BOFA Sets the Standard for Datasheet Accuracy

Product datasheets play a key role in specifying the most appropriate fume and dust extraction system for any given application.

This technical information provides an important baseline to assess whether a system set-up is a candidate for effective filtration for a particular process, whether that involves lasering, additive manufacturing, electronics production, traditional ink printing or another activity that generates fume and particulate.

The accuracy of both the product features and technical detail published on the datasheets is therefore important as an initial step in ensuring that extraction systems, such as those designed and manufactured by BOFA, have the capability and capacity to deliver effective filtration performance.

As part of its commitment to transparency and due diligence, BOFA is enhancing both the presentation of datasheets and technical detail to make it easier than ever before for customers to view verifiable operational data. Testing methodology is included within the new format.

So, what’s changed for customers? One example relates to airflow data. Whereas previously BOFA product datasheets provided only maximum airflow ratings, as is standard across the industry, now the information covers accessible flow range more typical of real-world operating environments. This is accompanied by a recommendation for operators to utilize the lowest flow rate needed to achieve the correct capture velocity to maximize filter life.

These datasheet changes will bring new levels of transparency to the marketplace and help inform discussions with BOFA’s technical team on final specifications.

Changes to the datasheets include:

  • Improved guidance on where an extractor sits in the range
  • QR codes link to more information and product ‘walk around’ videos
  • A more accurate filtration measurement of activated carbon by volume rather than by mass
  • Colour coding by range to make comparisons easier
  • Clear datasheet revision numbering
  • List of compatible accessories (e.g. inline filters, spark arrestors, etc.)
  • More intuitive visual icons and graphics to aid communication
  • Addition of a settable airflow range, in addition to an unrestricted airflow
  • Maximum unit dimensions, inclusive of hinges, spigots etc.

BOFA will be updating the datasheets for its entire product range, initially for laser applications. For example, new information is currently available for the AD 2000 iQ, AD Oracle iQ and AD 1000 iQ.

All published data is the result of a rigorous testing, verification and validation process for each unit, with results independently reviewed. This approach will set new industry benchmarks for transparency and data accuracy, providing customers with the baseline information they need to work with BOFA engineers to specify the most appropriate technology for their application.

Click here to see an example of a new BOFA datasheet.