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Industrial Vacuum Cleaners: Sucking The Waste From Housekeeping Practices -- I

Apr 27, 2015

Five ways industrial vacuum systems add to the bottom line.

Most manufacturing facilities today capitalize on the most advance equipment technology to increase production output and minimize labor costs.  However, many manufacturing plants still use manual methods like brooms, dustpans, and wheel barrows to clean facilities. It is true that some facilities utilize store bought shop type vacuums in their house keeping routine, but using one of those in an industrial setting is like using a glue gun in a factory that was purchased at a craft store.

With a manufacturing operation that is in constant motion, scheduling time-consuming manual cleaning means lost production and lost profit. However dreaded the task, house keeping is absolutely necessary for health, safety, machine performance and product quality reasons and therefore these interruptions in production are accepted as standard operating procedure.

If there are solutions that allow for automatic removal of dust and debris such as industrial vacuum cleaners, then why aren’t more facilities employing them in their housekeeping routine?

Perhaps there is a lack of knowledge that industrial vacuums are capable of sucking up to six tons of material per hour, or that industrial vacuums filter fine particles up to 0.3 microns, or that industrial vacuums can cost as little as $1000. More to the point, most manufacturers are probably unaware of the cost benefits such as better product quality, material reclamation, reduced wear and tear on equipment -- meaningless downtime for maintenance and repair costs, longer production runs and probably the most significant savings, reduced labor cost.

Reduced Labor Cost

Across nearly all industries, most production systems are designed to produce multiple products on a single line. In order to make this process cost effective, turnaround time on setups must be efficient; but manual clean up or the use of inadequate equipment can reduce the ROI of such systems.

Consider a powder coating operation that offers custom colors in addition to its basic colors. Although the operation may have a spray booth for each of its standard colors, some products may receive two or three different colors, and each time a color change is required for custom colors, the powder spray booth has needs cleaning and overspray must be removed from the booth.