Trust EXAIR…We Provide Solutions

So, Brian Farno wrote a great piece on trust the other day: Why Trust EXAIR? I couldn’t agree more with his narrative of the ways in which trust permeates the culture here, is implied in every transaction (internal and external,) and is CRITICAL to our success…as individuals, and as a company.

I’ve had the pleasure of helping several people just recently by NOT recommending EXAIR products for their application. Now, that may seem counterintuitive, but they were fairly straightforward situations where we know our products just won’t work. For example:

*A conveyance application, unloading bulk material from tractor trailers. The caller needed to move hundreds of pounds per minute. Our Line Vacs have been known to move about 50 pounds per minute in certain circumstances.
*A static problem in an area with volatile vapors. Since our Static Eliminators use high voltage electricity, they can’t be used where ignition of such vapors could occur. Now, they’re shockless to touch, so they’re perfectly safe for use just about anywhere else, just so you know.
*An Air Knife application where their company management is insisting on the use of a blower. Our products are designed for use specifically, and solely, with compressed air. I actually gave them some STELLAR data on the actual costs of operating an engineered Super Air Knife versus a similarly rated blower/fan type device, so I have high hopes of moving this one to the “Win” column. And soon.

These are a few examples where we were able to apply, up front, our knowledge of our products’ capabilities…and limitations. For times when we might not know (yet,) we can find out, right here in the Efficiency Lab. Oftentimes, these are comprehensive tests of existing product, performed in direct comparison to EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products. This is a service we’ll provide you for free, if you want to send in your current product(s) for testing. No cost; no obligation; no wait…we strive to test within a day of receiving your shipment.

Other times, someone wants to know if they can use a particular product in conjunction with another. One such caller was a current user of our Vac-u-Guns, but had a need for a fixed device. They asked about using a Model 6082 1-1/4” Aluminum Line Vac, mounted right where they wanted to suction up debris, depositing it directly into a Vac-u-Gun Filter Bag. I was able to set this up quite easily, and did a little informal test with some coffee grounds, paper clips, and a few coins…it performed superbly with all of these, so they placed the order. I then found out that they were blowing the debris off their part with an EXAIR Model 1100-9318 ¼” NPT Super Air Nozzle w/Stay Set Hose & Mag Base – so this made the application a total EXAIR solution!

A small Line Vac & Vac-u-Gun Filter Bag make for a quick, compact & convenient debris collection system.

A small Line Vac & Vac-u-Gun Filter Bag make for a quick, compact & convenient debris collection system.

We perform testing of this nature all the time, because we don’t want to tell you something if we don’t know it to be true. If you have an idea for, or questions about, an EXAIR product, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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Painting a clear picture

While we are waiting for the new addition to our family, we started making plans to move our first son into the second bedroom, his current playroom. We asked him what colors he wanted and without hesitation he rattled off….. “I want blue on the bottom, gray on the top and black in the middle” (chair rail). My wife and I cringed at the black chair rail and offered maybe a charcoal gray? or maybe just white? but these were NOT going to be options. The boy knows what he wants, “Dad, I am going to be a big brother now so I need a big boy room”.

We headed out to the local home improvement store to get some paint samples. Our son stood in amazement (confusion) as he gazed at the hundreds of different shades of blues and grays. He took one card after another until his hands were full and that’s about the time a store employee noticed his struggle and offered some assistance. The paint company provides the store with a touchscreen where you can design a room , complete with a chair rail and compare the different paint codes to see the various combinations together. This saved us a huge amount of time as our son was able to match up the colors he wanted, avoiding the potential for multiple trips back and forth to the store and eliminated wasting several gallons of paint.

This got me thinking…. Here at EXAIR, we receive calls from customers who are looking to replace their wasteful, loud and unsafe open pipe blowoffs with one our engineered air nozzles. All of EXAIR’s Air Nozzles and Jets meet the OSHA Standard 1910.42(b) for 30 psi dead end pressure (cannot be dead ended) and OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.95(a) for allowable noise exposure levels. Since we offer so many different nozzles, it can sometimes be confusing, but EXAIR has you taken care of with our Air Nozzles and Jets and High Force Air Nozzles Comparison Chart(s). The charts are sorted by compressed air consumption (when operating at 80 PSIG) and provides the nozzle Model #, material of construction, inlet size, air consumption, force and sound level, making it easy to match to your existing setup.

Air Nozzles and Jets Comparison Chart

Air Nozzles and Jets Comparison Chart

 

High Force Air Nozzles

High Force Air Nozzles Comparison Chart

Of course, if you are still unsure, you can always contact an Application Engineer for assistance.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
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@EXAIR_JN

That New Car Feeling

So, I got a new car this week. It replaces my 15 year old van that just went over 200,000 miles recently. It’s been solid transportation since my sons were in baby/booster seats, and they both now exceed the height/weight requirements to ride in the front seat. In fact, the state of Ohio will soon permit my oldest to sit in the driver’s seat. Whether his mother and I will allow it (or are ready for it) is still up in the air. Stay tuned…

There are no “fatal flaws” with the van…the cost to fix the problems it has, though, would exceed the amount I could reasonably sell it for, and it just rubs me the wrong way to be “upside down” on a vehicle, whether that’s owing more…or spending more…on it than it’s worth.

It’s kind of a downer having a car payment again (although we were pretty proud of ourselves for having saved up a good amount for a down payment,) but the New Car does indeed have its advantages:

Operating cost: my van got just under 17 miles per gallon; the New Car boasts 33 mpg. I know; I know; “my mileage may vary,” but if I’m anywhere close to cutting my fuel costs in half, I’ll be a happy camper.

Reliability: Again, the van wasn’t dead (not completely,) but I’d had to perform unplanned replacements of the battery and a tire recently. I also noticed, at the last oil change, that engine coolant is finding its way into the oil. That gasket (wherever it is; I have no intention of finding it) isn’t going to fix itself.

Safety: Automobile makers have come a long way over the years, as the video below shows. Now, my van is a much more modern vehicle than the 1959 model…it has air bags, frame/body engineering to absorb impact, anti-lock brakes, etc. The New Car has more air bags, and over a decade more experience in the engineering behind them, as well as the “crumple zones” and brakes.

Every day, I get the opportunity to discuss these same kinds of issues with callers who are interested in finding out how EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products can make these same kinds of improvements:

Operating cost: For thirty-one years now, EXAIR has gone all out to make the most efficient compressed air products on the market. And, while we’ve succeeded, we’re not stopping there. Just as our Design Engineers have pulled out all the stops to make these products the best, our Application Engineers are eager to help you get the most out of them. That’s why we constantly update our Knowledge Database and Case Study Library. That’s why we work as a team…so that there’s never a time that only one of us learns something new. In short, we KNOW that EXAIR products can lower your operating costs. We want to help you lower them even more by optimizing their effectiveness.

Reliability: Most compressed air products, by design, have small passages for the air flow. These can be prone to clogging, which will “vary your mileage” for sure. That’s why we promote the use of Automatic Drain Filter Separators and Oil Removal Filters – if you supply our products with clean, dry air, you’re going to get a LONG time of maintenance-free operation from them.

Safety: All of our Intelligent Compressed Air Products comply with OSHA Directive 1910.242(b), which governs the use of compressed air for cleaning purposes, and 1910.95(a), which specifies maximum allowable limits for noise exposure.

If you’d like to find out how EXAIR products could possibly give you something like that “New Car” feeling in regard to your facility’s compressed air use, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
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EXAIR Safety Air Guns Quickly Remove Years Of Debris From Large Building’s Ceiling

The air gun is a quintessential tool found in a variety of settings. Machinists will use them to blow chips, debris, and coolant from parts as they’re being finished. They’re commonly used for final cleanup before an item is packaged…nobody wants to open up a brand new product and find dust, dirt, or dried-up coolant spots on it. They can make a quick job of cleaning off a work bench…if you intend to sweep the floor afterwards, that is. In fact, larger air guns can even be used to “sweep” the floor.

I recently had the pleasure of assisting a user who was going completely the other way…from the floor, that is. His company had been contracted by the new owners of a rather large show facility to “rehab” the building. Before they could do anything, though, he needed to clean years and years (and years, he said) of dust, sediment, cobwebs, and other various debris, from the open rafters overhead. All 42,000 square feet of overhead. And, because of their schedule for getting the facility ready for upcoming shows, it needed to be done quickly.

After discussing the application and comparing the capabilities of our various Safety Air Gun offerings to the available compressed air supply, I recommended, and they purchased, two Model 1360-48 Heavy Duty Safety Air Guns, fitted with Model 1106 High Force Super Air Nozzles. These made short work of a big part of the job, allowing them to move quickly on to the rest of the building restoration.

If you’ve got a cleanup job…big or small…perhaps an EXAIR Safety Air Gun is the solution. We’ve got them ranging from the Model 1408SS Precision Safety Air Gun, fitted with our 1108SS Atto Super Air Nozzle (2.5 SCFM; 2.0 ounces of force,) to the Model 1218-6 Super Blast Safety Air Gun, which uses our largest High Force Super Air Nozzle, the 1120 (460 SCFM, 23 pounds of force,) and 29 models in between. We can provide them with accessories such as Chip Shields, Stay Set Hoses, Rigid Pipe Extensions, and Compressed Air Hoses, as needed. Give me a call to find out which one is right for you.

Here are just 2 of our 53 distinct models of Safety Air Guns.  I bet we've got the one you're looking for.

Here are just 2 of our 53 distinct models of Safety Air Guns. I bet we’ve got the one you’re looking for.

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EXTRA! EXTRA!

I’ve always been a little hesitant to post certain personal things like “checking in” at a restaurant or letting the world know that I will be on vacation for the next 7 days, but sometimes it’s difficult to hold back when you have great news.

My wife and I are expecting our 2nd son in the beginning of April and couldn’t be happier!!! We originally decided to only tell our families, close friends and co-workers because we wanted to make sure there were no complications. While it was difficult to hold back our excitement (convince my wife to restrain herself – some people have coffee first thing in the morning, she has her news feed), over the weekend my wife made the announcement on her FB page. The amount of positive feedback was amazing. We heard from extended family, friends, former classmates and co-workers all congratulating us. We even had people offering some of their gently used baby gear, which will come in handy since we just donated most of our gear last spring.

Its a boy

“Mini NIC” due to arrive April 8th

At EXAIR, we have also use social media to get out some announcements. Whether it’s our Facebook page, Twitter feeds, Youtube channel, E-News, blogs or our press releases, we make it easy for you to stay up to date with our latest announcements or promotions. Take for example our January 12th, 2015 press release announcing our expanded Long Super Ion Air Knives, up to 108″ in single piece construction, an industry first! Or @EXAIR_BF’s latest tweet on our current promotion for our Static Eliminators.

Of course, you can always give us a call at 1-800-903-9247 too!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
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Complying with OSHA’s Compressed Air Standard

One of the most commonly misunderstood regulations about compressed air is, how to use it safely. OSHA requires a few key features to adhere to when using compressed air to clean. Many people come to the conclusion that the supply air pressure must be reduced to below 30 psig to safely use compressed air for cleaning. This will severely limit compressed air’s effectiveness. There are other ways to use compressed air safely, before we get to that though what has OSHA published on the subject.

meets or exceeds osha

OSHA’s directive 1910.242(b) states “Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning purposes except where reduced to less than 30 PSIG and then only with effective chip guarding and personal protective equipment.” This standard is unclear in a vacuum, but in 1978 OSHA released OSHA instruction STD 01-13-0001 (which also includes acceptable methods), which gave an interpretation on what “reduce to less than 30 PSIG” means. From the interpretation, The phrase, “Reduce to less than 30 psi means that the downstream pressure of the air at the nozzle (nozzle pressure) or opening of a gun, pipe, cleaning lance, etc., used for cleaning purposes will remain at a pressure level below 30 psi for all static conditions. The requirements for dynamic flow are such that in the case when dead ending occurs a static pressure at the main orifice shall not exceed 30 psi. This requirement is necessary in order to prevent a back pressure buildup in case the nozzle is obstructed or dead ended.”

This is technical speak for a nozzle that will allow a path for air to escape in case the nozzle is dead ended. EXAIR designs all of our products with this directive in mind. Typical compressed air safety nozzles feature an open tube with a cross drilled hole at the tip. This nozzle complies with the OSHA directive as well, but typically exceeds OSHA noise exposure standards and wastes compressed air. EXAIR’s engineered nozzles are designed to reduce the noise level below OSHA standards and use compressed air efficiently. This can greatly lower the energy cost of running your compressed air system.

EXAIR Model 1210-6-CS is shown.  This model meets or exceeds OSHA Standard 1910.242(a)

EXAIR Model 1210-6-CS is shown. This model meets or exceeds OSHA Standard 1910.242(b)

Secondly, in the interpretation OSHA requires effective chip guarding to further protect operating personnel. EXAIR offers Chip Shields which can fit all of our Safety Air Guns as well as many other blow guns. This Chip Shields feature a durable polycarbonate material to deflect and stop blowing chips from being directed toward the operator. This chip shield can help meet the requirements for OSHA 1910.242(b), but each company needs to carefully identify any operators that may be in the path of blown debris when using compressed air to clean.

If you would like to discuss your current blow off devices and see what model EXAIR offers to help you meet and exceed OSHA safety standards, please contact us.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
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Guess What Today Is?

Well, if everything went as planned, this blog is actually being posted on Friday. However, I’m writing it on Wednesday.

Don't even think about saying it.

Don’t even think about saying it.

Our daily blogs are written a couple of days in advance, so that they can be reviewed. None of us ever draft anything that’s inappropriate. Not REALLY inappropriate, anyway…but they are indeed checked for grammar, content, accuracy, and quality. I’m probably the most conceited about my writing ability (and for good reason…see?) but I’m still humble enough to appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Heck, if they make it look better before anyone else sees it, I get to take credit for that, too. It’s not like you readers know what gets changed.  If you want to know what I’m like sans edit review, you can always follow me on Twitter.

If our system of blog review and posting proves anything, it’s that it never hurts to run your plan by someone else with experience in what you’re trying to do. Case in point:

I had the pleasure of discussing an Industrial Vacuum application with a customer recently. One of our Chip Vacs had been in use within their shop for a long time, and they were quite pleased with its durability and longevity. They had begun working with some hardened steel product a while back, and, over time, those chips & shavings had worn through the Chip Vac’s aluminum body.  They wanted to order a replacement Chip Vac unit, and perhaps keep another in stock for when that one wore out, and were simply calling for price and availability.

Our solution, instead, was to provide a Heavy Duty Dry Vac. They didn’t need the complete system; just the Model 6097 Heavy Duty Dry Vac unit itself, since it’s dimensionally identical to the Chip Vac. They just unscrewed the Chip Vac on the drum lid, and threaded in the Heavy Duty Dry Vac.

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The EXAIR Chip Vac and Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems.

It’s too soon to know for sure, but all signs point to a long, useful life. In fact, we’ve borne that theory out with in-house testing with numerous abrasive materials. We posted a video a while back, showing the effects of abrasive material conveyed through our Line Vac products: both the standard aluminum, and the hardened alloy Heavy Duty ones.  You can see the results for yourself, here.

If you’d like to get expert suggestions on your compressed air application, please give us a call.

Russ Bowman
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