Celebrating The Chip Trapper

NFL Football season is officially under way, and my hometown team, the Cincinnati Bengals, are off to a solid start. With less than a minute left in the game on Sunday afternoon, an interception stopped the New York Jets’ final drive, and Who-Dey Nation began to celebrate the win. Some (not me…not as far as you know) may have even celebrated in accordance with a hallowed Bengals tradition:

While I won’t celebrate just ANYTHING (although I do indeed hold prompt service at the deli counter in high regard,) you might get me excited enough to do the Ickey Shuffle if you start talking about how much you like your Chip Trapper.  Just like a caller did this morning.

Now, I’m unabashedly proud of all of our products, so I’m not going to come right out and SAY that I have a favorite any more than I would publicly proclaim one of my children as my favorite.  Although, in all fairness, they’re teenage boys, so at any given time, one of them is quite likely edging out the other on The List.

But back to the Chip Trapper – this morning’s caller just wanted to order some more Filter Bags, but in the midst of our conversation, he started “writing the commercial” for the product:

*It’s extended the life of their coolant – regular removal of solids and particulate contamination means the coolant stays clean & effective.

*It ensures the reliability of the machine – clean coolant doesn’t clog the lines, which WILL wreck the part you’re machining, and probably the tooling too.

*It eliminates odors – OK; nobody ever brags about a “spring fresh” aroma in a machine shop, but bacteria-laden, rancid coolant is the WORST.  Nobody needs to be working around that.  And since that bacteria needs solid surfaces to grow on, filtered coolant is fresh coolant.

*It’s EASY (part 1) – it’ll pump 55 gallons of dirty coolant into the drum in about 90 seconds.  Turn the valve and reverse the direction of the Reversible Drum Vac, and it’ll pump freshly filtered coolant back into the sump just as quickly.

*It’s EASY (part 2) – the Filter Bag holds over 5 gallons (almost 3/4 of a cubic foot) of chips, and the system comes with two of them so you can use one while cleaning out the other.

EXAIR's new Chip Trapper

EXAIR’s Chip Trapper comes in 30, 55, or 110 Gallon Sizes, depending on your needs.

If you’ve got a machine shop and DON’T have a Chip Trapper (yet,) call me; let’s talk.  If you DO have a Chip Trapper and you like it as much as my caller today did, DEFINITELY give me a call.  I might even do the Ickey Shuffle with you.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac Solved a Big Issue that Electric Vacuums Have

Reversible Drum Vac Family

Reversible Drum Vac Family

An industrial contractor used a walk-behind cement saw to cut out and revamp cement floors in commercial buildings. In their operation, they used a lot of water to keep the diamond blades cool and the cement dust down.  A wet/dry vacuum was used for cleanup during and after the sawing operation.   But because of the dust and large amount of use, the electric motors in the wet/dry vac would fail.  The dust would migrate into the bearings of the motor, and you would start to hear a high pitch noise (a mark of the bearings starting to fail).  It wasn’t long, and the vacuum would stop working.

As with many people, they typically start with a lower priced vacuum model from their local hardware store. It was no different with this contractor.  He found out shortly that he was replacing the vacuum units every 4 to 6 weeks.  With the excessive down time and continuously running to the local hardware store, it was becoming too much.  He decided to spend the extra money and get an industrial type vacuum unit.  It had a 30 gallon tank, a drum dolly, and a 2 HP electric industrial motor.  He spent nearly $800.00 on this rugged vacuum, hoping that he would not have to purchase another unit for a while.  Even though the electric motor was heavy duty, it was no match for the cement dust.  This unit stopped working like the others after only six months of use.  After this failure, he decided to search for a better alternative.

When he contacted me about his issues with the short-lived operations of his electric vacuums, I knew EXAIR had a solution. I suggested our model 6396-30, a 30 gallon Premium Reversible Drum Vac System.  The 30 gallon size made it very easy to fit into his work truck and to setup at different locations.  With the Spill Recovery Kit included in this system, it made cleaning up the water/cement mixture quick and efficient.  The EXAIR vacuum generator has no moving parts or bearings to wear.  It is made from stainless steel construction which is very resistant to corrosion, and it is very quiet as it only has a decibel rating of 86 dBA.  For the commercial buildings that did not have compressed air yet, he used a portable compressor to operate his new Reversible Drum Vac.  With clean compressed air, this vacuum will last for many years; not months.

If you find that you are going through your electric vacuums or just would like to reduce the noise levels, EXAIR has a large line of Industrial Housekeeping Products. You can contact an Application Engineer to see if we have the right vacuum product for you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

Compressed Air Vacs have Advantages Over Electric Vacuums – Durability, Reliability, Noise Levels

Have you ever heard an electric vacuum toward the end of its life? It gets this high pitch annoying noise caused by the bearings going out.  I spoke recently to a customer who was hearing it about every two months.   This company cuts ceramic tiles with a diamond-tooth circular saw.  During this operation, a lot of dust is being created.  He would attach an electric vacuum to the dust port of the saw housing.  The vacuum was to remove as much dust as possible from the sawing operation to keep the area clean and the operators safe.  After about two months of operation, they would start hearing that “moan” from their electric vacuum.  The performance of the vacuum started to drop off, and it would allow more dust to collect in the saw room.  This was a hazard as it would make the floor slippery.  The operators then had to stop operations early to clean the floors at the end of each shift.  After their second electric vacuum failed, they started looking for a better alternative.

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Family

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Family

When they contacted me about their issue, I knew immediately which EXAIR product would serve their need very well. I suggested our new model 6399-30, 30 gallon Premium Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system for this operation.  The 30 gallon size is the smallest in the Heavy Duty HEPA family which made it easy to fit behind the saw table away from the operators.  The HEPA filter inside has an efficiency of 99.97% at 0.3 micron.  So, the dust will remain in the drum and not migrate back into the ambient air.  The EXAIR vacuum generator has no moving parts or bearings to wear.  It is made from a hardened steel construction which is very resistant to wear and abrasion from materials like ceramic.  The EXAIR design can generate a high vacuum level to draw dust material at an extremely high rate, and it only has a decibel level of 82 dBA.  With clean compressed air, this vacuum will last for years and years; not months.

As this company installed the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac into their system, the first thing that they noticed was how quiet it operated. The constant loud noise from their electric vacuum was gone, making it a better working environment.  They also noticed that the dust was being removed very quickly by the powerful vacuum pressure.  This meant that the amount of dust that could collect on the floor and equipment was greatly reduced.  Since the floors were cleaner longer, it decreased shut down times and removed the constant hazard of a slippery floor.

If you find that you are going through your electric vacuums or just would like to reduce the noise levels, EXAIR has a large line of Industrial Housekeeping Products. You can contact us to see if we have the right vacuum product for you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

Practice Makes Perfect

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NEW Eagles Football Jersey for 2016

Last year, I wrote a few blogs about how I was an assistant coach for my oldest son’s youth football team. We had an amazing season that ended with a 2nd round playoff loss and a 3rd place finish overall. Not too shabby for a new group of players and coaches. Now, the new season is upon us with practice beginning next Monday. Our new roster is pretty much the opposite of last season, as we now have 11 returning players from last year’s team and 4 newcomers. The coaching staff has stayed intact as well, so we are hoping to improve on last year’s successes and bring home the championship this year! But hey, we are talking about 7 and 8 year old boys here, so ANY type of success is a win in itself.

After a brief coaches meeting over the weekend, we have decided to hold practice 3 days a week this year, compared to 2 days last. We are hoping the extra practice will help us implement some more pass plays in the offense and work on extending our defensive sets, which cost us at the end of last year. For me personally, I am excited to see how my own son has grown from his first season of learning how to block and tackle the right way, to being more involved in the offense. He is one of the fastest kids on the team but got a little nervous whenever we tried to get him the ball on a rush or pass play. He and I have spent A LOT of time this spring and early summer, throwing the ball and working on his ball carrying skills. From what I’ve seen in our yard, I am pretty excited to see what unfolds on the football field. I keep telling him that he’s going to have some dropped passes and fumbled balls, but the important thing is to not get discouraged and keep trying. After all, practice makes perfect.

Here at EXAIR, we adopt the same philosophy. We are dedicated to putting in the time and effort to develop new and useful compressed air operated products. The following is a list of some new products now available:

  • New 2.5″ and 3″ Line Vac and Threaded Line Vac in 316SS and High Temperature construction

    Standard Line Vac: aluminum or SS

    Standard Line Vac in aluminum or stainless steel

  • New 2.5″ and 3″ Heavy Duty Line Vac with smooth or threaded ends. Hardened Alloy Construction for better abrasion resistance.

    Heavy Duty Line Vac: Hardened Alloy Construction and High Performance

    Heavy Duty Line Vac: Hardened Alloy Construction and High Performance

To discuss these new products or any EXAIR product, please contact an application engineer for assistance.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
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Chip Trappers – Perfect for CNC Sump Cleaning and… Restaurants?

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Although it may sound a bit strange, I’ve recently found an application for the 110 gallon Chip Trapper in a restaurant setting.  The application came to life when I started working with a wastewater treatment company which aims to use Chip Trappers as a means of servicing quick service restaurant’s water traps.  The need is rooted in a reliable way to claim the water from these traps, and filter any solid particulates.

The current solution uses a service truck with a large gas-powered generator and electrical pump.  In order to remove the water from the facility, a vacuum hose from the pump to the water trap has to be routed into the restaurant, proving cumbersome and prone to creating a mess.  A tank on the service truck holds the dirty water until transport to the treatment facility, where solids, oils, and greases are removed from the dirty water.

In most cases, the filtered liquid from the Chip Trapper is fed back into the original location.  This works wonderfully for CNC applications which can filter the coolant in their sumps, remove chips and debris, and then return the filtered coolant into the machine.  But in this case, the dirty water will be evacuated offsite and treated elsewhere in order to remove any oils and greases.

So, why the Chip Trapper and not simply a Reversible Drum Vac?  The Chip Trapper provides an advantage for the wastewater treatment in the ability to filter out solid particulates prior to filtering greases and oils.  By eliminating this step from the water treatment process, and by providing a mobile and easy-to-use platform to remove the water from the facilities, the Chip Trapper can make the job easier for this end user.  And, if testing goes well, there may be potential to incorporate the Chip Trapper into a new system, shared nationally with all of their facilities.

While we would love to see this solution be replicated for additional facilities, we’re happy to be able to provide a solution even for a single end user.  If you have an application and would like to discuss an EXAIR solution, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@exair.com
@EXAIR_LE

EXAIR Video Blog: Replacing Industrial Vacuum Drum Lid Gasket

Today’s video blog shows the replacement of a drum lid gasket on an EXAIR Industrial Vacuum.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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Ready For Spring

Temperatures are changing here in the Midwest which means Spring is right around the corner. Basically what that means for Ohio is that it could be close to 70° and sunny one day and 32° with snow flurries the next. For my oldest son and I, the warmer temperatures mean camping and fishing are getting closer (YES!) but it also means that it’s time for the dreaded Spring cleaning and the yard work begins.

Having been a little preoccupied with our new family addition, I haven’t had much time to stay on top of keeping things tidy. In fact, my garage looks like the Tasmanian Devil had himself a good ole time (with the help of a certain 7 year old). The sidewalk and back patio both need pressure washed and our storage shed could use some attention as well. Hoping to get a start on these projects in the next few weeks!

In industry, keeping a clean work environment can be vital to maintaining a steady production flow. Luckily EXAIR has you covered with our compressed air operated Industrial Housekeeping Products. Requiring no electricity means there are no expensive parts to replace or motors to burn out from the rigors of industrial use. Designed to fit standard steel drums, the units are easy to use and operate.

Take for example our Chip Vac System designed to vacuum dry or coolant covered chips or other dry media. Or the Heavy Duty Dry Vac System which is similar to the Chip Vac but features a more powerful vacuum and holds up better to abrasive material (sand, glass, garnet) with its hardened alloy construction.

For liquid handling we offer our Reversible Drum Vac Systems that are capable of filling or emptying a 55 gallon drum in 90 seconds. Maybe you have suspended solids in your coolant that need filtered? The Chip Trapper System would be the ideal choice to separate chips from your coolant stream and then return the clean coolant back to the sump.

Finally for dusty environments, we offer our Heavy Duty HEPA Vac providing 99.97% filtration at 0.3 micron with it’s HEPA filter to trap dust and fine particles.

Understanding the need to keep things neat and clean, we are currently offering a free Vac-u-Gun with the purchase of an Industrial Vacuum System through 5/31/16.

Vac-u-Gun Promo

Order by 5/31/16 to take advantage!

If you need any help with selecting the right product for your needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

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