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New Vacuum Safe to Use Around Combustible Materials

Guardair Corporation has developed an innovative vacuum for safely cleaning workspaces in environments with combustible materials.

Machine Vac is now available in a Non-Electrical Discharge (NED) version. Constructed from electrically conductive components that suppress the buildup of static charges, the Machine Vac NED is ideal for vacuuming combustible materials commonly found in manufacturing facilities.

Powered by standard shop compressed air, the unit features a high-efficiency, pneumatic vacuum and a 5.5-gallon static conductive container. With no electric motor to burn out, the unit is virtually maintenance-free. It can be mounted on a wall or other vertical surface to save valuable, shop-floor space.

Designed for dry applications, the Machine Vac NED features a static conductive vacuum hose and aluminum crevice tool to safely vacuum combustible materials from machinery, equipment and workspaces.

OSHA estimates that over 30,000 U.S. facilities are at risk for incidents related to combustible materials. "Motors or switches on electric vacuums often generate arcs, or sparks," says Tom Tremblay, President of Guardair. "And these can ignite an explosion in a combustible dust-filled location." By contrast, Guardair's pneumatic NED vacuum produces no arcs or sparks, besides suppressing static electric charges, thereby offering a safe alternative to conventional, electric powered vacuums.

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