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14 Days of Filters

Hocker North America has been busy at work installing Dust collection filters across the United States this fall. We’re at 6 filters for the month of October- including this filter right here!

It’s been 14 days straight and the team is going strong:

“Ben the Dust guy here. Wow, Saturday, what a day. We’re like 15…14 days straight right now. Just finished rigging this one. We’ve got a separator up top. And there’s the A-Team- taking a break again. It’s no wonder it takes 15 days! Have a good one!”

A Special Thank You from Ben the Dust Guy

How about this amazing sunset? Ben the Dust Guy gives a special thanks to our customers, partners, and families as we keep incredibly busy here in October! Thank you from all of us at Hocker North America!

“We’re Working on a 12 x 6 right now. It’s going over there in the corner on Monday if the rain holds off. It’s going to be our 6th filter for October. We’ve been really blessed this month.”

“It’s great to have great customers and a great product. And Frank Hocker over at Hocker Polytechnik: A great company to work with. We have a great crew. Thanks to all the wives out there that put up with us.”

“We have another filter going up next week in Phoenix Arizona. Ryan’s going to be down there with the crew. Things are really doing well.”

“I spent last weekend with one of our first customers, now a business mentor of mine. I spent Sunday and Monday with him going over our numbers, what’s going on in the industry, how the marketing is, and he says we’re doing things well.”

We really appreciate everyone’s support. Thanks to all of our customers! We know it’s been a really busy summer and we’ve really tried to get after it. And thanks to the guys for putting up with me. And thanks to the wives.

Have a great weekend!”

New Filter Progress

New Hocker America Filter Installation

We’re putting in another new filter! Thanks for keeping the Hocker team busy. We just love days like today- installing a brand new filter for our awesome clients. We even send out Ben the Dust Guy!

Here’s the newest addition to #teamHocker:

Hocker North America is not only a supplier of top quality energy management and dust collection systems. We work with your company to design a customized solution to meet your unique needs. Call us today to learn how you can start saving money and increasing ROI!


New Filter Goes Up In Chicago

Happy Aloha Friday.

Ben the Dust Guy and the Hocker North America team take Chicago this week. Check out the new filter system installed at a plant facility in the windy city. Let the energy savings and clean air begin!

Ben the Dust Guy Shows off Vacumobil 180 at AWFS

It’s Day 2 of AWFS and we’re hanging at at the Closet Booth with Holzher-Weinig. The Hocker North America Vacumobil is connected to their closet package: their slider, evolution, vertical point to point, and their 1308 Holzher Edgebander. The Vacumobil 180 features individual blast gates, perfect for shop application.

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O2 Filtration Changes Name to Hocker North America

Hocker North America Logo

For immediate release
O2 Filtration is pleased to announce a name change to Hocker North America. O2 Filtration has
given 15% stock to Mr. Frank Hocker of Hocker Polytechnik GmbH of Germany in return for
distribution rights to the packaging industry. This new relationship allows for distribution of all
Hocker Polytechnik products not only to the Packaging Industry, but to the Wood and Paper
industries as well.

An official ceremony will take place at this years AWFS show in Las Vegas, NV this July. Hocker
North America will also be exhibiting at the AWFS show, demonstrating new Hocker Polytechnik
products and systems at Booth #8622.

As a leader in air filtration in the European market, Hocker Polytechnik is a market leader in the
Woodworking and Packaging industries. Additionally, Hocker Polytechnik is the only company
to be vertically integrated with all of its products from spray booths and paint rooms to
Briquetting machines and shredders. Hocker Polytechnick also offers efficient energy
management systems that will become available in the United States through Hocker North

O2 Filtration has been partnering as an exclusive US distributor of Hocker Polytechnick. Ben
‘the Dust Guy’ of Hocker North America stated, “Our relationship continues to strengthen even
after 8 years of working together. Hocker Polytechnic is a family company and its employees,
managers, and owners are all great people.”

Visite nuestro stand en AWFS

Connor Dipzinski invita a los asistentes a unirse a Hocker Norteamérica en el Show AWFS en Las Vegas

Energy Management to be Displayed at AWFS 2017

Ben the Dust Guy, along with Bennett Dipzinski [en espanol] discuss energy management from San Diego. Visiting the shop of one of Hocker North America’s favorite customers, Ben & Bennett explain that the system was purchased at a previous trade show. Since the filter installation, the company saved over $20,000 in energy savings!

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We check in on a new product location

Suspense is building. Check out this new spot for a Hocker North America system. We’ll check back in on progress but in the meantime come check out our awesome tech at AWFS in Vegas!

We’re in Chicago Illinois with Ben the Dust Guy. The new system is on the water and we’re checking out the shop. The company is making room for Hocker North America to do it’s Energy Saving Work! Check out all that room for new Ducting!! More to come soon…

Bernhard Woodwork Invests in Green Technology for 70% Energy Savings

Hocker North America Dust Collection UnitBernhard Woodwork, a high-end architectural millwork and case goods manufacturer in Northbrook, IL, is seeing energy ]and cost savings with the help of energy management technology from O2 Filtration.

O2 Filtration, exclusive US supplier of Höcker Polytechnik, worked together with Bernhard to install a brand new MultiStar VR 8/8 Dust Collection system within the 100,000 Square Foot Facility. Customized for operational efficiency, this system is not only green but intelligent for optimized operations.

“The collector cycles a different motor on and off every day so I’m not getting all of my wear and tear on the same motor. With the old system, if the big motor would go out, we would be shut down.” The system features 4 motors, controlled by smart technology, turning on and off as machines are in use. “I’d say on average we’re running about 15 to 20 percent during the course of the day and I’ve never seen it run over 70 percent where all four motors would be running. It’s usually only one or two motors ramped up to 50 percent capacity,” Bernhard explains.

A central control panel on the new machine intuitively provides real time monitoring of the entire system including: energy consumption, spark detection/extinguishment and more. In addition, the control panel’s computer automatically and independently opens and closes the pneumatically controlled blast gates when a machine is powered up, an operation that previously was done manually.

“The dust collector’s computer knows the minimum amount of air flow that is needed at any time,” Bernhard said. “If we only have a chop saw running, it intuitively knows we only require a couple hundred cfm to get the job done. It is intelligent in the way it maintains air flow while conserving energy.”

Waste Management was also optimized with the new Höcker system. What once involved shovels and manual labor, now includes two containers and the click of a button. Bernhard can now separate their hardwood dust for animal bedding and other waste becomes briquettes for easy and environmentally friendly disposal.

Ben Dipzinski, president of O2 Filtration said, “Being a high-end millwork shop, Bernhard Woodwork can take full advantage of the system’s energy management features. Having a fully automatic system is a perfect fit.”

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