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5 Ways Industrial Vacuum Systems Add to the Bottom Line

Industrial vacuum cleaners can suck the waste from your plant's housekeeping practices. With a heavy-duty industrial vacuum cleaning system on site, both capital equipment and employees are safer and cleaner.

Most manufacturing facilities today capitalize on the most advanced equipment technology to increase production output and minimize labor costs. However, many manufacturing plants still use manual methods like brooms, dustpans, and wheelbarrows to clean facilities. It is true that some facilities utilize store bought shop type vacs in their housekeeping 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, housekeeping 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 -- meaning less 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 cleanup 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.

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.

A HEPA filter, which is rated 99.97 percent efficient down to 0.3 micron particle size, successfully prevents iron dust from contaminating production, and a 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 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.

Employing industrial vacuum systems to remove dust and debris can save companies tens of thousands of dollars per year in term of materials, labor and equipment.

Consulting with an expert in vacuum cleaning systems can increase a company's bottom line in a variety of ways. Companies like VAC-U-MAX, often have off the shelf solutions that can be custom fitted with accessories to meet a manufacturers housekeeping needs.

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