More Dust Control

The dust control initiative continue….

Most of the changes listed in the previous email have now been implemented and seem successful.  Additionally, it prompted a minor shop reorganization to allow for better access of the dust collection devices to the machines.  We’ll see if I like the new arrangement after I have used it for a while.

Update on my dead one year old Shop-Vac:  Shop-Vac brand mailed me a new "motor" free of charge even though I did not have a receipt.  I could find the date code stamped into the bottom of  the lid unit, and that was enough.  They get high marks for that.  They said that they no longer have any repair facilities so they just mail out parts when someone contacts them about warranty work. Fine with me as I can do the repair.

Unfortunately, when the part arrived it had no instructions on  installation…again no problem for me…but I would think Joe homeowner would not like this arrangement.  Also, the unit was attached with "star" style screws….15 of them.   I just happen to have "star" screwdrivers, but again, how many homeowners would have those?  Seems like Shop-Vac needs to think this process through a little.  But, I can’t complain and I now have a repaired Shop-Vac to go with the new Fein brand dust collector.   The Shop-Vac takes its place as the dedicated unit for the sanding station.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

Posted on January 10, 2007, in Tools and Shop. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Boy. Shop Vac just can’t win with you, can they? 😉
    Sounds like you just got one step closer to the ideal for dust collection. Sweet.

  2. Hah! You are right. Maybe I am a little hard on them.

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