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

The method most employed by powder coating operation includes time-consuming vacuuming with a "shop-type" vacuum, then using a squeegee to remove the overspray from the walls and floor, air blow-off and then wipe down of the spray booth by hand.

One of the most obvious methods to bring substantial savings in labor is to reduce the steps involved in any manual processes. Employing a vacuum system that integrates a wand and squeegee designed for such powders, so users can clean the walls and floor of the spray booth quickly, reduces the steps by half.

The use of a powerful industrial vacuum also adds to the labor savings because it is 30 per cent faster than shop type vacuum equipment, covers more area, and picks up finer material. What once took 2 ½ to three hours can now be completed in less than half the time speeding up overall productivity.

Materials Reclamation

Beyond reducing labor costs and increasing overall productivity, the use of industrial vacuums also allows manufacturers to significantly reduce material cost by recovering and reusing materials which in turn reduces the need to treat material as hazardous waste.

There are many ways that industrial vacuum cleaning systems can recover materials. Portable systems with changeable collection containers allow manufacturers to capture and recover materials from diverse production runs in separate containers for later reuse. When needed, solid particles can be separated from collected liquid with a Chip Basket and Liner allowing for liquids, such as coolant, to be reused and the solids to be disposed.

Product Quality

Beyond the general considerations manufactures give to reducing time consuming clean up of fugitive dust and debris, many plants must consider the impact that manual cleanup has when particulate matter is disbursed and then settles, increasing the potential for product contamination.

Products that are highly sensitive to contamination from particulate matter need more frequent, automatic removal of these materials and continuous duty industrial vacuums are ideal for these situations and don’t require a halt in production to get the job done.

For instance, in processes such as glass production of TV screens it is critical that the cleaning system does not exhaust iron oxide dust into the air, since even a small amount of the red dust on a glass TV panel could ruin the product.

HEPA filter, which is rated 99.97% efficient down to 0.3 micron particle size, successfully prevents iron dust from contaminating production, and centralized vacuum system can be designed to clean production tables and conveyors at various points in the plant on a continuous basis, solving the waste problem without slowing production.

Reduced Wear & Tear on Equipment

Sometimes it is not the product that is affected by dust and debris, but the equipment that is used to produce the product.  In rugged industrial environments when abrasive materials such as cement, marble and glass (can you give me examples of powders that are abrasive?) come in contact with industrial equipment, it can reduce equipment life and ultimately cause failure and unscheduled downtime costing companies money and time in maintenance, replacement parts and diminished productivity.