A staple for minesites grappling with dust control, baghouses are used to collect air pollutants, though over time, cement, coal, sand and rocks can start to pile up and these filtration systems can become saturated. 

“In many cases, to mask inefficient operation of the baghouse cleaning process, air pressure is increased to the pulse valve system, which in turn increases your energy bill,” an SMC spokesperson said. 

SMC offers a range of products designed to provide the end user with an efficient and reliable baghouse, with its latest JSXF series pulse valve a prime example. 

Featuring an improved design, the valve operates at peak pressure for longer than its predecessors and reduces overall air consumption by up to 35 per cent while increasing peak impact pressure by 15 per cent. 

The secret to its improved performance is in the valve’s use of a high-strength elastomer diaphragm, which is designed to offer a service life of around 10 million cycles. 

“The elimination of springs from the JSXF is another feature designed to improve baghouse cleaning efficiency,” the SMC spokesperson said. 

“It relies on the diaphragm material to act like a spring, which subsequently increases the working life of the unit. 

“This method provides cost and energy savings and, because compressed air is an expensive medium in terms of electricity generation, you can save on electricity costs down the line.” 

In addition to this latest innovation, SMC offers cylinders, digital flow meters, digital pressure switches, water separators, fieldbus systems and more to meet the baghouse automation requirements of its customers. SMC 


Founded 60 years ago, SMC operates in 83 countries, employing 19,000 people across the globe. To deliver automation solutions for its diverse customer base, SMC offers more than 12,000 basic products with over 700,000 variations.