I love it when I get a call prefaced with the statement “I’ve got an unusual application that your products probably were not designed for”. It’s not like I hadn’t heard that before and in the end it was just a matter of thinking outside the box.
This one customer, who builds ink jet printers, needed to control the viscosity of his ink.Variations in ambient temperatures was changing the viscosity of the ink requiring a line shutdown and recalibration of the marking system. He came across our website and was interested in our Vortex Tubes . His idea was to blow cold air on to the spraying tips.
I liked his idea but not his method of application. As the viscosity changed he would have to change the amount of cooling, putting him back to square one of having to recalibrate with changing conditions. I asked him what was the ideal temperature for the ink. He said 60F. I suggested that he store the ink pots in a controlled environment for however long it takes for the entire pot to normalize. Then when a fresh pot of ink was needed, it could be taken out to the line and put into a chamber cooled by one our Vortex Cabinet coolers. The cooler would maintain a consistent temperature inside the box and thus a constant viscosity.
It was more work than he had anticipated but he was willing to try a test. It worked flawlessly. He is retrofitting his machines in the field and adding our coolers to all new machines being built.
If you have an application that you would like a different perspective feel welcomed to call one of our application engineers 1-800-903-9247.