Don’t Care About Air Consumption? What About Safety?

I recently helped a customer who was looking to improve their compressed air application.  This customer had just gone through a safety audit from a private firm.  The private firm got to the production floor and one of the main problems they saw with the compressed air usage were the hand-held blow guns.   All of the guns the customer was using were commercially available units with “Safety Tips” on them.   The noise level from the commercial guns was sending the sound levels of his production environment to over 90 dBA.  The private firm explained to the customer that the sound level in his environment needs to be less than 84 dBA in order to be safe and the main way to achieve that is to change out their hand-held guns.

This customer contacted us looking for a solution to the problem and it was determined that the model 1100 was an ideal solution to his problem.   The units were going to reduce the compressed air noise level to 74 dBA which is well under his tolerance.  This meant we were able to not only meet the customers needs but we were able to well exceed them.  Another added benefit to retrofitting the EXAIR 1100 to the customers air guns was the fact that the Super Air Nozzle will also ensure all of the hand held guns they are put on will meet or exceed the OSHA standard for 30 psi dead end pressure.

The difference between this customer and most of our other customers is the fact that they were not worried about the volume of air.  They were solely concerned with the safety of their operators.  Their needs were not only met but exceeded by implementing EXAIR’s Intelligent Compressed Air Products and it just so happens a side effect to the installations was they were able to save compressed air on top of not violating their safety guidelines.

If you are facing similar issues in your facility feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you keep your workers and equipment safe.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Spreading The Word

I recently wrote about how I switched from paying a monthly bill for cable TV to using the free antenna on my roof. While that blog was mainly about the cost savings and the better uses for that money, a friend has inspired me to pursue other benefits.

See, when I told him about what I was doing, and how it didn’t hurt near as bad as I thought it would, he decided to take the plunge and do the same thing. Only he didn’t just start watching free TV instead of cable…he started going to the park for a walk. Then, he started keeping track of the miles he was walking. Then, he started inviting others to walk with him. Now, he’s got a regular walking group that meets at a local park, two evenings a week.

Now, I certainly don’t take credit for all that, in fact, I was a bit humbled, in a “why didn’t I think of that” sort of way. Regardless, it’s cool to see what can happen when you share a good experience with someone else.

We have a customer who wanted to try an air-operated Industrial Vacuum, because of the high and frequent failure rate they were having with electric vacuums. Our conversation reminded me of an ad that I think our Marketing Department “hit one out of the park” with:

Anyway, they purchased a Model 6393 Premium Chip Vac System, complete with a 55-Gallon Drum, drum dolly, and Heavy Duty Tool Kit w/Tool Holder. When that proved successful, they bought three more. Then, they told a neighboring branch about their positive experience – they’re going to try one as well. I feel good about their chance for success.

If you want to find out more about our Industrial Vacuums, we’ve got some great videos for the Chip Vac, the Reversible Drum Vac, and the Chip Trapper.  If you want to discuss a particular application, give us a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: http://www.exair.com
Blog: https://blog.exair.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
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EXAIR E-Vacs, They Aren’t Just for Use With Suction Cups

One of our overseas distributors brought an application to my attention recently that was note worthy. They had been to see an end customer to review the following application. This one involved the replacement of a mechanical vacuum pump.

The current, mechanical system pulls a vacuum through the length of a roller through small, regularly spaced holes along the length of the roller.

The vacuum pump has to be housed above the machine on a pedestal in an attempt to keep with the governing safety standards covering excessive noise levels (and fails). Sound levels were measured at 1 meter away from the pump at 93 dB. Operators in the area have to wear hearing protection only to counteract the noise from this one piece of equipment.

As if sound level issues weren’t enough of a problem, the mechanical pump breaks down often. Repairs are expensive, time consuming and cause production to shut down.

Enter EXAIR distributor with model 840060M (Adjustable E-vac with straight through muffler installed). The EXAIR E-vac has no moving parts except for a locking ring to enable customizing vacuum level to fit exactly to the customer’s application need. The suction port was plumbed to the end of the roller shaft and compressed air piped to the inlet.

The E-vac was energized to 80 PSIG initially. Through adjustment of the E-vac to match application vacuum flow needs, pressure was able to be dropped to 60 PSIG with a net operating sound level of 76 dB @ 1 meter away from the E-vac. The vacuum level, flow and noise level were all well within the needs of the application. The customer is happy with the performance and the distributor was rewarded with a sale and the offer to look at two other important applications for this end customer.

Neal Raker
Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

Pet Talk

In the movie “Dr. Doolittle” the main character purportedly was able to talk to animals. It was a comedy because people and animals cannot talk to each other. Really? Therapy dogs can tell when their master is about to have a seizure. When my wife passed, my dog knew something was up and was very quiet and stayed by my side. He and I are very close and can read each others body language. We were at an outdoor concert, he sat up and looked me straight in the eye. I knew he had to go the bathroom. I told this to the person with me and they said “No Way”. We walked him to the edge of the field where he did his duty. I said” I told you so”. Do I have super powers? No. It’s just a matter of being observant and putting two and two together.

At EXAIR we provide engineering support via the phone. Our application engineers are adept at listening to the customers description of their application and what it is they want to accomplish. In their mind’s eye they can picture the application and suggest workable solutions. Do they have super powers? No. Just a lot of experience and the ability to read the customer’s needs.

If you needs technical assistance with an application, give our engineers a call at 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer

Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

NEMA What?

With the Summer heat beating down most of the nation this week and the calls for Cabinet Cooler Systems are like the temperatures, through the roof, I thought it would be good to discuss the different NEMA types.  EXAIR offers our Cabinet Cooler Systems in three different NEMA types, 12, 4, and 4X.  Below is a description of what each is suitable for.

NEMA Type 12

NEMA Type 12 enclosures are general purpose use enclosures.  These are designed for indoor use and are designed to provide protection against dust, falling dirt, and dripping non corrosive liquids.  This is generally what the enclosures on most metal-cutting machines are rated.  These enclosures are only available for non-hazardous areas.  An enclosure with a NEMA Type 12 may or may not have a gasket seal on the door and on all electrical knockouts.  The EXAIR NEMA Type 12 Cabinet Cooler Systems for these units are available in cooling capacities from 550 – 5600 BTU/hr. along with continuous operation or thermostat control, non-hazardous purge, high temperature operation, and with the EXAIR Electronic Temperature Control.

NEMA Type 4

NEMA Type 4 enclosures are designed to be watertight / weatherproof.  These enclosures are not corrosion resistant but they are able to protect the inside of the enclosure from  a minimum of 65 GPM from a 1″ nozzle delivered from a distance of 10′ for 5 minutes.  These are found in wash down areas where Stainless Steel is not needed along with outside where corrosion is not a concern.  These units can be used on a NEMA Type 12 enclosure for added protection against oil or dirt in the air.  The EXAIR NEMA Type 4 Cabinet Cooler Systems are available in cooling capacities from 550 – 5600 BTU/hr. along with continuous operation or thermostat control, non-hazardous purge, high temperature operation, and with the EXAIR Electronic Temperature Control.

NEMA Type 4X

NEMA Type 4X enclosures are designed with the same specifications as a NEMA Type 4 enclosure with the addition of corrosion resistance.   This means the enclosure must be sealed against wash down and be resistant to corrosion.  The corrosion can come from a chemical or environmental conditions such as a food process wash down or outdoors near the ocean such as on an oil rig or ship dock.  The EXAIR NEMA Type 4X Cabinet Cooler Systems are available in cooling capacities from 550 – 5600 BTU/hr. along with continuous operation or thermostat control, non-hazardous purge, high temperature operation, and 316 stainless steel.

If you have a questions about which EXAIR Cabinet Cooler System is the best fit for your enclosure or you need help sizing the system, feel free to give us a call.  You can also find our Cabinet Cooler Sizing Guide here on the website.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

What You Can Get Used To

In the past, I’ve written about what it takes to create longevity, and I’ve also written about camping…specifically, our Annual Father’s Day Campout. This past weekend was our seventh consecutive one, and it was something else. My eldest, a 2nd-year Boy Scout, missed his Troop’s Summer Survival Campout, so he opted out of the tent, sleeping instead on the ground, next to the fire pit, under a tarp. We were able to borrow a couple of canoes from a friend who lived nearby, and spent Saturday morning learning how to row in a straight line, and Saturday afternoon teaching the boys how to row in a straight line. All the while, we were fighting the wakes of a literal swarm of speedboats – that’s what happens when it’s a great day to be on the lake. We kept the canoes hollow-side-up the whole time, so I consider it a win.

Seven years we’ve been doing this, and no signs of slowing down. I realized on the way to the campground this year that my youngest was four years old when we started this, so he doesn’t even have a clear memory of waking up on Father’s Day anywhere but in a tent. Our 7-year-old tradition is all he’s ever known.

Getting used to something can be good. Fathers and sons becoming accustomed to an annual event that draws them closer is undoubtedly in the “good” column. Same goes for the experience of two 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old younger brother learning how to paddle a canoe on both sides in order to go straight and fast, and weather the wakes of those speedboats. I’m sure there’s a life lesson analogy there if we think about it hard enough.

On the other hand, the very definition of a bad habit is “something detrimental that you’ve gotten used to.” I found a write-up in our Application Database (registration required) where a cable manufacturer had gotten used to the amount of compressed air they were using to blow off their product as it came out of a rinse tank. During an energy audit, they became aware of the amount of compressed air they were using in some open-end pipe blow offs, and decided to try an Air Wipe instead. Once they proved it out on the first line, they installed Super Air Wipes on their other eight lines, which decreased their compressed air demand so much, they were able to shut down a 100HP air compressor.

I think they got used to that pretty quickly. If you’re considering the possibility of getting used to lower compressed air consumption, and the corresponding savings, give us a call. We’re used to helping people save on compressed air…another one for the “good” column.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: www.exair.com
Blog: https://blog.exair.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Leaving Pets in Cars & Leaving Electronics in Cabinets – tsk, tsk.

Edmonton Humane Society (EHS)  launched an innovative life-saving partnership to prevent animals from suffering in vehicles. 100,000 stickers have been printed and are part of the new “Pets in Vehicles” campaign developed to prevent animals from suffering extreme heat or cold while left alone in a parked vehicle. A car or truck traps air inside and acts like a fridge on cold days and an oven in the summer. On hot days, the inside temperature of a vehicle can soar to 100°F in ten minutes, and to 120°F in thirty minutes even with the windows slightly rolled down or if parked in the shade.

Electronics inside control panels suffer from summer time heat too. Although some are designed for 104°F environments, as the ambient temperature approaches that value, the walls of the panel are less able to transfer the heat from inside. Heat energy of an object travels from high temperature towards zones of lower temperatures. The greater the differential the faster and more energy is transferred which explains the panels diminishing heat transfer as ambient temperatures rise.

EXAIR has a simple solution for beating summertime heat called the Cabinet Cooler. This is a small cylinder mounted through an electrical knock out hole so installation is a snap. Using Vortex Tube technology and compressed air, cool dry air is introduced into the panel then the hot air from the panel is exhausted out through the cooler providing a closed loop system. This eliminates any contamination from entering the panel and ideal for dusty dirty environments. They have no moving parts so they will operate virtually maintenance free.

Keep you electronics safe, don’t leave them alone in non-cooled cabinets!

Predictions are for a hot summer this year. So beat the heat and call our engineers (1-800-903-9247) to size up a cooler for you.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

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