EXAIR’s Super Air Knives Add Benefit to Drying Process for Automotive Parts

EXAIR’s Super Air Knife is THE best solution for compressed air blowoff operations that necessitate a wide sheet of compressed air. We’ve been manufacturing Air Knives for over 37 years, with the Super Air Knife making its first appearance back in 1997. Since then, the Super Air Knife has undergone a few enhancements over the years as we’re constantly trying to not only introduce new products but also improve on the ones we have. We’ve added new materials, longer single piece knives, as well as additional accessories. But, by and large, the basic design has remained the same. As the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”.

The Super Air Knife utilizes a source of compressed air to create a laminar sheet of high velocity air. This supplied compressed air mixes with ambient air that is entrained into the primary airstream. The Super Air Knife entrains ambient air at a rate of 40:1, making it VERY effective in a variety of drying, cleaning, and cooling applications. Available in lengths ranging from 3”-108” and in a variety of different materials of construction, there’s a Super Air Knife available for just about any application. Any time you have product moving along a conveyor that needs to be cleaned, dried, or cooled off, a Super Air Knife is the ideal fit.

Recently I worked with a customer in Mexico that manufactures automotive components. They had a part they needed some help with in their drying process. Before contacting EXAIR, they were placing the parts on racks to let them air dry. They would leave them to sit throughout the shift and dry. The next shift would then come in and gather up the parts, check to make sure they were dried, and then organize them before gearing up to begin production for their shift. In some cases, there was some residual moisture and they would either be dried with a blow gun or with a dry cloth.

This entire process was causing them to lose at least an hour of production per shift. They began looking for something that would allow them to dry the parts immediately at the exit of the washer. They came across EXAIR’s Super Air Knives and implemented of them on the conveyor, immediately at the outlet of the washer to dry both sides of the part. Two knives were placed to dry the top as it had some grooves and features that did not completely dry with just one pass. A third knife was placed on the on the underside as the part is removed from the conveyor to dry the bottom. After implementation of the Super Air Knives, they no longer had to allow the parts to sit and dry on a rack and saved an hour per shift in lost time.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to staff a complete shift with qualified personnel, so don’t have your operators wasting time in a drying process that can be achieved with something like the Super Air Knife. EXAIR has all models of Super Air Knife available to ship same day from stock and backed by our Unconditional 30 Day Guarantee. If you’d like to talk about how we can help improve a process in your plant, give us a call.

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
E-mail: TylerDaniel@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD

Benefits of Working with EXAIR

30 Day Guarantee

Consider EXAIR as the source of your problem solving products for the following reasons. Our Application Engineers are waiting for your call, e-mail or live chat. They have over 70 years manufacturing experience between them and have experience with an impressive number of different industries and process problems. Add our customer service staff to that mix and you will experience orders that are shipped the same or next day (orders received by 2pm EXAIR time ship same day), with a fast and accurate order confirmation. EXAIR shipped products on-time 99.8% in 2021, and we continue that into 2022.

Our website and catalog include 16 problem solving product lines and thousands of products, technical data, photos and drawings to help you with your project. When reviewing our website or catalog, chances are you will find the answers to some of your industrial/production problems. Our catalog products are stock items, so in most cases we will process and ship orders the same day! Having the capability to get our products to your facility allows you to begin familiarizing yourself with our product(s) and perform trial(s). Since we manufacture these products locally, in Cincinnati, OH, we have the ability to make custom solutions if any of our stock products do not meet your needs.

EXAIR has competitive prices but you will also see cost savings from the efficiencies you realize with our Intelligent Compressed Air Products. Reducing your SCFM usage will decrease your energy cost. Our products also come with EXAIR’s 5 year Built to Last Warranty!

EXAIR leads the way in standards compliance by making certain our products meet the standards set forth by many organizations. You will see CE, RoHS, REACH, Conflict Mineral Free and OSHA compliance are common for our products. When considering safety, our products meet or exceed OSHA Standards 29 CFR-1910.95 (a) maximum allowable noise exposure and OSHA standard CFR 1910.22 (b) harmful dead end pressure.

Please visit www.EXAIR.com or request a catalog.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
E-mail: EricKuhnash@EXAIR.com
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Application Database : Success Stories in Foundries

EXAIR products are used in countless applications across all facets of industry, we have been working to compile some in a easy to read Application Database on EXAIR.COM!

Today I wanted to cover a few application successes from within Foundries.

The first example is from a company who manufactures flux for aluminum processing. They were experiencing conveyor belt jam ups because not all the material would fall off at the tail end of the belt. What adhered to the belt would be carried over on the return, fell off due to gravity and vibration, and was causing build up underneath and jamming the belt. The Model 110036 36″ (914mm) Super Air Knife was installed on the end of the conveyor blowing off any tramp material as the belt came around the head pulley. This consolidated the debris to one area where they could easily reach it for removal. This all but eliminated maintenance and downtime.

Super Air Knife installed

A manufacturer of aluminum rods was having problems with removing drawing die lubricant from aluminum bar being cut to length. The lubricant was causing the bar to slip in the grippers, causing the bars to be cut short. Passing the bar through a Model 2402 2″ (51mm) Super Air Wipe effectively removed the lubricant, and eliminated grip slippage.

Super Air Wipe

The last customer operates an aluminum foundry. A small actuating cylinder’s seals were failing frequently, due to the heat from a nearby furnace. Using a Model 3230 Medium Vortex Tube, they are able to direct a flow of cold air onto the cylinder, keeping the elastomer seals cool, which greatly extends their life.

Cooling or Heating with the Vortex Tube

If you have questions about any of the quiet EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Jordan Shouse
Application Engineer
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How to Position and Mount your Air Knife

Today I wanted to start a series about installing EXAIR products, so I figured starting with our selection of hard hitting air knives was the best place to start!

We talk to users, and potential users all the time about how to install an Air Knives. And the answer is…it depends. But, it’s almost always quick and easy.

The EXAIR Super Air Knife. There are a few ways to hold one in place:
*There are 1/4″-20 tapped holes, every 2″ along the bottom. These can be used to bolt it to just about anything you want to bolt it to.
*The 1/4″-20 cap screws can also be replaced with fasteners of sufficient length to allow use of a bracket. In fact, this is what we use for…
*The Universal Air Knife Mounting System – it’s a quick and convenient way to support an Air Knife. It’s especially beneficial to precisely position the Super Air Knife for optimum performance.
*Last but not least, Super Air Knives 24″ and longer need to be plumbed to both ends for proper performance. If you hard pipe it in, it’ll be as well supported as the piping.

EXAIR Super Air Knives are easy to install, no matter what the length, or application.
EXAIR Super Air Knives are easy to install, no matter what the length, or application.

The best way to mount a Super Air Knife in a blowing application so that you achieve the maximum force, time in contact and of course, effectiveness.

There is a term we use, “counter-flow”, to describe the opposing travel of target material/conveyor (red arrow) and the airflow coming from an Air Knife (blue arrow). By having opposing flows, the Air Knife is able to blow the debris, contamination, water or other fluid back into the direction from which it came. Sometimes a catch pan can be used to collect and re-use the fluid.

Air Knife Aimed in the opposite direction of the belts travel. (Counter Flow)

Finally, in the photo above, note that the Super Air Knife is mounted up-side down. We generally recommend this kind of orientation with the cap of the Super Air Knife being closest to the material being blown off. This allows you to get the air knife a bit lower and closer to the target material. The lower the angle, the better. This allows for a longer time in contact between the Super Air Knife and the target material. When the target material spends more time in the high velocity flow, the more likely you are able to impart the desired effect whether that be drying, cooling, blowoff or static elimination. To find a good mounting angle to start, I recommend customers use the front, angled edge of the Super Air Knife cap as a guide for what part of the Super Air Knife to keep parallel to the moving surface. This is a great reference from which blowing angle can be optimized.

Poor Position Good Position

If you’d like to find out more about how easy it is to install an EXAIR Compressed Air Product, give me a call.

Jordan Shouse
Application Engineer

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