“Deluxe” and “Premium”

These are two words that have been important parts of my vocabulary for most of my life. As a long time fast-food burger connoisseur, these words mean I’m getting something other than a hastily cooked ground beef patty on an enriched white flour bun that may or may not have been sitting under a heat lamp for a specific period of time. If you’re anywhere near as familiar with drive-thru cuisine as I am, you’ll know that “Deluxe” usually means a variety of toppings has been added to an otherwise relatively plain sandwich…it’s been “run through the garden,” if you will. And “Premium” can mean anything from a special bun, gourmet cheese, up-scale meat, and/or the addition of bacon…they ALWAYS get me at bacon…

I don't know what the knife and fork are doing there, but whatever...

I don’t know what the knife and fork are doing there, but whatever…

EXAIR’s Industrial Vacuums are also available in Deluxe and Premium Kits. Now, if you’ve already got a drum, our standard Kits will quickly and economically turn that drum into a powerful, fast, and efficient vacuum system, without the need for anything fancy. If you’re looking for complete, comprehensive clean up solutions, though, our Deluxe Kits add a drum dolly, a tool holder, and additional tools. The Premium Kits also include a durable steel drum and a set of Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools.

Whatever your needs are, we’ve got an efficient, quiet, durable, long-lasting, maintenance-free vacuum system for you. Our Reversible Drum Vac will empty…or fill…a 55 gallon drum in 90 seconds (tested with water.) Our new High Lift Reversible Drum Vac pumps that same 55 gallons in just 85 seconds, with up to 15 feet of suction head. Then, of course, the Chip Trapper uses our Reversible Drum Vac technology to filter and extend the life of your machine tool coolants, lubricating oils, etc.

Reversible Drum Vac, High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, Chip Trapper

(Left to Right) Reversible Drum Vac, High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, Chip Trapper

For solids vacuuming situations, our Chip Vac picks up wet or dry chips, debris, etc., and deposits them directly into the drum. This is the function of the Heavy Duty Dry Vac as well. It’s more powerful than the Chip Vac, for use with heavier debris, and it’s made of a hardened alloy for superior abrasion resistance. The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac delivers the same high performance, with a high efficiency filter for total dust containment.

(Left to right) Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, Heavy Duty HEPA Vac

(Left to right) Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, Heavy Duty HEPA Vac

Whatever your Industrial Vacuum needs are, we’ve got a solution for you. And if you order before the end of March, we’ll throw in a FREE Vac-u-Gun…our lightweight and portable vacuum gun, blow gun, and transfer tool, all in one. Call me to find out more.

Russ Bowman
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Tourney Time!

This week begins my favorite time of year – college basketball madness!

Basketball hoop

It’s Awesome baby, with a capital A!

Like many of us around the country, my fan loyalty resides with a relatively small, local college that has seen a lot of program growth in recent years – Xavier University. For example, during the 2003-2004 season, the team was ranked preseason top 11 in the country but stumbled along the way and found themselves at 10-8 with a pivotal game against their in state, conference rival. They ended up losing the game and the players held a “team only” meeting afterwards so the seniors could, let’s just say, “focus” the team on their goals. Whatever was said in that locker room worked, as the team went on to finish the regular season with a 9-1 record and win 4 conference tourney games in 4 days (first team to ever tackle this feat) to capture the automatic bid to the national field of 64, where they eventually lost by only 3 points in their first ever Elite 8, to a certain team from Durham, NC. (It was the REFS fault and no I’m not bitter LOL).

In 2008 the team was facing a similar challenge as they had lost several close games and were now again faced with needing to win 4 games in 4 days to get the automatic conference title bid. They went on to secure the bid and were able to reach the Elite 8 again for the 2nd time in 4 years but their run ended with a loss to the #1 seed in the region. The school has now joined a larger conference which is great for national notoriety and recruiting but also brings a higher level in competition, either boosting or damaging their tournament resume.

This year has followed suit to previous years as the team didn’t perform up to expectations and spent much of the latter part of the regular season on the proverbial “bubble”. After each win or loss, the prognosticators would move them from a “lock” to the “bubble”, or even more confusing, “still has work to do” category. All that mattered was just win and let the rest take care of itself. The team did just that as they went on to make the finals of the conference tournament but were easily handled by the first place team and eventually lost.

The selection committee has rewarded their conference affiliation along with conference tournament success and ranked them as a 6 seed for this years national championship tournament (a little high in my opinion but I’ll take it!) playing the winner of one of the play-in games.

Who knows what tournament success or failure lies ahead but that is what makes this time of year so awesome. Even when my team loses, there is always a local team, an underdog or the year’s “Cinderella” that grasps the country’s attention and makes it hard to root against them. Since we are in Cincinnati, many of our folks live in Kentucky and the Wildcats prove their wide reach among many of our Ohio based people as well. It makes the office banter and challenges and trash talk more interesting when pitting the hopes of a small “bubble” team up against a behemoth like Kentucky. We would be remiss not to mention the other behemoth with a huge fan base in this neck of the woods, Ohio State. We cannot forget our loyal base of University of Cincinnati Bearcats, who have provided us with some stellar employees, though not much of a basketball team this year (I’m a Xavier fan, remember?). And with the late breaking news from last night’s winning Dayton Flyer team, we have some solid regional representation in the tourney year.

Wow, now that I think about it, we’ll be lucky to survive the next few weeks without a bit of office bloodshed. At the very least, a small skirmish is certain to happen ;-).

Here at EXAIR we have a great team too! From the production team all the way up to management, we understand that we need to remain focused on our main goal – to satisfy YOU, our customer! We are always striving to get better by developing new products, testing existing products or maintaining near perfect (99.9%) on-time shipments.

To put our team to work for you, give us a call!

And to all who may be distracted throughout these next four days – Good luck to your team as well!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
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Super Air Wipe Blows Electric Resistance Welded Pipe Clean During Manufacture

SAW pipe

Super Air Wipe Blows Off Pipe

A manufacturer of Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) pipes contact us recently. They were trying to make improvements to an existing pipe mill where pipes of diameters 3-1/2” up to 8-5/8” diameter are being processed. They had previously used our Super Air Wipe product on a smaller line that produced pipe in the 2-3/8” to 3-1/2” outside diameter range with great success. So, they wanted to know what we had that could blow off the outside diameter of their large product.

It so happens that EXAIR produces the Super Air Wipe product up to 11 inch inside diameter. With such a size, the Super Air Wipe has capability to blow off and cool pipes up to about 10 inch diameter. This capability was well within the need for our customer.

Previously, the customer had been using a series of open pipes that terminated into a ring around their product to blow off coolant used during the final phases of production. This solution was extremely loud and used a large volume of air which ran continuously while the mill was in operation. Also, the finish produced was not quite as consistent as the customer wanted. The inconsistent velocity between the home made “nozzles” caused lines to form on the pipe’s outer surface finish that were not appealing.

The Super Air Wipe was able to harness the compressed air into a more manageable flow with even velocity all the way round the outside of the pipe. The sound level dropped considerably, the flow rate dropped down to a much more reasonable level for the customer and the visual quality of their final product had no lines as before.

The pipes produced at this particular facility were used in the oil and gas industry. However, any application where pipes, hoses, tubes and any other round forms need to be blown off or cooled with air create good opportunity to take advantage of the features that an EXAIR Super Air Wipe bring to the application.

Neal Raker, International Sales Manager
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All Kinds Of Useful Accessories…If I’d Only Known…

I’ve been learning an awful lot about car stereos lately. See, the LED display on the stereo in my wife’s car stopped working. It was intermittent for a while…I kinda knew deep down inside that it wasn’t going to fix itself…but it’s stopped working entirely now. So, we went out last weekend and got a great deal on an “open box” unit at a local Big Box Store. I’ve been back to The Store twice now, because…I’m embarrassed to admit…I didn’t do my homework on what all I needed up-front. I’ve spent almost as much on wiring harnesses, adapters, and hardware as I did on the stereo itself (which doesn’t bother me much…it was a RIDICULOUSLY good deal…maybe because it DIDN’T come with anything) and, three days later, I have everything I need to complete the installation. Which, since I have the wiring harnesses made up and all the plug-in adapters in hand, means I just have to plug in three connections, tighten four bolts, and snap the dashboard panel back in.

I tell you this, dear reader, as a cautionary tale…not just for car stereos, but for compressed air products. At EXAIR, we want to make it as easy as possible for users to get the most out of our products, so we offer a variety of very beneficial accessories:

Universal Air Knife Mounting Systems for our Air Knives.

Plumbing Kits for our Long Super Air Knives.

Stay Set Hoses and Swivel Fittings for our Super Air Nozzles.

A clip-on style Mounting Bracket for our Atomizing Spray Nozzles.

Chip Shields for our Safety Air Guns.

A broad assortment of Vacuum Cups, Fittings, Hoses, etc., for our E-Vac Vacuum Generators.

High quality Reinforced PVC Conveyance Hose for our Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors.

A variety of Suction Tools for our Industrial Vacuums.

Side Mount Kits for our Cabinet Cooler Systems.

And this doesn’t even include the products in our Accessories line – Filter Separators, Oil Removal Filters, Pressure Regulators…heck, we’ve even got accessories for our Accessories:

Again – EXAIR wants you to get the most out of our products. If you want to find out what else we might have to help you do just that, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
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Cold Air, Year Round

We’ve been experiencing some downright brutal winter conditions here in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the past couple of weeks. This is merely a statement of observation; not a complaint…I moved here, on purpose, in 1991, and I surrendered my “complain about the cold” card at the A1A/Fernandina Beach exit on I95 as I left Florida. I say this only to introduce a curious tale of two friends, who literally couldn’t live much farther away from each other and still be in the United States.  They, however, have both been rubbing it in my nose on Facebook about how much warmer it is where they are than it is in Cincinnati, where we all grew up.

I’ll start with Gregg: he lives in central Florida, and never tires of reminding his old hometown friends that it’s in the 70’s, and he’s risking a sunburn by going out on the boat this weekend. I’m sure many of us have friends like this, and they’re the reason that posts like this are so popular:

weather

Needless to say, it’s harder to like Gregg as he enjoys today’s warm Florida weather.

 

Then there’s Eddie. He’s not looking for sunblock for a day on the boat, mainly because the sun’s only been coming up where he’s at for few weeks now…see, Eddie’s in northern Alaska, where it was warmer EVERY DAY LAST WEEK than it was in Cincinnati. This is, of course, extremely out of the ordinary, and I have nothing but respect for the conditions that he endures through those winters. I still found myself being just as disgusted with Eddie as I was with Gregg for gloating about the weather last week. Hard to believe.

What I don’t find hard to believe, but still get a chuckle out of, is the days when we get multiple calls for our Vortex Tube cooling products. We joke about people needing cold air when there’s so darn much of it outside (here anyway,) but we’re well aware that there are plenty of industrial applications where heat is an issue, year round. And we’re eager to help.

Case in point: I had the pleasure of helping a customer recently who needed to keep a blade cool. This particular blade cuts plastic wrapping that is shrink fitted onto plastic soda bottles. Over time, the blade heated up, and they were getting a “ripple” effect on the edges of the label, which not only looked bad, but led to the wrapper peeling off when it got caught on pretty much anything downstream on the bottling line.

It’s a small blade, so they installed a Model 5215 Cold Gun Aircoolant System to blow a pointed stream of cold air at the cutting edge. This not only keeps the blade cool (which should result in a longer life) but it keeps any heat from transferring to the edge of the wrapping, resulting in a perfectly applied wrapper every time.

Four systems to choose from; we've got the one for your application.

Four systems to choose from; we’ve got the one you need.

Do you have an application that might be improved with a flow of cold air? If so, give me a call and let’s talk. If it’s warmer where you are than it is here, I’ll even good-naturedly listen to your gloating. This does not apply to you, Gregg and Eddie. You guys are not cool at all. Not this week, anyway.

Russ Bowman
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Static Eliminator Cleaning And Maintenance

Occasionally a customer will call looking for a way to check if their EXAIR Static Eliminator is still functioning properly. The best way to determine proper operation is to use our Model # 7905 Static Meter, capable of reading up to +/- 20kV measured at 1” away.

Static Meter

Model # 7905 Digital Static Meter complete with NIST Certification, case and 9-volt battery.

With the power supply and compressed air turned off, simply take a reading of the surface of the object. You then ionize the surface and take another reading. If the digital display shows a great reduction in static charge the unit is working properly. If the charge remains at its original value or close to the original value, you may need to clean the ionizer or go through some additional steps to determine if it is functioning properly –  contact an Application Engineer for assistance.

To maintain a properly functioning Static Eliminator, the unit may require occasional cleaning depending on the environment. To do this, you first need to identify the emitter(s):

The best method to determine how well the Ionizing Bar is working is with the Model 7905 Static Meter. The static meter is easy to use and will accurately display the charge on a surface without touching it. To do this, simply measure the charge on the surface before ionizing (power supply off). Then, ionize the surface (power supply on). Measure the surface again. A “zero” volt reading indicates that the Ionizing Bar is working properly. If a charge is still present, this may indicate the need for cleaning.

Keeping the ionizing bar free of moisture and dirt is very important to its effectiveness and life-span. A simple cleaning operation added to your planned maintenance schedule can eliminate potential performance problems. The frequency of cleaning required will depend upon the environment in which the ionizer is installed. Dirty industrial applications may require daily cleaning while clean-room applications may require only monthly cleaning. It is important to evaluate the cleaning needs of each individual ionizer installation.

A soft bristle brush (a toothbrush works well) should be used to clean the emitter points and channel to remove any particulate. Do not use anything that will bend or dull the emitter points. Do not use any soaps or liquid cleaners that will leave a conductive residue. They can destroy the effectiveness of the ionizing bar. Periodic cleaning will keep the ionizer operating at peak performance for the life of the product.

If you have any questions about your existing EXAIR product(s) or to discuss a new application, give us a call.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
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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
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