Not long ago I found myself lost in thought, watching a power hammer being used in a sword forging process. I was thinking to myself about how intricate machines are, and how viewing machine components as singular items can be mind boggling. For example, considering the process of mining various metals and then combining them in just the right “recipe” to produce a specific component of a machine, which is then used to create something entirely different – it’s a rabbit hole of a thought.
But, it does lend weight to the complexities and intricacies found in manufacturing, which is something we encounter every day in Application Engineering at EXAIR. Case in point, the photo above shows an EXAIR Vortex Tube being used in a steel production facility. This application needed a way to cool a camera used to check the thickness and quality of steel plates produced in the plant. Due to temperature and space constraints, a compact and industrial solution was needed.
So, we turned to a High Temperature Vortex Tube, using the cold air produced by the Vortex Tube to cool the camera housing. Without proper cooling the camera faced an overheating condition, creating a shutdown of the visual inspection, and a subsequent shutdown of the quality control process. By installing an EXAIR High Temperature Vortex Tube, this quality control disturbance was corrected. And, due to the maintenance free nature of EXAIR products, consistent cooling performance is guaranteed with a supply of clean, dry compressed air.
In a given day we can encounter applications needing cooling, cleaning, conveying, static removal, or a litany of other specific solutions. If you’d like to discuss your application with an EXAIR Application Engineer, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.