Manufacturing Extract from Petro Plastics Case Study
Petro Plastics has found a solution for the slip hazards created by pellet resins, chips and dust residue, often produced by grinders and saws. Resin pellets and scrap cuttings that wash into surrounding waterways can lead to environmental issues.
Lou Petrozziello, General Manager of Petro Plastics, looked for an inexpensive and effective method of solving both the environmental and slip hazard problems, simultaneously. Upon analyzing the situation within the plant, Petrozziello found that “it was really just a constant cleaning problem” that was not being solved by a man with a broom. They needed a system that could clean spills, both inside and outside the plant, including the loading dock and around the dumpster area.
The Elgee Power Vac Sweeper was his answer. “It’s a vacuum sweeper with enough power to suck up anything we throw at it. Not only does it clean up pellets, chips and cuttings, but we use it in our warehouse area to vacuum shrink wrap, strapping, and chucks of wood from pallets,” Petrozziello said. Workers simply walk the Power-Vac up and down aisles or use the instant action hose (attached), to vacuum inaccessible areas. The propane powered system gave them maximum power and versatility to work inside and outside the plant. An added benefit is that maintenance people can now cover the plant in a fraction of the time, while doing a more effective job, cleaning.