CAMX 2018 preview: Eurovac
Appears in Print as: 'Dust removal and filtration system'
Eurovac Inc. (Toronto, ON, Canada) is featuring its full line of specialized equipment designed for the safe removal of dust in composites fabrication environments. Of emphasis is the Eurovac Explosion Proof Portable, a vacuum system that collects explosive powders and wide-ranging combustible dusts such as wood, aluminum and composites. Designed for a variety of tasks, including orbital sanding, grinding, drilling or routing, this system runs on a 110V, 12-amp, 1300W explosion-proof motor and offers an explosion-proof starter and junction box. The system has a three-step filtration system; the tangential entry and cyclonic cone remove 85% of dust before it reaches the 8-by-16-inch polyester cartridge filter (22 ft2 of filter media). A final HEPA filter completes the filtration process, removing 99.97% of particles to 0.3 microns. This portable unit also features a 15-gal collection or, for aluminum applications, an 5-gal canister.
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