Industrial Vacuum Applications and Uses

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Uses for Industrial Vacuum Cleaners

In today’s world, industrial vacuum cleaners have become very powerful, durable, and heavy-duty devices that help you meet your facility’s cleaning needs no matter how big or difficult they are. You can find an industrial vacuum for lifting light or heavy loads, wet or dry materials, solid particles, or spilled liquid, but which one should you choose?

What are Industrial Vacuums Used For?

Goodway’s complete line of leading industrial vacuum cleaners is used across various industries. Below are some of the common industrial vacuum cleaner uses.


One industrial vacuum cleaner application unique to agricultural operations is the recovery of grain dust from silos. Grain dust is flammable, so the industrial vacuum must be either explosion-proof electric or air-powered. Goodway manufactures several industrial vacuums to meet the special needs of agricultural operations.


One of the constants in the automotive industry is the use of paints and powder coatings. When changing colors, overspray and lost powder must be recovered from coating booths. High-efficiency filtration is critical here. Automotive plants typically select high-quality industrial vacuums, both air-powered and electric, with multiple-element filters. All of Goodway’s industrial vacuums are designed to meet the specifications of the automotive industry.


In aviation factories, paints and powders are as common as in the automotive industry, making their vacuum requirements identical. Clean rooms are not uncommon in avionics production, and HEPA-filtered vacuums are a must here. Once they are in service, airplanes are cleaned regularly. Small canister and backpack vacuums are great for quickly cleaning airplane interiors between flights. Goodway’s industrial vacuums are designed to meet the challenges of the Aviation industry’s cleaning needs.

Baking & Snack

Flour recovery is the most common application for an industrial vacuum in the baking industry. Flour is a very fine material that quickly clogs normal vacuums. That’s why baking plants look for units with multi-stage filtration and external filter shakers to keep them from clogging. Liquid spill recovery is also a common requirement in baking plants. Goodway offers several industrial vacuum cleaners with the features required by the Baking industry.


As one might imagine, spill recovery is by far the biggest need in beverage plants. These operations look for a high static lift in industrial vacuums as the lift is required to pick up various liquids. High static lift is also necessary to recover heavier objects such as bottle caps. Goodway designs and manufactures industrial vacuums that meet the stringent lift needs of the Beverage industry.


Chemical plant personnel deal with various hazardous materials that require HEPA vacuums for product recovery. Industrial vacuums are typically used for product transfer as well. One area where product recovery is significant is in product packaging operations. Goodway manufactures industrial-strength HEPA vacuum cleaners.

Industrial Buildings

The number one industrial vacuum application in industrial buildings is housekeeping – it’s a never-ending job. A good wet-dry vacuum is invaluable for cleaning and recovering spills and plumbing overflows. HEPA vacuums are used in older buildings for asbestos and lead paint recovery, also silica, and lithium. Goodway designs and manufactures, and sells industrial vacuums to meet industrial building maintenance needs.

Electrical & Electronics

Critical electronic components are often assembled in clean rooms where HEPA vacuums maintain clean conditions. Oil and chemical spills also require high-quality explosion-proof vacuums. Goodway’s industrial vacuums are used to maintain cleanliness in the electronics industry.


Industrial vacuums are used extensively in food plants for spill and product recovery in production and packaging operations. Transferring of products is another use for industrial vacuums in the food industry. Goodway manufactures several industrial vacuums that are used to help maintain food plants.


There is, perhaps, no other place where cleanliness is more critical than a healthcare facility. Therefore, highly efficient filtration or industrial HEPA vacuums are required to protect patients from airborne contaminants that lesser-quality industrial vacuums can stir up. Goodway’s industrial vacuums are specially built to meet the efficiency standards required in Healthcare facilities.


One of the most common industrial vacuum applications in manufacturing is chip and coolant recovery in machining operations. Goodway’s ChipMaster® line is designed to recover chips and coolants in various manufacturing plants. Also common materials and dust like silica, magnesium, lithium, and more need to be picked up via a specialized vacuum.


In the past, lead paint was the standard paint used in the maritime industry. When the lead paint is stripped from ships, industrial HEPA vacuums must remove and filter the potential contaminants produced as a byproduct of the process. Also, industrial HEPA vacuums are commonly used to recover blast media used in sandblasting. Goodway’s industrial HEPA vacuums are highly efficient and can filter out contaminants when cleaning vessels.


Air-powered vacuums are used extensively in the mining industry. Industrial vacuums are perfect for coal dust recovery as their high static lift also makes them terrific at recovering the various liquids used in mining facilities. Goodway has developed several industrial vacuums in mining operations worldwide, specifically for coal dust vacuum use.


In the pharmaceutical industry, when they think “vacuum,” they think “HEPA” vacuum. Among other uses, HEPA vacuums are used to clean tablet ovens, maintain clean rooms, and hazardous material recovery. Goodway’s HEPA vacuums are designed with the highest filtration standards and are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Plastics & Rubber

In plastic molding plants, raw plastic is delivered in small round resin pellets of various colors and sizes. Industrial vacuums are required to clean up or recover these pellets throughout the plants. Goodway’s industrial vacuums are used extensively in these plants to control the pellets and recover hydraulic oil spills.


Printing plants are inundated with paper dust that finds its way into everything. To keep up with the dust, several industrial vacuums are placed strategically throughout plants. Another application for industrial vacuums in these plants is the recovery of ink powder and liquid ink. Also, Goodway’s industrial and backpack vacuums are used to keep fleets of delivery trucks clean.

Pulp & Paper

Large quantities of water are used in the papermaking process. Therefore, reliable and powerful industrial vacuums must be used to recover the water and other materials used in the manufacturing process. In Paper mills, scrap paper recovery is another important role for industrial vacuums. Several paper mills use Goodway’s industrial vacuums to maintain cleanliness and recover various production materials.


Railroad stations require constant maintenance and housekeeping. Powerful industrial vacuums are used extensively to ensure rail stations are kept clean to ensure passengers’ and operators’ safety. Bathroom and food spills are another area where industrial vacuums provide a necessary service. Goodway’s Backpack vacuums make it quick to clean train interiors, and our high-quality wet/dry vacuums are used in maintenance shops for many jobs.


Textile plants rely on quality industrial vacuums to keep a handle on lint, fabric dust, thread, and cloth scraps, all of which require high-efficiency filtration. Industrial vacuums are also used in textile plants to recover dye when spilled. Goodway’s industrial vacuums are built to meet the filtration and lift requirements of the textile industry.

US Postal Service

Industrial vacuums are used to remove paper dust from sorting equipment in postal service facilities. When anthrax was discovered in some sorting facilities, conventional vacuums were replaced with HEPA vacuums to protect postal workers from the threat of contamination by exposure to dangerous spores. Goodway industrial HEPA vacuums meet the filtration needs of the Postal service.


In some power plants, coal dust and fly ash recovery are a never-ending process. Without a high-quality air-powered or explosion-proof industrial vacuum, the collection of these by-products can be extremely cumbersome. Lime dust recovery is another common application where industrial vacuum cleaners are necessary. In nuclear plants, HEPA vacuums are used exclusively for radiation waste recovery. Goodway develops durable and efficient industrial vacuums used by many utilities.

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