Sump Cleaners Minimize Machine Tool Downtime
Eriez HydroFlow sump cleaners are designed to provide effective, thorough and quick machine cleaning to maintain plant productivity and minimize machine tool downtime.
Eriez HydroFlow sump cleaners are designed to provide effective, thorough and quick machine cleaning to maintain plant productivity and minimize machine tool downtime. The range of sump cleaners includes drum-top cleaners and reversible liquid vacuums. The heavy-duty industrial wet/dry vacuum filtration units clean many machine tool sumps, tanks and pits.
The company’s drum-top sump cleaner is a vacuum unit which converts an existing open-top drum into a machine tool sump cleaner that sucks up tramp oils, used oil and waste coolants. This advanced unit, which can also remove chips and fines, is an alternative to a dedicated sump cleaner.
The reversible liquid vacuum is another option for sump cleaning or liquid removal. Designed to connect to a closed-head drum, it can also be used to remove lube or hydraulic oils from reservoirs.
Eriez’s sump cleaner is designed to stand up to the toughest challenges in cleaning machine tool sumps, tanks and pits. It removes fluid, sludge and chips from the sump, while a reusable integral filter liner filters the sludge and chips from the fluid. It can be set up to return the filtered fluid to the sump or transport the fluid to a recycling system. The unit’s polypropylene filter sleeve filters to 50 microns. If finer filtration is needed, such as in certain grinding applications, a single-use paper filter sleeve can be inserted into the chip basket, which filters as fine as 20 microns.
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This shop provides a case in point of the substantial savings that can be realized with the proper coolant formulation. Rustlick Ultracut Pro, available from ITW Rocol North America, lasted twice as long in the sump than the shop’s previous coolant, leading to significant operating and maintenance cost savings.