EXAIR Chip Vac Systems For Durable, Quiet, and Effective Industrial Housekeeping

Back when typewriters were an author’s main tool, movies & TV shows would often show an author experiencing a condition known as “writer’s block”, sitting at his desk with a wastebasket overflowing with crumpled papers representing failures-to-launch of their latest work.

For you younger folks, a “typewriter” is a standalone word processor with an integral printer.

The reason I tell you all this, dear reader, is because I had a bad case of “writer’s block” going on with this blog until I had the pleasure of discussing Industrial Housekeeping Products with a caller from a major tire manufacturer. Their needs were typical – and familiar:

  • Electric powered shop vacuums did the job, but….
  • They’re loud.
  • They break down.
  • They can’t use them everywhere. Their safety rules say they’re not allowed to run them in areas where the floor, equipment, etc., gets wet. (That’s a good rule, by the way…electrocution is serious business).
  • They’ve got compressed air drops EVERYWHERE…maybe more common even than 115VAC receptacles.
  • Since it’s a tire plant, they’d be used to vacuum up exactly what you’d expect: scrap bits of rubber, ranging from shavings to pellet-sized chunks.

If they were using it for particularly dense or abrasive material, we’d have talked about the Heavy Duty Dry Vac. If it was for dusty materials (especially critical dust containment of toxic or hazardous materials), the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac would have been discussed. If liquid transfer was involved, we’d have talked about Reversible Drum Vacs, EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vacs, or Chip Trapper Systems. If it was for small jobs and something handheld was desirable, the Vac-u-Gun might have been worth a look (actually…more on that in a minute). But this was a “textbook” fit for a Chip Vac System – consider:

  • Compressed air powered – no electric motor to burn out.
  • No moving parts – supply it with clean air, and it’ll run darn near indefinitely, maintenance free.
  • Compressed air powered, part 2 – no risk of electrocution.
  • Quiet – at 77dBA, the Chip Vac is 50% quieter than typical electric vacs.
Whatever your needs, EXAIR has a Chip Vac System to meet them!

If you’ve got an open top drum, Model 6193 (55 gallon) or 6193-30 (30 gallon) comes with everything you need for a basic setup. Model 6293 (or 6293-30) adds a Drum Dolly and Tool Holder. Or, for a complete system, ready to go right out of the box, Model 6393 (55 gallon), 6393-30 (30 gallon) or 6393-110 (110 gallon) adds the Drum, a 20ft compressed air supply hose with shutoff valve & gauge, and upgrades to a Static Resistant Hose and Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools. For smaller jobs and/or if space is a premium, Model 6193-5 comes with a 5 gallon container, and Model 6293-5 adds a drum dolly to that.

This automotive plant has a number of Model 6193-5 Mini Chip Vac Systems strategically located for frequent and quick cleanup jobs.

And, by taking advantage of our current promotion, they’re getting a free Vac-u-Gun with their order (I told you we’d be back to that).

Get a FREE Vac-u-Gun with any qualifying Industrial Housekeeping Product order through April 30, 2022! Click here for details.

If you’ve got Industrial Housekeeping problems, EXAIR has a wide range of quiet, safe, and efficient solutions. To find out more, give me a call.

Russ Bowman, CCASS

Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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Order an EXAIR Industrial Housekeeping System, Get a FREE Vac-U-Gun!

EXAIR manufactures a range of pneumatic barrel vacuums (drum vacuums) geared towards cleaning up the inevitable messes you’ll find in just about any industrial environment. These are “workhorse” vacuums with a long history of durability and reliability. EXAIR offers systems suitable for use with dry materials only, wet materials only, as well as one capable of handling both.

Starting on 3/1, order any of EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping Systems and receive a FREE Model 6492 Vac-U-Gun Kit. The kit comes complete with the powerful handheld Vac-U-Gun and a vacuum bag and is an excellent solution for small messes around the shop. The porous filter bag allows you to capture any of the vacuumed materials so that they can be easily recycled.

The Vac-U-Gun isn’t just for vacuuming, but also easily converts into a powerful blow gun by simply removing one small part and changing the orientation of the generator inside.

EXAIR’s Industrial Vacuums are designed to be used with steel drums you may already have lying around the warehouse. If you don’t have a steel drum in good condition, we sell Premium Systems that include the drum and everything you could possibly need.

If you’re looking for a system that can handle both wet and dry materials, look no further than the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac. The EasySwitch is designed to handle the toughest of industrial cleanup jobs with ease. Available with a standard or HEPA certified filter for dry material, the system quickly and easily converts from vacuum mode to dry mode. Simply lift the latch and remove the filter element when vacuuming liquids. When you’re done, just place the filter insert into the lid and you’re ready to vacuum your dry materials.

The EasySwitch converts from wet to dry materials in less than 10 seconds, with no tools, springs or clips!

Our Reversible Drum Vac allows you to fill a 55 gallon drum in less than two minutes. With the simple turn of a knob, the stainless steel pump quickly empties the drum as well.

The Reversible Drum Vac is a liquid vacuum purpose built to empty and fill sumps or clean up spills.

For thicker more viscous liquids (up to 1400 cP) or for when the application requires lifting the liquid from below-grade sumps, our High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is the best option. Operating in the same manner as the Standard Reversible Drum Vac, the High Lift RDV provides the extra power you need to move liquids from below grade work areas, sumps, or tanks up to 15’ deep. Both the Reversible Drum Vac and High Lift Reversible Drum Vac are offered in a variety of different systems both with and without the drum included.

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.

The Chip Trapper is available in either 30, 55, or 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.

Dry materials are also a common issue generated in a variety of industrial processes. 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 Dry Vac and Chip Vac have 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 (HD Dry Vac and Premium Chip Vac Only).

The Heavy Duty Dry Vac is constructed of hardened steel designed to provide superior abrasion resistance. It’s also a bit more powerful than the Chip Vac, with a vacuum level of -60” H2O at 80 PSIG. The Chip Vac is constructed of aluminum and is the ideal solution for general duty applications where there is no risk of abrasion.

Using only compressed air, EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping vacuums require no electricity. Without electricity and moving parts to wear out, there is no concern for failed parts, motor failure, or personnel safety associated with the use of electric vacuums used with liquids. All systems are available to ship same day from stock and are backed by our 5 Year Built to Last Guarantee. If you’re tired of replacing electric shop vacs in your shop, EXAIR has the solution you need. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you select the best system for your application. Take advantage of this limited time offer and get your hands on a free Vac-U-Gun!

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
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Super Air Knife Promotion: Get a FREE Safety Air Gun!

Do you have a need to blow off a wide area? Do you like to save money on compressed air? Well, then I have a solution for you! EXAIR’s Super Air Knife is the BEST SOLUTION for all wide area blow off applications using compressed air. We have been manufacturing Air Knives for over 38 years and the Super Air Knife is the culmination of all that experience put into one design. The Super Air Knife was first released back in 1997 and it remains the most efficient knife on the market. We have seen copy-cat products and others that claim better performance, but testing proves otherwise. Super Air Knives remain the most efficient.

316SS Super Air Knife removes excess water from fish prior to flash freezing

The Super Air Knife works by taking a small amount of compressed air to create a high velocity laminar sheet of air. This sheet of air then entrains (pulls in) the surrounding ambient air at a rate of 40:1 (40 parts ambient air to one part compressed air), making it very effective in a variety of cooling, drying, and blow off applications. The Super Air Knife also comes in the most variety of lengths ranging from 3″ all the way up to 108″. And in 4 different stock materials which are Aluminum, 303 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel, and PVDF. This allows the Super Air Knife to fit your specific needs. Like all of EXAIR’s product lines, these air knives meet or exceed OSHA standards for safety.

Super Air Knife blowing off Parts

Starting in November through the end of the month, order any EXAIR Super Air Knife and receive a free 1210 Soft Grip Safety Air Gun. This applies to all stock Super Air Knifes. The Model 1210 is a top pick for many industrial applications. With the ideal combination of forceful air flow, quite noise level, and compressed air usage there’s not many applications that aren’t suited for this style of gun. All EXAIR’s Safety Air Guns are compliant with OSHA 1910.242 (b), relating to dead-end pressure, and can keep your personnel safe. 

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If you have questions about any of our engineered Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR or any Application Engineer.

Cody Biehle
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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Industrial Housekeeping Promo: Free Vac-U-Gun

Are you in need of a new vacuum system or upgrade your new old system? Well now’s the time to do it! Starting March 1st, 2021 and running through May 31st, 2021, we are offering a free Vac-U-Gun system with any order of one of our Industrial Housekeeping Vacuum Systems. Our Vac-U-Gun system is a versatile tool that can help you clean up surfaces and transfer the material from point A to point B. The Vac-U-Gun can also be used as a powerful blow gun simply by unscrewing the generator and flipping it around. Best of all these units have no moving parts meaning they will run almost indefinitely and are maintenance free.

Vac-U-Gun System

Our industrial housekeeping products are designed to either handle dry solids or liquid.

If you need to handle solid material our Chip Vac system is the perfect choice. The system can handle both dry and damp material and transfer it into one of our standard open top steel drum (or use one of your own drums). If you are working with a heavier or abrasive material then look no further then the Heavy Duty Dry Vac which provides superior performance and abrasion resistance for use with materials as garnet, ground glass, blasting and tumbling media.

Chip Vac system From left to right: 5gal, 30gal, 55gal, 110gal

For your dustier applications we offer the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system, which uses the same vacuum generator as the Heavy Duty Dry Vac but provides a higher level of filtration. The HEPA rated filter meets the requirements of 99.97% filtration at the 0.3 micron level.

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system from left to right: 30gal, 55gal, 110gal

If liquids are what you need the Reversible Drum Vac system which can pump 55 gals in 90 secs is an good choice. The Reversible Drum Vac also comes in a High Lift version which can be used to pump liquids that have a much thicker viscosity and move liquids up to 15’ deep. When it comes filtering out solids from your liquid we also have the High Lift Chip Trapper and the Chip Trapper system. The Chip Trapper systems allow you to filter out solids suspended in the liquid; this is perfect for filtering out chips from your coolant tanks for machining.

Chip Trapper System from left to right: 30gal, 55gal, 110gal

If you need to clean up both liquids and solids, choose our new EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac system. The EasySwitch allows you to easily switch the unit from being able to vacuum up solids to being able to suck up liquids (hence the name). All you have to do is remove the HEPA filter from the latch on the lid. There are no tools involved, no springs or cumbersome closures. Switch from liquids to dry materials in less than 15 seconds.

The New EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac system

If you have any questions about compressed air systems or want more information on any of EXAIR’s products, give us a call, we have a team of Application Engineers ready to answer your questions and recommend a solution for your applications.

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Cody Biehle
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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