EXAIR offers a line of spot cooling devices to blow cold air to remove heat. Heat can cause premature failures and shortened tool life. We use the Vortex Tube phenomenon to make very cold air without any moving parts or Freon. They only need compressed air as the “engine” to spin the air streams into two parts; hot air and cold air. They are maintenance free and can supply cold air down to a temperature of -50oF (-46oC). EXAIR “dresses up” a Vortex Tube to make a more functional device for spot cooling. In this blog, I will cover the smallest of our spot coolers; the Mini Cooler™.
The EXAIR Mini Cooler was designed for tight areas to cool small objects. It has a cooling capacity of 550 BTU/hr (139Kcal/hr). It only uses 8 SCFM (227 SLPM) at 100 PSIG (6.9 bar). The system will come with a manual drain Filter Separator with mounting bracket, a Swivel Magnetic Base with 100 lb. (45.5Kg) pull magnet, and a flexible hose kit. We offer two options for the flexible hose kit; a Single Point Hose Kit, model 3808, and a Dual Point Hose Kit, model 3308. The Single Point Hose Kit will give you one flexible outlet to easily position the cold air stream near the target point. It will also include a round point tip and a flat-fan tip. The Dual Point Hose Kit adds a split to have two separate cold outlets; still including the round and flat-fan tips. With these features, the Mini Cooler is easy to mount, use, and move for optimal cooling and blowing.
When using the Mini Cooler, the flexible cold outlets can easily bend around fixtures, spindles, and welding horns. The swivel magnetic base gives extra adjustment at the base of the cooler to aid in “hard to reach” places. To further the benefits of the cooler, the operating pressure can be changed to lower or raise the cooling capacity to meet your demands. At 100 PSIG (6.9 bar), the cold air flow can reach a temperature as low as 20oF (-7oC).
Some applications for the Mini Cooler would include small diameter milling and drilling where the cold air can keep the tool cool and remove the chips. It can also be used for soldering, industrial sewing, ultrasonic welding, or even small punching applications to list a few. With the dual point hose kit, it is ideal for targeting two sides of a cutter, aiming at multiple blades where material is being slit, or cooling multiple ultrasonic points for faster cycle times.
If you believe that you have an application where spot cooling could increase production rates and/or extend tool life, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR. We can offer the Mini Cooler for smaller targets; or, larger versions like the Adjustable Spot Cooler and Cold Gun Aircoolant System™. We are looking forward to hearing from you.