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Centralised spillage removal

What is your technology?

Disab designs and installs large-capacity centralised vacuum cleaning systems so industrial customers can meet rigorous dust exposure standards. The systems remove dust, waste and spillages.

How does it work?

A Disab’s suction power pulls materials from a few microns up to 50mm through a system of bespoke steel pipework. This can be hundreds of metres in length and over several floors. Multiple inlet valves and flexible suction hoses access all areas where dust, waste or spillages occur, with separators to enable either dust-free discharge or spillage recovery.

Where is it used and by who?

In all kinds of plants including MRF, energy from waste, mechanical biological treatment, refuse-derived fuel, biomass and power stations. Customers include Thames Water, Norfolk Environmental Waste Services, Veolia, Cory, Grundon and Jersey Power. The systems are also used in the cement, aggregates, water treatment, wood processing, chemicals, quarrying, ports and other sectors.

How is it different?

A centralised vacuum cleaning system is designed to access every square metre of plant or building. Units do not need to be moved around the site, and the system can be used by multiple users simultaneously to clean one or several areas. They can be specified to meet equipment for explosive atmospheres (ATEX) standards or to use 16-160kW electric or diesel power sources, with discharge options for material recovery or disposal.

What benefits does it offer?

A centralised system means cleaner working environments. Fully enclosed systems and high-efficiency filtration minimises the risk of dust exposure to employees.

Where recovered material is valuable, huge savings can be achieved. Employee buy-in to higher housekeeping standards is easily achieved due to ease of use and speed. Dust, waste or recovered material can all be pulled to one central point.


Each system is bespoke, with different vacuum generation units, pipework lengths and separators. During typical 15 to 20-year lifetimes, Disab systems pay for themselves via materials recovery and/or greater cleaning and housekeeping efficiency.

What about maintenance?

Disab UK provides a full range of maintenance packages, supported by a UK-wide service team that will work out of hours to minimise customer downtime.

How many have you sold and where?

Hundreds of Disab centralised vacuum cleaning systems have been sold all over Europe, and are still being serviced for industrial customers in every major sector.

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Customer’s view

Norfolk Environmental Waste Services production manager David Lake said: “The centralised vacuum system has been tailor-made for our plant to give us maximum flexibility, more suction power and a direct feed for the dust, depositing it into our waste bay.

“With four inlet valves around the ground floor and another five on the first storey, the cleaners who are scheduled to go in after each of the two main eight-hour shifts only need to carry a suction hose to wherever they need it, attach it to a suitable valve and get on with their cleaning tasks.”

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