EXAIR’s Chip Trapper Improves Material Recovery for Recycling

I recently worked with our Peruvian Distributor to help one of their customers solve an issue they were having with material recovery after a polishing operation. The company manufactures security locks for doors. During the manufacturing, one of the processes involves polishing the parts to a nice finish to ensure proper fit and provide a nice appearance for the finished product. Coolant is used to keep the temperature down during the polishing process. This coolant is then contaminated with leftover bronze debris that the company recycles.

The problem was that the process to filter the leftover bronze from the coolant was done by hand. This process, taking almost one hour to complete, was too time consuming and they were not able to recover 100% of the material. In looking for a better way to perform this process, they came across the EXAIR Chip Trapper.

The Chip Trapper was able to allow them to empty the entire coolant sump in less than 90 seconds. The bronze material contained within the coolant was trapped by the 5 micron filter bag inside of the drum, while the coolant passed through. They could then pump the clean coolant back into the drum and recycle the bronze trapped in the filter bag. Not only were they able to dramatically reduce the time it took to complete the process, but it also resulted in a much more effective method of reclaiming the material. No longer were they stuck with an inferior process and more time could be freed up to be spent on production.

Using either a standard or High Lift Reversible Drum Vac to provide the vacuum source, the Chip Trapper is capable of filling or emptying a 55 gallon drum in less than two minutes. It is able to pick up both the liquid coolant as well as any chips or shavings that are suspended in the coolant. The liquid is forced through a filter bag inside of the drum which contains any solid materials while allowing the coolant to filter out into the drum. Switching the knob on the Reversible Drum Vac and the directional flow valve to empty will allow the clean coolant to be pumped back out of the drum and reused.

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After implementing the Chip Trapper in our own shop, we were able to increase the life of the coolant by 6x. In addition to the increased coolant life, a process that used to take up to 2 hours per machine now takes less than 10 minutes. The Chip Trapper quickly and easily pays for itself.

The Chip Trapper is available in either 30, 55, and 110 gallon systems. It’ll also come with (2) 5 micron filter bags, other filter bags are also available ranging from 1 micron up to 200 micron filtration. Using a simple detergent, the filter bags can be washed out, cleaned, and reused multiple times. With no motors or impellers to clog or wear out, as well as no electricity requirement or shock hazard, the Chip Trapper comes with our standard 5-year Built to Last Warranty. Do yourself (and your machine operators) a favor and get a Chip Trapper on order today. They’re in stock, ready to ship and start saving you time and money!

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
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EXAIR Pneumatic Liquid Vacuums

EXAIR‘s line of Industrial Housekeeping Products consist of liquid and dry vacuums that utilize compressed air to operate. They do not have electric motors which most ‘all purpose’ vacuums rely on.  In industrial settings with harsh conditions and rugged use, EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping Products are ideally suited for the everyday wear and tear. 

Reversible Drum Vac with spill recovery kit!
EXAIR liquid type vacuums, like the Reversible Drum Vac, the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, and the Chip Trappers are reliable, versatile and easy to use. Installing onto an any closed head, 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum creates a high powered vacuum.  It can fill a 55 gallon drum in less than 2 minutes.  Then, with the turn of a knob, the the same pump quickly empties the drum. Useful for refilling coolant sumps, vacuuming floor spills, or transferring contaminated liquids to filtration tanks in minutes.  Flow rate can be controlled with the knob. 
EXAIR Reversible Drum Vacs
The Chip Trapper has an internal filtration system to separate the chips from the coolant, allowing for disposal of the solids, and for pumping of the clean coolant back into the sump.
EXAIR Chip Trapper
When you look at the vacuums, you’ll notice there is not an electrical cord.  Because the EXAIR Industrial Housekeeping Products utilize compressed air for operation, they do not have the same issues with wear, breakdown and failures as electrical type vacuums. There are no moving parts in the vacuum units to wear out or break.  They are maintenance free, just supply clean, dry air, and they will operate for a long time. For the the liquid type systems, there is a built in pressure/vacuum relief device and auto safety shut-off to prevent overfilling.

There are no motors and bearings to wear out and no impellers to clog.  The Chip Vac is 50% quieter than a comparable electric vacuum.  Safety is a top priority, and the use of the unit on wet floors and spills is not an issue when electricity is not involved.

If you would like to talk about Industrial Housekeeping products or any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Jordan Shouse
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EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac

March brings with it the first day of spring. I don’t know about you, but boy am I ready for some warmer temperatures!! Naturally, spring is the time of year that we roll up our sleeves and do some of the deep-cleaning we’ve been putting off all winter. Lucky for you, EXAIR has an entire line of Industrial Housekeeping Products that’ll get your shop cleaned up for spring. With no moving parts to wear out and no electrical requirement, these products are Built to Last. For applications requiring you to vacuum very fine or dusty materials, look no further than EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac.

HEPA Vacuum

Electrically powered vacuums or shop vacs are not designed to be operated in a rugged industrial environment. Filters clog, motors wear out, and you find yourself frequently replacing them. EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac has NO moving parts to wear out, doesn’t require maintenance, and needs nothing but a source of compressed air to operate. A static resistant hose also prevents painful shocks when working with dry, dusty materials.

The vacuum generator is constructed of a hardened steel alloy designed to be resistant to abrasion and delivers a powerful vacuum level of -60” H2O at 80 PSIG. The lever lock drum lid fits any open top 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum. Moving the system from one drum to another can be done quickly, allowing you to keep different materials separate for recycling. Recycling companies will pay a premium for pre-sorted materials, allowing you to get more out of your otherwise scrap material. It can be used with any open head steel, fiber, or plastic drum in good condition (ANSI Standard #MH2-2004).

If you don’t have a spare drum available, not to worry! EXAIR also sells a Premium Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System that will include either a 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum and dolly.

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The HEPA Vac works by injecting compressed air at 80-100 PSIG through the air inlet (1) and into an annular plenum chamber (2). It is then injected into the throat through precisely directed nozzles (3). These jets of air create a vacuum at the intake (4) which draws in material through the generator itself (5), directing it into the bottom of the drum. The airflow is passed first through a pre-filter to trap larger particles, and then through the 0.3 micron HEPA filter, trapping any airborne particles. It is then exhausted through the vent in the top of the drum lid (6).

You wouldn’t use a hammer to try and drive in a screw, so don’t try and force a shop vac or electric vacuum to deal with these harsh materials. Get yourself the right tool for the job and give an EXAIR Vac a try. With a 5 Year Built to Last Warranty, there really is no comparison. Act fast, between now and May 31, 2020 we’ll include a FREE Model 6492 Vac-u-Gun System to any US and Canadian order.

Tyler Daniel
EXAIR Corporation
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EXAIR Chip Vac Systems: Overview

 

When it comes to industrial vacuums, wouldn’t it be nice to have a durable, long lasting vacuum that is quiet? There is such an industrial vacuum that has all these qualities; the EXAIR Chip Vac System. This vacuum system has no moving parts, no motors to fail, or bearings to wear. They only need compressed air to operate. The Chip Vac Systems are very durable to clean surfaces, floors, and fixtures within industries like machining centers, saw mills, lathes and other areas. They can pick up solid materials like aluminum chips, wood chips, and plastic fragments. The vacuum pumps can generate a strong vacuum level measuring -36.8” H2O (-9 KPa) at 80 PSIG (5.5 Bar). To accommodate the multiple types of industrial applications, EXAIR offers the Chip Vac Systems with different options and drum sizes.

The unique design of the Chip Vac incorporates a modified lid that will fit on an open top 55-gallon, 30-gallon, or 110-gallon drum (209L, 114L, or 418L respectively). A 0.1-micron filter bag mounts in the center of the lid to allow the excess air to escape and to contain the contamination inside the drum. The large surface area of the filter bag allows for extended use before replacement while the high-efficiency filtration will keep the fine particles from re-entraining back into the environment. Under the drum lid, EXAIR adds a silencing hose which reduces the noise level and directs the contamination toward the bottom of the drum. With this feature, the noise level is only 77 dBA at 80 PSIG (5.5 bar). Measure that against any electric shop vac!!!

Model 6193 System

The Chip Vac Systems come in three different options to best fit your application. The standard option has a drum lid as described above and a latching ring to attach to the drum. It also comes with 10-foot (3m) vacuum hose, an aluminum chip wand, a hose hanger, a manual valve, (2) extension wands and an assortment of plastic tools. This option is available for the three different drum sizes as noted above. For example, model 6193 will fit a 55-gallon drum (209L) size, model 6193-30 will fit a 30-gallon drum (114L) size, and model 6193-110 will fit a 110-gallon drum (418L) size.

Deluxe Chip Vacs

The second option is the Deluxe Chip Vac System. This option will include all the items in the standard option above plus a drum dolly and a tool holder. The drum dolly helps to move your drums to different locations. The tool holder has magnets to attach to a steel drum and to hold all the plastic tools. The Deluxe system is a great option for making your system mobile for other areas in your plant. This option is also available in the three main drum sizes like above. For example, model 6293 is for the 55-gallon drum (209L), model 6293-30 is for the 30-gallon drum (114L) and model 6293-110 is for the 110-gallon drum (418L).

If you do not have any drums in your facility, do not worry. EXAIR offers steel drums in our Premium Chip Vac Systems. The Premium package has the items in the standard option plus a variety of upgrades. It will come with a heavy-duty steel drum for all sizes. The upgrades include the heavy duty aluminum tools and an anti-static vacuum hose. The upgraded aluminum tools include a floor tool, crevice tool, skimmer tool with detachable brush, and a two-piece double bend wand. We also add a 20 foot (6.1meter) compressed air hose with quick connect fittings. The Premium package will still come with the drum dolly and tool holder. These can be ordered by using the model 6393 for the 55-gallon drum (209L) size, model 6393-30 for the 30-gallon drum (114L) size, and model 6393-110 for the 110-gallon drum (418L size).

Mini Chip Vac

EXAIR manufactures another type of industrial vacuum within this family; the Mini-Chip Vac System. This system is a self-contained unit that uses a 5-gallon drum which is very compact and easy to use in tight areas. We stock two packages, model 6193-5 and model 6293-5. The model 6193-5 comes standard with a 5-gallon drum with lid and lock-ring, 10-foot (3m) vacuum hose, the 0.1-micron bag filter, an aluminum chip wand, a manual valve, (2) extension wands and an assortment of plastic tools. The model 6293-5 adds a drum dolly to the package to make it mobile with wheels. Even with its small footprint, the Mini Chip Vac is very powerful and quiet. So, noise will not be a nuisance when operating next to the vacuum.

If you get tired of throwing away your electric vacuums with burned up motors or loud “dying” noises, you should try the EXAIR Chip Vac System. They will definitely extend the useful life, make it much quieter to use, and vacuum solid materials quickly. For U.S. and Canadian customers, we offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee to try these units. And as a bonus for end users, you will be able to receive a free Vac-u-Gun as a promotion from now until May 2020 with a qualified purchase. How can you not try them out? If you need help to determine which Chip Vac System would best suit your application, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR.

John Ball
Application Engineer

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Advantages Of Compressed Air Operated Industrial Vacuums

Last week, I wrote about the benefits and advantages of the EXAIR Chip Trapper System. It’s just one workhorse in our stable of durable and reliable compressed air operated Industrial Housekeeping solutions.  All of our systems in this product line are compressed air operated, which means they offer several benefits that you don’t get with an electric powered vacuum:

  • Our air operated vacuums have no moving parts.  That means nothing to wear out & replace.
  • Electric motors burn out over time, and have to be replaced.  Not a problem with our products…if you supply them with clean air, they’ll run darn near indefinitely, maintenance free.
  • Using electric vacuums in wet areas can prevent a very real risk of electrocution.  This hazard does not apply to a compressed air hose, which is all it takes to run our products.
  • Long, stringy chips can get clogged in the impeller & rotating parts of a motor-driven vacuum.  Ours have no moving parts, which means nothing for detritus to get tangled up in.
Electric Vacuums are prone to clogging, wearing out, and motor failure.

Which EXAIR Industrial Housekeeping Product is right for you?  It depends on what you’ll be using it for.  Very generally speaking, here’s a brief overview of the product line:

Chip Vac Systems:

  • Pick up dry or wet chips and transfer them into a standard open top drum.
  • Available in four sizes: 5, 30, 55, or 110 gallon drums.
  • Turns your own 30, 55, or 110 gallon open top drum into a powerful vacuum system, in minutes, with a standard system.
  • Add portability and flexibility with a Deluxe System, which includes a drum dolly and a Tool Holder.
  • For a total Industrial Vacuum System, complete & ready to go right out of the box, the Premium Systems add a drum, a compressed air supply hose, an upgrade to Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools & a Static Resistant Vacuum Hose.
  • For smaller jobs or in tight quarters, the Mini Chip Vac System comes with a compact 5 gallon drum.  The Deluxe System adds a drum dolly for portability.

Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems:

  • Function is similar to the Chip Vacs, but the vacuum itself is made of a hardened alloy, and offers higher vacuum power for dense and/or abrasive material cleanup.
  • Fits your existing 30, or 55 gallon drums for a quick & easy, basic high powered vacuum solution.
  • Deluxe Systems add Heavy Duty Tools & Tool Holder, and a Drum Dolly.
  • Premium Systems come with a 30, 55, or 110 Gallon Drum.

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Systems:

  • All the power, durability, and convenience of the Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems, but with a HEPA filter for contaminants such as mold, allergens, and other airborne irritants.
  • Fits your existing 30 or 55 gallon drums, or Deluxe & Premium Systems add the same accessories as the Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems.
(Left to right) Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, Heavy Duty HEPA Vac

Reversible Drum Vac Systems:

  • These are our drum mounted vacuums for liquids.  They’ll fill or empty a 55 gallon drum in 90 seconds (tested with water.)
  • Fits an existing 30, 55, or 110 gallon closed top steel drum in good condition.
  • Deluxe Systems add a drum dolly, a Tool Holder and a set of plastic tools including a Spill Recovery Kit, for a multitude of cleanup needs.
  • Auto shutoff float prevents overfilling the drum.
  • Premium Systems add a 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, and a compressed air supply hose.
  • High Lift Systems are available for higher viscosity (ups to 1400 cP) liquids, or when pumping from below grade (180″H2O suction lift.)
  • This same technology is incorporated into the Chip Trapper Systems, which (as detailed last week) trap incoming solids in a Filter Bag, allowing for instant pumping out of freshly filtered liquid.  They’re available with the High Lift capability as well.
Reversible Drum Vac, High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, Chip Trapper

Vac-u-Guns:

  • Handy and portable, the Vac-u-Gun is a lightweight handheld vacuum, blow gun, and transfer tool, all in one.
  • Collection System comes with a vacuum bag w/shoulder strap, extension wands, a crevice tool, skimmer tool, and round brush tool.
  • Transfer Systems come with the same tools, but include a 10ft hose instead of the vacuum bag.
  • All Purpose Systems come with the tools, the vacuum bag, and the 10ft hose.
  • Deep Hole Vac-u-Guns are fitted with a blow tube for stirring up fine debris from drilled holes, where it’s quickly and efficiently vacuumed away.

Regardless of your application, EXAIR has an Industrial Vacuum to fit.  Orders for qualifying systems through the end of May 2020 will include a free Vac-u-Gun.  If you’d like to discuss your Industrial Housekeeping needs, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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EXAIR Chip Trappers Make Short Work of Coolant Maintenance

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door,” words attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, means that even if there are established methods of doing something, an improved method will garner success.  It may or may not be true with mousetraps – there are over 4,400 U.S. patents for various designs. The tried-and-true spring loaded bar on a small wood plank seems to still be the most popular by far, however. Likely due to its simplicity, availability, and low cost.

There are also a good many machines on the market to clean & filter machine tool coolant.  Some are made to be permanent attachments to the coolant sump for continuous filtration.  Others are made for portability, and are used to pump out the sump, filter the coolant, and pump it back in.  These can be impressively comprehensive, and that’s often reflected in the knowledge required to operate them, as well as the price tag.

Like anything else, if you need all the “bells and whistles,” I’m sure those machines are worthy every penny.  If you just want clean coolant and you have a few minutes to spare every week or so, look no further than the EXAIR Chip Trapper System.  Here’s how it works:

  • Roll the Chip Trapper to your machine.
  • Pump the coolant out of your sump, stirring it with the pickup wand to get chips & debris sucked up with the coolant.
  • Pump the filtered coolant back in to your sump.
  • If you’ve got another machine tool, roll the Chip Trapper over to it, and repeat.  If not, you’re done.  Unless the Filter Bag’s full, in which case, you’ll want to empty it for the next time.

The vacuum hose (1) is attached to the barbed connection of the Chip Trapper (2). The directional flow control valve on the top of the drum (3) and knob on the pump (4) are set to the “fill” position. The air supply valve is opened to permit compressed air at 80-100 psig (5.5-6.9 BAR) to flow through the pump which pulls the liquid through the hose, then into the reusable filter bag (5). When all liquid is in the drum, the air supply is turned off. The filtered liquid can then be pumped out by setting the directional flow control valve on top of the drum and the knob on the pump to the “empty” position. Once the air supply valve is opened, the air pushes the liquid back through the hose while all solids remain in the reusable filter bag.

There’s no moving parts, and it’s compressed air operated, so there’s nothing to wear out or burn out.  If you keep on top of emptying and cleaning the Filter Bag, the Chip Trapper will operate darn near indefinitely, maintenance free.  Oh, and to explain why I started this blog with the quote I referenced, the folks at Design News Magazine thought it was so innovative, they gave it their “Golden Mousetrap” Award when we rolled them out.  Since then, we’ve incorporated three sizes for 30, 55, and 110 gallon drums.  We also developed a High Lift version that generates 180″ H2O suction lift, for when the standard Chip Trapper‘s 96″ H2O lift isn’t enough.

EXAIR Corporation has a long history of making compressed air products that help a wide variety of industries get the most out of their processes, and the Chip Trapper is one of the most visible, and successful, examples of that.  If you’d like to find out more, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
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A Closer Look At The EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac Systems

Amidst the multitude of products that EXAIR offers, we have a full line of Industrial Housekeeping Products, our pneumatic vacuums.  Within this product line is the Reversible Drum Vac System. This system is a product that I personally encountered fresh out of college in my first job within the metal cutting industry. I would actually carry a standpipe, 10′ hose, chip wand, and reversible drum vac in a job box to every machine tool show as well as some larger machine repair jobs I was responsible for.

EXAIR’s model 6196 – Reversible Drum Vac System

At the time, I didn’t know it was an EXAIR product as it had been around for years before me and had seen better days, had been used thoroughly and all I knew was that I could empty a sump faster than anyone else that I saw anywhere in the shows or even the large sump evacuation systems some of these shops had that almost had to be towed around with a forklift.  This was a marvel to me as I had honestly been showed one time how to use it from another team member and I was able to grasp all the knowledge needed to operate (Not because I am a genius or anything, it’s just that simple). The few things I was not aware of is what the other options for the Reversible Drum Vac Systems were. All I knew is what I had when I worked at that company and didn’t know what kind of possibilities there were to expand our capabilities, so hopefully, this will help you see all the options.

While EXAIR currently offers four different types of liquid vacuums, they are all based on the Reversible Drum Vac or the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac. The Reversible Drum Vac itself is available in four capacities of drums and several options for each. The three capacities available are 5, 30, 55 or 110 gallon.

The 5 gallon is perfect for bench-top machines or small tests that are taking less than five gallons of liquid.  The system can still pull up to 96″ of H2O and discharges at an even faster rate than it vacuums which is 30 GPM.  The system includes the container, lid, 10′ vacuum/discharge hose, aluminum chip wand, Reversible Drum Vac, standpipe, quick connect,  spill recovery kit, and several other ancillary attachments to make any liquid reclamation job easy and quick. The Deluxe Mini Reversible Drum Vac system adds on a drum dolly which makes this an easy to transport compact and efficient liquid spill/recovery system.

 

 

The 30, 55, and 110-gallon capacity systems are available in a basic, deluxe, and premium system. The Basic includes the standpipe for a given size, 10′ vacuum/discharge hose, quick connect, aluminum chip wand, and Reversible Drum Vac.  The Deluxe System adds a spill recovery kit, drum dolly, magnetic tool holder, and other ancillary plastic tools. The premium adds the appropriate drum with a tight sealing lid, latch/bolt ring, 20′ compressed air hose w/ quick disconnects,  as well as upgrades plastic tools to cast aluminum tools.

If you would like to discuss which of these systems is going to fit your needs and give you the ability to fill a drum ta 30 GPM and empty it even faster, please contact me.

Brian Farno
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