Combustible Dust

In February 1999, an explosion in a Massachusetts Foundry killed three people and injured nine. The same scenario repeated itself in January 2003 when an explosion in a pharmaceutical plant located in North Carolina killed six and injured 38 individuals. The same year, another explosion in a Kentucky acoustics insulation manufacturing firm killed seven and injured 37. Five years later, an explosion took place at a Georgian sugar refinery that ended up killing 14 and injuring 38 people. The list seems endless. However, in all these explosions and many more, one thing was clear. The culprit was dust.

What are Dust Explosions?

A dust explosion is defined as the fast combustion of small particles suspended in the air, most notably but not always in enclosed locations. Dust explosions could take place in locations where dispersed combustible materials are present in high concentrations in the atmosphere or any other oxidising gaseous elements such as oxygen. Tiny particles of metal dust and metal particles are the by-products of the manufacturing process, and a cloud of them requires a spark to explode – which, in turn, can loft even more dust that triggers further explosions.

Dangers of Dust Explosions

Dust explosions are dangerous and harmful. Since 1980, more than 133 people have been killed by dust explosions in the United States alone. Despite killing people, these sorts of explosions have the capability of destroying buildings and hurling individuals across a room. Individuals caught in dustexplosions are often burned by the intensity of heat within the burning cloud of dust or get injured by flying objects and other falling structures. Furthermore, reports of people who have lost their sight or the ability to hear clearly as a result of dust explosions are not new. These are some of the dangers of dust explosion.

How to mitigate Dust Explosions

Dust explosions continue to kill and injure people. The statistics and staggering figures on the number of people killed or injured by these explosions are worrying. Something needs to be done urgently to eliminate incidences of dust explosions.

First of all, it is important for industries to invest in industrial vacuum cleaners among other industrial cleaning equipment tocontrol fugitive combustible dust. These equipment collect combustible dust into disposable bags which could then be piped outside. Furthermore, to avoid such explosions, the following needs to be done:

• Heated surfaces and systems should be separated from dust
• Dust residues should be cleaned at regular intervals
• Cleaning methods that do not generate dust clouds should be adopted
• Only approved vacuum cleaners for dust collection should be used
• A hazardous and dust inspection, housekeeping, testing, and control program needs to be developed and implemented
• Industries should utilise surfaces that minimise the accumulation of dust while facilitating cleaning
• Escape of dust from ventilation systems or process equipment should be minimised.

industrial vacuum cleaner
Nilfisk CFM 127 Vacuum

The industrial vacuum cleaners are crucial in every home, office, and commercial enterprise. They are important in offering you the best cleaning solution when handling dirt of all types, especially those that are challenging to manage. The good thing about these cleaners is that they can be employed in a number of applications. This means that you can use them in domestic and industrial cleaning services. The industrial vacuum cleaner hire is a subject worth considering if you are looking at achieving the best cleaning service.

Here are four reasons why you should use the industrial vacuum cleaners:

  1. Faster Cleaning Solutions

Research shows that industrial vacuum cleaners are much faster than brooms and small domestic vacuum cleaners. Normally, the industrial vacuum cleaner is 50% faster than brooms. The push brooms are known to jump over dirt especially under bright light. When compared with the small home vacuum cleaners, the industrial types are 30% faster.

  1. Wide Applications

When compared with the home vacuum cleaners, the industrial types work on a number of surfaces. They can be used on both dry and wet surfaces. On the other hand, the home vacuum cleaners can only be used on dry surfaces. For this reason, less dirt gets to accumulate over time. With an industrial vacuum cleaner, there is no debate on what surface to clean as the equipment can be used on any surface.

  1. Longer Life and Functionality

Normally, the industrial vacuum cleaners come with a 15-20 years warranty. If you opt to buy the cleaners, you are guaranteed of long-term service and value for your cash. Remember, you can use these vacuum cleaners every single day and get to achieve quality cleaning results. They are able to help you get rid of pathogens and dirt from your home or office.

  1. Powerful Performance

The industrial vacuum cleaners are normally more powerful in performance than their domestic counterparts. Research shows that their power output is a little lower (about 1400W) than the domestic ones (1800W+). However, the industrial vacuum cleaners guarantee the best results. You get to spend less on power and still receive the best cleaning results. They can use long and larger hoses, and are compatible with a variety of powerful tools.

 

Conclusion

 

Industrial cleaning machineGenerally, there are many reasons why you should procure the industrial vacuum cleaners. It’s very important to consider industrial vacuum cleaner hire for the best cleaning results and advice. You will always like the benefits attached to the use of the vacuum cleaners.

Industrial vacuum cleaners
                                 Industrial vacuum cleaner

Normally, improper use of the vacuum cleaner can result in dander, dust, and dirt being left behind. To prevent this from happening, you need to learn how to effectively use the vacuum cleaner and how to keep it in good working conditions. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve the best cleaning results when using the industrial vacuum cleaner.

  1. Reduce the Mess Created

Basically, your vacuum cleaner gets to work best when the dirt is minimal. You should avoid dust, dirt and any kind of soiling agent from getting into your house. You can lay rugs on the doorstep so as to discourage the members of your household from stepping into the house with dusty shoes.

  1. Adhere to the Vacuum Schedule

Mostly, weekly vacuum cleaning is effective. Doing once a week makes sure that your house gets the best cleaning service as the vacuum cleaner gets to rest. Overuse of the equipment may result to wear.

  1. Make Several Passes when Cleaning

Normally, the more passes you make, the better the cleaning results. Consumers who make 12 or more passes tend to achieve better vacuum cleaning results. A single sweep does not guarantee quality work as dirt and dander get left behind.

  1. Avoid Small Objects

The industrial vacuum cleaners cannot resist the suction of small objects such as paper clips and coins. These particles normally interfere with the functioning of the vacuum cleaner. Eventually, your industrial vacuum cleaner life is threatened by these small particles.

  1. Use the Right Accessory

The industrial vacuum cleaner usually comes with extra accessories such as the upholstery brush, round brush and power nozzle. The power nozzle is effective in cleaning the carpet. The upholstery brush is effective in cleaning the furniture and mattresses while the brush is good for the steps.

  1. Avoid Overfilling the Bags

Normally, the hose gets to feed the bag about two thirds. For this reason, you are expected to maintain this level. Overfilling can damage the vacuum cleaner resulting in repair expenses.

  1. Avoid Frayed Edges

To achieve this, you should begin cleaning the small mats from the centre as you move outwards to the edges. The small mats require careful handling so as not to damage the equipment with the suction of the mat particles.

  1. Handle the Spill and Stubborn Stains Independently

If you notice that your mats contain stubborn stains, you are supposed to handle them first before making the vacuum passes. This is to make sure that the stains do not interfere with the performance of the vacuum cleaner.

  1. Clean the Vacuum Set Regularly

To maintain the vacuum set in good condition, it’s important that you clean the filters, brushes and other vital parts regularly. This will ensure that the equipment is free from spoilers.

  1. Service the Vacuum Cleaner Once in a While

You should allow an expert to look at the vacuum cleaner once in a while to make sure that it’s in good condition. Servicing of the equipment helps to save you from spending money on replacements and repairs.

Conclusion

Generally, the industrial vacuum, cleaners need regular maintenance and proper observations to work effectively. Knowing how to prevent damage to the cleaner is vital to achieving long-term service and great cleaning performance.

 

selecting a floor cleaning
Selecting An Industrial Floor Cleaner

A clean industrial cleaning environment is critical for worker safety, increased productivity, and improved product quality. This is the reason why you need to select the best industrial floor cleaners for your plant. In fact, the cleaning equipment you choose is nearly as important as the production equipment.

A clean environment conveys a quality image that results in high employee morale and positive reaction from your visitors and clients. Keeping the environment clean adds value to the business. However, the process of selecting the appropriate cleaning equipment isn’t easy. Sometimes you may end up purchasing cleaning equipment that doesn’t deliver quality cleaning.

Below are some factors that you need to consider when buying industrial floor cleaners.

Operator Visibility

Check whether the cleaning equipment provides the cleaner with a clear view of the surface to be cleaned. This is critical for both the safety of the worker and better performance. It is crucial to have a cleaning equipment that allows the cleaner to have a clear view of the dumping without the need to lean his head outside of the machine.

Forcing the operator to lean outside may result in accidents hence unnecessary compensation. The equipment you choose should allow the operator to sit straight and keep his head inside during sweeping and dumping operations.

Ease of use

This is a critical factor that you need to consider while purchasing your cleaning equipment especially when the industrial floor cleaners are going to be used by more than one person. Check whether the controls are easy to understand and the level of training the operators will need to undertake before they can comfortably work with the equipment.

Can the operators handle minor problems on their own or will you need a specialist every time the machine breaks down? Unless the cleaners can easily be controlled by the available cleaning staff, the cleaning productivity is set to suffer.

Cleaning Speed

The floor cleaner that you choose should be able to perform cleaning jobs quickly. Improved speed will allow your cleaners to concentrate on the cleaning activities effectively. You should also check whether the cleaning equipment offers fast drying times since it helps in resuming work quickly hence saving a lot of time.

The Tank Capacity / Water Usage

Scrubbers that have a large solution tank capacity in relation to their size and offer reduced water/detergent use will lower your operating costs. Such scrubbers are also environmentally friendly since they reduce the volume of your waste stream hence improving your cleaning productivity.

Has a Truro doctor designed the world’s smallest bagless vacuum cleaner?

Smallest vacuum cleaner image

Could a Truro doctor be the first person in the Guinness Book of Records to hold the record for having the world’s smallest vacuum cleaner?  For many people, a vacuum cleaner is small enough to manoeuvre around the house.  Our industrial vacuum cleaners can be used in warehouses and on airport terminals.  According to the Plymouth Herald, Doctor Toby Bateson may have set a precedent.

A Dyson clone for a dolls house?

Toby’s cleaner is 2.8 cm tall, about the same size as an eraser.  Owing to its small size, you handle what is probably the world’s smallest vacuum cleaner in the same way as a rubber.  You hold onto the cylindrical cleaner with your fingertips and place it on the area you wish to clean.  This video clip shows you how it picks up dust.

For the time being, it has limited uses.  Mr. Bateson is seen using the vacuum cleaner to pick up sawdust.  It could be a good tool for picking up bits of pencil erasers.  There is potential for his design for add-ons.  A dainty little brush attachment and a slim extension hose could be good.  The accessory pack, if one was to be considered, would take up more room than its cylindrical section.

Instead of being a quirky desktop toy, there is potential for serious uses.  The world’s smallest vacuum cleaner could be used for blowing dust off electronic components.  As to whether Mr. Bateson has developed a Dyson clone for a dolls house, he is almost there.  Except, dolls houses tend to be the preserve of hobbyists with cash to burn rather than as a young child’s plaything.

Would we buy one?

Should Dr. Bateson’s miniature marvel hit the shelves, we think it could be a good stocking filler.  We hope he succeeds.

Clean Hire, 05 December 2016.

A trio of terrific industrial cleaners

We at Clean Hire have been in business long enough to know which industrial cleaners suck in the literal sense as well as the qualitative sense.  We offer a small but significant number of well known makes for hire on a business to business basis.  This means everything from the smallest of sweepers to mighty scrubber sweepers.  Also cordless cleaners, petrol-powered scrubber sweepers, and battery operated systems.

For our latest post, we have decided to focus on three of our industrial cleaners.

All cleaners great and small…

Comac Vispa 35b

The Comac’s Vispa 35b is a bijou scrubber dryer designed for the smallest or most congested areas. It is an attractive option for light maintenance work and the smallest of Clean Hire’s industrial cleaners, especially designed for confined spaces.  Available in battery or mains electric forms, it is good for cleaning the nooks and crannies left behind by bigger cleaners.

CFM 3707

The CFM 3707 industrial vacuum cleaner, in spite of its bulk is a quiet yet powerful cleaner. It is a gentle giant which comes in 5.5 kW and 11 kW forms.  At around 77 dB, the noise is no louder than a lawnmower or background music from a radio set.  It is a three-phase cleaner which provides suction more efficiently than conventional industrial cleaners.

Hakomatic 1800

It’s big, it’s orange and grey, and it well and truly looks the part.  The Hakomatic 1800 is your first choice for cleaning forecourts and warehouses. Simultaneous sweeping and scrubbing is possible and it can cover up to 12,200 m² in an hour.  Easy to maintain, it has been designed for use in multi storey car parks and ground level car parks.

For Further Information…

We have a considerable number of industrial cleaners for hire beyond the three stated here.  If you would like to know more, give us a call on 01744 633738.  Or send us an email, addressed to info@cleanhire.co.uk.  We shall reply to your call as soon as possible.

Clean Hire, 01 November 2017.

A look at Hoover’s best-selling vacuum cleaner

Your parents might have had one in the pantry. There’s half a chance your grandparents – or even your great-grandparents had this model of vacuum cleaner. For the second model in our series of iconic vacuum cleaners, we look at the Hoover Junior. Continue reading “Iconic Vacuum Cleaners: The Hoover Junior”

A look at Numatic’s iconic Henry vacuum cleaner

Numatic International's iconic Henry vacuum cleaner.
Iconic: Numatic International’s Henry vacuum cleaner.

It is often said that Britain has no manufacturing industry to speak of. Most of our cars are in foreign hands though some of them are produced on our own shores. The railways, Association Football, and cricket, have been exported far and wide and improved upon outside our island. If you say our manufacturing output sucks, this could be true of Numatic’s products in another sense. In this case, we refer to Henry, the first of a series of iconic vacuum cleaners manufactured and created by Numatic. Continue reading “Iconic Vacuum Cleaners: the Henry HVR200”

Introducing Tennant’s battery powered sweeper-scrubber

Energy Efficient: the battery powered Tennant M17 sweeper-scrubber. Image courtesy of Tennant/BusinessWire.
Energy Efficient: the battery-powered Tennant M17 sweeper-scrubber. Image courtesy of Tennant/BusinessWire.

With the power of standard petrol-driven ride-on sweeper-scrubbers, Tennant’s latest addition to the fold is the revolutionary M17. Their latest sweeper-scrubber is a battery powered one with greater energy efficiency than its predecessors. As a fume-free model, the Tennant M17 is a boon for large indoor spaces, which ensures clean air in the workplace and public buildings.

The Tennant M17 comes with a number of features that improve upon its predecessors. This include:

  • The Pro-PanelTM touch screen interface;
  • ec-H2OTM Technology with Severe EnvironmentTM switch: energy efficient detergent-free cleaning;
  • DFSTM (Dual Force Sweeping) technology: dual counter-rotating brushes, designed to capture large and small debris in a single pass.

The Pro-Panel screen is more intelligent than your usual display. Instead of a multitude of controls, everything is on an easy-to-use control panel. There are programmable Zone Settings which enable you to clean efficiently. With the Pro-ID setting, you can program the M17 to the skill levels of each operative (like permitting access rights to certain programs). There is also 28 different language options.

If you wish to clean efficiently, Tennant M17’s bristle power makes that possible, thanks to ec-H2OTM Technology, with its Severe Environment switch. The battery powered M17, whilst in this mode, can clean any floor with a single pass – without detergent. With ec-H2OTM technology, a single tank of water can last three times as long as sweeper-scrubbers.

As well as the digital wizardry, the battery powered sweeper-scrubber’s piece de resistance is its Dual Force Sweeping technology. Its dual counter-rotating brushes can pick up the largest and smallest of particles with ease.

The Tennant M17 is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. It is designed for cleaning:

  • Car parks, garages, and forecourts;
  • Warehouses, factories, aircraft hangers and exhibition halls;
  • Bus, coach and railway stations.

Contact us and as soon as Clean Hire offer the Tennant M17 battery powered sweeper-scrubbers, you’ll be the first to know on our website under the industrial cleaning machines section.