Line Vacs Save Your Time, Your Backs – and Your Money

A while back, I wrote about how Line Vacs Save Time And Backs. Well, it’s happened again, and this time, it’s saving a customer some money, too.

A major manufacturer of machined products used portable electric vacuums to remove chips and coolant from their machines. These electric vacs continually broke down due to clogging, coolant getting into the electric motors, vacuum hose deterioration, etc…all of which caused down time and lost production. They were failing pretty consistently after about 3 months of use.

Electric Vacuums are prone to clogging, wearing out, and motor failure.

Electric Vacuums are prone to clogging, wearing out, and motor failure.

The tanks needed to be emptied on a regular basis as well, meaning the machine operator had to stop what he was doing (which makes the company money) and spend 10-15 minutes emptying out the tank (which does NOT make the company money,) three times per shift, on average. Additionally, the tanks could weigh up to 100lbs when full, so it was no small chore. Although this company reported no injuries (yet,) a common first line in a LOT of workplace back injury reports start out with: “While attempting to lift a 100 pound _____” You get the idea.

After hearing about the EXAIR Line Vac and calling us to discuss, they decided to try a couple of Model 6064 2″ 303SS Line Vacs. These were mounted near the machine with a short section of suction hose to reach inside, with a discharge hose taking the chips & coolant to the disposal bin. So, with a little help from EXAIR, they’ve saved:

*TIME: Machine operators never have to leave their workstations to lug the heavy tanks across the shop for emptying, meaning no work stoppages.

*BACKS: Because they don’t have to worry about those heavy tanks anymore, they’ve eliminated the risk of lifting-related injuries.

*MONEY: With no moving parts to wear or electric motors to burn out, the Line Vacs will run darn near indefinitely, maintenance free.  For an investment of $3,700.00 (2016 List Price for a Model 6064 2″ SS Line Vac is $370.00 x 10 machines,) they’re saving $5,400.00 annually (the current replacement cost of the electric vacuums is $135.00 per unit x 4 per year x 10 machines) for a first-year savings of $2,700.00.

A Line Vac and two pieces of hose are all you need for a durable, easy to use, no maintenance, reliable vacuum conveyor.

A Line Vac and two pieces of hose are all you need for a durable, easy to use, no maintenance, reliable vacuum conveyor.

The first two Line Vacs worked out so well for them, they were able to justify adding them to the other eight machines in their facility. These are operated intermittently, so there’s not a drastic impact on their compressed air system demand. It’s a win-win-win…win.

If you’d like to find out how EXAIR’s engineered compressed air products can produce “wins” for you, give me a call. We ARE keeping score.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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