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Industrial Vacuum Cleaning Systems Die out Shop Vacs



Although using industrial vacuums isn't new to the frozen food industry, many companies have tried in the past to use shop type vacuums to clean up dust and debris, and have found them inadequate under the rigorous demands in the food processing environment. Thus, when companies begin researching industrial vacuum systems and compare them against the concept of shop-type vacs, they are often surprised by the power, size and cost of the industrial units.



Today's industrial vacuum cleaning systems are far more advanced than the common shop vacuum that was never designed for industrial use. In fact, nearly all regulatory agencies recommend the use of industrial vacuum cleaners to remove surface dust and debris from the environment.



Capable of picking up material as heavy as bowling balls or as fine as mist, industrial vacuum cleaners can generate cost savings in material, equipment, and labor as opposed to ordinary shop type vacuums, purchased from a supplier for a couple hundred dollars.



Some companies spend literally tens of thousands of dollars on shop vacuums that quickly find their way into the trash heap, while standard industrial vacuums, that run from less than $1,000 for small installations to more than $100,000 for highly customized ones, can save companies literally tens of thousands of dollars or more in material, equipment and labor costs. 



Labor costs

Industrial vacuums have a greater capacity - in some cases, five times or more - than ordinary shop vacuums, allowing staff to stay productive at their stations instead of stopping production to dump and clean the shop type vacs several times a day.


Because industrial vacuums suck up tons of material hour housekeeping gets done much faster and there is no need to manually clean up dust and debris that common shop vacs leave behind.


Product reclamation

In many instances, the benefits of a correctly chosen vacuum cleaning system include product recovery, such as pharmaceutical applications where active ingredients are worth hundreds of dollars an ounce.


Unlike ordinary shop vacuums, industrial vacuum cleaners can also be equipped with continuous bagging systems to reclaim fine powder product giving the operator better control over dust and disposal.


Equipment performance

Dust and debris can cause excess wear and tear to equipment by lodging in gears, slides, tracks, or bearings and cause maintenance problems. Industrial vacuum cleaners have maximum suction power to maintain and clean critical production equipment to reduce downtime.



Common food products such as sugar, grain, or cornstarch can have dangerous explosive potential when airborne in powder or particulate form. In fact, fires or explosions may inadvertently be set off by a number of common causes such as the ignition spark from start up in typical electric shop vacuums.



Air operated industrial vacuums can be equipped with static-conductive filters, rated 99.9 percent efficient at one micron, further reducing sparking danger, while virtually eliminating any fine particle discharge from the vacuum's exhaust back into the work area. This helps to create healthful, productive breathing conditions in the workplace.


Many manufacturers and processors are completely integrating industrial vacuum cleaners into production and process systems. Vacuum cleaners can become a key component of critical strategic issues, ranging from productivity to environmental safety and worker health.