Gold Series GS72 dust collector installed at Midwest Railcar Repair on plasma cutting, grinding, welding and carbon arc gouging application.

Midwest Railcar Repair, Inc. has been servicing the railroad industry for nearly half a century. Pride and workmanship are the foundation of the company. By performing all railcar repairs and maintenance in-house, they are able to get high-quality jobs done quickly. As a one-stop shop for railcars, they require a large facility where a variety of equipment and machinery are operating at the same time. Welding, grinding, and plasma cutting processes are constantly in use.

Maintaining a clean working environment for their employees and their projects is a top priority. To prevent dust or fumes from becoming an issue, company president David Smook started researching online for a solution. The large size of the railcars and facility made the search challenging. There was a wide range of dust collectors available, from various style dust collectors to numerous small collectors that were placed on the ceilings throughout the facility. These options added their own maintenance and upkeep issues.


David Smook, president of Midwest Railcar Repair, contacted Camfil APC after finding them online. Camfil APC dispatched Greg Schreier, Camfil APC sales representative at Glacier Technologies, to the job site. Greg set up an on-site meeting with Jon Ladwig, a local area dealer at Ellingson Plumbing, Heating, A/C and Electrical. After reviewing the processes, facility and other factors, an appropriate solution was provided. A Camfil APC GS72 Gold Series® industrial dust collector with 100,000 CFM was the answer to Midwest Railcar Repair's issues.

The dirty air would travel through large ducting to the dust collector located outside. The design offered the bonus of distributing clean air back into the plant during the winter months, which helps reduce heating and energy costs. Having the GS72 collector located outside has saved valuable interior room and made preventive maintenance simple and efficient.

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Midwest Railcar Repair, Inc. — Brandon, SD


Ambient Collection - Plasma Cutting, Grinding and Welding

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