Video Blog – Universal Air Knife Mounting System

Here is a quick video to show more about our Universal Air Knife Mounting System. Use this accessory product to mount any style air knife from EXAIR.

The model #9060 Universal Air Knife Mounting System offers all the flexibility needed for precise positioning along with the convenience of including everything necessary for a fast mounting option. Just drill one hole – nothing to fabricate – no hardware to hunt down.

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer


Got Plans This Weekend?

Well, all of us here made it past the “End of the World”, oh wait that got rescheduled.  So now it’s back to our regularly scheduled blog topics.  This weekend I’m going to be hanging out with my daughter all weekend.  My wife is going out-of-town with friends and so I’ve planned all the places we’re going to go and things we’re going to see.  In case you aren’t from Cincinnati or have never been here, we actually do have quite a bit to do.  The other trick is, with the sudden surge in random rain storms, I must have two separate plans.  One if it’s nice outside and the other if it’s raining and nasty.

The first stop on Saturday if it’s nice will be the Cincinnati Zoo, if it’s raining, the Cincinnati Museum Center.  She’s been to both places multiple times but has only been to the museum once with me.  So it will be an interesting time.  I know she loves the new nocturnal house at the zoo.  According to her Grandma she was a big hit because she could get the animals to come up to the glass.  (I’m guessing they thought she was food.)  The next stop will be up to my parents and extended family to visit.  Maybe to a park to play if it’s nice, then home for dinner and playing in the backyard or basement.

Sunday, we will probably visit Taste of Cincinnati, and walk down to the Public Landing to see the river boats.   Even though she’s only 15 months old she still loves food and that’s what the Taste of Cincinnati is all about.  I know I’ll be happy because there are over 40 restaurants that show up to let you try out their top dishes.  Plus it will be a reason for her to get down and walk around, along with a few kids zones I hope.

No where this weekend do I have work on the house scheduled.  Even though this is the current state of one of my gutters.

I’m a strong believer that there should always be a certain level of time dedicated as “technology free” (or gutter fixing free) time that forces child/father interaction.  I’m also a believer that even though the outlook looks clean cut and straight as an arrow it is always good to have a second plan of attack or a different way to approach a problem.  This is what we do at EXAIR also.

Our Application Engineers have a combined 50 years of experience working at EXAIR, if you call with an application the chances are we have solved it or done something similar. With a combination of experience and extensive application database we will do our best to outfit your application for a successful solution.  If for some reason our solution doesn’t work to your liking or you need something different, we honor a 30 day unconditional guarantee.

I know what I am planning to do this weekend, a lot of quality time with my daughter and minimal amount of work.  Don’t let that project at work hang over your head all weekend.  Give us a call and see if we can help.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
Twitter: @EXAIR_BF

Connections – We’re All in This Together

Lately I’ve been interested in the How The Universe Works series on The Discovery Channel.  The premise of the show is to explain some of the often confusing areas of theoretical physics or astronomy as they relate to the formation of our universe.  I find this fascinating.

As the endless questions and possibilities are raised by devoted scientists and dreamers alike, I frequently notice the onset of my own, more philosophical thoughts that depart a bit from the focus of the show.  One of the tangent thoughts I regularly have as I enjoy the program is about the connection of matter, energy, and people.  I enjoy the idea that no matter a person’s location, predicament, or direction they are connected to everything in existence on a fundamental level.

Anyone with children will stress to you the importance of solid fundamentals, as will an engineer.  I spent some time this morning doing calculations for convective heat transfer with respect to time.  I started by refreshing myself on the principles by referencing a blog by Russ Bowman – always a good read.

I quickly realized when working through the problem that although this wasn’t the typical application I’m accustomed to analyzing, the solution was found using the same foundational disciplines I apply to compressed air.  The equations were different, but the connection to the solution was the same.

Maybe this is proof of the connection I find myself pondering.  Or maybe its proof that the engineering department at EXAIR has got you covered.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer

Nature In All It’s Glory…and Fury

I’ve lived in the Midwest, and I’ve lived on the East Coast, and consider myself blessed that I have never been personally affected by either a tornado or a hurricane. I’ve been close enough, though, to have a deep respect for both. When I was a kid, my Uncle Jack’s family lost their home, as many others did, during what became known as the Super Outbreak of April 1974. My Aunt Edith and cousin Jo Anne had only a few moment’s notice, and were still on the basement steps when the tornado started ripping their house apart. The only thing left standing was the shower pipe – I’ll never forget that; the shower head was still on the end of it. Every house on their side of the street sustained at least moderate damage. The worst damage on the other side of the street was a broken window. It’s curious what a tornado will leave and what it will take.

The closest I ever came to a hurricane was being at sea on a Trident submarine during Hurricane Hugo. We had just commissioned USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) earlier that month, and, embarrassingly, ran aground just off Port Canaveral, Florida. Turns out, the sandbars just off the coast had been shifted, and the channel re-formed, by Hugo’s might. That’s WAY more power than it takes to destroy a house. Or a neighborhood.  Oh, and it wasn’t even a direct hit: Hugo’s landfall was in Charleston, South Carolina, some 400 miles to the north.  If there’s a nice thing about hurricanes, it’s that you get a few days’ notice that they’re coming. But that’s the only nice thing you can say about a hurricane.

The devastation of Joplin, Missouri, by a lone tornado on Sunday evening, has me thinking of my Uncle’s family’s loss of their home, and how lucky they were to have all escaped personal injury. I looked around my basement last night, and realized that yes, I had most of the basic components of a Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Kit (which covers a variety of calamities, but sounds like a lot more fun to put together – thanks, Brian Farno!), but no; they’re not all in one place. I don’t want to try and assemble them after the fact, possibly in the dark, maybe out of dire necessity. So that’s our Family Friday Fun project this week. And it’s long overdue.

Dear reader, I hope this finds you adequately prepared, but if not, I hope that I’ve at least inspired you to awareness, and sparked a sense of urgency to get prepared. Consider the fine folks of Joplin…there, but for the grace of God, go I (and you.)

While we are indeed considering the fine folks of Joplin, I encourage you to keep them in your thoughts or prayers as your custom dictates. If you feel called to help, there certainly are needs, and opportunities to do so. My personal favorites are the American Red Cross and UMCOR. The American Red Cross, with their experience and resources, is immensely effective on the scene, and UMCOR, because of their affiliation structure, is able to channel 100% of your donations directly to those in need.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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Phantom Power Load

I was reading an interesting article recently by Joe Schwartz of (Click here to read) In the article Mr. Schwartz discusses the issue of “standby loss” which is the electricity used by home appliances even when powered off. His point was that while the standby loss of a single item within a modern home is not significant, the cumulative standby loss of all the appliances we find in a home these days can be quite significant. Everything from DVD players to the small cube style transformers suck electricity 24 hours a day, even when the appliance they power is not in use. This is due to the fact that the primary side of the transformer is not switched off when not in use or there is some feature like a digital clock included. So, it keeps using electricity.

As I was reading the article I was able to draw some very clear parallels to a compressed air system. Since one of our main goals at EXAIR is to help customers save on energy costs for their compressed air systems at the point of use, it was quite easy to make comparable references to “phantom loads”, “standby loads” or just plainly put, those loads on a compressed air system which do not actually produce any positive benefit to the user and which make operation of the overall system quite expensive.

If it has not been stated often enough, compressed air is the most expensive utility used in industrial and manufacturing facilities. And, just like electricity, the proper and efficient use of compressed air is often overlooked as a source of tremendous savings for a company. Just read Joe Panfalone’s recent blog about a customer he worked with who made a simple change from open pipe blowing to using EXAIR Nozzles and saving a lot of money in the process. Besides the windfall savings that Joe’s customer experienced, there are lots of little ways in which you can eliminate completely the phantom power load on your air compressor system.

1. Make your own leak analysis – Walking through the plant during down-time when you can actually hear leaks in the system. Or better yet, use a tool such as the Ultrasonic Leak Detector to find the leaks you cannot hear with the un-aided human ear. Note and tag the leaks for repair and you can have an instant savings of up to 30% on your compressed air production.

2. During the leak analysis – Make note of processes where compressed air is flowing through some nozzle or other device even when the operation or machine is not in use. Installing a simple solenoid valve to shut the air flow off when the machine is not in use can be another huge source of savings. Un-controlled release of compressed air like this is just like walking out of your house when you have all the lights turned on, AC unit running, TV turned on and the water running at the sink, all at the same time!  The EXAIR EFC – Electronic Flow Control can even add further control of the air use by timing the air to come on only when absolutely needed in the application.

3. Install energy efficient nozzles – Even in today’s day and age, with all the talk about efficiency in many aspects of life, the end use portion of the compressed air system is overlooked. And so, installing an EXAIR compressed air nozzle engineered for the express purpose of creating force on a target, would be the home energy equivalent of purchasing an Energy star rated appliance for your home.

In conclusion, just as we have many sources of phantom electrical load in our homes, we also have many more sources of phantom compressed air load in our compressed air systems. When rooted out and repaired, can have a significant, cumulative effect on the overall cost to operate the system and improve system capacity to do more productive work for the business.

Neal Raker
Application Engineer

When it Rains – You Think Out Of the Box

I was watching the weather report and the forecast is for rain just about every day this week. Here in the Ohio Valley, this spring has been an extremely wet one. The ground is so saturated that when you step on the grass, water oozes out like a sponge. I feel particularly sorry for our southern friends who end up with all our run off as well as the winter thaw from the northern states. Flooding waters have caused much misery and property damage.

I got a call from a gentleman from Tennessee that needed a pump to clean out his business establishment. Electric vacuums did not have the capacity for the massive amounts of water in the building and sump pumps could only get the water down to an inch from floor level. He needed a large capacity vacuum that could pump a large volume of water and well as clean the floor dry. Another problem …no electricity. The power company turned off the juice because of the danger of downed power lines submersed under water.

I suggested our 110 gallon premium Reversible Drum Vac system. It can pump 30 gallons per minute and with the heavy-duty accessory tools it can vacuum clean the floors. These operate on compressed air with no moving parts and would be ideal for his application. My concern though was how would generate compressed air without electricity. He jokingly said “Southern Yankee ingenuity”. Being a dealership he had a staff of mechanics that could rig up most anything from nothing he boasted.

What they did is commandeered a gasoline motor and retrofitted it to their compressed air system. They had plenty of gasoline that they siphoned out of the cars setting on the lot. Clean up was quick and easy and they were open for business the next day.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer

Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax   (513) 671-3363

Brains? No thanks, I’m still living.

Seeing as how tomorrow evening the earth may end and the CDC is even blogging about the Zombie Apocalypse, we may be on our way out.  I thought I would go over a few ideas to help get through the weekend and fend off any zombies if they show up.

First off you need to determine what kind of zombies you are dealing with.  What, you didn’t know there was more than one type of zombie?  Well there are several, you have the traditional Vodoo zombie which is believed to be a cursed soul, or the dead is brought back to life through the practice of voodoo.  I doubt those will be the ones we deal with.  Then you have the Philosophical Zombie, who is a normal person but have no conscious experience because they lack a mind.  Then you have the Hollywood zombie.  These are the ones who have become flesh-eating creatures which have been infected either from a disease or an experiment gone wrong.  This is what I foresee happening.

Since we are going to be dealing with the more modern version of a zombie there are a few things we need to know about them.  The first is that most should not have more than human strength.  Second, most people believe their movement will be slower as their brains are not fully functioning.  Third, they still seem to group together due to some cognitive need.  Finally, they crave the flesh of the living and brains, if you’re reading this it means you.

The next thing we should cover is how to defend yourself.  Now these are zombies, not vampires or werewolves so leave the wooden stakes at home.  You can bring the silver bullets but why waste money on the shiny stuff.  All you need is some traditional ammo.  Max Brooks has an extremely valid point in his book The Zombie Survival Guide, blades don’t run out of ammo.  This is a very pertinent point because it’s a lot harder to pistol whip a zombie than it is to break out the axe.  I do however recommend to only maintain a blade as a secondary weapon.  Why get so close when you can keep them at bay with a 12 gauge.  Now when you are targeting the zombie it is believed you can only kill them by killing what little brain they have left.  So shoot for the head. If you just take out their legs they will still be able to crawl after you.

One of the most important things to do is ensure you have your emergency supplies and a well equipped safe zone, or a house like this.

Staying out of their reach and not having to venture out is definitely key.  If they can’t reach you then you’re safe.

So, before you go out to run your errands on Saturday make sure to stop by the store and stock up on the supplies and ammo, or make sure you have a good friend that has supplies to share.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
Twitter: @EXAIR_BF