May 01

From MAX VAC to DEMARCO: Evolving Vacuum Technology and Honoring Origins

From MAX VAC to DEMARCOThe DeMarco Family has been the leading patented innovator in industrial vacuum technology since 1968, but it wasn’t until recently that the vacuum line’s name reflected its inventor, Thomas DeMarco Sr. The current DEMARCO® Vacuum Line is the third generation of industrial vacuums from the DeMarco Family. Each generation of vacuums improved the wet/dry material collection process as the company has always been dedicated to providing their customers with high performance and superior quality products.

From MAX VAC to DEMARCOMAX VAC® was the second generation of industrial vacuums from the DeMarco Family. The line was launched in 1986 and revolutionized the vacuum industry with the addition of the Patented DEMARCO® 3-Stage, 2-Compartment Laterally Offset Cyclonic Material Separator Circuit and DEMARCO® Silencer Base® Muffler. The vacuums also implemented the pleated cartridge filter technology for the first time in the industry, an additional feature that enhanced the vacuum’s overall performance and simplicity of design. Overnight, the bag-type vacuum filter became obsolete.

From MAX VAC to DEMARCOCommitting to his father’s innovative spirit, Thomas DeMarco Jr., President and Senior Engineer, improved and enhanced their industrial vacuum line again in 2010. This latest design has more advanced performance features including greater filter efficiency and improved filter air-to-cloth ratio, as well as a new aesthetic low-profile and exclusive compact design. In addition to these new developments, the line was also renamed DEMARCO®. The new vacuum name honors the company’s founder, Thomas DeMarco Sr., the industry pioneer who dedicated his life to the continual improvement of vacuum system technology.

Today, the DeMarco Family, now in its third generation of vacuum engineers, continues to be the innovative leader in the development of superior vacuum designs worldwide.

The DEMARCO® Vacuum can also be customized to work in a wide variety of material collection applications. To learn more, visit the Technology and Performance page today. DEMARCO® – Vacuums Built for Industry™

Apr 07

5 Ways DEMARCO Vacuums Revolutionized the Vacuum Industry

stationary industrial vacuum T1000Did you know that for more than 45 years, DEMARCO Vacuums has been a groundbreaking pioneer in the field of advanced vacuuming technology? It’s true.

Founded by inventor and industrialist, Thomas M. DeMarco, DEMARCO Vacuums holds numerous US, Canadian and other foreign patents related to vacuum technologies. More than just an industrial vacuum systems manufacturer, DEMARCO holds more patents than any other competitor in the industry—and this innovative spirit continues today.

DEMARCO Vacuum’s revolutionary industrial vacuum technologies have changed the way people approach industrial cleaning jobs. Check out some of their patented technologies!

  1. High Suction Vacuums With Positive Displacement Pump Technology: Thomas M. DeMarco patented the original large-scale industrial cleaner using high suction and positive displacement pumps to the marketplace in 1968 for the foundry industry worldwide.
  2. Bag-Type Filter Technology: Also first utilized by Thomas M. DeMarco in 1968, this now outdated technology is still being used today on many competitor systems with either a manual shake or continuous air-pulse jet cleaning method.
  3. Patented Laterally Offset 3-Stage 2-Compartment Material Separation Circuit: Exclusive to DEMARCO Vacuums, this technology ensures absolute minimal material carryover which greatly increases vacuum efficiency and performance.
  4. Pleated Cartridge Filter Technology: Forever changing the vacuum landscape, DEMARCO was the first to introduce and use pleated filter technology in 1986. Featured in the newly patented DEMARCO Vacuum line, competitors who use pleated cartridge filters today do so thanks to DEMARCO’s innovation.
  5. Patented Silencer Base® Muffler Technology: Another exclusive DEMARCO feature, this technology’s newly improved design provides unsurpassed low decibels. It’s compact and aesthetic design makes it a superior option to competitor offerings.

DeMarco Industrial Vacuum Corporation continues its tradition of high quality manufacturing today with new and exciting innovations. Their team of skilled Engineers is ready to serve you. Contact DEMARCO Vacuums today to learn more about their products, services and capabilities.

Jan 24

Overview of Dyson’s Innovative Founder

Dyson InnovationRisk, unpredictability and even failure are unavoidable in the process of innovation. In fact, a key part of the innovation process is the ability to experiment, process failures, learn from them and turn them into beneficial experiences.

In a recent Q&A with the Chicago Tribune, Dyson Ltd. CEO Max Conze offered some insight into company founder James Dyson and the roles of both experimentation and failure in the innovation process.

Today, one-third of Dyson’s 4,500 employees are engineers, who are encouraged to look at problems that are often ignored by others and the available solutions, which are “pretty frustrating.”

“Our approach is best described as problem solving,” Conze told the Tribune. “James and everyone is a big believer in, you pose a problem, you think about possible solutions, and you prototype that solution, and then you iterate, you iterate, you iterate.

“So often the first time that the engineers think about a solution, it may literally be as crude as taking some paper and some tape and just building something and saying, if it looked like this and did this, wouldn’t that be great?” Conze continued. “And then we’ll take it into 3-D printing, and we iterate and iterate, we iterate.”

Of course, just as innovation requires taking some risks, trying something new always involves some level of uncertainty. The new idea or next iteration might work or it might not. Learning from failure is a key part of the innovation process.

“If you want to invent, you have to live through failure,” Conze said. “How many failures does it take before success?”

James Dyson is familiar with both innovation success and failure. Before his company became famous for designing and manufacturing innovative vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans and more, the industrial designer famously created 5,127 prototypes of his first machine, the vacuum cleaner, in a workshop behind his house, before successfully developing one that he believed worked to his standard.

“I think that’s the spirit that we’re instilling in young engineers: You’ve got to go after ideas, stay with them, failure is good,” Conze told the Tribune. “For every great machine that we can come up with, there’s hundreds of prototypes that we have discarded and thrown away along the way.”

For more information on industrial vacuum filters, including how to select the right media for the material you are picking up, please contact us or visit the DEMARCO Vacuum Accessories page.

Nov 12

Be Aware of OSHA Guidelines for Combustible Dust Mitigation

Be Aware of OSHA Guidelines for Combustible Dust MitigationOne of the worst-case scenarios for a business owner is an industrial accident causing property damage or personal injury to workers. One possibility could be an industrial accident caused by combustible dust, or tiny airborne particulates that can suddenly explode under the particular circumstances.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) defines combustible dust as: “Any finely divided solid material that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter (material passing a U.S. No. 40 Standard Sieve) and presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed and ignited in air.” Some typically well-known sources of combustible dust include: wheat grain, powdered sugar, lactose, powdered aluminum, and plastic resins.

As leaders in industrial hazard mitigation, we’ve been championing the practice of routine dust removal by vacuuming for years. Recently, in this space, we’ve even been blogging about the subject to get the word out. Here are a few examples:

The threat of a combustible dust accident is so alarming that the U.S. government has also gone to great lengths to educate the private sector about ways that businesses can mitigate the risks of one occurring. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued very detailed guidelines for combustible dust mitigation.

The latest Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB 07-31-2005) from OSHA on combustible dust, “Combustible Dust in Industry: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions,” lays out the agency’s oversight scope in the regulation of combustible dust in the workplace. It states in part: “This Safety and Health Information Bulletin is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations … Pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan … Employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard and they do not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate the hazard.”

To help our customers understand the ramifications of the OSHA standards, we’ve put together an e-book that offers you a detailed overview of them, called Meeting OSHA Recommendations for Combustible Dust. We hope it will answer many of the questions you may have on this important topic.

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Sep 24

Innovation in Manufacturing Matters

Innovation in Manufacturing MattersInnovation is fast becoming a top strategic priority for a majority of companies today. While the notion that innovation drives prosperity is not new, it’s important to remember that innovation should not be considered an end in itself but rather an ongoing process that adds continuous value.

“The country can innovate until the cows come home, but if it can’t translate that innovation into something substantial – something that adds to the economic output of the United States – it does little for America,” Ralph Gomory, a research professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University and President Emeritus of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recently wrote in a piece published by both Manufacturing News and the Huffington Post.

That is why innovation in manufacturing is so important.

“Innovation in manufacturing is what turns ideas into things that change the world,” Gomory, who previously served as senior VP for science and technology at IBM, wrote. “There are ideas, and then innovation in the manufacturing process steadily improves them. Much of the progress and the competition in manufacturing is based on incremental innovation whose cumulative effect is enormous.”

Gomory gives examples of how much of the progress in manufacturing’s past has been based on incremental innovation with an enormous cumulative effect: it took 150 years of steady improvement for the steam engine to evolve to become a machine powerful enough to create the industrial revolution; and it took 60 years of continuous miniaturization of the transistor to produce a pocket-sized cell phone with enormous computing power.

Looking ahead, it isn’t unreasonable to expect the greatest innovations of the 21st century will be incremental in nature and help address human needs rather than those that solely create the most profit. To meet those needs, however, more importance must be placed on manufacturing, which Gomory describes as “the great innovation engine that turns ideas into reality.”

At DeMarco Industrial Vacuum Corporation, innovation has always been one of our core values and it continues to be the foundation of our vacuum technology.

Sep 03

Overview of Rolls-Royce’s Partnership with Singapore University

car transmission productionDeMarco Industrial Vacuums like many other manufacturers have a long history of making revolutionary advancements in products and processes to improve efficiency, quality and safety. In an effort to showcase innovation in manufacturing, over the coming year, we will be highlighting companies that are making strides to increase innovation, quality, and productivity.

One company that is building on a legacy of innovation is Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce recently announced a new multimillion-dollar partnership with Singapore University that will focus on fundamental research and pioneering technology to develop innovative solutions to overcome challenges in large-scale manufacturing and repair, such as reducing noise and emissions.

The centerpiece is the $75 million Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, the first of its kind in the world with a university, focusing on three core research areas: electrical power and control systems; manufacturing and repair technologies; and computational engineering.

“Running 32 distinct research projects over the next five years, the lab aims at inventing more efficient and reliable energy delivery systems, developing innovative manufacturing technologies to complement more robust power systems and extracting information from equipment and processes so that operators can make timely and informed business critical decisions,” Engineering & Technology magazine explains.

singaporeThe Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab is located at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, which is recognized as one ofAsia’s foremost research and development hubs and one of the fastest-rising universities worldwide in terms of ranking. The lab will have a team of more than 300 top-level talent composed of research staff and technical experts.

Rolls-Royce is no stranger to NTU, having forged a close partnership with the university in the last eight years, when research collaborations were initiated in the domains of power generation, power electronics and control systems. This isn’t the company’s only academic partnership, having forged collaborative relationships with universities in subject areas ranging from composite materials and fuel cell systems to thermo-fluid systems and nuclear engineering.

Aug 12

Purchase Options for DEMARCO Vacuum Systems

Purchase Options for DEMARCO Vacuum SystemsAt DeMarco, we understand the importance of purchase options. We realize that, even as the economy continues to recover, limited resources are still causing many sourcing professionals to do more with less. We also believe an industrial vacuum is a sound investment, helping to ensure a safe workplace and a prosperous and efficient business.

That is why we offer a convenient selection of buying options that enable our customers the greatest purchasing power designed around their needs.

In addition to direct purchase, we provide a financing/leasing option, wherein customers can choose from a variety of flexible plans with competitive rates.

There’s also a rental with purchase option. Currently, both weekly and monthly rental plans are available to customers. Up to 100 percent of rental payments may be applied toward their vacuum purchase.

Purchase Options for DEMARCO Vacuum SystemsWith our “remanufactured” option, DeMarco Industrial Vacuum Corporation will rebuild any DEMARCO industrial vacuum to “Like New” condition at affordable pricing. All remanufactured vacuums come with our 2-year DEMARCO Rebuild Warranty.

Finally, we also accept trade-ins for cash credit towards a DEMARCO Vacuum purchase.

At DeMarco, we’ve made it our mission to provide our customers with a favorable buying experience. We know that forming long-term customer relationships is the lifeline of our business, which is why we take the extra steps to ensure you obtain an unparalleled foundation of trust. Contact us today to speak with one of our industrial vacuum engineers and determine what purchase option will work best for you.

Jan 22

6 Core Ideas about Innovation

innovationThe future can be unpredictable, particularly where business processes and disruptive technologies collide. In a recent series of 30 interviews with CIOs and chief innovation officers from such enterprises as Dell, SAP and AT&T, all respondents said they felt they are facing “once-in-a-lifetime change” and that “the changes would continue at pace.”

A new paper, titled The Fluid Core: How Technology Is Creating A New Hierarchy of Need and How Smart Companies Are Responding, aims to explain both the nature of these changes and how leading enterprises are responding to them.

Forbes recently laid out the six core findings from these interviews with transformational leaders:

  1. The Fluid Core – Smart companies are now looking beyond the rigid “core competency,” instead defining a fluid core that allows them to pursue new markets and opportunities.
  2. A new service infrastructure – This is where cloud and mobile are a new enabling infrastructure, enabling rapid new service development and accelerating a number of new innovation paradigm shifts.
  3. Radical adjacency – Defined as the pursuit of new products and new markets, “radical adjacency” occurs when adventurous companies step outside their core competency or core markets to innovate or grow in adjacent markets.
  4. Personal innovation drivers – Human innovation drivers tend to be left out when we think of what actually drives innovation, but individuals’ desire to do things differently can make an impact today, disrupting systems and organizational expectations.
  5. Externalization – A global and transformative labor ecosystem has emerged, and it requires companies to strategize around where and how to secure skills and creativity, and for how long. In this new environment, companies outsource functions that are central to their identity and success.
  6. Strategic options portfolios – Based on research published in The Elastic Enterprise, which the Forbes writer co-authored, this is the idea that companies must plan a wide range of innovative initiatives knowing that a chunk of them won’t be enacted.

For more information on industrial vacuum filters, including how to select the right media for the material you are picking up, please contact us or visit the DEMARCO Vacuum Accessories page.

Dec 20

Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete Revealed – Industrial Vacuums Still Required

Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete RevealedAfter analyzing the mineral components of a concrete breakwater sample dating back to 37 B.C., researchers have discovered that the secret to superior Roman concrete – one of the world’s most durable construction materials – lies in its unique mineral formulation and production technique.

“The Romans made concrete by mixing lime and volcanic rock. For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms,” according to an announcement of the findings. “The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated – incorporating water molecules into its structure – and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”

Roman Concrete ColumnsToday’s concrete and the one that’s been in use for nearly 200 years, doesn’t utilize the Roman mixture of lime-and-ash that made their formula a unique and stable binder.

It’s not that modern concrete from today’s cement isn’t durable. In fact, it’s so good that, according to International Cement Review, we used 3,312 Mt in 2010, up 10.4% from the year before. Over 2011 and 2012, global consumption of cement rose to 3,585 Mt and 3,736 Mt, respectively.

The issue, as the researchers’ findings indicate, is that cement manufacturing accounts for 7% of the carbon dioxide that industry puts into the air. Using much less lime and making it from limestone heated at a much lower temperature, the Romans required less fuel. Scientists believe that if the cement industry adopted these Roman materials and techniques it could revolutionize the building industry by producing a sturdier, less CO2-intensive concrete.

Of course, should we adopt the materials and techniques utilized by the ancient Romans, efficient industrial vacuum systems will remain a key element in cement manufacturing, especially when the world uses billions of tons of the material each year.

Cement and dust, or more appropriately particulate matter, can easily invade machinery and equipment, leading to machinery malfunctions and breakdowns. At the least, this causes downtime, an inefficient product line, and more repairs. Worse, failing to keep a work environment clean can lead to poor employee health and lower quality of the final product without contamination. Industrial vacuum systems are critical to keeping a plant clean, thereby reclaiming product while meeting health and safety needs.