The EasySwitch™ Wet-Dry Vac won the Silver Award!

EXAIR has been manufacturing Intelligent Compressed Air Products since 1983.  In that time, we have engineered many new products for new and existing markets with better efficiency, versatility, and effectiveness.  To gauge how a new product is received by your peers, we like to send them to different committees for evaluations.  Last year, we sent our EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac to Plant Engineering to compete against other new products in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries.  In the Maintenance Tools and Equipment category, the EXAIR EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac won the Silver Award. 

How was EXAIR able to achieve such a prestigious award?  Well, let me tell you how our newest Industrial Housekeeping Product was able to receive this award.  I will discuss the features and benefits, so you can decide for yourself.

We have joined our wet vacuum with our dry vacuum to make the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac System.  This new addition to our Industrial Housekeeping Products allows your customers to replace their electric wet-dry vacuums that fail prematurely, have potential safety issues, and are very loud.  You can watch a video of the operation HERE.

A wet-dry vacuum is a contained system that can vacuum up liquid or dirt.  The specific design that separates the liquid application from the dry application is a filter element.  The filter will stop the dirt and debris from re-entering the surrounding air during vacuuming.  The EXAIR EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac uses this same function; but we offer two different types of filters; a standard filter and a HEPA filter.  The standard filter is a 3-micron pleated element with a large surface area for long life.  The HEPA filter is a 0.3-micron pleated element for finer filtration.  But what is unique about our design is the patent-pending lid to easily remove or replace the filter elements.  Unlike our competitors, you will have to remove the lid and use a tool to either remove or install the filter.  This is time consuming and a headache.  Our lid design makes an easy transition to go from liquid to dry materials and vice versa.   The EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac is designed to fit on a common 55 gallon open-top drum.  They are ideal for any applications that is wet, dry, light or heavy. 

Like with our other Industrial Housekeeping Products, the EasySwitch does not have any motors to wear or electricity to run which makes it safe for liquid applications.  It only needs filtered compressed air.  They are maintenance free, and the sound level is quiet, only 79 dBA.  The applications include coolant, chips, floor cleanup, drains, shavings, sawdust, absorbents, and mold/allergen removal.  For liquid applications, it has a spill free – auto safety shutoff.  This industrial all-purpose pneumatic vacuum can move 36 GPM (136 LPM) of water, 68 Lbs./min (31 Kg/min) of plastic media, and 54 lbs./min (24 Kg/min) of steel shot at 80 PSIG (5.5 bar).  The specifications at 80 PSIG (5.5 bar) for the EasySwitch is that it will only use 53 SCFM (1,500 SLPM) of compressed air to generate -168” H2O (-314 mmHg) of vacuum and 90 CFM (2,548 LPM) of vacuum flow. 

EXAIR offers three types of systems with the standard filter or the HEPA filter.  We have the basic system, the Deluxe system, and the Premium system.  The basic system will come with the selected filter with a prefilter, 10-foot (3m) vacuum hose, 20-foot (6.1m) compressed air hose, plastic tools, shutoff valve and gauge.  The Deluxe system will include the items in the basic system with an upgraded antistatic vacuum hose, heavy-duty tools, a spill recovery kit, a tool holder, and a drum dolly.  The Premium system will include the items in the Deluxe system plus a 55 Gallon drum.  A quick guide is below. 

Model number selection guide

Not all industrial vacuums are the same.  Electric wet/dry vacuums fail prematurely, generate loud noises, and are cumbersome for filter change-outs.  This is why the EXAIR EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac was awarded the Silver Award by Plant Engineering; longevity, quietness, and ease-of use.  If you are within the U.S. or Canada, we do offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee to try them out.   You will not be disappointed.  If you would like to discuss in more detail, an Application Engineer at EXAIR is here help. 

John Ball
Application Engineer
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Product Spotlight: High Lift Reversible Drum Vac

EXAIR’s High Lift Reversible Drum Vac system is a liquid only vacuum system that can attach quickly to any closed head 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum.  It features a high-powered, robust vacuum that is able to lift liquids that are 1400 cP (Centipoise) or less up to 15′ vertically. You can normally see it emptying coolant sumps and aiding to recycle machine fluids.

Centipoise Chart
Centipoise Chart Of Common Liquids

It can fill a 55 gallon drum in less than 85 seconds!  With the simple turn of a knob, the same stainless steel pump reverses and will empty the same drum.

The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is no different from EXAIR’s other industrial vacuums as it requires no electricity and has no moving parts so you are assured maintenance free and reliable operation.  Since it is compressed air powered it can be operated continuously in heavy industrial applications without problems due to motor wear or clogged impellers.  The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac operates quietly, safely and efficiently.  For additional convenience the pump incorporates an automatic shut-off valve to prevent over-filling.

The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is available in 3 sizes to fit 30, 55 or 110 gallon drums and 3 different configurations.  The first option is the 6195 High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System,  this can be thought of as the entry-level model since it includes only the basic compliment of components to get you started.

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6195 High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System

The next model up is the 6295 Deluxe High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System which adds a wider variety of pick up tools that includes the versatile Spill Recovery Kit, Magnetic Tool Holder and Drum Dolly.  As with 6195 above it is also available to fit a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drums.

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6295 Deluxe Hi-Lift Reversible Drum Vac System

Finally the 6395 Premium High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System includes everything you receive in the 6295 Deluxe System and adds Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, Compressed Air Supply Hose with Pressure Gauge and the Drum/Lid Assembly as shown below.  This all-inclusive model makes it easy to tackle any liquid clean up or liquid transfer need you may have.  The 6395 is available with either a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum.

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6395 Premium Hi-Lift Reversible Drum Vac System

If you would like to discuss the EXAIR High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, another Industrial House Keeping Product or any of our quiet Intelligent Compressed Air® products, give us a call as we would enjoy hearing from you.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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Chip Trapper Overview

The smell of sour coolant tanks you can smell from the parking lot of a facility still haunts me in my sleep till this day. We all know the drill, you want to run your coolant for as long as possible because that liquid is not cheap! Especially if you have several machines or even hundreds! But the results of running them longer than you should often stink, (pun intended) they turn sour, the lubrication properties start to diminish and you do not get the benefits you once got! Not to mention chips and small fines (which the stinky bacteria collect upon) can start to clog the system up. Here at EXAIR we had the same problem in our machine shop, so we designed the EXAIR Chip Trapper and use them to this day!

EXAIR Chip Trapper

There are some machines out there capable of cleaning the tramp oil and removing any chips or shavings, but these tend to be very expensive and not very effective. We tested a few different methods here at EXAIR in our machine shop. As a result of these tests we determined that the best foot forward would be to develop something ourselves. Enter the EXAIR Chip Trapper. 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.

EXAIR's new Chip Trapper
Before and After EXAIR’s Chip Trapper

Here is a great overview video of the Chip Trapper Set up and operation!

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!

Jordan Shouse
Application Engineer

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Dead Serious About Dead End Pressure and Chip Guarding – OSHA 1910.242(b)

Compressed air is a very versatile utility that can be used for applications in cooling products to cleaning off workspaces and products. That is where OSHA 1910.242(b) comes into play; this OSHA standard states that compressed air used for cleaning shall not be used except were reduced to less than 30 psi and then only with effective chip guarding and personal protective equipment. This standard is in place because in the event a dead end occurs, the static pressure at the main orifice can potentially force the high pressure air into someone’s bloodstream and cause an air embolism, which if left untreated can impede the flow of blood in the body and lead to a fatality.

Keeping that in mind there are two ways you can go about these cleaning applications and still stay in compliance with the OSHA standard. The first way is to regulate the air pressure in your pipe down to below 30 psig. But for the majority of applications this is not an effective solution as pressure does equate to the amount of force that can be produced from the system. The second solution is to use a nozzle that is engineered in a way the it cannot be dead ended. This means that the nozzle is designed in a way that no matter how hard you try the air coming out of the nozzle will be ejected into the atmosphere and not through skin.

The fins of the Super Air Nozzle allow air to escape and prevent dead-ending the nozzle.

Take EXAIR’s Air Nozzles for example, the fins and orifice placement are designed in a way that allows air escape air into the atmosphere. Once air has exited an orifice into atmospheric conditions the pressure becomes 0 psig but retains the velocity and higher volume from the higher compressed air inlet pressure which produces force.

Model 1210 Soft Grip Safety Air is fitted with an EXAIR Super Air Nozzle. We can also supply it with a Rigid Extension and Chip Shield (right).

In addition, OSHA 1910.242(b) also talks about the use of effective chip guarding, which simply means some method or equipment shall be installed that prevents particles from flying back and hitting the operator. If you look EXAIR’s Safety air guns you will notice that we offer Chip Shields. By simply adding “-CS” to the end of a part number for a Safety Air Gun you can help prevent injuries from flying particles in blow off applications.

If you have any questions or want more information on compressed air safety and OSHA related standards. Give us a call, we have a team of application engineers ready to answer your questions and recommend a solution for your applications.

Cody Biehle
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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