Chip TrapperTM offers a fast, easy way to
clean chips, swarf and shavings out of used coolants and other liquids. The
Chip Trapper vacuums the coolant or liquid that is filled with debris and traps
all the solids in a reusable filter bag. Only the liquid pumps back out. It is
ideal for use on machines with sumps, parts washers, tanks and storage
containers of contaminated liquids. Machine tools discharge chips and shavings
into the coolant sump that can restrict coolant flow and clog the coolant
nozzles. This results in heat damage to the part and expensive tooling. A half
day of lost production is spent unclogging the coolant nozzles, cleaning the
machine, and replacing the coolant. Regular cleaning of the coolant sump with
the Chip Trapper removes the unwanted solids from the coolant to eliminate this
very costly problem. It also dramatically cuts new coolant costs and disposal
fees since the coolant that used to last only six weeks can now last 6 months or
more. In a matter of several minutes, the Chip Trapper cleans up the coolant by
eliminating the chips and rancid smell caused by bacteria growth. Chip Trapper
is easy to use since there is no mechanical change over required to fill or
empty the drum (uses the simple turn of a knob and directional valve). The
reusable filter bag is easily removed when full. The $1,275 price is a fraction
that of the big, bulky sump cleaners that cost thousands of dollars.
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