AirTek’s Commitment to Safety – Our Values

At AirTek, our commitment to safety allows us to maintain, install, and upgrade electrostatic precipitators consistently and without incident, one project at a time. When we’re called to job sites, we understand the risks. We don’t stop until each individual member of our crew understands them too. 

Our commitment to safety culture throughout the Southeast has led to a likewise commitment from our customers. In fact, 80% of our business is based on repeat customers—testimony to our high safety standards. 

From our headquarters in Troy, AL, and then beyond throughout the Southeast, we safely handle ESP outages for a multitude of loyal clients. But how does our commitment to safety play out in the everyday? What makes AirTek the preferred ESP maintenance choice for pulp and paper industries, cement, and power plants across the country.?

Injury Free, One Project at a Time

Complacency is the #1 contributor to worksite accidents. When a contractor of any kind believes too strongly in the same old safety plan, accidents are more likely to occur. Sometimes, the most likely risks are those we think we’ve avoided.

At AirTek, we never rest on our safety laurels. Each new job presents another chance to consider our protocols. Our safety procedures are reviewed constantly from one job to the next. We update those procedures to meet the latest applicable safety requirements and the latest, unique jobsite. 

Once we decide on the correct safety protocols for a jobsite, we employ an active process to instill those safety values in each employee and regularly implement programs to reinforce safety practices. In short, there’s no such thing as being too safe at AirTek.

OSHA & Beyond

At AirTek, we believe that meeting the minimal requirements for safety sounds better on paper than in practice. Our commitment to zero injuries extends beyond the minimum OSHA requirements to grant us, and our customers, some extra peace of mind. 

Every unique jobsite, job scope, and customer safety standard is taken into account. This above-and-beyond attitude ensures a safety procedure that meets or exceeds OSHA guidelines. We continuously improve our safety processes to ensure that we stay on the path to industry-leading safety excellence.

To adjust our safety procedures with each job, we stay informed on the shifting standards and adapt accordingly. Our safety procedures are constantly reviewed and updated to meet the latest applicable requirements. 

Everyone Knows the Plan

A plan is only as good as the people who know it and execute it. That’s why we actively instill our safety values in each employee and regularly implement programs to reinforce those  practices. In addition, comprehensive safety training and coaching is ongoing with each new project, fostering an environment where workers help each other work safely.

Our dedicated safety program includes ongoing improvements, such as:

Adopting a behavior-based safety culture to ensure safety compliance from top to bottom

Recruiting professional safety personnel to the AirTek team

Enhancing our safety manual and supplementing with updated on-boarding and orientation videos

Involving immediate supervisors and foremen in annual safety seminars

What results from our holistic, 3-dimensional approach to safety is a crew that—from top to bottom—knows the plan like the back of their hand. Only when safety is comprehensively understood, and only when each individual is accountable for that safety, can a plan really come to fruition.

The AirTek Safety Advantage

There are too many good reasons to be as safe as possible on the jobsite. For our crew, for our business, for our customers, and for the successful completion of the job at hand, we take every precaution. 

At AirTek, our commitment to safety is our #1 advantage. Our extensive knowledge and experience with electrostatic precipitators wouldn’t be worth much without the continued health and safety of our employees and the accident-free record we bring to the jobsite. 

For the safest, most experienced, most dedicated ESP maintenance partners in the industry, trust AirTek in Troy, AL, and beyond.


Putting Safety First Since 1988 – AirTek in Troy, AL

Safety cannot be an afterthought, and an appropriate safety plan should be far more than a burden to be addressed before you can send an invoice. At AirTek, our commitment goes above and beyond precisely because of the value that safety adds to our work and every jobsite we’re lucky enough to work on. To learn more about our culture of safety, contact us or give us a call today at  (334) 384-0457.

When explained in certain terms, electrostatic precipitators can sound like something out of science fiction. Ionized particles created through industrial processes are attracted to collection plates while cleaner air is released. The technology allows industries like yours to operate in compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines so that you can focus on working toward success.

But at the end of this amazing, scientific feat, what happens to the trapped particles? Most electrostatic precipitators have a rapping function—a method for physically separating the particles from the collection plates. But depending on your ESP’s rapping method, some of those trapped particles could be re-entrained (or re-released) back into the air.

For optimum function, compliance, and worry-free ESP usage, it may be time to consider an upgrade to your ESP’s rapping mechanism.

Tumbling Hammers and You

A tumbling hammer rapping function is exactly what it sounds like. As one of the more common rapping methods, tumbling hammers work by riding a shaft and striking the collection plates at certain, opportune times. The collected particles fall to the hopper below where they can be collected, discarded, or reused in another part of the industrial process (such as those used by paper mills). 

Tumbling hammers are a reliable rapping method, but they do have their drawbacks. Tumbling hammers can funnel energy through support channels rather than directly into the plates themselves, causing accelerated wear and decreased efficiency. Furthermore, the rapper rod and collection plate may share a welded connection—a common failure in some designs.

So, when considering your options, what’s a superior rapping design method?

Direct Plate Rapping

Companies like AirTek in Troy, AL, can provide more cutting-edge rapping solutions for your electrostatic precipitator. Direct plate rapping ensures superior acceleration and maximum transfer of rapping energy into the collecting plate rather than plate support channels.

In direct plate rapping, two collection plates are rapped at a time, minimizing rapping losses and re-entrainment that can cause opacity spikes and diminished efficiency. Rapping smaller collecting plate areas requires less impact energy and, as a result, maximizes the life of the equipment. Simply put, direct plate rapping reduces maintenance costs by requiring less physical, concussive force. 

Direct plate rapping has numerous other advantages and helpful features, including:

-Maximized Transfer of Rapping Energy into Collection Plates
-Reduced Re-entrainment
-Optimized Precipitator Efficiency
-Prolonged Equipment Life
-Less Need for Regular Maintenance
-Electromagnetic Rappers

In other areas of our lives, an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” mentality may prove wise. But when talking about the longevity, functionality, and reliability of industrial machinery, the occasional upgrade proves wiser. 

Every Advantage You Can Get

You need your electrostatic precipitator to function as best it can for as long as possible. That means maximizing both efficiency and longevity. By converting your ESP to a direct plate rapping design, you can avoid untold maintenance costs and unscheduled downtime for the next decade or longer. 

Heavy, expensive industrial machinery that keeps you compliant with environmental law shouldn’t be neglected or permitted to operate day-in and day-out under less than ideal circumstances. Upgrade your ESP today with AirTek’s direct plate rapping system and rest easy that you’ve done what you can to add value to your business.


Call AirTek to Learn more About Direct Plate Rapping

Maintenance and machine replacement are a matter of IF not WHEN. Doing everything you can to increase efficiency and machine longevity can save you untold sums of money, untold days of work stoppages, and untold grief and frustration. Let AirTek help you by helping your ESP work harder, longer, and better. Contact us or give us a call today for more information on Direct Plate rapping at (334) 384-0457!