I’ve shown just how fast you can change the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac from wet mode to dry mode in a previous video blog here. In case that isn’t what concerns you about the vacuum you or your team use in your facility then let’s outline some additional benefits on just what this vacuum is capable of.
This patented vacuum generates 94 SCFM of vacuum flow and pulls 210 inches of water column when powered at 100 psig inlet pressure. This vacuum flow and force enables cleanup of wet or dry materials. From cleaning out sub-grade sumps to vacuuming up floor dry from spill containment. The ability to switch from wet to dry mode in the matter of 10 seconds or less means less downtime or even more important, less time for a spill to creep larger.
Combine the ease of use with no need for electricity, because it is powered by compressed air, and you have a safe, wet environment cleanup solution. This enables operators to maintain compliance with OSHA directive 29 CFR 1910.22(a), safe surface conditions by enabling them to easily clean up wet or dry spills or collection of debris on walking surfaces.
If material segregation for recycling purposes is needed, the EasySwitch can even be easily moved from one drum to another by lifting the lid from one 55 gallon drum to a fresh drum ready to go. This can help maximize recyclable solids profits should your facility machine multiple metals. Machine cleanouts for changeovers can achieved quickly thanks to the assortment of cast aluminum crevice tools to fit into all nooks and crannies inside of a machine. Even the magnetic tool holder is easily transferred to new drums should the need arise.
If you would like to discuss your current vacuum product and see how the EasySwitch can simplify your task, give us a call, chat, or email today.
Like many companies, here at EXAIR we generally always have a promotional offering. These rotate throughout the months and this month is no different. The current offering involves the EXAIR Cold Gun Aircoolant Systems.
These spot cooling systems help to reduce cutting fluid use, increase production speeds, increase tool life, and has helped more customers than I know. One customer in particular is a maintenance worker from a welded tube manufacturer. This facility had very little amount of downtime permitted due to the high efficiency and high volume of orders. When a machine went down the maintenance team went in like a trauma team to determine the cause of failure and get it fixed to get the line back up and running. One of the biggest problems they would have is when they would have to dry machine a quick part to get the machine back up and running, this would either ruin tools or they would have to slow down the machining time to get the surface finish and dimensions they truly needed. After talking with us the team ordered a Single Point Cold Gun Aircoolant System as these parts were generally small enough to tackle with the single cold outlet (larger parts benefit from the dual point hose kit).
They received the spot cooler system in and sure enough a machine went down. The crew went to work and once the broken part was located they got to work on their lathe trying to make a new piece. The Cold Gun held itself straight to the headstock thanks to the integrated magnet and the flexible single point hose kit routed the cold air straight to the cutting insert point. They didn’t have to fill up the liquid tank or setup the mist system on the lathe, they simply turned on the compressed air and let the lathe do the work. They were able to take what had recently been around a three hour machine job with heavy wear on tooling to a two hour job, no finish pass was needed on the part, and their tools weren’t completely spent by the end of the job.
They got the part back into the machine, made adjustments, and then went to work getting the machine back into production.
Right now, if you would like to try out a Cold Gun Aircoolant System you can order before 12/31/21 and you will receive a free Dual Point Hose Kit with your qualified purchase.
Air compressors are extremely proficient at compressing anything in the air they are intaking. With that air that is taken in, moisture is going to be present. The amount of moisture will all depend on where you are located geographically and the ambient conditions in the area. Here in Ohio, we experience all 4 seasons so the moisture content is higher in the air during the summer months, rather than the winter months. When this air is saturated with water vapor and the conditions are right, the air reaches a point it cannot hold any additional water vapor. This point is known as the dew point of the air and water vapor will begin to condense to form droplets.
When ambient air is compressed, heat is generated and the air increases in temperature. In most industrial compressed air systems, the air is then processed to an aftercooler, and that is where condensation begins to form. To remove the condensation, the air then goes into a separator which traps the liquid water. The air leaving the aftercooler is typically saturated at the temperature of the discharge, and any additional cooling that occurs as the air is transferred will cause more liquid to condense out of the air. To address this moisture, compressed air dryers are used.
It is critical to the quality of the system and components downstream that actions are taken to prevent this condensation in the air. Condensation is generally detrimental to any point of use application and or the piping that conveys the air. Rust and/or corrosion can occur anywhere in the piping, leading to scale and contamination of the compressed air and processes. When trying to dry products off using compressed air or using the air to atomize a liquid such as paint, adding in these contaminants and moisture will cost production losses.
There are several options when it comes to the type of dryer that one may consider installing on their compressed air supply side.
• Refrigerant Dryer – the most commonly used type, the air is cooled in an air-to-refrigerant heat exchanger. • Regenerative-Desiccant Type – use a porous desiccant that adsorbs (adsorb means the moisture adheres to the desiccant, the desiccant does not change, and the moisture can then be driven off during a regeneration process). • Deliquescent Type – use a hygroscopic desiccant medium that absorbs (as opposed to adsorbs) moisture. The desiccant is dissolved into the liquid that is drawn out. Desiccant is used up and needs to be replaced periodically. • Heat of Compression Type – are regenerative desiccant dryers that use the heat generated during compression to accomplish the desiccant regeneration. • Membrane Type– use special membranes that allow the water vapor to pass through faster than the dry air, reducing the amount of water vapor in the air stream. The air should not be dried any more than is needed for the most stringent application, to reduce the costs associated with the drying process. A pressure dew point of 35°F to 38°F (1.7°C to 3.3°C) often is adequate for many industrial applications. Lower dew points result in higher operating costs. If you have questions about compressed air systems and dryers or any of the 15 different EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Product lines, feel free to contact EXAIR, and I or any of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
In a recent video, I showcased our newest Industrial Housekeeping product, the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac. Throughout my years in metalworking as well as homeownership, I have honestly never used a wet-dry vacuum that is this easy to change operating modes from wet to dry or vice versa. So just how easy is it?
When writing out instructions on how to do this it takes a total of five steps for either direction. These five steps can easily be completed in less than 15 seconds and best of all, it is tool-free.
When changing over other wet/dry vacuums, whether it is a traditional electric vacuum like you may have at home or another pneumatic industrial vacuum on the market, the switchover process is cumbersome. There are typically fasteners or retainers that are necessary to hold the filters in place, filters can be poor quality and get damaged easily. Small parts needed to hold filters in place like springs or retainer nuts can easily be lost, hard to manipulate and take additional time changing from liquid to dry modes or vice-versa. With the EasySwitch, the only fastener is a rubber latch that is attached to the filter hatch cover. This means operators can’t lose parts because they are all attached to the EasySwitch Lid. To convert from a dry vacuum to a wet vacuum the steps are simple.
Turn off the compressed air and unlatch the rubber handle. This makes it possible to complete step two.
Lift the filter hatch lid and let it rest on the hinge stop. This is all designed to be robust enough to easily support the weight of the EasySwitch unit as well as the air hose attached to it.
Lift the filter, whether it is the HEPA rated filter or the standard filter, up and out of the lid.
Close the filter hatch lid onto the edge gasket that stays firmly in place.
Latch the rubber handle/latch back into place and start processing liquid as needed.
That’s it, it takes less than 15 seconds in the video below (see it at 1:15) and I am pretty sure a speedcuber or cup stacker could do it even faster. Don’t believe me, want to test it out for yourself, we honor a 30-day guarantee on stock products. Get the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac in your facility and put it through your own rigorous testing. If it doesn’t perform to your liking, let us know and we will arrange for sending it back. Converting the vacuum from dry to wet isn’t the only thing that is fast, we also ship same day on orders for stock products (hint: all EasySwitch vacuums are stock product) received by 3 PM ET that are shipping within the US. (2 PM ET for orders billing and shipping to Canada.)