The first half of Knothole Baseball season is drawing to a close this weekend. This means that teams are in a mad scramble to make up all the rained out games that are par for the course, when you schedule springtime outdoor events in the more temperate climate regions of the American Midwest. If the weather holds, that means eight games in six days, between the two baseball players that live in my house. Now, I LIKE baseball, so, when their mother pointed this out to me with a dire look of frustration in her eyes, I thought it best to hide my excitement…lest I incur her wrath, along with Mother Nature and a couple of coaches. By the way,Todd & Ryan: you should know it’s nothing personal, and she thinks the world of both of you.
So, we’re busy right now. I mean, do the math: Eight games in six days means we’re unlikely to both be able to attend them all. I’m going to try, of course…because of the divisions they play in and the layout of our local ballpark, they very likely could be playing on adjacent fields Saturday afternoon. That’s MY kind of double-header!
I know we’re not the only ones who are busy right now either, personally or professionally. Of course, professionally, busy-ness is kind of the goal, right? That’s why it’s important to be as efficient as possible. I had the pleasure of discussing an application with the operator of a fabrication shop this morning: After drilling & tapping a series of blind holes in a part, it gets washed & rinsed, and then blown off to remove the residual rinse water. Problem is, it’s time consuming to blow out a couple dozen irregularly spaced holes on a couple hundred parts, each and every day, by hand. And frankly, the tedium associated with the process means that holes are likely going to be missed, and even the ones that get blown out might not get 100% dry.
Their idea is to use a Super Air Knife to blow a high velocity “curtain” of air over the entire area where the holes are located…their maximum spacing is only about 8” from side to side, and they thought a 12” wide air flow pattern would be ideal, since they might have an inch or so “play” in the way the parts will pass through. I recommended our Model 110212 12” Aluminum Super Air Knife Kit.
Like I said, though, they’re busy right now, so they don’t want to throw a bunch of time and labor at coming up with a way to install and test equipment that they have no experience with. That’s where the total engineering of our Intelligent Compressed Air Products comes in:
Our Super Air Knives are designed to be the most efficient and quietest in the industry…we back that up with our Efficiency Lab (where your existing products can be tested by our experts, using our precision calibrated instrumentation) and our 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee (where you can see for yourself, in real time, how EXAIR’s Intelligent Compressed Air Products are better, quieter, and safer than what you’re using right now.) Not only that, but our Engineering and Production folks have combined their knowledge and resources to also make them easy to install and operate: They’re compact and lightweight. They have multiple ports to plumb compressed air to, and tapped holes running their entire length to use for easy mounting. We’ve got Universal Air Knife Mounting Systems that require only one hole to secure a ½”-13 bolt, and installation is done…you can position and reposition it all via two thumbscrews. Longer length Super Air Knives are available with Plumbing Kits Installed, so your compressed air supply lines are simplified. And we keep it all in stock, so you can try it out, right now.
I won’t lie to you…blowing water out of blind holes is a tough application. But they already know that. After our conversation this morning, they also know how “low impact” (their words) a trial of the Super Air Knife will be. I thought you should know too.
Do you have something in mind for a compressed air application that you don’t think you have time for? Give us a call – you might be pleasantly surprised.