Explosion-Proof Vacuum is approved for hazardous areas.

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Powered by compressed air, CFM A17 Explosion Proof (EXP) vacuum safely collects and retains potentially explosive materials in Hazardous Areas Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups F and G without sparking. Stainless steel and aluminum construction eliminates percussion arcs. Built-in anti-static features include static grounding wire, anti-static wheels mounted on rigid and swiveling castors, and anti-static filter with 21 ft² surface area.

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Nilfisk-Advance America Introduces Explosion Proof Vacuum, Approved for Use in Hazardous Areas Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups F and G

New CFM A17 Explosion Proof Vacuum helps ensure plant safety in pharmaceutical, food manufacturing, petrochemical, and other industrial plants

MALVERN, Pa., April 7, 2004 - Nilfisk-Advance America, a leading manufacturer of industrial vacuum cleaners, announces the availability of its new CFM A17 Explosion Proof (EXP) vacuum. The CFM A17 EXP vacuum meets UL Standard 1017, and is designed to safely collect and retain potentially explosive materials - including powders, gasses, vapors, liquids, and dust - in Hazardous Areas Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups F and G.

Constructed entirely of stainless steel and aluminum to eliminate percussion arcs, the CFM A17 EXP vacuum collects materials without sparking, reducing the threat of explosion and fire. To further protect workers, it is powered by compressed air and has built-in anti-static features including: a static grounding wire that ensures a high level of conductivity for static dissipation; anti-static wheels mounted on rigid and swiveling castors for easy maneuverability; and an anti-static filter with 21 square feet of surface area that guarantees high filtration efficiency and prevents premature clogging. In addition, all components of the vacuum are conductive, including its housing, wheels, hose, and airline; and all non-metallic components are carbon-impregnated for conductivity.

"Because it virtually eliminates the threat of explosion, the CFM A17 Explosion Proof Vacuum is ideal for use in just about any plant environment where hazardous materials need to be removed," said Mike D'Agostino, product manager for Nilfisk-Advance America. "And because it meets UL Standard 1017, plant managers can be confident that their employees are protected."

The CFM A17 EXP also enables plant managers to increase productivity. The intermittent-duty vacuum operates virtually maintenance-free due to its lack of moving parts and highly efficient filtration system. The vacuum's multi-stage filtration system features an external manual filter shaker handle to easily purge the main filter before clogging occurs. An optional HEPA* filter retains up to 99.999% of dust - down to and including 0.3 microns in size - within the vacuum.

About Nilfisk-Advance America's Line of CFM Vacuums

Nilfisk-Advance America's line of CFM vacuum cleaners features a unique and progressive modular design that makes customization for specific dust control applications easy. The company's high-performance vacuum cleaners are ideal for collecting large quantities of fine powders and bulk debris for disposal, transferal, or reclamation in a variety of manufacturing applications.

Nilfisk-Advance America helps its industrial customers meet their individual cleaning requirements and challenges with an extensive range of high-performance vacuum cleaners. From its Malvern, Pa. headquarters, Nilfisk-Advance America provides industrial vacuums for heavy-duty applications that require maximum suction power; and specialty vacuums for clean applications that demand "absolute" air purity and facility cleanliness. The company's Nilfisk and CFM brand vacuums are equipped with industry-specific features and exceptionally efficient filtration systems, ensuring dust- and debris-free facilities in the food, chemical/pharmaceutical, electronics, metalworking/powder coating, and a variety of manufacturing industries. For more information, please visit www.n-aa.com/info31 < www.n-aa.com/info31 >.

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