Increase metalworking efficiency and safety

Nilfisk industrial vacuums help you reclaim valuable fluids, eliminate dangerous dust and improve daily operations

Maintaining an effective cleaning regimen is critical to the smooth, safe operation of your plant. Fluid reclamation is time-consuming and hard to do without the right equipment. Airborne metal dust creates health concerns and can cause fires and explosions. And metal shavings and debris can slow production and threaten product quality.

That’s why we designed our Nilfisk metalworking vacuums to be rugged, reliable and simple to operate. They guarantee a swift, thorough cleaning so you can:

  • Increase compliance with industry regulations
  • Keep your machinery in top condition
  • Reduce downtime and maximize product quality

We make a dirty job easier

One of the biggest problems facing machine shops and metalworking facilities is keeping the environment and machinery clean.

With Nilfisk vacuums, you can retrieve metal shavings, lubricants and coolants, reclaim fluids, and keep your production facility clean and efficient.

Collecting metal shavings, oil and debris

Specialized Nilfisk industrial vacuums are the tools you need to remove metal shavings from machine stations after each work cycle. Rugged construction and filtration systems provide years of reliable service, so you can keep your machinery in top condition, reduce downtime and maximize product quality.

Reclaiming valuable industrial fluids

Our line of oil & shaving industrial vacuums efficiently collect cutting oil and emulsions along with shavings and other debris. The solid and liquid components are then separated via macrofiltration, allowing the emulsion to be reused. That means you can:

  • Dramatically cut the time and effort it takes to reclaim fluids
  • Get cleaner, clearer fluids that perform better and last longer
  • Save money in fluid replacement costs and extend the life of expensive tools

Collecting liquids

Every machine shop needs to constantly collect oil, emulsions, chemical solutions and water. Some fluids are reclaimed, while others just need to be contained and disposed of in a safe manner.

To help with these tough jobs, Nilfisk offers the model VHO 200. Designed specifically for the metalworking industry, this vacuum collects metal chips, oily cuttings, lubricants and coolant spills. It is equipped with a diverting valve that reverses the flow of air to pump out the tank quickly and easily for total liquid discharge.

Keep your facility safe and compliant

To protect your people and your plant from respirable and combustible metal dust, we also offer immersion separator options. NFPA 484 compliant, the Nilfisk immersion separators safely collect and render metal dust in an inert fluid bath.

Aircraft and ship maintenance

The cleaning needs of transport production and maintenance facilities are highly diverse.

Production environments require regular housekeeping, and production equipment must be maintained. In assembly departments, a clean working area is essential to worker safety. And for the maintenance of vehicles, from cars to ships, cleaning is a central activity.

Nilfisk is your partner in every phase of cleaning for transport production.

Safely collecting graphite and resin powder

Nilfisk offers dedicated solutions for plants producing refractory materials – in particular, facilities that use molds that contain graphite. Nilfisk industrial vacuums continuously collect high quantities of powders and waste materials at the source – inside the milling cutters. Using a Nilfisk industrial vacuum guarantees high product quality and ensures maintenance of the milling cutter by removing the production waste. This also creates a healthy, dust-free environment for workers.

Capturing plastic, magnesium, aluminum, lithium and sodium powders

Incendiary materials like plastic, magnesium, aluminum, lithium and sodium represent a danger as they can burn or explode if ignited. Nilfisk provides both electric and pneumatic vacuums that are certified for use in these hazardous environments.

Collecting dust in laser cutting operations

Laser cutting operations generate a fine dust that is fume-like and dangerous for workers. On small and medium laser machines, the Nilfisk white line works continuously. Its small footprint will allow it to be easily integrated into the machine. The vacuums can be equipped with an optional active downstream carbon filter that will eliminate any odors generated by this operation. Centralized de-dusting systems can also be used on larger laser cutting machines.

Safely collecting dangerous paint powder

A necessary part of ongoing aircraft and ship maintenance is the removal of paint from the surface of the vessel. To make this job efficient and safe, Nilfisk vacuums can be fitted with special attachments to capture the paint dust and debris at the source.

This prevents toxic paint dust from threatening the health of workers and from causing malfunctions in sensitive navigation and other electronic systems.

That’s why Nilfisk industrial vacuums are used by major aeronautics and ship manufacturers around the world.

Applications in steel production

Specialized, high-performance industrial vacuums are irreplaceable tools in heavy industry operations where material recovery is important for safety and for cost control. Nilfisk vacuums are low-maintenance and easy to use, and their extraordinary performance means they quickly pay for themselves.

Steel tube production

Using an industrial vacuum can reduce machine downtime during production and avoid wear on tools. And using an industrial vacuum as part of a regular cleaning regimen can reduce general cleaning time by approximately 70%.

Steel tubes need to cool down after production, which produces a steel slag that needs to be removed prior to the next stage of production.

Collecting chips during steel plate production

Nilfisk vacuums can be used in tandem with manufacturing equipment used for steel production. As the steel saws automatically cut the plates, the vacuum continuously removes the dust and debris. This process removes large quantities of metal chips, keeping production running smoothly and maintaining product quality.

Beryllium in the workplace

Beryllium is highly toxic. Workers who inhale beryllium are at risk of developing lung cancer or chronic beryllium disease (CBD), which is a serious pulmonary disease that can be fatal. OSHA estimates that 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium. Most affected workers are in general industry. About 11,500 are shipyard and construction workers.

Understanding OSHA’s new standard

The new rule reduces the 8-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium to 0.2 micrograms/m3. This is a tenfold decrease from the previous PEL, which was established 45 years ago. It also establishes a short-term exposure limit (STEL) for beryllium of 2.0 micrograms/m3 over a 15-minute sampling period. The standard indicates that employers should use engineering and work practice controls to limit worker exposure to beryllium.

Compliance Deadlines

General industry employers must comply with all parts of the standard by May 11, 2018 and construction and shipyard employers must comply with the PEL and STEL requirements on May 11, 2018.

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