Today’s video blog is going to discuss the options and proper way to replace a filter element in an EXAIR Auto Drain Filter Separator. This is done to ensure your compressed air system is still running efficiently and maintains the quality of the compressed air in your system.
In one of my previous blogs I mentioned that I’ve been taking Spanish lessons. I had my first chance, or should I say requirement, to use what I’ve learned late last week.
In the event that a customer needs to contact us outside of normal business hours, we have an option to submit a survey through our Application Engineering queue on EXAIR.com. Early Wednesday morning we had a request come through from Bogota, Columbia requesting information for our Cabinet Coolers. But, the inquiry was lacking an email address to which we should respond, so I needed to call and get the information.
“Buenos días, SG Ingenieria.”
“Hola, que tal?”
“Muy bien, y tu¿”
“Por aca todo bien. Pardon, hables Ingles???¨
“No, lo siente…”
I was stuck – no English! But they needed our products and I needed their information! I managed to make my way through the conversation, reach the engineer who sent in the request, and was able to acquire his email address. The best part is that they needed one of our Cabinet Coolers, and we have a sizing guide in Spanish too – home run!
This was a new success for me, but only because of the language. The entire Application Engineering department does this, and much more, on a daily basis. If you have any application needs, give us a call.
As I write, a giant dragon is trying to eat the Moon. Well, according to an ancient Chinese myth anyway…really, it’s just fairly regular hogging of the Sun’s light by the Earth, commonly known as a Lunar Eclipse – people in Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and most of Asia are currently seeing this one.
We’re missing this one here in Cincinnati. Turns out, it didn’t start until after the full moon set here this morning. I was lucky enough to witness a spectacular total lunar eclipse, though, on the morning of August 28, 2007. My friend Alan and I had an 8:00am appointment in Louisville, Kentucky that morning, and we had a front-row seat for the entire eclipse, as we drove southwest on Interstate 71 from Cincinnati to Louisville. This video shows, in 24 seconds, what we got to experience for a couple of hours:
Back to the giant dragon: This was just one of the many colorful myths and legends that people who lacked the benefit of modern scientific knowledge would use to accept what they didn’t understand. This served to remind me of the different ways that we see certain competitors represent the performance of their products using intentionally vague and potentially misleading verbiage & methods. For instance:
*One company reports favorable air consumption rates of their nozzles at a test pressure of 100 psig, but, because of the hose & fittings used, their actual pressure at the nozzle is no more than 70 psig. No wonder their published consumption rates look so good…oddly enough, ours use less air at lower pressures too.
*Another air nozzle supplier also publishes favorable air consumption values, but they bury their test pressure of 72 psig in a footnote in the back of their catalog.
The bottom line is, they want you to accept what they don’t want you to understand. EXAIR publishes complete and consistent performance data in our catalog AND our new Blowoff Guide (request your free copy here.) Not only do we stand behind all of our products, we’ll stand them up against anyone else’s:
*If you want a side-by-side comparison, you can see for yourself by getting an EXAIR product in your facility…everything in our catalog is covered by our 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee. We invite you to put it through its paces for up to a month. If it doesn’t outperform what you’re using now, we’ll arrange a return for full credit.
*Or, if you want accurate, quantifiable data but don’t have the test equipment, we can test your existing devices here in our Efficiency Lab. Our Application Engineers will provide a report detailing the performance of your device, and the corresponding performance of one of our engineered product solutions. We can even record it on high definition video for your viewing pleasure.
Do you have questions about the efficiency and productivity of your compressed air devices? Give me a call – I’m eager to help.
(800)923-9247 toll free
Ah it’s that time of the year again. Christmas card signing, addressing, stuffing them into an envelope, lick them closed, put on a stamp, go to the mailbox and mail them. Afterwards the painful paper cuts serve as a lingering reminder of the drudgery of it all. My wife reveled in this but with her passing I am stuck with it.
I mitigated some of the drudgery by using mailing and return address labels along with self sticking stamps. An improvement but still a pain. This year I am going to try a greeting card service. You can make your own personalized card. They will print it, stuff it, and mail it. One feature that I am particularly interested in is that you can create a birthday/anniversary list. When the date comes up they will remind you. No more forgotten birthdays and I don’t have to go to the store to get a card.
We are in the age of electronic automation and EXAIR is on the cutting edge when it comes to virtual communications. Need to contact one of our engineers? Go to our contacts page . Click on the name of the engineer you wish to contact and it will bring up your email program and start one for you. Also if you click on the v-Card you can add that engineer into your address book with just one click.
If you are on the run, you can use your cell phone to access our website which is optimized for cell phones. Need to send a visual to explain your application, take a picture with your phone and send it our application engineers.
And…we are only a phone call away 1-800-903-9247.
I spent the past two Saturday afternoons with some really great guys. See, the boys in my Cub Scout Webelos Den will be “crossing over” into Boy Scouts in a few months, and we had the opportunity to visit three Boy Scout Troop campouts over the course of the last two weekends. They all included a family dinner on Saturday evening, and, since it was November, the obligatory main course was turkey.
While most Thanksgiving turkeys are still oven-roasted, the deep-fried method is gaining quickly in popularity for those who don’t mind spending some time outside this time of year. I say this because basic safety rules dictate that it is NOT to be done indoors. In fact, even outside, there are safety precautions you’ll want to take:
Two of the Troops we visited successfully deep fried their turkeys, and I heard they were awesome (I, regrettably, wasn’t able to stay for dinner.) The third Troop (and the one my oldest son belongs to) prepared their bird, as they have for years, in a trash can. The leaders of this Troop are all seasoned (pun intended) Dutch oven enthusiasts, so the Trash Can Turkey is right up their alley.
There are, of course, safety precautions that apply to making a Trash Can Turkey as well, most of which concern the handling of the charcoal. An important one, though, involves the trash can itself: most steel trash cans are galvanized, which means they’ve been coated in zinc. If you get this coating hot enough, it’ll release toxic fumes that, when inhaled (or ingested by eating turkey that’s been directly exposed to them), can cause what welders call “zinc fever,” which exhibits flu-like symptoms for a day or two. While there’s still debate about long-term effects, the short-term effects – I assume I’m not the only one with an aversion to “flu-like symptoms” – make a strong case to avoid this at all costs. Good news is, you can easily prep your Trash Can Turkey trash can by building a fire in it first. Do it outside (of course) and don’t hover around it. This “burns off” the zinc oxide, and, assuming you handle the raw bird properly, and cook it to an internal temperature of 180F (best measured in the thick part of the thigh), you should avoid any ill effects, except for a tryptophan-induced drowsiness, which is arguably NOT an ill effect, if you have access to a comfy sofa on Thanksgiving Day afternoon.
At EXAIR, we’re committed to safety as it relates to the use of compressed air in general, and our products in particular:
*Always wear eye protection when using compressed air for blowing off materials. Even if you’re using a Safety Air Gun fitted with a Chip Shield…it’s a protection enhancement, not a safety replacement.
*Don’t use a Reversible Drum Vac for flammable liquids, or those with low flash points.
*OSHA prohibits the use of compressed air for cleaning unless the pressure is reduced below 30psig, or (and this is where EXAIR products come in) a relief is provided for, to prevent dead-ending, which can cause a dangerous air embolism. All EXAIR products are impossible to dead end, making them safe for operation at those higher pressures that are sometimes necessary to do the job.
If you ever have any questions about the safe use of compressed air, give us a call…we’re here to help.
(800)923-9247 toll free
This past weekend I had the honor of walking with a team of 14 people from EXAIR in the Saint Jude Give Thanks. Walk. This walk went on across the nation in 90 cities. This was all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a whole EXAIR donated $455 to the St. Jude Foundation to help the fight against cancer. My family and I had the joy of riding in the elevator from the parking garage with a survivor who St. Jude helped. He had been diagnosed when he was 12 and is now 24, he wasn’t the only survivor there either.
The walk started out from a local mall, Newport on the Levee, and then crossed the Ohio River using the Purple People Bridge, then up through Lytle Park along the river. Finally we crossed the bridge again and ended right back where we started. The total raised for the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk was $35,439.04. That’s an impressive amount raised while enjoying our families and good company, and supporting a great cause.
Yet another amazing reason to be part of the EXAIR team. Thanks for supporting us.
Whether you use the Farmer’s Almanac, the National Weather Service, or the woolly worm to predict the impending severity of winter, all say that it will begin with cold and snow.
At the Woolly Worm Festival held Oct. 20-21 in downtown Banner Elk , NC, Lickety Split won the string climb. Its bands called for snow and below average temperatures for the first five weeks of winter. The next six weeks will be average to below normal, with unusual cold in the 12th week and more snow predicted for the final week, Festival winners and their predictions have an 84.5 percent accuracy rate.
According to the National Weather Service, October will be cooler than normal, but November and December will be slightly warmer than normal.
Whichever source you subscribe to, we obviously are going to be turning on the heat. When we do that, we dry the air out. One of the symptoms of dry air is static electricity. A static charge within certain production processes can cause multiple problems. Typically EXAIR works with customers who have sensors or counters malfunctioning, printers whose print quality degrades, or managers who call due to the complaints from personnel getting shocked. We also regularly solve new applications which arise. EXAIR has complete product line of static eliminators to help you through the dry winter months.
Give one of our application engineers a call for assistance with your static electricity issues. 1-800-903-9247