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Portable Fume Extractors

From: Niccolo Caldararo <caldararo<-at->
Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
Julia Lawson <jblawson [at] sas__upenn__edu> writes

>I am considering the purchase of a portable fume extractor with
>activated carbon filtration for working with solvents in gallery and
>laboratory settings. Does anyone have any experiences with Sentry
>Air Systems Portable Floor Sentry or OK international fume
>extractors? Any recommendations for a portable and economical
>non-vented system would be appreciated.

I bought a PACE extractor some ten years ago and have found it to be
a durable and useful tool.  It is only as good as the operator,
however, you must realize that it cannot clear fumes from an entire
room, like other machines or even fumehoods, you must use the device
with an informed understanding of its capabilities.  The extractor
has a flexible arm and flared ends can be purchased like an elephant
trunk with a wide end.  You have to work right under the arm or you
can make enclosures (as I have) out of plexiglass of various sizes
with arm holes and attach the arm to a vent.  I also have a fume
hood that I can attach the device to, but you have to be aware of
the ability of the device to clear the volume of space in the hood.

Niccolo Caldararo
Conservation Art Service






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