More Power? I DO Think So…

We occasionally get calls from folks who are looking for “more power” – and it always brings that classic 1990’s sitcom “Home Improvement’s” Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor to mind. Well, not so much Tim’s “more power” mantra, but the ubiquitous response from his long-suffering sidekick, Al Borland:

Al knows it.  George Foreman knows it. Lisa knows it.  Even Tim knows it, this time.

Sometimes, they’re looking for a product to replace what they’re currently using…something they’re not getting desirable results from. Other times, they have an EXAIR product in place, and it’s just not getting the job done.

Our first response is, of course, to make sure they’re getting a sufficient supply of air to their product, no matter whether it’s ours or not. If you’re familiar at all with our blogs, you know we write about this frequently:

The Importance of Proper Compressed Air Supply Lines

Video Blog: Proper Supply Plumbing for Compressed Air Products

Improper Installation and Associated Problems

3 Common Mistakes in Your Compressed Air System

Once we’ve made sure that the product is indeed receiving appropriate air supply, we can look at adding to the flow rate and force of the air stream. We’ve made it easy to do that with a variety of blow off products by designing them with a replaceable shim.

All of our Air Knife products (Super, Standard, and Full Flow) will ship with a 0.002” thick shim installed. These will perform superbly in a wide variety of general industrial blow off applications. If this doesn’t provide the force needed for your application, we carry Shim Sets for any Air Knife that will allow you to double, triple, or even quadruple the air flow for amplified thrust. Some common examples are stubborn debris in tight spaces (like the fins of a fin-and-tube heat exchanger) or removing oil from a corrugated surface.

From left to right: Super, Standard, and Full Flow Air Knives.

 

Like the Air Knives, our Air Wipes (Super and Standard) are built with 0.002” thick shims, which can be easily replaced for additional flow and force. Like when the Air Wipe is getting all the coolant off an extruded & machined part, but some stubborn, hair-like fibers need a little more “oomph” to remove.

 

Super (left) and Standard (right) Air Wipes come in sizes from 1/2" to 11".

Super (left) and Standard (right) Air Wipes come in sizes from 1/2″ to 11″.

Yes, those were real calls I took. Yes, they had sufficient air flow. Yes, the extra shims worked like a champ.

Similar to our Air Knife products, our Flat Super Air Nozzles also incorporate a replaceable shim. In fact, you have your choice of standard Models with a 0.015” thick shim installed, or High Power Models with a 0.025” thick shim. Shim Sets with a variety of thicknesses from 0.005” to 0.030” are available for either of these.

Our Super Air Amplifiers and High Velocity Air Jets incorporate patented shims that make for the highest amplification flows available, anywhere. These are available, from stock, in Shim Sets or individually.

High Velocity Air Jets and Super Air Amplifiers use patented shims for optimum performance and efficiency.

High Velocity Air Jets and Super Air Amplifiers use patented shims for optimum performance and efficiency.

If you have an air blowing application that you’d like to get a little (or a lot) more out of, give us a call. Prepare for a discussion on proper air supply first (of course,) but we’ll be more than happy to help in any way that we can.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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Model 1109-PEEK Solves Customer Dilemma

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1109-PEEK Nozzle used in non-marring blowoff application

In a recent application for a new installation, an end user of EXAIR products needed a way to remove defective material from a production line.  At times, the defective items would fall along a conveyor, and the end user wanted to install an effective, efficient blowoff system to address multiple points along the conveyor.  Further to the complexity of the application, the end user needed a product that would not damage the product any further, as they reworked those items to reduce total scrap rates.

Initially, we considered a series of PVDF Super Air Knives, one of which could be triggered “ON” when material was detected.  But, the material size is relatively small, leading to the installation of many, many small Super Air Knives.  This solution was viable from a performance perspective, but further review found a more economic solution.

We then considered Super Air Nozzles.  Perhaps a series of small, efficient nozzles, controlled in groups of (5) or (10), could provide the desired blowoff force.  But, what about the need to not damage the product if in contact with the blowoff device?

This is where the PEEK plastic, model 1109-PEEK, became a perfect fit.  A series of 1109-PEEK nozzles provided the necessary blow off force, consumed minimal compressed air, and provided a non-damaging, non-marring solution.  When controlled in clustered groups, the specific section of the conveyor could be cleared of the defective material, blown into bins for reworking.

These attributes of the 1109-PEEK nozzle, along with high chemical resistivity, and a high temperature range (up to 160°C / 320°F) make it a viable choice for a variety of applications.  Maybe that’s why it is currently nominated for a Plant Engineering Product of the Year Award in the Compressed Air category – Please VOTE for the Precision Air Nozzle here.

EXAIR Application Engineers are well versed in the parameters of our products and a wide range of industrial applications.  If you have a need for engineering support in your application, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

Go Vote For The EXAIR 1104-PEEK!

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Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards

 

In case you missed our blog on EXAIR having 4 finalists for Product of the Year 2014 from Plant Engineering there is a link here.   Today however, I would like to focus on just one of those products, the Model 1104-PEEK, 3/8″ FNPT Peek Plastic Super Air Nozzle.

The Model 1104-PEEK Super Air Nozzle blows off solar panels during assembly inspection.

The Model 1104-PEEK Super Air Nozzle blows off solar panels during assembly inspection.

The 1104-PEEK is constructed out of PEEK Thermoplastic which is designed to be chemical resistant, non-marring, and carries a high temperature rating.  The chemical resistance of PEEK plastic will help greatly in locations such as plating operations, chemical etching or cleaning metals, painting, or glass etching.  The low friction characteristic of PEEK plastic makes it ideal when trying to blow off delicate surfaces which may be scratched by metallic blow off nozzles such as, painted surfaces, glass, plastics, or even polished metals.  The PEEK thermoplastic is rated for environments up to 320°F (160°C).  This can be ideal for paint or coating curing ovens.   This could also come in handy around the exit of a furnace where there may be caustic fumes mixed with elevated temperatures.

When you combine all of the benefits from PEEK plastic with the engineered solutions from EXAIR, you will get an efficient, safe, engineered solution to your blow off application that will work in a caustic or hot environment, yet not mar a delicate surface.

If you have an 1104-PEEK already in your application, or are using another EXAIR product, please go and vote for us in the Plant Engineering Product of the Year awards.   We greatly appreciate all who are willing to vote for any of our products and are proud to continue bringing you the best products we can offer that fit your every compressed air need.

Brian Farno
Application  Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

 

I Love A Good Commercial

I watch an awful lot of television. I always have. I grew up in the 1970’s, and I can STILL remember the sixth sense that my friends and I seemed to possess, regarding the imminent air time of our favorite shows. We could be engaged in the most epic Friday evening whiffle ball game EVER, but a few minutes before 8pm, we all became acutely aware that The Incredible Hulk was about to come on, followed by The Dukes Of Hazzard. Throughout the week, our games might be called on account of weather or darkness, but on Fridays, they’d be called on account of Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk) and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke.) It’s entirely likely that this was triggered by the subtle reinforcement of having viewed a short advertisement earlier in the week, shown multiple times, just to make sure it stuck:

For the record, we didn’t watch Dallas an awful lot.  We got sent to bed right about then.  In retrospect, I’m glad.

In the present age of Digital TV and programmable DVR’s, I honestly don’t watch too many shows when they’re actually being aired. And with the fast forward function, I don’t catch too many commercials, except when (much to my wife and sons’ chagrin) I back up to see if I might be interested in. And yes, it’s usually food or vehicle-related. I’m usually in the mood for a cheeseburger, and…don’t tell her…but I may be purchasing a pickup truck very soon.

But I digress. I got to thinking about the effectiveness of commercials when I had the pleasure of discussing a blow off application with a caller recently. He was looking for a way to keep the lens of laser sensors clean…there are three sensors located inside his machine, and they are used to check & control the exact positioning of precision machined parts. As good as they are at doing so, just a little bit of coolant spray on the lens will have a pretty bad effect on their operation. When he started describing the sensor to me, I knew exactly what he was looking for, because I’d seen something just like it in a “commercial”…

These Press Releases can all be found in our Media Center.

These Press Releases can all be found in our Media Center.

OK, a Press Release, actually. Now, this is the Model HP1126SS 1” High Power 316SS Flat Super Air Nozzle, which was needed for the aggressive, high temperature environment in which this photo was taken. He didn’t need all that, so he went with the Model 1126 1” Zinc Aluminum Flat Super Air Nozzle, which has more than enough force & flow to blow off a little coolant mist, and is perfectly suitable for use around water-based solutions.

When I showed it to him, he agreed that it was exactly what he was looking for. I feel bad that I neglected to tell our Marketing folks how easy they made it for me to solve this application until now…but they totally rocked it. Thanks!

Our Application Engineers work with them to publish Press Releases, Newsletters, Case Studies, Application Database entries, and more, on a regular basis. I encourage you to check out our Media Center and Knowledge Base (registration required, but it’s free and easy) to get an idea of the full range of our abilities to solve your compressed air product applications. We can start there, and if you ever have any questions, give us a call. We’re eager to help.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle Provides Perfect Solution for Thread Cleaning

This week I worked with a customer who was wanting to remove excess fluid from a U-bolt immersing application. The U-bolts range in length from 14” to 16.5” and have (2) 7/8-14 x 2” length threaded ends. After the curing process, they were experiencing build up on the threads so they were considering using an 18” Super Air Knife. The Super Air Knife provides a high velocity, laminar sheet of airflow across the entire length of the knife, which would work well in the application and encompass the customer’s various lengths.

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One-piece construction, available in aluminum, 303ss, 316ss and PVDF, with lengths from 3″ to 108″.

After further reviewing the application, we determined that they didn’t need to blow off the entire bolt, but rather focus on removing the excess fluid from the threaded ends. Once again EXAIR had the perfect solution, our 2” Flat Super Air Nozzle! The 2” Flat Super Air Nozzle uses a patented shim design (.015” installed) to maintain a critical gap, resulting in a high velocity, forceful stream of airflow. Using the optional shim kit, the shims can be changed out to .005”, .010” or .020”, which allow you to increase or decrease the force and flow. By using a pressure regulator the customer was able to adjust the supply pressure to achieve the desired result.

2 Inch Flat

Available in zinc aluminum alloy or 316ss. Produces 22 ounces of force when operating at 80 PSIG.

EXAIR offers a wide variety of Intelligent Compressed Air Products for various industrial applications. To discuss a specific application or help with selecting the correct product, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

Something Old, Something New, be OSHA Compliant or They’ll Fine You!

I recently took on the task of getting a pair of 50 year old vintage bicycles up to snuff for riding once more.  They hadn’t moved in about 30 years, so I knew it was a tall order.  After replacing the tires, tubes and disassembling, cleaning and lubricating a 3 speed transmission (a mechanical wonder!), I decided to strip off some of the rusted old accessories.  One of these was a battery operated headlight.

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Aside from being damaged beyond repair, the headlight was outdated to say the least.  For comparison, a modern LED bicycle light is shown on the left.  These two lights have little to nothing in common.  The one of the left is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery.  The one on the right uses disposable alkaline batteries.  The one on the left is made of weather resistant materials like aluminum and rubber.  The one on the right is made of steel (very pitted and rusty steel at this point…).  The one on the left is easy to mount on just about any tube of a bike frame and lightweight.  The one on the right has a special bracket that has to be mounted on the gooseneck and has enough mass to anchor a 60 foot yacht.

The point is that the old light wasn’t just rusted beyond repair, it wasn’t worth repairing even if it could have been.  Ever see that in your manufacturing environment? A blowgun that has a stuck trigger for instance.  Maybe it could be repaired, but what about that non-OSHA compliant nozzle it has attached to it?  Whatever meager savings you might get from trying to repair the old gun and continuing using an unsafe blowoff could quickly be offset by and OSHA fine.  Time to upgrade to an EXAIR Precision Safety Air Gun , Soft Grip Safety Air Gun or Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun!

Don’t get me wrong – I ABHOR the throw away society I see around me in the world today.  Why else would I bother to fix up two 50 year old bikes?  But sometimes it’s best to replace the old thing with something new that is safer and more efficient – like an LED bike light, or an OSHA compliant EXAIR Safety Air Gun.  Need help figuring out which Safety Air Gun to use? Our experienced Application Engineers are just a phone call away!

Dan Preston
Engineer-at-large
DanPreston@exair.com
@EXAIR_DP

Swivel This Or Swivel That

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The Nano Super Air Nozzle is available with an M6 x 0.75 thread OR a 1/8 NPT thread.

I recently took a call from a customer who was looking for a Nano Super Air Nozzle with a swivel and NPT threads.  We have two versions of this (see above) thanks to our plethora of options.  We offer a newer Mini Swivel Fitting that will allow the M6 thread of the Nano Super Air Nozzle to go straight into the swivel joint and it gives you a 1/8″ MNPT on the opposite side.  This still permits the 25° from center range of motion as the standard swivels do but, with a smaller footprint,  is able to get into tighter spaces.

1110SSW - Nano Super Air Nozzle w/ Mini Swivel Fitting

1110SSW – Nano Super Air Nozzle w/ Mini Swivel Fitting

 

The other option is to utilize a model 1110SS-NPT which is a Nano Super Air Nozzle w/ 1/8″ NPT adapter, then add a 1/8″ NPT Swivel fitting which is a model 9052.  This option is a little bulkier, but if you needed some extra length on the nozzle side to get closer to the target area then it would be helpful.   This unit also offers the 25° from center range of motion and still gives a 1/8″ MNPT thread to plug into your system.

1110SS-NPTW - Nano Super Air Nozzle w/ NPT Adapter and 1/8" NPT Swivel Fitting

1110SS-NPTW – Nano Super Air Nozzle w/ NPT Adapter and 1/8″ NPT Swivel Fitting

As you can see in the picture above, the Mini Swivel fitting with Nano Super Air Nozzle is a more compact option, but does not reach as far as the standard 1/8″ swivel with NPT Nano Super Air Nozzle.  No matter the case, we have them both in stock and ready to ship same day on orders received by 3 PM EST that are shipping within the states.

Chances are if you have a need for a compressed air blow off, we will have more than one way to get the job done.   Our goal is to sell you the best engineered solution that will get the job done and make your life easier.  If you would like to discuss any of your applications, please contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

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