On a recent visit with our Hungarian Distributor, I had the pleasure of visiting an automotive leather manufacturing plant. They process and cut to order a wide variety of different styles of leather used in the manufacturing of European automobiles. In one of their machines, a grinding process is performed that smooths out the cut edges of the material before they’re stitched together.
The grinding process itself is self-contained within the machine, but the significant amount of leather dust created needs to be periodically cleaned out. If not, it ends up accumulating on some of the internal components and increasing the downtime and maintenance required on the machine. Due to this, they implemented a 2x per shift cleaning operation.
The machine has several tight spaces inside where the dust accumulates. They’d shut off the machine and blow out the dust. Then, sweep up all of the dust into a dustpan and dump it in the trash. This entire process took approximately 30 minutes each time for 1-hr/shift. With three shifts operating 24/7, that’s 3-hrs/day of lost production time for this particular cleaning process, still less than what they were experiencing as a result of the machine downtime when they weren’t regularly cleaning it.
However, the primary concern of theirs was that they were now blowing dust all over the shop causing a potential health hazard to their operators. They wanted a solution that would allow them to clean the machine, without presenting an additional hazard. We tested with a Mini Chip Vac first, but the dust was a bit too fine and was still passing through the filter bag.
For fine dusts such as this, the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is the more suitable option. After testing the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac, it was clear that this was the solution they were hoping for. The high-powered vacuum made quick work of the dust inside, while keeping it contained inside of the drum by the HEPA filter.
They still need to stop and clean the machine out 2x/shift, but now the process only took 10 minutes. They reduced their overall downtime on this machine per day by 2/3 to just 1hr, while keeping their operators safe. While this wasn’t the reason for looking at new solutions, it was definitely an added benefit. If you’re looking for a maintenance-free vacuum system for cleaning up in your facility, EXAIR has a wide range of Industrial Housekeeping solutions available from stock.
EXAIR‘s line of Industrial Housekeeping Products consist of liquid and dry vacuums that utilize compressed air to operate. They do not have loud electric motors which most ‘all purpose’ electric vacuums rely on. In industrial settings with harsh conditions and rugged use, EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping Products are better suited for the everyday wear and tear of typical manufacturing, commercial and construction environments.
When you look at EXAIR vacuums, you’ll notice there is not an electrical cord. Because the EXAIRIndustrial Housekeeping Products utilize compressed air for operation. This means they do not have the same maintenance issues of an electric motor which breakdown and fail when dirt, dust and temperature take their normal toll on moving parts. With EXAIR vacuums there are no moving parts: no motors to burn up, no bearings to wear out, and no impellers to clog in the vacuum units. They also run quieter than a typical electric vacuum.
They are maintenance free, just supply clean and filtered air, and they can operate for many, many years.
EXAIR’s liquid vacuums, there is a built in pressure/vacuum relief device and auto safety shut-off to prevent over-filling.
The Reversible Drum Vac is a two-way liquid pumping system, also made for mounting on standard steel drums…closed top drums, in this case. They can fill or empty a 55 gallon drum in 90 seconds. Options include 5, 30, and 110 gallon drum sizes, and a High Lift model – increased suction head for deep wells, underground tanks, or higher viscosity liquids, up to 1,400 cP.
The heart of our popular coolant filtration system: the EXAIR Chip Trapper. A Filter Bag in the “fill” line traps chips, swarf, and shavings. The liquid passes through, and is able to be immediately pumped back out. Not only is coolant life extended, regular cleaning of the coolant sump prevents loss of coolant flow due to clogging of the supply lines. The Chip Trapper is available in 30, 55, and 110 gallon sizes, and also in the High Lift version.
EXAIR’s dry vacuums provide many pickup and filtration options. They withstand harsh environments, have many filtration and power options and run quieter than electric vacuums.
The EXAIRChip Vac and Heavy Duty Dry Vac is a powerful industrial vacuum for use on wet or dry chips. Both are for use with 30, 55, or 110 gallon drums, and the Chip Vac can also be used on a 5 gallon drum. The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac has the added benefit of the HEPA quality filter system. Filtration per IEST-RP-CC-007 to 99.97% minimum filtration at the 0.3 micron level ensures performance meets the needed criteria.
The Chip Vac is also 50% quieter than a comparable electric vacuum at only 77 dBA!!
If you would like to talk about Industrial Housekeeping products or any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact myself or one of our Application Engineers we can help you determine the best solution.
Baseball season is in full swing, temperatures are climbing, and there’s pollen in the air. It must be spring!! The coming of spring means it’s time to start opening up the windows and tidying up around the house. It also means an increase in rain showers. To those of you out there that have experienced the joy of walking down into the basement only to find a nice pool of water I feel your pain. A crack in our foundation allowed a significant amount of water to seep inside, of course all over the brand-new carpet!!
I went out to the garage and grabbed the ol’ trusty shop vac and began vacuuming up as much residual water as I could. Shop vacs are a great tool for cleaning up a variety of messes in your home. However, the very same shop vac is not suitable for use in an industrial environment. EXAIR manufactures a variety of compressed air operated industrial vacuum systems. For the purpose of this blog, I’m going to highlight the systems suitable for use with wet materials.
Electric vacuums have impellers that can clog or break, the motor will eventually burn out, not to mention the risks associated with using electrical products near liquid. With no electricity and no moving parts to wear out, EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping products are much better suited to withstand a harsh industrial environment.
The Reversible Drum Vac attaches quickly to any closed head 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum. It’s capable of filling a 55 gallon drum in as little as 90 seconds! With a simple turn of the knob, it’s able to quickly pump the liquid back out of the drum. Coolant sumps can easily be refilled, floor spills contained, or contaminated liquids can be transferred to filtration tanks in minutes.
The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac operates just the same as the standard, but provides a higher-powered vacuum for use with thicker liquids or for applications that need to lift the liquid from below grade work areas up to 15’ deep. Both the standard and High Lift Reversible Drum Vacs have an automatic safety shutoff valve to prevent the drum from overfilling.
The Reversible Drum Vac is also the heart behind our award-winning coolant filtration system: the Chip Trapper. The Chip Trapper is a fast and simple way to clean chips, swarf, and shavings suspended in the coolant sump of your CNC machines. The liquid and suspended solids are vacuumed up into the drum. A filter bag inside traps the debris, chips, and shavings and allows you to pump clean liquid back out of the drum. The filter bag can be removed and cleaned for repeated use. Each system will come with (2) bags to get you started. Not only does this extend the life of your coolant, but can also eliminate the potential for chips and shavings to get clogged in the coolant system and reducing coolant flow. It, too, is available as a High Lift Chip Trapper System for thicker liquids or sumps that are below ground.
If you’re looking for a vacuum system that’s Built to Last, EXAIR has the right tool for you. All of our vacuum systems have no moving parts to wear out and are maintenance-free when supplied with clean and dry compressed air. With all systems available in stock and same day shipment for stock items, you can have one just in time for your annual spring cleaning!
It seems we have broken out of this deep freeze here in Cincinnati and spring has taken hold. Spring cleaning is also taking hold. That means it’s time to start looking for ways to make that chore as easy and hassle-free as possible! If you’re like me and enjoy spring cleaning the EXAIR dry vac products are right for you!
EXAIR has three dry vacuum systems, and they each have a application that fits their performance and abilities.
The Chip Vac is designed specifically for vacuuming chips. It creates a powerful direct flow that is ideal for metal, wood, and plastic chips. Because it has a filter bag, in can also handle the occasional dusty material, and keep the surrounding air clean.
If the operation machines different materials, the lid can be removed from one drum and moved to another, to keep the materials separate for easy recycling.
The 30, 55 & 110 Gallon Chip Vac’s consume 40 SCFM @ 80 PSI while the 5 Gallon size consumes 33 SCFM @ 80 psig. All 4 models are rated at a super quiet 77 dBA!
The Heavy Duty Dry Vac was engineered to vacuum more dry material in less time with less wear. The hardened alloy construction resists premature wear and the increased power makes difficult jobs and harsh environments more easily handled.
The Heavy Duty Dry Vac is ideal for abrasive materials such as steel shot, garnet, metal chips and sand, and is also useful for general purpose applications such as vacuuming floors, machines, work stations and machinery/equipment.
Like the Chip Vac, the Heavy Duty Dry Vac drum lid fits any open top drum, and can be moved from one drum to another facilitating recycling efforts.
The 30, 55 & 110 Gallon Heavy Duty Dry Vac’s consume 68 SCFM @ 80 PSI and have a sound level of 82 dBA.
The HEPA Vac (High Efficiency Particulate Air) has the added benefit of the HEPA quality filter system. Filtration per IEST-RP-CC-007 to 99.97% minimum filtration at the 0.3 micron level ensures performance meets the needed criteria. Like the Chip Vac and the Heavy Duty Dry Vac it will attach to ordinary open top drums as well.
There are a few ways to get the liquid out of a drum:
You can use a pump. Some pumps are even made to mount straight onto the lid of the drum.
You can siphon the liquid out, if you can get the drum higher than where you want to put the liquid. And if you have the time.
You can turn the drum over. I used to do field service in chemical plants…some of them had drum handlers on fork trucks that could pick up and tilt the drum to pour the liquid out. Some of them pushed the drum over and simply let the liquid spill into a pit or below-grade sump.
But pumps break down. Siphoning is finicky and slow. I’m loath to knock the skills of the fork truck operator that can pour out a drum like a sommelier pours a fine wine. And I’ll never forget the first time I saw an operator half-roll/half-dance a drum to the edge of that pit and let the liquid dump as he dropped it precisely where he wanted it…however, even in the context of the inner recesses of a chemical plant, it was simple, but inelegant.
EXAIR has an engineered solution that preserves the simplicity, though: the Reversible Drum Vac. Thread the standpipe into the bung connection and the RDV itself into the vent, and that drum is now a two-way pumping system, able to be emptied via a 10 foot long Vacuum Hose in as little as a minute and a half. Turn the knob on the RDV to switch modes, and you can fill that same drum just as fast.
The EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac Systems come with a variety of configurations and options:
Made to fit an existing 30, 55, or 110 closed top steel drum in good condition.
Mini Reversible Drum Vac System comes with a 5 gallon drum.
Deluxe Systems add a Drum Dolly and a set of tools.
Premium Systems add a drum (30, 55, or 110 gallon,) an upgrade to Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, and a 20ft compressed air supply hose with shutoff valve and pressure gauge.
High Lift Reversible Drum Vacs generate a suction head of 180″H2O for maximum lift. They’re also specified for higher viscosity liquids.
Below is a great video that showcases just how easy it is to from installing the Reversible Drum Vac to using the Reversible Drum Vac and just how fast the RDV operates.
When it comes to industrial vacuums, wouldn’t it be nice to have a durable, long lasting vacuum that is quiet? There is such a vacuum that has these qualities; the EXAIR Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System. This vacuum system has no moving parts, no motors to fail, or bearings to wear. They only require compressed air to operate.
The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is used to vacuum dusty materials, solid materials, sand, and even heavier materials like steel shot. The vacuum generator is made from a hardened alloy construction to resist wear and abrasion, and it is designed to create a powerful vacuum level measuring -60” H2O (-15 KPa) at 80 PSIG (5.5 Bar). To accommodate the multiple types of industrial applications, EXAIR offers the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Systems in three different options and in three different drum sizes.
The design of the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is based on, like the name states, the HEPA filter. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. It has a 99.97% efficiency at 0.3 micron. We designed the filter to have a large amount of surface area by pleating the media. This will extend the life of the filter as well as retain very fine dust contamination inside the drum, not in the surrounding air. The HEPA filter and vacuum generator are uniquely designed to be incorporated in a modified drum lid that will fit onto a standard 55-gallon, 30-gallon, or 110-gallon drum (209L, 114L, or 418L respectively). It is also quiet, overall the noise level is only 82 dBA at 80 PSIG (5.5 bar). Measure that against any electric vacuum.
The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Systems come in three different packages to best fit your application. The standard package comes with the drum lid described above and a latching ring to attach to your drum. It also comes with 10 feet (3m) of an anti-static hose, 20 feet (6m) of a compressed air hose, an aluminum chip wand, a hose hanger, a gauge, and a manual operational valve. For additional protection, the kit will include a Pre-Filter. This will wrap around the HEPA filter to capture the “big” items to keep the HEPA media filtering the fine particles. The standard package is available with three different drum sizes. For example, model 6199 is for the 55-gallon drum (209L), model 6199-30 is for the 30-gallon drum (114L) and model 6199-110 is for the 110-gallon drum (418L).
The next package is the Deluxe Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System. This option will include all the items in the standard option plus it adds the heavy-duty aluminum tools, a tool holder and a drum dolly. The upgraded aluminum tools include a floor tool, crevice tool, skimmer tool with detachable brush, and a two-piece double bend wand. They can be easily attached to the vacuum hose for quick cleaning of material spills. The Deluxe system is a great option for getting into tight areas, hard-to-reach places, and large floor areas. This option is also available in three drum sizes. For example, model 6299 is for the 55-gallon drum (209L), model 6299-30 is for the 30-gallon drum (114L) and model 6299-110 is for the 110-gallon drum (418L).
If you do not have a drum to use in your facility, no problem. EXAIR offers a steel drum in the Premium Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Systems. The Premium package has all the items in the Deluxe package plus a heavy-duty steel drum. We offer the Premium option for all three sizes as well. For example, model 6399 will include the 55-gallon drum (209L), model 6399-30 will included the 30-gallon drum (114L) and model 6399-110 will include the 110-gallon drum (418L).
EXAIR offers some additional items to adjust the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac to perform better in other applications. We have the Filter Protector which is a very inexpensive filter to help protect the HEPA media. For materials that are very light and buoyant, like powder paint, the Filter Protector can capture much of this material before it gets to the HEPA media. Another item that we can offer is the 20 feet (6m) anti-static vacuum hose. If you need to reach at greater distances with your tools to do a thorough cleaning, this hose can be purchased with your system.
If you get tired of throwing away your electric vacuums for burned up motors, you should try the EXAIR Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System. They will definitely extend the useful life, make it much quieter to operate and vacuum heavier materials quickly. For U.S. and Canadian customers, EXAIR offers a 30-day unconditional guarantee to try the units. Also, for a limited time. an end-user will get a free EXAIR Vac-u-Gun, a $112.00 value, with any purchase of a Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System. If you want to learn more about our Industrial Housekeeping Products, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR. We would be happy to help you.