our patented ecoair Rotation System. IAQ,

nature of the business. We do

of fumes

Allan Barber, Owner

By the time we began working with J.K.M., we

had already gathered sufficient data at other

We constantly have an air

a lot of grinding, there are a lot

A Cleaner, Safer Workplace

however, was a different story.

This was to be the first concrete study of our

systems effect on air quality in a manufacturing
facility, so we were particularly grateful to Allan

Since the purpose of our study was to quantify

for his willingness to participate in the project.

the impact of our patented ecoair Rotation

Although he was skeptical of our ecoair

Rotation System, Allan didnt want to pass up
an opportunity to improve indoor air quality for

his shop-floor employees.

As he told us, I really want to give the guys the

particulates that our system removed from the

best we can give themWe cant custom-design

air. Several people even remarked on the

a shopwere not at that stage. I think if I was

welcome spectacle of fumes being inexorably

looking to start from scratch now, that would be

drawn into the unit and absorbed by the filters.

part and parcel of the whole building, but for us

Such anecdotes were encouraging, but the data

that we collected would tell the real story.

its just not feasible.

numbers, we discovered that our patented

convince Allan that an ecoair Rotation System

ecoair Rotation System reduced the average

is a feasible way to make his shop a cleaner,

particle count at occupant level by almost half.

First of all, we needed to establish a baseline for


We couldnt wait to tell Allan. Over the course

indoor air quality at J.K.M., so we used a

of the study, hed seen the large quantity of

particle counter to take initial air quality

particles caught by our filters and observed the

readings at occupant level, near the main work

increased air flow in the shop. At last, hed be

stations. Then we installed one of our larger

able to review our findings and decide for

systems, an ecoair Rotation System model EA-

himself whether or not our ecoair Rotation

42-F, on J.K.M.s shop floor and retested the air

System belonged on his shop floor. We

presented the results and crossed our fingers.

Rotation System running.

Over the course of several weeks, we took a
series of measurements, all the while fine-
tuning the filters until particle readings were as
low as possible. (Our filter of choice turned out
to be a Merv 13.) Once wed optimized the





replacement schedule that would maintain air

quality at a consistently high level.

On average, we cut particle

counts by an amazing

What We Did

quality at the same locations with the ecoair

When we finally finished crunching the

We were hoping that the test results would

safer workplace.

Whenever we changed the filters at J.K.M.,

employees were amazed to see the mass of

to do it nowat this stage, with this building

Better Air Quality

He purchased the unit.

Allan later commented, In all honesty, if
somebody said, Buy one of these, and I
couldnt have it in the shop first to see [how
it works], Id probably say noBut once you
get something in and you see the [air
quality] graphs and you see whats been
taken outyou know, it is beneficial.

However, he does recognize that our system is
not a silver-bullet solution for indoor air quality.
Rather, its intended to complement existing
systems and scrub the air at occupant level. As
he explains, We still have to do the source






cleanersespecially in the winter. Its all going

to work together.

According to the EPA

The size of particles is directly linked


their potential for causing health problems.

Small particles less than 10 micrometers in





because they can get deep into your lungs,










A Closer Look at the Results

Particulate Quantity Per Cubic Foot of Air

31% Decrease

54% Decrease



50% Decrease


















Fine Particulate

Medium Particulate

Large Particulate

.3 to .5 Microns

1 to 2 Microns

5 to 10 Microns

With our ecoair

Rotation System

Without our system

Figure 1: Indoor air quality improvement at J.K.M. Custom Fabricating, by particle size.

Smart Filter Design

People look at it and say its just a fan in a
box, but theres a little more engineering
involved observed Allan, referring to our
patented ecoair Rotation System.

If the unit we installed in his facility was merely

a fan in a box, it would certainly have made our
jobs easier.

But Allen is right, we engineer our units to meet

certain performance specifications, we optimize
our washable, reusable filters to match the
operating environment, and we conduct onsite
testing to determine the best filter maintenance


By cleaning the air at occupant level, our units

lighten the load on ceiling-mounted filtration
units (typically part of a buildings HVAC

system), as well as other air scrubbers, making

45% in their shop and we look forward to even

reach ceiling-mounted equipment. While ceiling

designed to make changing filters a snapso

its easy to keep them operating at peak

better results in the future.

efficiency. No clogged filters means the air stays

Part of the package I wanted was two sets

outeven if were exceptionally busywe
can put new ones in immediately... says

If you want to learn more about how we can

manufacturing facility

of filters, so when we take the dirty ones

Allan. And thats exactly what we delivered.

Hows Your IAQ?

help you improve the air quality in your

clean all the time.

Thank you to Allan Barber and the rest of the

reduced airborne particulates by an average of

useful life and reduces maintenance on hard-to-

burdensome to maintain, our units have been

Hats Off to J.K.M.

team at J.K.M. Custom Fabricating. Weve

them more effective. This in turn extends their

filters are often neglected because theyre

Figure 2: Our ecoair Rotation Systems trap more

particles by moving air through the filters at very low

Clean air. Safe workplace. Healthy people.

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