Air Powered Combustible Dust Vacuums More Economical and More Powerful than Electric Counterparts
February 20, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsThere is a prevailing perception in the industrial world, attributable to the higher costs associated with producing compressed air, that air powered explosion proof vacuums cost more to operate. According to David Kennedy, General Manager of VAC-U-MAX's industrial vacuum cleaning division, "that's just a myth. Air Powered Class II Div 2 vacuums have lower operating costs over time, he says." VAC-U-MAX, that manufactures both air powered and electric combustible dust vacuums, invented the world's first vacuum cleaner for operation on compressed air in 1954. Its proprietary variable orifice venturi allows operation with the lowest air consumption in the market.
Often initial investment is one, if not the greatest, consideration when purchasing a piece of equipment. However, when it comes to air powered combustible dust vacuums that can cost around $4500 compared to significantly higher costs of electrical units that range between $8-10,000, initial cost is commonly overlooked. The reasoning behind this is the trend to be as efficient as possible running an air compressor due to cost. However, when comparing overall operating costs of compressed air vacs vs. electric vacuums for use in Class II div 2 areas, compressed air industrial vacuum cleaners are far more economical over time.
Perhaps the myth stems from the fact that cheaper air powered industrial vacuum cleaners for use in Class II Div 2 areas that cost around $1800 do use significantly more compressed air than higher quality air powered combustible dust vacuums that cost around $4500. "It's like trying to compare a quality tool to a tool you get at a 99 cents store," says Kennedy.
For instance, VAC-U-MAX's air powered explosion proof vacuums use 35 CFM at 60 PSI where cheaper combustible dust vacuums use 100 CFM at 90 PSI. Based on a conservative 10 hours of use per week at $.50 per 1000CFM, the cheaper explosion proof vacuums cost for compressed air would be $1560 per year whereas, VAC-U-MAX' model compressed air costs would be $546., delivering an annual cost savings of $1014.
Beyond the lower initial investment cost between the compressed air vacs and electric vacuums for combustible dust, air powered vacuums also have lower annual maintenance costs. Electric motors that are classified for use in Class II Div 2 areas use carbon brushes that wear out over time, needing replacement between 750 and 1200 hours of operation. Replacing motors that are certified for Class II Div 2 areas can cost upwards of $3000 per year; whereas air powered units that have no moving parts and generate no heat during operation need no replacement. Furthermore, VAC-U-MAX's proprietary venturi's carry a lifetime warranty-equating to zero cost. Other items to be considered in yearly costs are filters. Choosing Class II Div 2 industrial vacuum cleaners equipped with reusable washable filters further reduces yearly costs of disposable filters by a minimum of $1000. When equipped with a manual pulse filter system, operator exposure is reduced and maintenance time eliminated.
For more information about industrial combustible dust vacuums or to learn about VAC-U-MAX pneumatic conveying systems, write to them at 69 William Street, Belleville, NJ 07109; call 1-800-VAC-U-MAX (800) 822-8629 or (973) 759-4600; e-mail email@example.com; or visit their website www.vac-u-max.com.