Taking My Job home With Me (I Wish!)

Last week, as Mother Nature was doing her typical dance between warm, almost Spring like days and then quickly reverting back to her Winter ways, the southwestern Ohio area was hit with a powerful storm. Luckily, my neighborhood area was spared the really strong winds and tornadic activity that nearby areas experienced.  We did however receive a decent amount of rainfall.

Every Spring when the ground is still slightly frozen, the first good rain always leads to some water  leakage into my basement.  The water comes in through the gaps between the floor and the walls and even seeps up through some of the floor cracks.  I have my theories as to why it only happens in the spring, but I’ll save that for another day.  As the blog title says, I wish I had taken home a Reversible Drum Vac with me.

EXAIR  manufactures the Reversible Drum Vac (RDV) System, which attaches quickly to to any 30, 55, or 110 gallon closed head drum. The Mini Reversible Drum Vac has the same great performance and comes complete with a 5 gallon drum.  Coupled with the Spill Recovery Kit, using the RDV to vacuum up the rain water would have been a short and simple process.  Using a mop, towels, fans and a dehumidifier took much longer and still did not get everything dry.

30, 55 and 110 Gallon Reversible Drum Vac Systems


The compressed air operated Reversible Drum Vac System is a high powered vacuum that can fill a 55 gallon drum in less than 2 minutes, and with a simple turn of the a knob, the same stainless steel pump quickly empties the drum.  With no electric motor to wear out, or impellers to clog, the RDV is designed to work in industrial environments.  An automatic safety shutoff valve prevents the system from over-filling.

EXAIR also manufactures systems made for cleaning up solids, such as machining chips and other debris.

To discuss your application and how the EXAIR Industrial Housekeeping Products can be a benefit at your facility, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our other Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Brian Bergmann
Application Engineer

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Old & Worn Out

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to help a dear friend with a weekend project. Being in his late 70’s it was a little more strenuous than what he was capable of. Then, me being in my mid 60’s, I found out that I was not the man I used to be. It’s very disappointing that as we age our physical endurance diminishes. I have always done my own work and now find myself needing assistance as did my more elderly friend. Very hard to accept and cope with.Drum Vac

Except for wine and cheese, products we use deteriorate with age. Not the EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac though. With no moving parts and operating on compressed air, they will vacuum fluids indefinitely.

With the turn of a knob, the compressed air powered Reversible Drum Vac will fill or empty a 55 – gallon drum in 90 seconds. Coolant sumps can be easily refilled, floor spills vacuumed, or contaminated liquids transferred.

Would you like to learn more about this awesome tireless product? Call 1-800-903-9247 and ask to speak to an application engineer.

Joe Panfalone
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Oil soaked waters, absorbent oil booms and static?


Unfortunately, oil spills and leaks are becoming an all too common sight for areas in and around the Gulf of Mexico. It appears that BP and the government have regained control of the blown out oil well. Focus will obviously be shifting to the huge clean-up effort under way.

With this in mind, companies who make the oil containment and absorbent booms are ramping up production to be ready for the increase. One such manufacturer contacted EXAIR recently for help in solving one of their production problems.

The absorbent material gets blown into a long, sock-like, structure through a 4 inch diameter hose. The absorbent material is polypropylene which is also a non-conducting material. As you can imagine, when you blow a non-conductive material through a hose that is also non-conducting, you end up with a rather large static charge that causes tremendous feeding problems. Material becomes bridged inside the hose and blocks the flow which stops the filling process.

The customer was looking for a reasonable way in which the static could be kept to a reduced level so that the process could run, un-interrupted, for as long as needed to meet the new, higher demand. The production engineer involved knew that EXAIR provides a variety of static elimination solutions for industrial applications and so he contacted with us to discuss the options.

Once I had an understanding of what he needed, I was able to recommend use of (4) Model 7199 Ionizing Points and (1) model 7940 Four outlet power supply to create an ionizing collar that could be mounted in-line with the existing 4” hose to supply the needed ions to keep the inside of the production hose static free. Note: the customer did have to make their own conductive collar to ease mounting of the Ionizing points into the conveying line, but that was a small matter due to the problem being such a difficult one to solve any other way. An “ionizing collar” would be what I would call a conductive piece of pipe large enough to fit into the existing conveying line and which has holes drilled and tapped into its side to accommodate mounting of the Ionizing Points.

Before I continue, you might ask, “Why didn’t they try static dissipative (conductive) hose?”. They did, and soon found out that while there was a small improvement due to the conductive nature, it still was only a passive means for static reduction. There was so much static being generated that the customer needed an active system like the Ionizing Point to keep static out of the filling hose completely.

The customer was able to install their static eliminating collar, with Ionizing Points, into the fill line and run production smoothly, without having to stop to clean out the fill hose every 10 minutes. The solution was so successful that the customer is going to make more units to accommodate their other 7 filling lines.

Hopefully, the story with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will have the same good ending as did our customer’s application story and we can all return to our wonderful, pristine beaches again.

Neal Raker
Application Engineer