Memoir of a Sexagenarian (or a 65 Year Old)

Coming upon my 20th anniversary with EXAIR and my 66th birthday (which makes me a sexagenarian), I’ve been reflecting on my past. The thing I like most about my job as an application engineer is that I come across most every application in all market segments. Some of the most unusual ones that come to mind are removing fish guts with a Vac U Gun, sucking defective chicken eggs from a sorter with a Line Vac,  and cooling hot spots on a kiln with an Air Amplifier to get a little more life out of the kiln are just a few off the top of my application filled head. It’s also nice to hang out with my fellow Vicenarian, Tricenarian and Quadragenarian Application Engineers.

I find gratification with the run of the mill applications as well; having an engineer call in perplexed for a solution to a production problem then being able to provide a solution for him is what it what makes my day.

I would be happy to assist you with your application. Give me a call at 1-800-903-9247.

If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a memorable holiday. If you did not, I hope you had a memorable day too!

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363

¿¿Could It Be??


As the evening came to a close on Saturday and I put my son to bed, I drifted off into a short nap.  It couldn’t have lasted more than 5 minutes, but I woke myself up with a thought as to how the engine on my A4 could be making such a horrible sound, and how the noise could sound as though it is in the bottom half of the engine, but in fact be in the top.  I woke myself up to be sure I wouldn’t forget the dream-logic that had just made such perfect sense.  And, really, it’s pretty simple – a collapsed lifter (even though it doesn’t sound at all like a collapsed lifter).  Given that the engine is a dual overhead cam, and that a collapsed lifter could make for a nasty metal on metal rattling sound, I thought back to the original noise and thought “maybe”.  Not likely, but maybe.  Just maybe an intake lifter is collapsed, completely unable to help open the valve, the cam shaft is slapping the heck out of it with each engine revolution, and acoustics are playing a foul trick on me.

So I pulled the A4 back into my garage, listening with a new ear, and noticing a rough idle that progressed into a full-on misfire.  (In line with my dream-logic, this was actually a good thing)  I pulled the car in to remove the valve cover, check cam-lifter clearances, and check compression, which I’ll be doing over the holiday weekend.  But, before the weekend kicks off, I’m here at EXAIR placing EXAIR devices in applications like it’s my job – oh wait, that IS my job.  So, I guess you could say I’m working.

Last week, as I felt my jacket clinging to my shirt and I got zapped when touching a few doorknobs, I realized that I had been working more with static eliminating applications for end users.  Looking through my emails and notes, there was one call that stood out because I’ve noticed the application with greater frequency compared to years past.

The application was to remove the static from an enclosed chamber.  In this particular application the static buildup on the enclosed space was causing dust to accumulate, and the end user needed a dust free environment for final analysis of their experiment.  So, they used an Ion Air Jet to remove the static and dust from the inside of the enclosure prior to analysis.  The model  #7299 system was shipped, is likely already installed, and we are awaiting feedback.

Hopefully I’ll have an email or voicemail from the end user when we return from the holiday break.  Until then my family and I will be enjoying a table filled with Indian cuisine!  (We chose a style of food each year and then build the Thanksgiving dinner around the choice.  This year is Indian, last year was Mediterranean, the year before was South American, etc.)  Delish!

If you find yourself in need of EXAIR products, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer for product assistance.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to spend this day, for the twentieth consecutive time, at the home of Grandpa Harry…my wife’s grandfather. I’ll be having dinner with him, his six children and their spouses, most of their children (my wife included), and THEIR children (among them, my sons). It takes four rooms to seat everyone, but nobody leaves hungry.

Speaking of being blessed, it’s not the only – or even the first – Thanksgiving dinner for me this year. Last Sunday, the boys and I had dinner with my best friend Andrew and his son – the ones we’ve spent the last eight Father’s Day weekends camping with – at his mother’s home, which we’ve also been doing for years now. After dinner, the five of us always take a hike down the railroad tracks that run through Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Sometimes we head east, sometimes west…this time, we went west. As Andrew and I watched the boys run ahead of us, we decided to turn and head back when we reached a certain pond. As we walked on, we both marveled that the boys, who surely hadn’t heard us, took a sudden turn towards that very pond. It could have been coincidence, but we chose to believe that the five of us are all just like-minded. Which is true, regardless of the reason they might have actually headed for the pond.

Also on the subject of being blessed…and turkey dinners…my wife brought home a modest-sized bird from the grocery store the other day, to cook up on Friday. Plans are to spend the day at home, decking the halls and putting up the Christmas tree, and playing board games.

EXAIR, like a lot of American businesses, will be closed until Monday. Whatever your plans are for the holiday weekend, I wish, for you and yours, the richest of blessings. If you’re spending this time treasuring each others’ company, then that’s a wish well wished.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax


Customer Uses Chip Trapper to Recover Boron Carbide from Slurry for Disposal

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In this short story, our customer operates multiple water jet cutting machines. They have slurry buckets stationed at each machine. When the slurry bucket becomes full, they want to empty the bucket and dispose of the slurry.

The customer wanted to use the model 6198 Chip Trapper to perform the function of filtering the Boron Carbide from the water component of the slurry. Boron Carbide is a very hard material used for making armor plating for everything from bullet proof vests to tank armor. Being such a hard material, the abrasive factor is really high. They were concerned about the abrasive nature of the material and contacted me to check and see if this material would present a problem for our system. Turns out that the Chip Trapper will operate just fine without any degrading of performance. The reason is that there are no moving parts that could be worn by the abrasive material moving through. In fact, the abrasive material never comes into contact with the pump of the Chip Trapper. The slurry is directed straight into a 5 micron filtering bag where the solids are pulled out. The remaining water is pumped out of the Chip Trapper into a water treatment system for proper disposal.

The customer did have a few questions regarding what was included with model 6198 Chip Trapper. The answer is basically, everything you would need to get the unit assembled and operational is included with the Chip Vac. The only input required from the customer is the compressed air utility which is in reasonable supply for this customer’s facility.

The customer placed their order with me directly and asked for a tracking number which was sent followed by the invoice which he needed to expense his credit card purchase.

If you have an application where you need to vacuum up an abrasive solid that is mixed in with water or some other non-flammable fluid, give the Chip Trapper consideration. You will be glad you did.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer

Sustainability – Fact or Fiction

As the world goes eco-friendly it’s not clear how much environmental good will come from all the green products consumers are buying. Many companies peddle new or improved green products through their marketing campaigns, but it pays to look beyond the product pitches and into how the company behaves.

It’s refreshing to work for a company that is really walking the talk. EXAIR’s sustainability plan has real and quantifiable achievements.

  • Our variable speed drive air compressor reduced our electrical consumption by over 4,000 kWh in the past year compared to a conventional air compressor
  • Through a leak detection and mitigation program, one million cubic foot of compressed air per yer was saved
  • Migrating our customers to electronic delivery of invoices reduced traditional postal service mailed copies by over 50% and a 67% reduction in  printed paper pages
  • Most shipments use recycled Kraft paper with a perfect “green score ” of 360
  • Fresh water consumption was reduced through a coolant management program that extends usable life of water-soluble coolant from six weeks to six months.
  • Natural gas consumption was reduced by installing programmable thermostats wherever possible to match heating and cooling cycle with facility usage patterns
  • Solid waste/trash was reduced by 88% through and expanded recycling program
  • All metals, wood, waste water, cans, and plastics are 100% recycled

Do you want to improve your sustainability scorecard by reducing compressed air consumption?  Give our application engineers a call and they will be happy to assist you. They can be reached at 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363

EXAIR’s Runners, Crazy but Generous

In case you haven’t seen any of our blogs concentrating on our makeup of employees, EXAIR has a group of employees who actually think running is fun.  Needless to say, I do not find running to be one of my strong suits.  A few members of the EXAIR running crew are going to be running a rather difficult race this weekend.   This race has been said to be “one of the most grueling sub-mile runs on the planet” (according to the event organizers).

That’s right, this race is not a marathon, or a half marathon, it is said to be the oldest micro-mini marathon.   You may be asking yourself what kind of race is this?  Well it is a hair more than 1/3 of a mile, steeply uphill. This will be the 37th year for the Straight Street Hill Climb.



The best parts of the race is all the proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby, a great family event here in Cincinnati that goes on every year.  This is yet another way that the members of EXAIR give to our local community.  Now if we could just get Professor Penurious to finish up his Soap Box Derby car, and find someone willing to let their kid ride in it, we may get to compete in the downhill race too!  I doubt it would go as smooth as the video below however.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

It is an Honor to be Nominated…

This year Plant Engineering has nominated (4) EXAIR products for their Product of the Year award.  Even though all of our products utilize compressed air, we are nominated in several different categories: fluid handling, electric controls, environmental health, and compressed air.  As a company, we stick to designing products that efficiently use compressed air, it’s our breadth of product line which affords us the opportunity to be nominated in numerous categories.

It is an honor to be nominated… winning would be further validation of everyone’s hard work around here.  We know it’s a team effort all around; from receiving in raw materials to machining and assembly to shipping quality product out the door on time. We rely on the talents of our sales and marketing teams and have come to count on our customer service folks to be the best in industry. Our engineers continue to design new products and expand product lines at an impressive speed and the accounting people help keep it all in check. If you are willing, please visit Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year website to view all of the nominees and vote for EXAIR products.  Below is a brief description of our nominated products and links to our website for more information.

We really got our start in designing safe, effective and efficient compressed air blow offs.  We continued that tradition this year by creating a 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle, model 1126.  This nozzle produces a powerful 1″ wide air stream with 9.8 ounces of force 12″ away from the nozzle.  Because the air flow cannot be blocked, model 1126 meets OSHA standards 29 CFR – 1910.95(a) and 1910.242(b).  It also maintains a quiet 75 dBA, and uses 10.5 SCFM when supplied with an inlet pressure 80 PSIG.  Please vote for this product here.

Did you know that you can cool up to 5,600 Btu/hr with compressed air?  Our Cabinet Cooler Systems utilizes vortex tube technology to create cold air, which can be used to cool electrical panels.  This year we released a dual Cabinet Cooler System made of 316 stainless steel for wash down environments and NEMA 4X enclosures that need more than 2,800 BTU/Hr of cooling that a single cooler can provide.  Please vote for this product here.

In industrial environments, electrical vacuums do not hold up for very long.  EXAIR has been manufacturing industrial vacuums to replace the standard duty and electric vacuums for over a decade, but what do you do if the environment is very dusty with fine particulate? With EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac, we remove the danger of this fine particulate from being ingested or inhaled from the air with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter that tested to IEST-RP-CC-007 HEPA standards.  The filters have a minimum of 99.97% filtration at the 0.3 micron level. Please vote for this product here.

Finally, we are nominated for a our No Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzle.  These nozzles are available in a variety spray patterns and flow rates.  The no-drip feature allows precise control of the amount of liquid used.  When precisely metering the liquid used in your coating process, the no-dip nozzle keeps up with your intermittent flow without forming a drip or a bubble to mar the uniform spray pattern that you need. Please vote for this product here.

Please take a look at these products and give EXAIR your vote.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer