I picked up a copy of Illustrated Cincinnati over the weekend, by chance, and have been enthralled with some of the contents.  For example, I’ve learned that the stone of our fountain that sits on Fountain Square came from Upper Franconia, a small administrative region in Bavaria, Germany.  And, that the bronze used to cast the statues of the fountain was sourced through the Danish government in the form of unused cannons.  How cool!

Within the book, nestled in between descriptions and history of our bridges and oldest neighborhoods, is a section on manufacturing and commerce.  To quote: “The great public buildings, the colleges, the schools, the libraries, the hospitals, the hotels, the bridges, the parks, and the theaters, imposing as they are by themselves, present but one aspect of the many-sided life of a great and busy city.  They are not the cradle of its birth, but the outgrowth of its prosperity…”  This prosperity, for Cincinnati as a city, came from manufacturing and commerce.  At the time of printing (1875), Cincinnati was the second largest manufacturing hub in the United States, second only to Philadelphia.

A little over 100 years after the book was published, EXAIR opened our doors.  And, while much had changed between 1875 and 1983, EXAIR hasn’t changed our commitment to solving problems in the 30 years since our founding.

For example, an end user contacted me this morning needing a solution for cleaning a lubricant tip on the end of a robot arm.  The robot arm would provide a preset amount of lubricant at a precise location, and then pull away, waiting for its next call in the program coding.  Currently, the process was to wipe the lubricant tip with a sponge.  This presented a problem with repeatability and contamination.

We examined the possibility of using an EXAIR Air Wipe, model 2400SS, to clean the tip, but there was insufficient length to allow the robot to plunge into the Air Wipe airstream.  We then explored the use of our 1126SS nozzles, and found a suitable solution.  However, seeing the potential to lower compressed air use through a Super Air Knife (either custom length, or stock length with a custom shim), we settled on a final solution to use two Super Air Knives, mounted at 45°angles, opposite of each other but relative to the same axis, to provide the needed drying.  Given the need for a custom shim or complete custom Super Air Knife, we thought it best to test the application with stock product and evaluate the results.

So, that is what the end user chose to do.  And EXAIR chooses to offer the best suited, most efficient solution for each and every one of our customers.  If you have an application problem in need of an EXAIR solution, we’re here to help.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer

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