At EXAIR, we make a variety of products to coat, conserve, cool, convey, and clean. (What we like to call the 5 C’s.) Within that realm, there are thousands of applications. Companies are always looking to either fix, modify, create, or improve their processes by increasing speed, productivity, safety, or all of these. And EXAIR products are designed to do this safely and efficiently. In some cases, additional information can be very helpful for the transition to a different type of process. This is where the EXAIR application data base comes into play.
A food processing company was using pecans to make a nutty coating. As part of their procedure, they would manually dump a 40 pound bag of pecans into a grinder. The grinder would crush the nuts, and then a screw conveyor would move them to a mixing hopper. The hopper for the grinder was about 4 feet off the ground, and it was designed with one step for the operator to get above the opening. They would carry a bag to the hopper, place it on the step, step up next to the hopper, open the bag, and then dump it into the hopper. They would do this about every half hour. One day, the operator had a misstep during loading and fell. After injuring himself, the company decided to change their procedure to be safer. They researched different types of conveyors for the food industry, and they came across EXAIR.
In speaking to them about their operation, they mentioned that they were not familiar with Air Operated Conveyors, or Line Vacs. They asked if EXAIR had sold any Line Vacs in the food industry and wondered if they could speak to any of our customers for referrals. At EXAIR, we do not share contact information to past or present customers for privacy reasons. But, I did explain that we do have many application details for every product group in our Application Database. It describes the problems or situations, and how the EXAIR product was used to correct it. I commended this company for doing their research. The more information that you have, the easier a decision can be made. The Application Database is available from our homepage, on the right hand side. Click the word “Applications”, register, and you can search the database.
If you need additional information to help support your ideas or to present to your manager, EXAIR has a wealth of knowledge that you can use in our Application Database. This customer was able to find much information in our Application guide to support our product’s use in their application. It gave them confidence, and in the grander scheme, it made the work environment safe. They purchased a model 6064 Air Operated Conveyor for his application. This is a 2″ stainless steel Line Vac to move the pecans from the 40LB. bags to the hopper. If you want to improve your processes, you can log into our Application Database to search our wealth of applications to get an idea of what has been done before. If you do not find what you need, please contact us, and we can always help you with the information that you are looking for.