A fume extractor is a system utilizing a fan to pull fumes and particulate into a filtration system cleaning the air of harmful chemicals and particulates. Industrial processes create fumes or particles such as welding, sanding, grinding, spraying, powder filling, and chemical applications. Fume extractors use a variety of filters while some systems, depending upon application, use multiple filters in line. The combination of the powerful fan and high-quality filtration media creates a recirculating air pattern for ductless units. Because of the air flow, ductwork or costly replacement air is not required. These units take up less space, weigh less, are more energy efficient, and have easy access to change filters.
Since that day at Indiana University when my Grignard Reaction blew up in my face and I spent the next few days clearing my eyes and nose of ether, Laboratory safety has been an area of particular interest for me.
Working for many years with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN, where highly flammable and dangerous chemicals are being manufactured, showed me how companies take safety seriously.