Downdraft tables are also known as downdraught benches. These are worktables with built-in ventilation to capture smoke, dust, and fumes and remove them from the working material or environment. These tables typically comprise a perforated surface whose base is connected to a dust collection system or ventilation, for drawing material through the holes and pulling them away from the working environment. These are portable filtration systems and self-contained which removes harmful particulates and provide filtered air. Downdraft tables are also referred to as indoor air quality devices which draw-down air and does not need external ventilation. These tables are utilized as workstation dust collectors to collect smoke, fume, and other airborne contaminants produced during manufacturing and processing operations such as sanding, welding, grinding, and other finishing applications. They are majorly used to pull dust and fumes away from the breathing zone of workers and other personnel. These are highly efficient filters to capture small particles of 0.5 microns as well. These tables are majorly used in various applications such as dry powder mixing, polishing, grinding, MIG welding, sanding, and soldering. Downdraft tables find their application in different industries which include composite finishing, dry powder processing, metal fabrication, and electronics.
The increasing need for clean air in industrial applications is expected to drive downdraft table market growth over the forecast period. The design of these downdraft table comprises of integral dust collectors i.e., high efficiency cartridge filters which are oriented for optimal cleaning and loading, and for longer filter life makes it best suitable for filtration applications in the industrial sector. Other features include backdraft plus downdraft, a transparent enclosure, and variable configurations and dimensions which enhances the ability of the downdraft making it suitable for various applications. The direct-drive blower design of the downdraft table eliminates pulley and belt repair, which further reduces the maintenance cost and ensures the reliability of the table. These factors of the downdraft table are projected to further boost market growth in the coming years. Furthermore, performance parameters such as airflow, ability of collecting minimum particle size, and high efficiency is also projected to spur the downdraft table market growth over the forecast period. Additionally, stringent government regulations for clean and improved air quality around workers has led organizations to install these tables which is also anticipated to drive the downdraft table market over the forecast period.
The global downdraft table market can be segmented based on type, cutting type, application, and region. Based on type, the downdraft table market is categorized into dry downdraft table and wet downdraft table. Wet downdraft table utilizes a standard filter element and a liquid for collecting flammable metal dust such as aluminum, magnesium, or titanium dust. These wet downdraft tables feature a number of added devices which include sludge containers for capturing metal particles, impellers for water reversal, after-filtration devices, water level control, and mist eliminators. Dry downdraft table are comparatively simpler and employs various standards for filtering elements and to collect vapors, smoke, dust, or fumes. In terms of cutting type, the downdraft table market is segmented as oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, heavy duty oxy cutting, laser cutting, and other customized table based on the working requirement. Based on application, the downdraft table market is segregated into woodworking, chemical preparation, welding, grinding, and for processing explosive materials. Based on region, the downdraft table market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Prominent players operating in the global downdraft table market are Downdraft.com, DIVERSITECH Inc., Grizzly Industrial, Inc., Airflow Systems Inc., Clean Air America, Inc., the Local Exhaust and Ventilation Company Inc., Amtech LC, Baileigh Industrial, KLIMAWENT, FILCAR, CHIKO AIRTEC, KEMPER, Gruppo Euroimpianti Firenze, HPM Engineering srl, GGE, Hocker Polytechnik, Tama S.p.A., ESTA Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG, and AirBench Ltd.
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