One of the best tools we have for Cabinet Cooler calculations is the Cabinet Cooler Sizing Guide (CCSG). For any given application, this guide (when completed and sent to an EXAIR Application Engineer) provides the necessary details to calculate heat load.
Sometimes, though, we receive these guides for applications better suited to another product. For example, earlier in the week I received a CCSG for an application needing to keep a motor cool. The motor is operating outside of the desired temperature range and needs to be cooled down. A Cabinet Cooler can provide very cold air. So, it seems like a perfect fit. But, a Cabinet Cooler has to be mounted and installed on a sealed enclosure. In an application like this, the Cabinet Cooler will serve little to no purpose.
An Air Amplifier, however, is the perfect fit. The desired operating temperature of the motor is above ambient, which is a requirement for an Air Amplifier. It can move enormous amounts of air, but cannot cool the air below ambient temperature. So, Air Amplifiers have been recommended and are slated for installation. Another success story on the horizon.
If you have an application which is in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.
One of the more popular inquiries we get this time of year is for Static Eliminator Product selection assistance. EXAIR offers a variety of Static Eliminators, to accommodate a wide range of applications.
Static charge can be caused by contact or friction between non-conductive surfaces…and you don’t need a lot of contact, or motion, to produce a decent charge. We keep some clear plastic Lexan plates in our Efficiency Lab, and can get a few hundred volts just by putting one on top of the other, and picking it up. To generate several thousand volts (or more), we’ll rub a plate on the carpet for a few seconds.
This makes for a great all-purpose set up – from here, we can easily and effective demonstrate any of our Static Eliminators (or do an Efficiency Lab test on anyone else’s…just so you know). Not every situation or application involving static dissipation presents itself that simply, though. That’s where the diversity of our Ionizer Products line comes in:
Are you getting zapped by packages coming fresh off your shrink wrapper? Do you need to remove dust from – and keep it off of – parts prior to painting? Are your rolls of fiber, web, paper, film, etc., jamming or mis-feeding? EXAIR Super Ion Air Knives could be the efficient, quiet solution you’re looking for. They produce a high volume, extremely adjustable, laminar curtain of ionized air flow, perfect for large surface area and/or high speed applications. They’re available in lengths from 3” to 96”. If space is tight, our Standard Ion Air Knives, while not quite as efficient or quiet, do provide a smaller profile “footprint,” and are just as effective and fast in eliminating static.
Perhaps your application is smaller, and you need a tighter, focused stream of ionized air. The Ion Air Jet is compact, easy to install (even easier with a Stay Set Hose and Mag Base), and just the right size for table or counter top situations. If this is your size & scale, but you want the convenience and flexibility of a hand-held device, our Ion Air Gun is just the thing.
For jobs that are a bit larger, but still with a need for a compact installation, the Ion Air Cannon provides a high volume, but still concentrated, flow of ionized air. It’s effective over long distances, and very efficient, using a small amount of compressed air to entrain “free” air from the surrounding environment at a rate of 25:1. In dusty or dirty areas, you can even duct clean air in from elsewhere, so you’re not impinging that dust or dirt on your parts’ surfaces.
To remove static from a continuous run of cable, hose, extruded shapes, etc., the Super Ion Air Wipe comes with a 2” or 4” ID. Its split design makes for quick and easy installation, and means you’ll never have to “thread” it if product feed is changed or interrupted.
No compressed air? No problem. If you can mount it within 2” of the part, the Ionizing Point can dissipate up to 5 kilovolts of static charge in under a third of a second. For wider surfaces, our Ionizing Bars offer the same rapid performance, and can be provided in lengths of up to 120”.
All of our Static Eliminators are shockless, UL Listed, low maintenance, and available for same day shipment…except for a couple of our longer Super Ion Air Knives, which we need a day or so to put together.
If you have questions about which Static Eliminator is right for you, give us a call. We’re eager to help!
(800)923-9247 toll free
This question came up to me the other day from a customer in the automotive component industry in Monterrey, Mexico. He was interested in a “sump sucker” type of cleaner for his coolant. But he had one stipulation; he wanted to clean his coolant “on the fly” so to speak so he did not have to turn off his CNC equipment to facilitate the cleaning process.
His original inquiry involved a simultaneous in/out function of the coolant being processed through. We could not accommodate him with a machine that was quite in this nature. However, we do have a product that is the next best thing. Basically, as quickly as the coolant is sucked into the barrel of a Chip Trapper, it is being filtered and is immediately ready to be dispensed back into the machining center sump tank. There is one big benefit in doing it this way. That is the user can pull in all chips that accumulate in the fluid at one time to insure a cleaner end product when the coolant is pumped back into the tank. The other way, would involve recycling a lot of coolant that has already gone through the filtering process and so you end up wasting time re-filtering coolant that has already been processed once. If you have a product like Chip Trapper which is available in sizes to hold up to 110 gallons, you can suck all of the coolant out of the machine in less than 5 minutes so it can be filtered and put right back into the sump. The whole process could take place in as little as 10 minutes depending on how much cleaning in the sump area the customer prefers to do.
That means that a coolant tank could be emptied and re-filled again in as little time as it takes for an operator to go on break or to go to lunch. If you are pressed for time to get in and do coolant maintenance on a regular basis, then perhaps the Chip Trapper would be the answer to your maintenance and up-time concerns.
Neal Raker, Application Engineer
As I approach the ripe old age of 65, I am inundated with junk mail from just about every insurance company advising me that I need to act now or miss open enrollment and that I should go with them because they are the best for less. Excuse me! Who said anything about retiring. I like my job, I like the people I work with, and being a greeter at the local Wal-Mart does not interest me.
Of all the companies that I have worked for over my 45 year career, EXAIR hands down is the best. How do they come by that distinction? Outstanding attention to the needs of both the external and internal customer. We all know who the external customer is, but have you considered your fellow workers as a customer? When John or Mary come to you they are needing a solution to a problem much the same as the external customer. How well you serve them will determine their loayaty…much the same as the external customer. We all work together here serving each other and in the end being able to serve the external customer better.
EXAIR employees work hard together and play hard together. We enjoy getting together outdoors and indoors. Throughout the year we have events planned by the employees and sponsored by the company. So why would I want to leave all that to be a greater at Wal-Mart. Sorry Medicare, I will pass on this one.
Since I enjoy my job so much, I truly would appreciate helping you with your pneumatic application. Call me 1-800-903-9247
As I am typing this blog I can think of at least six other projects which I have deadlines that are constantly getting shuffled around. Some are larger than others and if I let myself get off task I will end up feeling overwhelmed because all I will see is the entire list and the amount of work that is to be done. This can very easily happen when you are faced with the task of reducing energy consumption in your facility. The good news is that EXAIR is here to help!
Instead of looking at the amount of work that needs to be done, take a step back and look at the individual areas you can conquer in smaller chunks. For instance, when looking at reducing the energy consumption on the plant, look to individual areas or users, such as the air compressor.
If you can reduce the volume of air that the compressor has to generate to fulfill the demand side of the system then you will greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed. This can be done by conducting an Air Audit on your facility. While that may still seem like a large-scale project, look at the end uses in small amounts. Are there any open pipe blow offs? What kind of handheld blow guns are the operators using? Do the triggers leak? Are there areas that use compressed air continuously that don’t need to be? What is the operating pressure of all point of use applications, do they need to use that high of a pressure? Has a leak test been conducted on the system? A single leak can cost a company thousands of dollars a year in compressed air cost.
When you break the projects into smaller portions you find instead of dealing with an entire catalog of items, you are really only looking at one section. Not only that but EXAIR can help with selecting the best product. Maybe you have existing blow guns or nozzles and you have no idea how much compressed air they use. Take advantage of our Efficiency Lab and you will not only find out the consumption of the units but what a valid replacement would be and just how much compressed air and money that replacement can save you. Instead of feeling overwhelmed about where to start on those large-scale projects that involve compressed air. Give us a call and allow us the chance to break that iceberg of a problem into a nice snow cone that can easily be handled.
With the variety of technological tools at our resources nowadays, it’s common to receive application photos from the field. It’s also becoming increasingly popular to receive videos, which are even better because they show the process in action.
The video above, for example, was taken on a smartphone and sent over in regards to a problem keeping a drum clean. Originally, a cotton pad was used to keep the exterior of the drum clean and debris free. The cotton pad was directly in contact with the drum and over a relatively short period of time, the pad would wear away.
The solution for this application was the Super Air Knife. Keeping a very similar mounting setup, and aiming the output airflow 45° opposite to the direction of drum rotation, the Super Air Knife can be positioned to keep the drum clean. And, this process now requires little to no maintenance.
If you have a similar application, or a not so similar one but want to send in a photo or video for advice, my email contact is below.
If you tried to reach me yesterday, I wasn’t here…Monday afternoon, my right eye was getting a little red and itchy. I was hoping it was just allergies, but when I woke up yesterday morning, I had all the classic symptoms of conjunctivitis – that’s right; the dreaded pinkeye. I’m a Sunday School teacher and a Cub Scout leader, so I should consider myself lucky that I don’t ALWAYS have pinkeye, strep throat, or at the very least, whatever cold seems to be going around at any given moment…it’s sure not for lack of exposure.
Fortunately, I was able to get in to see my doctor early yesterday morning, and if there’s a good thing about pinkeye, it’s that some antibacterial eye drops clear it up pretty quickly. My doctor reminded me, though, that if people wouldn’t touch their faces so darn much and would wash their hands a little more regularly, these highly contagious infections might be a little rarer. I’m going to be VERY conscientious of this, too. For at least a week or so, anyway. Old habits die hard (if ever), and it’s amazing what you can get used to not even noticing that you’re doing.
It reminded me of a recent conversation with a caller – he had some inexpensive, commercial-grade air guns which were strapped in place and had the triggers taped down, to provide a continuous, hands-free, blow off. He wanted to put something in place that would be safer (they discharged air through an open end, with no dead-ending protection), quieter, and more efficient with their use of compressed air.
With the same quickness and ease that my doctor was able to prescribe those eye drops, I offered the following solution:
*Model 1100 Super Air Nozzles to provide a high volume, high velocity air flow in a safe, quiet, and efficient manner.
*Stay Set Hoses for quick and easy positioning, to mount the Super Air Nozzles and direct their flow exactly where they want it.
*EFC Electronic Flow Control to turn the air flow on when it’s needed, and off when it’s not.
I got the feeling that those air guns had been strapped up and taped down for some time now…do you have any less-than-optimal compressed air blow offs that you’d like to do something about? If you’re stroking your chin right now while you think about, it, STOP IT! Unless you just washed your hands, that is. Even then, the safest and most efficient thing you can do – for your health and your facility’s – is to give us a call!
(800)923-9247 toll free