In some of my previous blogs I’ve written about rebuilding engines at home, usually finding a decent car that suffered top-end engine damage. Sometimes the root cause is a lack of oil pressure, other times it is a failed component in the valve train, or something as simple as a broken timing belt. In any case, these rebuilds tend to involve removing the cylinder heads from the engine, disassembling them and replacing the damaged components.
A commonly damaged component with timing belt or valve train failure is the valve. And, removing the valve means removing the valve keepers, which are the items shown above.
I received an email from our distributor in Italy, searching for a solution to convey these valve keepers at a rate of approximately 5000 per hour over a distance of 3 meters and a height of 4 meters. The valve keepers are quite light, weighing just 0.29 grams each – a perfect fit for use with the Line Vac.
When considering a conveyance application we take into account several variables such as:
Bulk density of the material
Shape/size of the material
Required conveyance rate
Available compressed air supply
Given the need to convey 5000 valve keepers per hour at a weight of 0.29 grams/valve keeper, we only needed to move ~1.5kg per hour for this application. When considering the height and distance involved, and the size of the valve keepers, we can comfortable convey these units with a ¾” Line Vac or a 1” Line Vac. Using 10.7 and 14.7 SCFM, respectively, these options provide a suitable solution with a low compressed air demand.
If you have an application in need of a compressed air solution, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer. We’ll be happy to help.
1st photo credit to Benjamin Hirsch (Creative Commons License)