The video below is a brief introduction to the EXAIR Efficiency Lab, a free service provided by EXAIR for customers within the USA and Canada.
If you have a single point blowoff that does not have an engineered nozzle, or if you have a wider format blowoff, manifold or home-made drilled pipe, contact an Application Engineer with EXAIR and let us help you to reduce your energy waste. Following are some examples of product where we have helped to save some serious air and reduced noise levels which heightens employee comfort.
That’s right folks, we’ve gone and done it again. When a customer calls for custom product because their environment calls for it or due to dimensional requirements, EXAIR has the ability and flexibility to meet those needs!
This time around it was a customer with specific material requirements due to their environment. I had a customer contact me recently that was using an aluminum Super Air Knife near a high voltage operation and was getting ground interference due to the aluminum air knife. They asked if it was possible to make them a custom knife out of PEEK plastic. After some light discussions about the form of the knife and what other materials are safe for their environment we settled on a 30% glass filled PEEK plastic for the knife, brass bolts and pipe plugs, with a PTFE shim installed. The form factor of the knife would follow the same shape as our PVDF Super Air Knives that are available from stock. The customer could not use PVDF due to high temperature and potential off-gassing in the process.
The results are shown below.
Whether you are looking for a one off product that is tailor made to your application or want to have a simple feature like hardware material changed in a stock EXAIR product that you are incorporating into thousands of machines, we have the solution for you.
For many years we as Americans wanted to biggie size, super size, or mega size anything and everything we could. For myself that mainly meant the fries and drink I used to get at any local fast food joint. Now that I have hit my mid-30s and all of that has started to catch up to me, I don’t always want the large fry or any fries at all, instead I might try a new salad and trying to eat healthy. Here at EXAIR, we don’t always associate bigger with better but we do always fill the need when we don’t have something off the shelf.
However, there are still occasions where going super size is necessary and this week, we did just that. We had a customer ask if we can go bigger on our Super Air Wipes. We simply asked how big they needed to go and what the reasoning is for it. Turns out, the reasoning for the larger Super Air Wipe was a newly designed automated cell in a pipe manufacturing facility. The stock 11″ was too small to fit the 11″ max. diameter piece through to blow off debris so they requested a 12″ Super Air Wipe. To top off the customization, they were also in need of BP threaded air inlets.
Within a matter of weeks our customer has gone from a product they didn’t know was possible, to shipping out to their site. This is a one off, custom machined, Super Air Wipe that has a 12″ Throat Diameter. The only parts on this that are from our standard stock are the bolts, stickers, and the connecting / hinge plates(The clam shell design requires these.).
If you have an application where you don’t think we have exactly what you need or maybe you need to go bigger, or smaller, than what we show in the catalog don’t move on and try to find something else. Give an Application Engineer a call and we will see how we can tailor our products to your exact needs.
A brief video showcasing the EXAIR model 9061, Ultrasonic Leak Detector’s, performance on vacuum leaks. For more information or questions on what else the ULD can be used for, contact an Application Engineer!
A brief video showcasing the full EXAIR Swivel fittings offering. Each of the 9 Swivel Fitting models offers a 25° from center line adjustment for a total of 50° full range of adjustment. The Swivel fittings are an ideal accessory for a variety of EXAIR products. For more product details see our product page. For any questions or fitment suggestions contact an Application Engineer.
Just released, we are now stocking four different pipe sizes of Sanitary Flange 316 Stainless Steel Line Vacs. We are offering these in the following sizes, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″ Sanitary Flange. The performance is the same as our Stainless Steel Line Vacs, but now it is even easier to install in sanitary flanged piping systems. No need to get adapters or have specialty shops weld flanges on.
The new Line Vacs are available for purchase on their own or in a kit which includes the Line Vac, a mounting bracket for the Line Vac, pressure regulator and filter separator. The only parts you provide are the clamps, gaskets and compressed air supply.
These are the latest four additions to our already extensive line of in-line pneumatic conveyors. If we do not offer a stock Line Vac that will fit your needs, we also offer custom Line Vacs to fit virtually any need you may have, just contact us and we will help you determine what will work!
EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab is now the “award-winning Efficiency Lab”. Thank you to Environmental Protection Magazine for recognizing the value and importance of this EXAIR service.
I have blogged about this many times and we continue to help customers by using our free Efficiency Lab service that EXAIR provides to customers throughout the USA. The EXAIR Efficiency Lab allows customers to send in their existing blow off device and we will test it for compressed air consumption, sound level, and force. Ideally we try to take these measurements at the same operating pressure that is being supplied in the field so that we can compare it to an EXAIR product and offer the customer the best solution, the safest solution, and an engineered solution capable of saving them money through air savings and effectiveness.
Here is a recent example of a product sent in by a customer concerned with compressed air consumption and safety of their people. The hose they sent in was actually designed to be used with liquid coolants and was a very large consumer of compressed air.
The hose shown above was being used at 40 psig inlet pressure. The device is not OSHA compliant for dead end pressure, nor does it meet or exceed the OSHA standard for allowable noise level exposure. The hose was utilizing 84.64 SCFM of compressed air and was giving off 100.1 dBA of sound.
As seen in the chart above, an employee is only permitted to work in the surrounding area for 2 hours a day when exposed to this noise level. The amount of force that the nozzle gave off was far more than what was needed to blow chips and fines off the part. The EXAIR solution was a model 1002-9230 – Safety air Nozzle w/ 30″ Stay Set Hose.
The EXAIR products were operated at line pressure of 80 psig which means they utilized 17 SCFM of compressed air and gave off a sound level of 80 dBA. On top of saving over 67 SCFM per nozzle and reducing the noise level to below OSHA standard, the EXAIR engineered solution also meets or exceeds the OSHA standard for 30 psig dead end pressure. In total this customer has replaced 8 of these inefficient lines and is saving 541 SCFM of compressed air each time they activate the part blowoff.
If you would like to find out more about the EXAIR Efficiency Lab, contact an Application Engineer.
We look forward to testing your blow off and being able to recommend a safe, efficient, engineered solution.
Application Engineer Manager