What is an Industrial Vacuum?

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Industrial vacuum cleaners are used in several industries to remove toner, developer, lead, mold spores, soot and other contaminants without spreading the deadly particles. These types of vacuum cleaners usually come equipped with a conductive path to ground system to prevent static electricity that may damage electronic equipment. There are several types of industrial vacuums, to include canister, HEPA, venturi, industrial portables and backpacks, ESD, and sump vacuums.

Canister-style industrial vacuums have a triple filtration system, which removes up to 99.9 percent of all particles 0.3 microns in size and larger. They are equipped to clean up liquid and fine particle contaminants and work well on both hard and carpeted floors. This style of industrial vacuum cleaner is chassis mounted and won't tip over easily.

HEPA filter industrial vacuum cleaners come in wet and dry models as well as a combination model. They are used to clean particles 0.3 microns in size, and larger. The filter is easily replaced, ensuring the vacuum will always perform at its maximum capability. This style vacuum cleaner is available in 6 (22.7 liters), 15 (56.8 liters) and 55 gallon (208.2 liters) sizes, making it perfect for businesses of every size. HEPA filter vacuums are sold with poly, painted steel or stainless steel tanks.


Venturi industrial vacuum cleaners are powered by compressed air. They have no moving parts, meaning they can handle a lot of wear and tear without breaking. Venturi vacuum cleaners can be used to clean wet or dry materials and have an optional HEPA filter for cleaning fine dust particles. The best feature of this vacuum cleaner is that it doesn't require electricity to operate.

Portable and backpack industrial vacuums are perfect for cleaning large areas. They can be worn on the back, or pushed like a lawn mower. Backpack vacuums weigh a max of 14 pounds (6.35 kg)and come equipped with an ergonomic harness. Both styles have a triple filtration system and can remove particles 0.3 microns in size and larger. Portable and backpack vacuums operate on a standard 120 volt outlet.

ESD vacuums are used in the removal of toner, developer and mold spores. These vacuums use a HEPA filter to remove particles 0.3 microns in size. They have an anti-static feature, making them ideal for cleaning out the electronic components of copiers, printers and computers.

The sump industrial vacuum cleaner is used to pull and filter particulates and sludge from liquid. After pulling up the liquid it filter out the particles and pumps the filtered liquid back out to be reused or disposed of. It is mostly used to filter coolants and cut oils that are a filled with chips from open pits and parts washers.


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