Not Just Another Day At The Ballpark

Sunday was a fabulous day to be at the ballpark. My family scored some great seats, right behind the Reds’ dugout. I got my first (ever) foul ball at a Major League game. Notice I didn’t say “caught” – it bounced off the guy’s hand in front of us, over my oldest son’s outstretched glove, off the empty seat behind him (why those seats were empty, I have no idea), and rolled under my seat.

We also saw our first instant replay review of a play by the umpires. It took every pixel of high definition that the camera had to allow the officials to decisively rule the runner safe at first…it literally came down to how fast the first baseman closed his glove on the ball as he caught it.

Notice the Braille at the bottom.  I'm sure this has NOTHING to do with the debate about Instant Replay.

Notice the Braille at the bottom. I’m sure this has NOTHING to do with the debate about Instant Replay.

The most memorable part of the game, for me, was watching the outcome of two critical decisions by the respective team managers: In the eighth inning, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Josh Lueke was directed to intentionally walk Reds’ slugger Jay Bruce to load the bases. Bruce had doubled in the fifth, so it wasn’t necessarily a bad call. That is, until Reds’ manager Bryan Price quickly called on Chris Heisey to pinch-hit, following Bruce. Heisey fouled off the first pitch, and then parked the second one just over the right field fence. I’ve been at the ballpark for some dramatic home runs, but that was the first time I’d witnessed a grand slam up close and personal.

To be honest, I thought for a second about skipping the game. We got the tickets at the last minute, and I already had burdens on my schedule for Sunday afternoon. In the end, I’m glad I put that other stuff off, because, years from now, I wouldn’t remember that day I mulched the flower bed, cleared the brush from the wood pile, and filed my taxes (two days early, I might add), but that was a one-of-a-kind day at the old ball game.

My mind still goes back to the intentional walk, and subsequent pinch-hitter decision that led to the grand slam…never underestimate the benefits of being able to draw from the skills of a talented team. We do that every day, here in the Application Engineering group at EXAIR. We don’t miss a chance to learn, or teach, when one of us is presented with a challenging application. If you have a need for a compressed air solution, and you ask one of us for help, know that you’re getting the experience and knowledge of the whole team. Try us.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exair

Award Winning Compressed Air Nozzle Saves Hundreds of Dollars Annually

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EXAIR’s 1 Inch Flat Super Air Nozzle won the Gold Award for Compressed Air from Plant Engineering in 2014. We won the award for the immense savings that our customers reap by using this nozzle to replace open blow offs. While saving compressed air, we also reduce noise level and comply with an OSHA regulation 192.242(b).  Do not leave that blow off open. It is costing you everyday in dollars; it may cost you more in OSHA fines later, and it will cost your employees hearing later.

A 1/4″ copper tube can use 33 SCFM at 80 PSIG of inlet pressure. This homemade blow off will use 1,980 standard cubic feet per hour. Typical industrial compressed air cost $0.25 per 1,000 standard cubic feet.  That 1/4 copper tube is costing you $0.50 every hour to run. Each year, one 1/4″ copper tube costs $2,970*.

The 1 inch Flat Super Air Nozzle, model 1126, uses 10.5 SCFM or 22.5 SCFM less than 1/4″ Copper tube.  Saving your company 22.5 SCFM, is the same as saving $0.34 every hour or $2,025 every year.*  Saving 22.5 SCFM also, means that your compressor system doesn’t have to work as hard.  A 5 HP compressor will put out 20 SCFM, so replacing one 1/4″ Copper Tube with a model 1126 will save you from upgrading compressor system as your company expands.

Regardless of the $2,025 you just saved by replacing the homemade blow offs with engineered nozzle, it is also an industry best practice because it can lower the noise exposure for personnel and prevent any harm from dead end pressure.  OSHA standard 29 CFR – 1910.95(a) requires that if an employee is exposed to greater than 100 dBA for 2 hours, he or she needs to wear hearing protection.  A 1/4″ copper tube will easily exceed 100 dBA.  The model 1126 will lower the noise level to 77 decibel, 13 dBA lower than the OSHA requirements for an 8 hour day.

Finally, the 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle cannot be dead ended, which protects your employees from serious injury. In the event, that a compressed air orifice is blocked with no means of escape, air may enter the bloodstream from an open cut or wound in the skin. Compressed air must be kept below 30 PSIG to eliminate this danger when using an open pipe, tube or many commercial air nozzles. With EXAIR nozzles, pressure to the nozzle  can remain at line pressure and produce the maximum velocity and force for a successful application.

*Assuming 24 hours a day and 250 working days

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

Adapting To The Situation At Hand

Earlier this week I received a call from a customer who had an issue in his facility with the hand held blow guns the operators were using.   The units he had were simply too loud and he was trying to get below the 85 dBA threshold for hearing protection.  Not to mention they were using a large volume of compressed air.

I discussed the application with the customer only to discover they are blowing dry aluminum chips off a table and need a three foot extension so the operators can easily reach all extents.   The nozzles they had on their existing blow guns were essentially a cross drilled “safety nozzle”.  The customer was using the same model air gun throughout his facility at a total of 33 machining centers.   Each unit had a gun with a 3′ extension and a cross drilled nozzle like tip.

After discussing the amount of chips and what they were using I recommended he utilize a newer style adapter we have that would appear to work on his existing gun with the existing extension.  This means, rather than having to replace the entire air gun, extension pipe, and nozzle, he was able to purchase a simple adapter along with our model 1100 Super Air Nozzle and retrofit his entire facility.  This cut the budget needed by more than half of other solutions he was looking into from other companies.   Picture of the nozzle and adapter are below.

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This was just another adapter for EXAIR but it was the right adapter for the customers existing product.  So if you have an existing blow off and you don’t want to replace the entire blow off device but you want to try and upgrade your system, contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Questions for Selecting an Atomizing Spray Nozzle

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Did you know that the air and liquid caps of EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles are interchangeable? Maybe you do. But, do you know which parts are interchangeable? And, did you know that EXAIR Application Engineers have a quick reference chart for such information?

When it comes to liquid spraying, our customers will write to me for application assistance, technical specifications, and potential uses for Atomizing Nozzles. Sometimes the need is for new methods to apply liquid in an existing application.

Rubber Extrusison Painted with AN1010SS

This was the case in the photo above. The end user needed to apply a thin line of paint on a rubber extrusion. After the rubber is dried, it needs to be marked for easy identification during later handling. Using an AN1010SS, the end user has the option to apply atomized paint, and to automate the process so that paint is applied only as needed.

Atomizing Nozzles are also suitable for dust suppression (for example, at a waste transfer system), humidification (such as soften wood for processing), improving costly liquid usage, or spraying oil lubricant.
The best way to categorize an application for use with an Atomizing Nozzle is through a series of (5) questions.

  1. What is the desired spray pattern?
  2. What is the area size to be covered?
  3. How much liquid flow is required?
  4. Is there a pressurized liquid source?
  5. What is the viscosity of the fluid to be atomized?

Based on the answer to these questions the proper Atomizing Nozzle can be selected. If you need clarification on how these questions correlate to model number selection, a full staff of engineers are available for chat through EXAIR.com or over the phone/by email.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

The Value Of Free Stuff…Sometimes, It’s Actually Worth The Price

I visited my doctor recently for my annual check-up. During the exam, he lamented that a lot of his patients didn’t take the importance of preventive care seriously enough. I joked that I’m actually one of those people, but since my health care insurance covers an annual check-up at no charge to me, I do it simply because I’m a sucker for free stuff. Again, I was JOKING…I firmly believe in the importance of preventive health care, and strongly encourage you, dear reader, to do the same and get annual check-ups.

Well, I was HALF joking, anyway…I AM a sucker for free stuff. In fact, my doctor and I went on to talk about how effective free stuff (like t-shirts) was at getting consumers to sign up for new credit cards, magazine subscriptions, etc. We had a good laugh, and I kept laughing…until I got home and looked in my t-shirt drawer…

Of course, these kinds of promotions can be great advertising – that’s obviously why they’re so popular, and at EXAIR, we’re keenly aware of that. Now, you can’t wear our free stuff for everyone to see, but, in the case of our current seasonal promotion, you can get something very useful for free:

Through May 31st, we’re so intent on helping you get into Spring Cleaning mode that, with the purchase of one of our Industrial Vacuums, we’ll give you a FREE Vac-u-Gun. VACpromo_186x149 How can an efficient, quiet compressed air operated Industrial Vacuum help get your spring cleaning into full swing?  If you need help answering that question, give me a call.  They’re all in stock, and we ship same day (U.S.) with orders received by 3pm EST.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
Web: www.exair.com
Blog: http://blog.exair.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems Control Humidity While Maintaining Internal Temperature

As the weather in the Northern Hemisphere changes over from winter to spring and temperatures start to climb, it is slowly becoming necessary for customers to utilize the Cabinet Cooler Systems to keep control panels cool.

One such situation involved a customer who was building a panel for his client in Malaysia. Malaysia is about 3 degrees north of the Equator, so it is what I would call a semi-tropical if not tropical environment. And such places are quite high in humidity levels. This customer had a client who was in the palm oil processing industry which is quite big in Malaysia. He needed a Cabinet Cooler System to generate about 1000 Btu/hr. of cooling power in a NEMA 12 type system. So I recommended he go with a 1700 Btu/hr. Cabinet Cooler System so he had plenty of capacity. I also recommended he go with 24 VDC thermostat control so he could easily pull the power out from within his panel and not have to run any new circuits.

As the customer duly noted, the fact that the Cabinet Cooler System purges the cabinet with clean, cool and dry compressed air allows for the humidity levels to hang down at a much lower level around 40 – 50% RH instead of up around 80 – 90%. This is attributed to the processing and drying of the compressed air at the production point before it is sent out to the facility and again at the point of use with the included, 5 micron, compressed air filter/separator that comes with each system.

Previously, the customer was using only the small, DC type fans to pull that hot, humid air through the panel which led to many corrosion issues and did not relieve the heat issue at all. With this new improvement, the end user no longer has to worry about such issues. Also, there is virtually no maintenance for this system which produces much longer up-times for the customer as there are no moving parts to wear out. Overall, it was a good recommendation in this case as the Cabinet Cooler System was handling multiple, previously negative issues. Now the pain has been taken away and the end user can move on to solving other, more pressing problems.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

EXAIR Receives Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards

Every year EXAIR strives to meet our customer needs with new products. On a day to day basis we communicate with customers who voice problems for which we might or might not have a solution. When we can’t help a customer, we see that as an opportunity to grow our business and meet those customers needs. Over the last year we have released over 250 products to fill our customer’s requests. We submitted 4 of those products to Plant Engineering for voting by their readers for Product of the Year.

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The 2013 Product of the Year Awards – One silver and three gold!

All (4) products were recognized by Plant Engineering and their readers this year.

The awards received, the products and the categories were:

Gold Award – 1 Inch Flat Super Air Nozzle – Compressed Air

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Gold Award – Dual 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Coolers – Electrical Controls

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Gold Award – No Drip External Mix Atomizing Nozzles – Fluid Handling

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Silver Award – Heavy Duty HEPA Vac – Environmental Health

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Over the next month, I will talk about each product and detail their features, benefits and applications. If you need help on any application, feel free to contact us.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

 

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