Super Air Knife Provides Engine Block Blowoff

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Extra points if you can identify this engine block

My hobby with cars is no secret.  Most people who meet me come to know I’m a total gearhead.  Case in point, on a recent trip to visit with our distributor in Finland, I was asked about the car I was working on when they last visited us just a few months ago.  Since then, the aforementioned car (a blue BMW) has found a new home, and I’m gearing up to sell another.

So, when I received an email from a major auto manufacturer needing a solution to clean the top side of an engine block, I was intrigued.  In addition to the photo above, I received the photo below with a short description of the current state in the application.

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The top deck of this block, where the cylinder head gasket will rest, has a width of approximately 200mm.

As it stands, coolant is accumulating on the top side of the engine block after they are fully cast, decked, and cleaned.  In order to move on to the next step in the process, these engine blocks need to have all residual oil removed from the top side of the block.

The solution?  A 9” (229mm) Super Air Knife installed above the engine blocks as they travel down the production line.  The Super Air Knife will install at a 45° angle of attack, blowing off the residual coolant and allowing these parts to move on in the process without stopping.  This prevents lost throughput due to stoppage of the production line, prevents increased costs due to personnel needing to treat each engine block by hand, and provides a uniform condition for the engine blocks when they arrive in the next step of this production process.

The best part of the interaction was that this auto manufacturer contacted EXAIR for a solution because they were able to solve previous problems with overheating electrical control panels using our Cabinet Coolers.  So, when they needed another compressed air solution, they immediately knew who to call.

If you have an application in need of a compressed air solution, give us a call.  We’ll be happy to help.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

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