New spill recovery vacuum unveiled

 - May 19, 2008, 8:00 AM

Ascent Technologies of Parish, N.Y., has a new product for sucking up spilled fluids from aircraft, ground vehicles and de-icers. The Safety-Vac is faster, safer and less expensive than using absorbent materials, according to Dave Munger, operations manager for Ascent. “The most important feature of the new product is that it is safe from static electricity discharges, so you don’t have to worry about starting a fire. That has traditionally been the problem with vacuum systems.” The Safety-Vac can handle one gallon per second and also has the advantage of eliminating skin contact with hazardous materials. Priced between $17,900 and $20,000, towable Safety-Vacs are a lower-cost alternative to larger vacuum trucks.