Beer Producer Removes Water off Tops of Beer Cans

This week, the application is a fairly simple one. A customer of ours who produces beer in large quantity format was using pipe with drilled holed to affect a water blow-off to keep it from settling in the tops of the cans which can affect packaging later on in the process.

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The customer switched their pipe for the Standard Air Knife. It was located after final rinse in the Pasteurizer. They were able to reduce air usage and noise as well as increase effectiveness of the blow-off application.

Do you bottle canned drinks, bottled water, beer or wine?  Perhaps you are a small, craft brewery?  If so, if you have similar problems, EXAIR has the solution with our engineered Air Knife products.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

Is the Internet Great or What!

Being older than dirt, I have seen the evolution of technology in our everyday personal and work lives. Looking back, it is awesome how far we have progressed and how integrated to the internet we have become.

I just finished sending a print to a customer which was a simple matter of downloading it from our website and forwarding to the customer’s email. In years past I would have had to walk down to print room, decide which drawer to look in first, A size, B size, or C size prints. When the desired print was located it had to be taken over to the blueprint machine to make a paper copy and the original re-filed. After that it was over to the FAX machine to send it off to the customer. What used to take 15-20 minutes now I can accomplish in a minute or so with just a few click of the mouse.

Having an internet connection at home has enabled me to find products that I would not have been able to before. How about a gas pedal for a 1953 Packard, or what is on sale at the grocery store? I detest shopping. So my idea of shopping is an internet connection and a credit card.

The internet certainly has had a positive effect on my life. How about yours? I would like to hear your story.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
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First Track Weekend Down And No Where To Go But Up.

Well, I managed to stay shiny side up for both days of track riding with MCRA at Putnam Park this past weekend.  Out of the five that went in my group, two crashed, one bad enough that he may need some surgery on his shoulder.  Even though he crashed, he is still chomping at the bit to go to Mid-Ohio at the end of June and ride with us again.  A video of his crash is below.  You can listen to the sound in the clip and hear how fast he is going into Turn 1 off the front straight.   Simply went into the turn too hot and wasn’t able to keep it on the track.

The main downfall to the weekend was my personal performance on my race bike.  I didn’t go near as fast as I had hoped and my lack of preparation definitely showed as I wasn’t able to stay out for a full session of riding because fatigue would set in.  Because of this, I wasn’t able to ride as fast as I would have liked and got passed by more people than I should have.

My lack of preparation for the track day hindered my end result of the weekend, much like not preparing for the heat of summer can hinder your company’s performance and production.  Now is the time to be preparing to keep those electrical enclosures cool, not when they are overheating and causing shut downs.

If you would like help sizing the correct Cabinet Cooler System for your enclosures, give us a call.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com 
@EXAIR_BF

Cool Motor – UPDATE!!!

In my original blog about using a Super Air Amplifier to cool a motor, we had just completed the initial application review, and made model number recommendations.  The end user, an overseas engineering team in Mumbai, has now received the product through our distributor and installed.  Take a look at the photos below.

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The application is achieving the desired effect.  The end user has noted that they are able to cool  the application as needed within 5-10 minutes of Air Amplifier operation.  As such, the Air Amplifier is cycled on and off, keeping compressed air use to a minimum.

If you have a similar application, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

You Make A Better Door Than A Window

As a life-long smart aleck, this phrase has always been one of my favorite ways to gently request that someone move to one side or the other so that I can see what they’re looking at. As I’ve mellowed with age, it’s largely replaced the more demanding “Yo, down in front!!” which I’ve learned to save for only the most urgent of situations. These usually occur at sporting events, where, unfortunately, it’s some of the more tame language you’ll hear at stadiums and ballparks these days.

In industry, there are certainly proper places for doors: Nothing beats a solid-core, well-sealed door to keep welding smoke out of the office space at a manufacturing company. On a smaller scale, sand blast cabinet manufacturers realize that their cabinets’ doors are so important, they put switches on them to prevent you from starting one up with the door open.

But what if it’s not practical – or possible – to put a solid boundary between a contained area and the general environment? EXAIR Super Air Knives are successfully used in “air barrier” applications in industries as diverse as metal processing, pharmaceuticals, high detail printing, and commercial laundry equipment.

Air Knives aren’t the only EXAIR product with documented success in this area: In addition to cleaning the rod, this Super Air Wipe, installed flush with the wall of the enclosure, also keeps the oil & mist contained inside the processing machinery:

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Our Line Vac even got a piece of the action with a commercial maker of baked goods: A part of their process involves mixing sugar into a vat of melted butter. The heat and steam tended to melt the sugar, though, before it made it all the way down the chute into the vat. This not only wasted a good deal of the sugar, but made for a real hassle in cleaning the chute. They installed a Model 6066 3” Stainless Steel Line Vac in the chute, which not only kept the sugar moving fast enough to prevent it from melting, but it also kept the heat & steam from “migrating” up the chute.

If you have an air barrier application you’d like to discuss – or any compressed air application, for that matter – we’d like to hear from you!

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
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EXAIR Atomizing Nozzle Replaces High Pressure Pump Sprayer in Application

Our customer in the automation/tool making industry has a need to spray a mold release type agent onto some specialized tooling they have developed and are testing. Originally, the customer had planned to use some sort of pressurized sprayer similar to those used in a garden. After some initial tests to prove the concept, the customer found that the moving mechanical parts of the sprayer became fouled by the release agent. And cleaning the internal parts was not easy to do.

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In their search for a more permanent solution, the customer came across EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles. After going through some application type questions to narrow the focus down to one model, we determined that the customer would be best served by model AF1010SS (Internal Mix, Flat Fan Pattern Atomizing Nozzle). The customer had a couple of questions about the nozzle in order to gain some acceptance of the recommendation.

  1. Is it possible to disassemble the nozzle and clean it completely?  The answer is yes, the Atomizing Nozzles can be completely disassembled to allow for cleaning, maintenance or replacement of worn parts.
  2. Are the nozzles solvent resistant? The answer is also yes; the Atomizing Nozzles are made of AISI303 type stainless steel and can be cleaned with any normal solvent based cleaner.

Earlier in this article, I mentioned that we went through some application type questions. Here is a list of general questions that we normally ask a customer about their application in order to determine which in our selection would be best suited.

  1. What is the volume of liquid flow needed for the application?
  2. What is the viscosity of the liquid being applied?
  3. What are the required spray pattern, size and shape required?
  4. Is the liquid under pressure (by pump or pressure pot)?  If so, what is the liquid pressure?

If you have an application where you have a liquid that needs to be applied in atomized form to a target, or perhaps a humidification application, please give EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles your consideration.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

We Love Our Pets

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My 110 Pound Buddy

We all love our pets and I for one, am guilty. It is amazing the money we pet owners will spend on our pets. According to the Denver Post, Americans are projected to spend $50.84 billion on pets this year. That is more than Americans spent on  child care ($47 billion).  A neighbor of mine just spent $6,000 for double knee surgery on his 8-year-old German Shepard. Which presents an interesting question; would I do that for my best friend? What would you do? It is the emotional ties to our pets that drives this market.

The pet market is not the only market driven by emotion. Harley Davidson, Apple computer, automakers, farm implements, and others have die-hard followers.  The rational for brand loyalty more than not is just emotional. My dad worked for GM and his brother Chrysler. A couple of beers and they would come to fisticuffs over which had the better car.

EXAIR takes a pragmatic approach to producing and implementing compressed air products. We do not put on a gold-colored finish that only serves as eye candy.  We strive to engineer our products to perform. Performance specifications are actual measured values. We do not play the shell game of presenting consumption values at reduced pressures to get the number we want. All our data is at a consistent 80 PSIG benchmark. It is that commitment that has earned us 26 product awards.

I am an application engineer and would be happy to assist you with your application. Feel free to contact me. I genuinely appreciate the opportunity!

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer

Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
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