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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.”

Hocker North America Shows off Energy Management at Ligna 2017


Hocker North America (formerly O2 Filtration), partnering with German company Hocker Polytechnik, showed off new products and technology at this year’s Ligna Trade Exposition.

Ben the Dust Guy and the Hocker team traveled to Hannover Germany to show off new technology that will soon be made available in the United States. Data collection systems are a new part of energy management, measuring the air temperature, CO2, vocs, air quality, humidity and more.Companies will be able to use this technology for reporting to inspectors, maintaining safer and greener environments, and maintaining industry standards. For example, the packaging industry requires air quality standards that will be measured and maintained with Hocker units.

Paint Blocks by Hocker North AmericaBen also showed off new paint block components for spray booth units. These blocks, unlike traditional fabric material, are easy to clean and re-install. These new blocks feature 10 times the useful life of traditional material, with up to 20 times useful life in many instances. Holding 16 pounds per block, Paint Blocks from Hocker are a green energy saver for spray booth operations.

The company features new technologies on their Hocker North America Youtube Channel. Ben the Dust Guy further explains the features and benefits of products on display at Ligna 2017.

According to Ben the Dust Guy Ligna held, “important discussions on filtration and dust collection.” Hocker North America will display more new products, as well as officially announce their name change in Las Vegas, NV at the AWFS Fair in July at Booth 8622.

Paint Blocks Featured at Ligna 2017

Ben the Dust Guy shows off the new paint blocks from Hocker North America. Paint blocks have 10 times the useful life of traditional material and are much easier to clean. Each block holds 16 pounds of material and only need cleaned when the blocks are dirty. Check it out!

The Hocker Team Preparing for Ligna 2017

We’re solving Dust Collection and Energy Management problems here in Hannover Germany. Check out Hocker North America for top quality Energy Management for your shop!

Suit Up!

Ben the Dust Guy & Hocker Polytechnik Make Dust Collection Sexy at Ligna 2017.

Showing off Data Collection Technology at Ligna 2017

Check out this data collection technology! We’re tracking air quality, temperature, CO2, humidity, vocs and more. Can your energy management system do that?

New Dust Collection System at Miller Woodworking

Ben the Dust Guy is on location in California at Miller Woodworkings new building. They’re making space for a Hocker North America system. We’re getting ready to get a new filter in there and then Miller Woodworking can start racking up the Energy Savings!

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