Fumex Inc. | Fume Extractors & Air Filtration Experts http://fumexinc.com Indoor Industrial Air Cleaners for Customers Worldwide Wed, 17 May 2017 18:37:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/fumexinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-Fumex-Favicon.png?fit=32%2C32 Fumex Inc. | Fume Extractors & Air Filtration Experts http://fumexinc.com 32 32 114774094 Common Toxic Vapors: Understanding and Treating Ensures Safety http://fumexinc.com/common-toxic-vapors-understanding-and-treating-ensures-safety/ Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:51:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=616 Indoor air pollution and dangerous indoor environments can come from a number of sources. Many industrial machines and factors can release vapors and other substances that contribute to poor indoor air quality, the results of which can be anything from mildly toxic to deadly. According to the EPA, “health effects from indoor air pollutants may…

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Indoor air pollution and dangerous indoor environments can come from a number of sources. Many industrial machines and factors can release vapors and other substances that contribute to poor indoor air quality, the results of which can be anything from mildly toxic to deadly.

According to the EPA, “health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later,”* and can lead to respiratory diseases, cancer, skin infections, and more. Needless to say, proper air filtration and fume extraction is crucial, and protecting workers from potential harm should be a top priority.

Below is a list of some of the common vapors that people can come into contact with, along with their effects:

  • Acetic Acid: Deemed mildly toxic, this can cause burns and severe skin and eye irritation.
  • Benzene: Exposure can lead to central nervous system depression, and has been linked to leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoid tumors.
  • Chloroform: Exposure is linked to renal and cardiac damage, delirium, coma, and even death.
  • Cyclohexane: Symptoms of exposure include dizziness, nausea, and unconsciousness, as well as irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Ethyl Alcohol: Symptoms range from eye irritation and headaches to central nervous system depression and liver tumors.
  • Formaldehyde: Deemed a confirmed carcinogen, inhalation or skin contact damages the pulmonary and respiratory systems; considered the most common cause of occupational skin disease.
  • Methyl Alcohol: Effects include respiratory depression, corneal lesions, metabolic acidosis, and abnormalities in both the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.
  •  Methyl Methacrylate: A mildly toxic, common air pollutant, when inhaled symptoms include lowered blood pressure, sleep disturbance, appetite loss, and skin and eye irritation.
  • Trichloroethylene: Mild symptoms include dizziness, lethargy, visual impairment, and light-headedness, while cardiac arrest has been known to occur.

This is just a sample of the many chemicals and substances industrial workers can be exposed to, and is by no means comprehensive. However, our systems are built to capture and/or treat most of these chemicals, and therefore, safety can be assured. Our staff is knowledgeable in all matters of fume extraction and air quality solutions, and is happy to answer questions and direct you to the right choice. Contact us with any questions.

*http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html

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Why Made in the USA Matters http://fumexinc.com/made-usa-matters/ Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:06:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=619 As we head into the holiday season, it is a perfect time to start thinking about family, friends, gifts, and manufacturing. Manufacturing? Although manufacturing never shows up on anyone’s gift list, it will if you choose to spend some money on products that are made here in America. Buying American goes beyond just feeling patriotic.…

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As we head into the holiday season, it is a perfect time to start thinking about family, friends, gifts, and manufacturing. Manufacturing? Although manufacturing never shows up on anyone’s gift list, it will if you choose to spend some money on products that are made here in America.

Buying American goes beyond just feeling patriotic. It builds our economy, ensures quality, manufacturingday9and guarantees safe and fair working conditions. After years of declining manufacturing because production was moved to cheaper overseas markets, we are beginning to see the industry expand. To keep this going, we all need to understand why it is important to consider buying products that have been made here.

The economic facts are these:

  • For every $1 spent on products made in the U.S., $1.35 is invested back into the economy.
  • For spending $64 this season on gifts made here at home, 200,000 jobs could be created.

The U.S. energy boom has created an atmosphere that benefits the ‘reshoring’ of American manufacturing. By supporting manufacturers who are committed to staying in America and employing our friends and neighbors we are all making a statement that we value high quality and safe products.

More than just manufacturing depends on a strong industry. If manufacturing expands, so do all the industries that support it. From supply chain to machine builders to technology staff, many people are indirectly involved in manufacturing. Being aware of how buying American can cause positive change is the first step in realizing that a small change in spending can have a big impact on the economy.

At Fumex we have always understood the value of manufacturing in America. Outsourcing could never meet our quality standards or the lead time that our clients require. Knowing our manufacturing process and our client’s needs mean we are able to provide exceptional equipment and service. Contact us for more information.

References

http://www.americanmadematters.com/

http://www.madeintheusa.com/why-buy-american.php

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica

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Common 3D Printers: Potential Desktop Danger? http://fumexinc.com/common-3d-printers-potential-desktop-danger/ Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:11:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=623 We are constantly staying on top of the latest news and topics related to air quality and pollutants. That’s why a recent study performed by the Built Environment Research Group at the Illinois Institute of Technology caught our attention. According to the study, popular commercial desktop 3D printers cause substantial amounts of potentially-harmful emissions. These…

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We are constantly staying on top of the latest news and topics related to air quality and pollutants. That’s why a recent study performed by the Built Environment Research Group at the Illinois Institute of Technology caught our attention.

According to the study, popular commercial desktop 3D printers cause substantial amounts of potentially-harmful emissions. These emissions, in the form of nanosized particles, are released at rates similar to that of anything ranging from gas and electric stoves to cigarettes and operating laser printers.Objet_Eden_350_3d_printer

According to an article on the study, 3D printers “are now widely accessible for rapid prototyping and small-scale manufacturing in home and office settings. Many desktop 3D printers rely on a process where a thermoplastic feedstock is heated, extruded through a small nozzle, and deposited onto a surface to build 3D objects. Similar processes have been shown to have significant aerosol emissions in other studies using a range of plastic feedstocks, but mostly in industrial environments.”

The study concluded that these commonly used printers deliver high levels of ultrafine particles (UFPs), which are known to deposit themselves in the lungs and the head airways, and are associated with negative health effects ranging from asthma to strokes.

As stated in the aforementioned article, “because most of these devices are currently sold as standalone devices without any exhaust ventilation or filtration accessories, the researchers suggest caution should be used when operating in inadequately ventilated or unfiltered indoor environments.”

The Built Environment Group is a renowned research group with a great expertise in indoor air pollution, and therefore, their findings and suggestions should not be taken lightly. This research is yet another example of why proper fume and pollutant extraction is so important.

Fumex, Inc. manufactures Fume Extraction Systems designed for 3D Printer fumes.  Feel free to Contact us with any questions.

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America’s Manufacturing Comeback http://fumexinc.com/americas-manufacturing-comeback/ Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:15:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=625 The reshoring initiative and return of business to American soil marks a positive turn for the country’s manufacturing sector. For a number of reasons, manufacturers are returning their production to the U.S.—from Apple to Boeing to countless smaller manufacturers, business is now consistently coming back home. One of the many reasons for this turn of…

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The reshoring initiative and return of business to American soil marks a positive turn for the country’s manufacturing sector. For a number of reasons, manufacturers are returning their production to the U.S.—from Apple to Boeing to countless smaller manufacturers, business is now consistently coming back home.

One of the many reasons for this turn of events—beyond the quality of American-made goods and consumers’ desire for them—is that the costs associated with American manufacturing are increasingly competitive. In fact, according to a recent article on CNBC, a study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) demonstrated that “average production costs in Germany, Japan, France, Italy and the U.K. will be 8 percent to 18 percent higher than those in the U.S. by 2015.”

When business first left our shores as outsourcing became the common manufacturing model, it was mainly due to the fact that other countries were simply cheaper. The BCG report further mentioned that “the U.S. is increasingly attractive for businesses because of lower costs for labor (adjusted for productivity), natural gas and electricity.” As a result, business is returning significantly, and our country’s exports are also rising, with a growth rate of over seven times faster since 2005.

According to this study, the entire global manufacturing industry could change. Just as business left the U.S., seeking lower production costs, it could continue coming back, signaling (according to the report’s co-author) “’America’s turn to be on the receiving end of production shifts, as more companies use the U.S. as a low-cost export platform.’”

This is good news for everyone: Up to 5 million jobs could be created, and the overall effect on the economy could be increasingly positive. With more jobs, more production, and more exports, the future of American manufacturing would indeed be bright.

Fumex is proud to manufacture all of our Fume Extraction Systems in the USA! Contact us for details.

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Keeping Workers Safe from Isocyanates http://fumexinc.com/keeping-workers-safe-from-isocyanates/ Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:18:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=628 The number one priority of employers should be to provide a safe, healthy work environment for their employees. In certain industries, this can be achieved through proper air filtration and fume extraction, as well as by staying aware of guidelines, programs, and tools that focus on this issue. As the government’s official administration dedicated to…

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The number one priority of employers should be to provide a safe, healthy work environment for their employees. In certain industries, this can be achieved through proper air filtration and fume extraction, as well as by staying aware of guidelines, programs, and tools that focus on this issue.

As the government’s official administration dedicated to workplace safety, OSHA not only regulates health and safety issues, but creates programs to help employers provide the safest environment possible. One of their latest is a National Emphasis Program (NEP) dedicated to protecting workers from the dangers of isocyanates. Like their other National Emphasis Programs, this will focus on both inspections and outreach efforts to call attention to the hazards, and encourage prevention.

Isocyanates are compounds that are classified as potential carcinogens, and can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat, as well as asthma.  Asthma-related deaths have occurred as a result of isocyanates exposure.

oshaAccording to Dr. David Michaels, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, “Workers exposed to isocyanates can suffer debilitating health problems for months or even years after exposure. Through this program, OSHA will strengthen protections for workers exposed to isocyanates.”

Some of the many industries and substances within which isocyanates are found include automotive paints and glues, construction sealants, insulation, medical casts, food packaging materials, a variety of textiles, and more.

According to OSHA, the goal of this NEP “will be accomplished by a combined effort of inspection targeting, outreach to employers, and compliance assistance.” Through remaining aware, vigilant, and always compliant, employers can ensure their workplace is protected from these harmful substances. In conjunction with OSHA’s program, employers should provide education and training related to isocyanates safety, and be sure all precautions are taken.

For more information on this NEP, visit www.osha.gov.

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Understanding Source-Capture Fume Extraction http://fumexinc.com/understanding-source-capture-fume-extraction/ Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:22:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=630 High quality fume extraction is extremely important for workplace health and safety.  Many who use—or are considering using—fume extraction systems have come across the term source-capture fume extraction.  But what exactly is it, and how does it work? Source-capture fume extraction involves fume extractors that capture fumes and particulates at the source—as the name implies. …

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High quality fume extraction is extremely important for workplace health and safety.  Many who use—or are considering using—fume extraction systems have come across the term source-capture fume extraction.  But what exactly is it, and how does it work?

Source-capture fume extraction involves fume extractors that capture fumes and particulates at the source—as the name implies.  The differentiation is that these are capturing these hazardous materials at the place of emission, rather than simply purifying the air in a room.  Whatever the application or type of extractor being used, the extractor is placed close to the emission source.  Therefore contaminants are captured and eliminated from the air, long before they can reach the people in the room and potentially cause damage.

There are different types of source-capture extractors: Some utilize pre-filters and main filters, while others vent what is captured outside, and others have hooded enclosures that will contain and extract contaminants.  They can have one or several extraction arms, whose materials and characteristics vary based on applications.  What they all have in common is their ability to effectively remove harmful fumes and particulates from the air, and ensure a safer environment for those working within it.

Some of the many fumes and particulates that can be removed include: Printing fumes, laser fumes, welding fumes, soldering fumes, dental lab dust, industrial odors, and more.  Working with a manufacturer with experience and expertise in source-capture extraction—who has the technical knowledge to ensure everything is made to the highest degree of quality—means knowing that employees are safe, and their jobs can be done as they should be.

Contact Fumex, Inc. for all your industrial Fume Extraction needs. We help ‘Clear the Air.

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Why STEM Education Matters http://fumexinc.com/stem-education-matters/ Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=632 Did you know that it is estimated that over 600,000 manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled in the U.S. due to companies being unable to find workers with the right skills sets and experience? Manufacturing in this country is in the midst of a major recovery, and is a crucial part of our economy—and yet, small…

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Did you know that it is estimated that over 600,000 manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled in the U.S. due to companies being unable to find workers with the right skills sets and experience? Manufacturing in this country is in the midst of a major recovery, and is a crucial part of our economy—and yet, small and large businesses alike can’t find the right people necessary to keep this recovery moving ahead.

One of the reasons for this is reshoring—companies near and far bringing business back to our shores—creating job openings throughout the country. Another reason is that many older generation manufacturing workers retired in the past few years. However, with business booming and Americans still needing jobs, there has to be an answer.

That answer, according to many government leaders, educators, and business owners, is to focus on the importance of STEM education. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is not only critical to the future of young people (all jobs require it to some degree), but it is the key to getting young people employed in good manufacturing careers, and getting manufacturers good, skilled workers.  It is the win-win.

Around the country, people are working to further STEM education.  The STEM Education Coalition advocates for policies that will improve STEM education, while supporting teachers and educators.  In smaller areas such as this one (www.northcenter-roscoevillage.patch.com), officials are supporting discussions and programs, while on the federal level, the White House has a plan to recruit 100,000 new STEM teachers .

At Fumex, we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of STEM. We design and manufacture complex pieces of equipment that support our clients through their quality and innovation; therefore, we require the best, most skilled engineers and technicians to get this job done. We stand by the importance of our products for people’s health and safety, and will only employ workers who have the skills sets to support this.

For us, for the country, for the industry and economy in general, STEM education is the future.

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Why Choose Fumex? http://fumexinc.com/why-choose-fumex/ Thu, 02 May 2013 20:33:00 +0000 http://fumexinc.com/?p=634 Known throughout the world for delivering the highest quality air filtration systems, Fumex Inc. develops solutions that provide healthier, cleaner working environments.  Our applications are numerous, as is the wide range of customers we serve. We’ve always been known for our commitment to our customers, and listening to their needs, and now, with this blog,…

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Known throughout the world for delivering the highest quality air filtration systems, Fumex Inc. develops solutions that provide healthier, cleaner working environments.  Our applications are numerous, as is the wide range of customers we serve.

We’ve always been known for our commitment to our customers, and listening to their needs, and now, with this blog, we are excited to having an ongoing digital dialogue with our clients, suppliers, peers, and anyone interested in joining the conversation. We welcome any thoughts, questions, and comments.

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It all began over 25 years ago, before there was such a thing as blogging, when we opened our doors in Kennesaw, Georgia, providing tip extraction systems to the soldering/welding industry and developing laser fume extraction systems and gas scrubbing equipment.  We began with a simple philosophy: What we say is what we do.  And while the philosophy remains the same, we have now grown to a state of the art, 20,000 square foot facility, designing and manufacturing the highest quality filtration products to clients in laser marking, coding , engraving and processing , pharmaceutical/medical manufacturing and packaging, inkjet printing, and much more.  Our customers include small, niche operations, and large, Fortune 500 companies, and we have over 20,000 units installed and operating around the globe.

It is our commitment to quality—seen in every single facet of our business, from production through sales and customer service—that truly sets us apart. We ensure this through focusing on constant innovation and emphasis on modern technology, as well as by listening to and answering our customers’ needs, aiming to always exceed their expectations.  What also sets us apart is our integrity, which goes back to our philosophy of doing what we say.

Check out our website for more information on exactly what we do, and please visit this blog regularly, feel free to join in the conversation. We can’t wait to share thoughts and ideas with you!

Contact us at Fumex with any question regarding our Fume Extraction Systems.

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