Keep Your Air Clean

I have been reading Kyle Thill’s blog over at Toyota Forklift, and he often speaks about the benefits of preventative maintenance and service schedule. With our products preventative maintenance can be the last thing on anyone’s mind, but it is important work to keep your compressed air systems clean and dry. Today I received a reminder of this.

We received a Heavy Duty Line Vac back from a customer today, who had taken us up on our offer of a 30 day Unconditional Guarantee.  It was no problem for us to take the unit back, but as we were taking it apart, we received a gentle reminder how important it is to use clean dry air with our products and to use compressed air filters on your compressed air lines.

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On the right, we have a photo for Heavy Duty Line Vac for reference.  As you can see, a new Heavy Duty Line Vac will have clean metal surface inside the inlet.  When our quality department inspected the used unit returned from the customer, we found this pile of rust particles that had been deposited inside the unit, right at the air inlet position.  One of the reasons filters are so important with new equipment is that the increased load can dislodge contaminants that may have been building up inside old compressed air lines.  The other reason we always recommend compressed air filtration is because filters prevent debris from ending up on anything you blow off, cool, move or coat with our products.  Compressed air lines can carry oxidized metal, water or oil contaminants, which can be easily removed to ensure your products and ours are kept clean.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

How Big Is Big? It’s…Well…It’s Big.

How familiar are you with the products your company makes? Next week, I’ll have been an EXAIR Application Engineer for three years. I can rattle off a good deal of our part numbers and performance specifications from memory, and I’ve got bookmarks in various publications that I keep handy at my desk for other various tidbits of information. I use the latter to support my belief that I do indeed know everything…I just can’t remember it all at once.

Every once in a while, though, no matter how much you KNOW about something, you don’t really THINK about it until you SEE it.  I got a good reminder of this just the other day, when a customer called to arrange return of a Safety Air Gun. Their Purchasing Agent got a request for “the largest, most powerful air gun they’ve got” – which they identified in our catalog as the Model 1218-6 Super Blast Safety Air Gun – so they used our  “Quick Order” feature on our website,  and had it the next day.

I know (yes, from memory) that this is the one equipped with a 1-1/4” NPT ball valve (spring loaded to self-close if dropped), a six foot pipe extension, and our largest Super Air Nozzle…the Model 1120, which produces 23 pounds of blowing force. It is indeed our largest and most powerful air gun, and, WAY more than they needed, which we found out after talking over their needs.  Based on this discussion, they decided to, instead, try our Model 1310-6 Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun – it’s got a six inch pipe extension, and our Model 1100 Super Air Nozzle. Its 13 ounces of force is ideal for a wide variety of general industrial blow off/cleaning uses…including theirs. They’re quite happy with it, and we were just as happy to arrange return of the Model 1218-6 for full credit, per our 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee.

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Just to give you an idea of the extreme difference in size between these two Safety Air Guns:

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…and to be clear, John is holding the 1218-6 Super Blast on the left, and the 1310-6 Heavy Duty on the right

As you can see, no matter what your needs are, we’ve probably got the safety air gun you’re looking for. If you want to find out for sure, you can call, email, or Live Chat with us about your application(s) and/or product selection. We look forward to seeing how we can help.

Russ Bowman
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

End User Finds Help With Multiple Applications Using EXAIR

In my blog last week I mentioned the various markets we serve at EXAIR and how, despite the cold weather in the U.S., demand for product like our Cabinet Coolers is still high in other parts of the world.  This week has been no different.  In fact, I’ve had an increase in the need of our overseas end users for Cabinet Coolers.  And, I’ve had domestic end users calling in for static related problems that notice our other products on the web and earmark them for later use.

For example, the same end user that needed our Ion Air Cannon to solve feed disruptions of a pill filling machine earlier this month (see blog here), had another application and gave me a call.  The new application needed to remove a powder from the exterior of an open container while eliminating static as the product travelled down a conveyor.  The open containers were filled with powder in a dedicated room, then conveyed through a wall to an encapsulate room.  With the current setup, powder is flooding the encapsulate room and this is an undesired occurrence.

So, the end user and I kicked around a number of ideas including using a Super Ion Air Knife for an air curtain, using Air Amplifiers to create a constant “dispersed footprint” of air at the opening between the rooms, and even discussed pressurizing the encapsulate room a smidge to keep powder from entering.

Ultimately, after working around space and budgetary constraints, we settled on the solution of using Super Ion Air Knives along the sides of the enclosures and operating at t low pressure, mounted in the encapsulate room and aimed into the fill room.  This solution aims to remove the static, blow off the unwanted powder from the containers, and provides a method to keep the powder out of the encapsulate room.

This application was sorted late in the day yesterday, the product was on the shelf and it shipped same day. I am confident our customer will be pleased with the results.

But, the bigger point that came about from this application was that our end user knew instinctively to contact EXAIR for assistance with their application.  If you need help with your application, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Winter has been interesting so far to say the least; an Alberta clipper followed by mild temperatures then another clipper. With the transition of temperatures comes snowfall. I can’t say that I am too fond of driving through or shoveling this stuff but my dog sure loves the snow. He woke me up at 1 AM to go outside. I thought it was a routine nature call. As it turns out all he wanted is to frolic in the snow! He didn’t want to come in and I wanted to go back to bed.

Winter brings not only cold and snow but low humidity levels. Dry air is less conductive than humid air resulting in problems with static electricity. We have all experienced static cling on our clothes and an occasional static shock. On a personal level, it is more of a nuisance but in manufacturing, ESD (electro static discharge) can have some serious ramifications. With more computerization being introduced to the factory floor, ESD is more of a concern with keeping operations up and running. A single ESD can wipe out a control board, give misreads on sensors, etc.

EXAIR has a full line of static eliminating products to solve ESD problems in the manufacturing environment. Give our application engineers a call 1-800-903-9247. They will review your application with you and make a product recommendation. Then, EXAIR will provide you a 30 day evaluation. If you are not satisfied for any reason you can return it for full credit.guarantee

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: EXAIR_JP

Spool of Dispair

I had an application this week that showed the difference in power of HP1126 nozzle from an 1126.  A spool of nylon thread needed to be pushed from a ramp onto its side on top of a conveyor that would pass the spool under a bar code reading station.  I had my own skepticism if the 1″ Flat nozzle would be able to topple the 8″ diameter spool that weighs 3 pounds, but the customer agreed to try the 1126 Flat nozzle for the application, but she also purchased a HP1126 in case she needed more force.  It was very little risk to her if it didn’t work, because of EXAIR’s 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee.

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She set the system up, but could not get the spool to fall over.  She called in with the results and how it was set up so we could go through the troubleshooting steps. We asked the customer to put a pressure gauge on a pipe tee just before the nozzle.  The inlet pressure was 80 PSIG at the gauge, so we had a good air supply.  They changed the angle and position of the air blow off, but still no luck.  Fortunately for our customers, EXAIR’s flat Super Air Nozzles (1″ or 2″ wide) are the only flat nozzle family to allow for adjusting the air gap and force from the nozzle. In this case the customer bought one of each nozzle, a standard force and a high power version. But they could have chosen to simply purchase additional shims which can be changed to produce different levels of force. EXAIR’s flat nozzle family have shims from .005″ through .030″ in order to solve the broadest range of applications. Sure enough the nozzle the customer was using only had a 0.015″ shim.  The 1126 Flat Nozzle features a 0.015″ and the HP 1126 uses a 0.025″ shim. The next step in the process was to try  the HP1126 high power version. The larger shim in the second nozzle made all the difference in the world.  The spool moved easily off of the ramp onto the conveyor belt.

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If you have any questions or have your own application that you are doubtful of, feel free to contact us.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

What Else Do I Need?

This question comes up a good amount when a customer calls in and asks about an EXAIR Product.   What else do I need in order to get this thing up and running.   It will depend some on the application the customer is trying to solve and some on the equipment the customer may (or may not) have in house, and some on how convenient and easy the customer would like to make the whole process. Let us look at the Industrial Housekeeping products, more specifically the Reversible Drum Vac Systems. (Mainly because this is the most recent product I have had a customer ask what else he needs to buy.)

The customer had already chosen a 55 gallon system (other systems available include a 30 and 110 gallon). When we look at the three different 55 gallon systems we offer, there is a clear difference in the number of items included in each kit.  The #6196 is a basic Reversible Drum Vac Kit.  For a unit like this, all you need to do is to provide a compressed air source and a tightly sealed 55 gallon steel drum. The picture below will show each item that is included in the kit.

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If you are worried about some liquid spills on the floor and you would like to get some extra pick up tools and a dolly for the steel drum you are providing, then the #6296 Deluxe Reversible Drum Vac System is for you.   It will include everything from the basic system plus, a drum dolly, Spill Recovery Kit, magnetic tool holder, and extra plastic tools.  Again, the only items you will need to supply are the air compressor, and the tightly sealed 55 gallon drum.

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The final solution that EXAIR offers is everything you need, the whole kit and caboodle if you will. This kit prevents sourcing compressed air supply line and a closed top drum. It’s all in the box – with the exception of an air compressor. In the #6396 Premium Reversible Drum Vac System you will received the drum, everything in the Deluxe Kit, but some of the tools that were plastic get upgraded to aluminum tools.   This gives you the complete solution with a few clicks on our website.

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Throughout all of our product lines we give you the option to choose the best solution and most convenient package to get the problem solved quickly. We hold stock on all of our products (and accessories) so we can ship same day when we receive an order by 3:00 pm est.  We have the necessary accessories for you to get our units in and simply plug them in to your compressed air supply.  Why go to multiple sites or vendors when they are all in one place.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

EXAIR Products Solve Problems

Although we’re in the grasp of another cold spell in the Midwest, some overseas users of EXAIR products are experiencing overheat conditions of their electrical control panels.  So in the span of a single day we’ll help an end user in the United Arab Emirates determine which Cabinet Cooler will solve their overheating problem, and then walk through an interesting application with an end user in Connecticut wanting to use the hot air exhaust of a Vortex Tube to heat a strip of glue.  Like many customers who would like to use the hot air from a Vortex Tube, we discussed the fact that in order to gain workable amounts of hot air from a Vortex Tube the bulk of the inlet air must be exhausted. We generally recommend against the inefficient use of our products and there were certainly better ways to produce hot air for this application (we can’t win ’em all).

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The application in this image needed to remove static while conveying small styrofoam beads. Over time, the beads collect on the dispenser, will not flow properly, and pose a risk to shocking the operators. The recommended EXAIR solution for this application was to install our Ion Air Gun to be used as needed by the operator.

Combine this with the numerous applications needing EXAIR Static Eliminators, such as what is shown in the photo above, and the repertoire of EXAIR products is quite formidable.  And, it makes it all the more important to confer with an EXAIR Application Engineer when considering use of an EXAIR product in a new application.

To see how our products can safely and efficiently improve your application or process, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE