Video Blog: Electronic Flow Controller Time Delay

Here is an introduction to the timer settings on our EFC, Electronic Flow Control which is used to control the air supply to our products. The EFC is a simple way to turn your air on and off as needed in intermittent applications. It is also an easy retrofit for existing applications you may be unnecessarily running continuously. For more info go here: EXAIR EFC.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer

With the nip in the air you know it’s that time of year. Halloween

Well another year has rolled around and it has come time to figure out what to wear for this years Halloween parties.  The best part for my wife and I is visiting the pumpkin patch to let our daughter pick out a pumpkin, and then figuring out what to dress her as for Trick or Treat.  Last year she wasn’t walking too good and didn’t even make it to the candy time but she was still dressed as a rabbit.   This year “we” (meaning my wife made the call) decided she could be Pebbles from everyone’s favorite TV family, The Flintstones.

The reason this was decided and I 100% agreed with it was she has the same hair and can even get the top of the head pony tail with her red hair.  So instead of buying a manufactured costume we both decided it would be best to have my mom make one like she always did mine growing up.  So last weekend my mom brings down her sewing machine and my wife gets the fabric and the production begins.  Now keep in mind this is a simple dress.   After a full day they not only had a dress but also a small bone to go on the pony tail and a costume for my nephew to dress as Bam Bam. The costume looks far better than anything that could ever be bought in a store and the quality beats anything you can get at a store in a plastic bag.  (I’m not partial at all though seeing as how it was made by my own mother and wife.)

Now if only I could pull off making a Flintstones car like this guy did to go with her costume.  Unfortunately we didn’t find this until last night.  Maybe I can pull it off.

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Brian Farno
Application Engineer

And the Number One Use For Treadmills In the American Home Is…

I don’t own a treadmill, but if I did, odds are pretty good that it would look like this:

I do own a digital piano, though. I’ve been playing since I was eight, and I’m fairly competent. I play mainly by ear, but I was taught how to read sheet music, so, given enough time, I can usually stumble through just about anything put in front of me.

Regardless of titles I’ve had in my professional and family life, I’ve always defined myself as a musician. I’ve played in bands; I’ve written and recorded songs. I’ve played gigs and seen people that I don’t know, in the crowd, singing along with the words of songs I’ve written. I’m sure that it’s old-hat to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney, but those were some of the most memorable moments of my life.

My piano is set up in the back room of my house. It’s right next to my computer desk, so I can plug it right in to my computer, and use my MIDI software to record the next great Anthem of My Generation, should I be so inspired. And I trust that I might still be, someday soon.

I got into a BAD habit not too long ago, though, of putting the mail and other paperwork that I had to go through on the corner of my piano. Soon, it had spread across the keyboard, in little stacks that needed to be filed. Then one day, I saw this:

It was a real “A-Ha” moment. I went and cleared off the piles of paperwork (they haven’t all been filed yet, but that’s another story), and took a little time to play…perhaps offering an apology to my piano for having disrespected it so badly.

I don’t know if anyone really uses a treadmill to hang their clothes on, or if anyone else has ever used a musical instrument as an extension of their desk. Look around…is something in your home – or your life – “repurposed” for a less noble use than it was intended? I’m a little embarrassed that I have to use the word “again” here, but I’m proud to say that I’m a musician again. All I had to do was stop hanging clothes on my treadmill.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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Exactly Who Are You Dealing With Anyway?

I received a message from LinkedIn this morning. They have requested I add “skills” to my profile. They even gave me some suggestions. More specifically they suggested I add the skills of “Psychology”, “Africa” and “Silicon” . They even gave me the opportunity to see an expanded list of skills I could add to my profile! So I begin to think…

I use psychology every day while raising three kids, two “tweens” and one kid without a fancy label – and that one is particularly fond of Weird Al. For those reasons alone I must dabble a bit in behaviorism. I minored in psychology in college. I know about Jung and Freud, and spent portions of my college career with an “unconscious mind”. I learned about abnormal psychology and I have seen Young Frankenstein MANY times.

In other words, I am seriously considering adding “psychology” to my skills profile.

And coincidentally just yesterday I looked at a map of the world, found Africa, and then zeroed in on Zambia. Can you find Zambia? (If you can you should add “Africa” to your skills). I know it is a continent and shaped like a horses head and is home to some of the most fascinating animals on earth. And it has a large island off its coast called Madagascar – again I have seen all the Madagascar movies made by DreamWorks. Add “Africa” to my skills? I think so.

And then there is “Silicon” which I don’t know much about, but I looked it up on wikipedia and now I feel much more informed and skilled in reference to it. It might be a stretch but I think it could be added to my skills on LinkedIn. And in looking over the long list of things they said I could add I am also considering “Festivals” (I have been to many), “Estate Planning” (I have a will) and “Debugging” (I worked a summer temp job for an exterminator years ago).

Here’s the point, so many times it is difficult to know who you are dealing with, what skills they actually have and what their experience may be. If you think the above illustrations are a stretch, I would typically mumble something about how big of a world it is and that people are generally crazy – don’t put it past ’em.

Fortunately, at EXAIR, we have vehicles to prove who you are dealing with. A phone call, e-mail or chat will get you the expertise you are looking for from a staff of experienced Application Engineers with varied backgrounds and insights. You can also see more of our personalities on Twitter and Facebook. And then we round it out with this blog so you can be confident you know more about the people you are dealing with. (You may now consider one of them to be mildly crazy, but hey – I’m just trying to fit in).

If you need assistance with saving your compressed air and keeping it safe, let us know.

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer

Keep Your Pressure Up and Your Risk Down

Keeping up with all the new products EXAIR has been introducing has been somewhat daunting for me. My co-workers claim it is due to the age of my internal hard drive.  I would like to think that it is so filled with decades of knowledge that it has slowed down my internal processor. It is undeniable though, that EXAIR continues to launch new products to better serve the industrial compressed air community.

When we recently introduced our Atto Nozzle, which is about the size of a grain of rice, I started receiving application calls needing to replace open miniature copper tubing which presents issues with the OSHA directive of 30 psi maximum dead-end pressure. When operating the small open copper tubes at 30 psi they were not able to achieve sufficient air flow. Going to anything larger was not an option due to space constraints.

With the Atto Nozzle,  the orifices are nestled between the protective fins and there are multiple orifices. This makes it impervious to blockage so higher air pressures can be used to provide an effective blow off. Higher inlet pressures equal higher velocity air and sufficient volume to continue to get the job done while still maintaining OSHA compliance. All of EXAIR’s Super Air Nozzles have these features to allow you to keep your pressure up and get the job done while maintaining or increasing the safety to your personnel.

If would like to discuss your application with one of our engineers call us at 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer

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EXAIR 110 Gallon Chip Trapper Wins Another Award!

Environmental Protection has announced the EXAIR 110 Gallon Chip Trapper as a New Product of the Year winner in the Waste category.  This is the THIRD award for the Chip Trapper.  The Chip Trapper was also a Golden Mousetrap Best New Products Awards Finalist, along with Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year.

The Chip Trapper is used to recover liquids and filter out unwanted chips, swarf, shavings, and debris.  You can then pump the filtered liquid back into your machine for further use or into a waste container through the use of the reversible valves. This enables you to use your coolants and liquids longer by keeping them cleaner, and do your part to keep things greener.

Due to the success of the 55 gallon Chip Trapper, EXAIR has produced a 30 gallon and 110 gallon version to complete a whole family of Chip Trapper products. If you would like to read more about the Chip Trapper or any of the other EXAIR products feel free to follow the links or contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

Angry Pumpkins

Pumpkin carving is set to be in full swing as people begin to celebrate Halloween, and I’m eager to do something different this year.  I’ve already begun my PLC ladder logic for the Christmas lights and I’ve decided to continue with this “geeked-out” mannerism when I carve my pumpkin.  Initially, I had no big idea for the carving, but a colleague of mine sent me a link to a site showing how to make a “Deathstar pumpkin”.  I was hooked.  But, the deathstar is a bit elaborate and time consuming so I decided to brainstorm a little.

As I considered the alternatives I found that my ideas were either way too elaborate, or completely non-existent.  I thought a bit more, trying to tie into my son’s costume this year (Captain Hook) – still nothing.  Finally, I had the idea when he asked to play his favorite game on my phone – Angry Birds!

I’ve decided to make a relief sculpture of the infamous red angry bird, with hopes my efforts turn out as well as the picture below.

I wrote last week about seeing things from a different point of view, and how we at EXAIR strive to give effort to this on a daily basis.  Our approach towards many applications often gives rise to the specific solution or sparks a series of ideas which lead to the solution.  Always brainstorming and weighing ideas against a desired outcome is one of the engineering department’s strong suits.  Whether we’re facing space restraints in an extrusion process, static control on a production line, or what to carve on a pumpkin, our minds are always working.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer