VDMA Air Pollution Control Department
The department of Air Pollution Control is comprised of around 100 companies that manufacture extraction systems and devices for a wide range of user sectors, particularly occupational health and safety and environmental protection. The industrial sector of ventilation and dust removal technology is constantly developing innovative technical solutions that make it easier to meet the legal requirements. They offer a wide range of possibilities for removing dust, smoke, aerosols and gases.
The companies in question utilize the entire spectrum of separation techniques, from the four classic separator types to adsorption, absorption, oxidation and biological methods. Depending on the case, individual solutions can be found by combining different methods and separator types, so that the pollutants are reduced to an acceptable level, considering both occupational health and safety and environmental protection.
To conform with the multifaceted fields of application – extraction systems are used everywhere from the waste industry to cellulose manufacturing – the member companies are organized in different task groups where they discuss standards, economics and technical matters and seek to find common solutions.
The office is also in charge of several temporary issue-related committees that are often used for compiling VDMA standard sheets. An example for such a committee is the group "Entstauber-Gutachten" (Dust Removal Reports), which studies the explosive behaviour of dust separators. These results are being included in the new European standardization project on chip and dust extraction systems for indoor installation.
The working groups offer the representatives of the member companies opportunities for information exchange, further education and qualification, as well as the chance to work on their public relations as a group. Renowned experts are invited to join the working groups to develop the best course of action for specific topics.
The key aspects of the specialist department Air Pollution Control are raising awareness and public relations. The department issues a great number of publications addressing their members' customers to help them with technical questions and the interpretation of rules and standards. All of these publications were created with the active help of employees of member companies under the slogan of "Practical help from practical experience".