In this short post we will present dust collectors, their functions and their importance for the quality of the air and work on construction sites. We will then dedicate a particular focus to our supplier ILMEG, which offers products capable of combining very high performances and quality of the materials with a constant focus on environmental sustainability.

What are dust collectors

Dust collectors are hydraulic devices mounted on drilling machines that allow the extraction of dust resulting from a drilling hole or a rock cut. Using this system avoids the dispersion of waste dust in the work environment. The dust is aspirated at the beginning of the hole via a sealed suction hood placed directly on the feed/mast of the drilling machine. The suction hood transfers the dust through a special suction pipe into the dust collector. Inside the dust collector are one or more filters in order to separate the air from dust residues. In this way the dust is collected and discharged into a storage place next to the machine. The efficiency of the aspiration is guaranteed by the continuous cleaning of the filters: the dust collector is in fact composed of a double system of solenoid valves which alternate the aspiration with the cleaning of the filters with reversed flushing in order to allow continuous efficiency.

Why dust extractors are important for the construction site

Dust collectors are used on construction sites to combat the dispersion of dust. They are particularly useful on construction sites in residential areas or on construction sites near buildings in sensitive environments. They also play an important role in closed and underground environments such as underground quarries, mines and tunnels where there is a high need to control dust resulting from drilling or rock cutting.

ILMEG: a synonym of quality

ILMEG was founded in 1971, thanks to the patent of a dust collector system for drilling machines. Over the last fifty years the company has developed a wide range of products and is present widely at an international level, with exclusive distributors on the main markets. URI has been a partner of ILMEG for the Italian territory since 1994. The fruitful collaboration between the two companies has led to the creation of exclusive projects, such as the CDC 1000 dust collector.

The CDC 1000 dust collector

The CDC 1000 dust collector is born from the need to obtain a dust-free working environment in very confined closed places with an autonomous instrument. URI in cooperation with ILMEG has studied a very compact system to be able to equip any drilling machine, even in a modular way, with a fixed dust collector. The CDC 1000 dust collector consists of an autonomous electrically powered box and a flexible hose connected to the drilling machine. The suction capacity can reach up to a distance of 20 meters from the hole. The system vacuums, cleans the filters and can discharge the dust directly into a watertight container. The box is made up of 3 main components: an electric aspirator, a compressor and a PLC-controlled control panel.


With this short post we hope to have highlighted the importance for the environment, for the health of operators and for the quality of work, of using an effective system for controlling dust and air quality on construction sites . For further information and to see a video of the CDC 1000 dust collector in action we recommend visiting our YouTube channel, reading our post dedicated to the work of renovation of the Pompeiana Tunnel on the Autostrada dei Fiori in Liguria or to read the article in the Costruzioni magazine also reported on the website of our supplier Ilmeg. Don’t hesitate to contact us¬†for more information!