Quick Disconnects and Push In Fittings are not Ideal for Peak Performance

In order to achieve the best performance of your EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® product, a steady flow of compressed air must be supplied at the optimal pressure. Compressor output pressure, air flow rate, piping ID (inner diameter), the smoothness of the inside of the pipe and connector type all contribute to the performance.

Especially for manufacturing uses, it is important to consider both the air pressure and air flow being produced by the air compressor providing the supply for all tooling. It is possible for an air compressor to produce sufficient supply pressure for an EXAIR product while not having adequate air flow to use the product for very long.

The optimal air pressure for most EXAIR products is 80 PSIG, with the exception of Vortex Tube based products, which are rated at 100 PSIG. Operating EXAIR products at air pressures less than 80 PSIG may lead to lower performance, but EXAIR encourages operating any blow-off product at as low a pressure as possible to achieve your desired result. A simple pressure regulator can lower your pressure and save energy. As a general rule near the 100 PSIG level, lowering air pressure by 2 PSIG will save 1% of energy used by an air compressor. Operating the product at pressures greater than 80 PSIG may produce slightly higher performance, but will require more energy to produce only a small gain.

Make sure that connectors and fittings do not restrict compressed air flow in any manner. Quick connectors can be especially problematic in this area. Because of their construction, quick connections that are rated at the same size as the incoming pipe or hose may actually have a much smaller inner diameter than that associated pipe or hose. This will significantly restrict the amount of air that is being supplied to the tool, starving it of the air flow it needs for best performance. In some cases, if the fitting is too small, the tool may not work at all!

EXAIR products are designed to improve the overall efficiency of your operations. If you need help and have questions please contact any of the Application Engineers. There is no risk to trying our products as we have a 5 year warranty and also a 30 Day Guarantee to all of our US and Canadian customers.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
E-mail: EricKuhnash@exair.com
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EXAIR Soft Grip Safety Air Gun

EXAIR Safety Air Guns use engineered air nozzles for high performance. Inexpensive air guns are sold through many catalogs and industrial supply companies. Most have triggers or other parts that break quickly. Their performance is similar to open pipe, where they simply blow a lot of compressed air. In addition to high air consumption, many produce noise levels that violate OSHA requirements. Some even generate dangerous dead end pressures that can result in serious or fatal injuries if blocked.

EXAIR Model 1210 Soft Grip Safety Air Gun

EXAIR’s Soft Grip Safety Air Gun has a durable cast aluminum body that is best suited for rugged industrial use. The ergonomic design has a larger trigger for easy operation and a convenient hanger hook for easy storage. Chip Shields for worker safety are available. Extension pipes and stay set hoses for hard to reach areas are also available.

The inefficient use of compressed air for blow-off applications may create problems due to noise level. High noise levels are a common problem for many plants. Compressed air noise often exceeds OSHA noise level exposure requirements, resulting in close proximity.

Air can also be dangerous when the outlet pressure of a hole, hose or copper tube is higher than 30 PSOG (2 BAR). In the event the opening is blocked by a hand or other body part, air may enter the bloodstream through the skin, resulting i a serious injury.

EXAIR Safety Air Guns use our engineered air nozzles which meet or exceed OSHA Standard 29 CFR – 1910.95 (a) Maximum Allowable Noise Exposure and also OSHA Standard 29CFR 1910.242 (b) Harmful Dead End Pressure.

If you need help choosing the right Safety Air Gun and Engineer Air Nozzle please contact any of our qualified Application Engineers.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
E-mail: EricKuhnash@exair.com
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EXAIR Safety Air Guns – On Promotion Now!

August marks the beginning of our Safety Air Gun Promotion! For a limited time, order any EXAIR Safety Air Gun and receive a FREE Model #1126 Flat Super Air Nozzle with purchase. Head over to EXAIR.com to learn more about our Safety Air Guns and if you have questions or want to learn more, please contact any of our Application Engineers.

EXAIR Safety Air Guns are durable and comfortable to use. Each model uses an engineered Air Nozzle that provides superior performance by entraining large volumes of surrounding air. Safe operation is assured along with low air consumption and noise levels. Airflow that exits the nozzle can not be blocked, as required by OSHA standard 1910.242 (b).

You can see all of our Safety Air Guns and Air Nozzles on our website http://www.EXAIR.com. The following are the different models we carry and a few key points for each:

TurboBlast® Safety Air Gun, are the newest addition to our line and designed for extended use without fatigue during the most demanding applications, which require a huge amount of force to solve. These air guns produce up to 23 pounds of force! The TurboBlast air blow guns can be found removing slag from primary metal manufacturing processes, cleaning pulp from paper manufacturing machines and covering large or distant areas in need of cleanup. The rugged cast aluminum handle is covered with a soft, durable elastomer grip. Low profile trigger button will disengage if release. Our newest Safety gun provides adjustable flow, strong blow off force, 3′ and 6′ extensions and meets OSHA noise and pressure requirements.

Features & benefits of the new TurboBlast Safety Air Gun

EXAIR Safety Air Guns are made to withstand the demands of daily use, meet OSHA standards for noise and safety, CE compliant, designed for extended use and produce high blow off force.

VariBlast Precision Safety Air Gun is extremely lightweight and the most comfortable to operate during long periods of extended use. It features a variable trigger valve which produces varying force levels depending on how much the trigger is activated. The small diameter nozzle and extension will fit into tight spaces while providing strong blowing force.

The VariBlast Precision Safety Air Guns provides the most focused and precision air flow from EXAIR’s smallest engineered air nozzles.

VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun is a uniquely powerful gun which produces variable force depending on trigger activation. This cast aluminum gun is equipped with any of our 1/8 NPT engineered air nozzles. The VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun is small, comfortable and powerful while remaining light and ergonomic. It has two inlets for flexible air supply options.

VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun

Soft Grip Safety Air Gun has a durable cast aluminum body that is suited for rugged industrial use. The ergonomic design has a large trigger for easy operation and a convenient hanger hook for easy storage.

EXAIR Model 1210 Soft Grip Safety Air Gun

Heavy Duty Safety Air Guns are a powerful air gun with a durable cast aluminum body that is best suited for heavy use in rugged industrial environments. The ergonomic composite rubber grip and wide curved trigger can be used for hours without fatigue.

Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun

EXAIR’s selection of Safety Air Guns, with engineered air nozzles, will cover any air gun application in your plant, meet OSHA’s standards for safety and minimize compressed air consumption when compared to similar commercial air nozzles. Take advantage of our promotion to day and receive a free air nozzle.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
E-mail: EricKuhnash@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_EK

New EXAIR Product Alert: Introducing the TurboBlast Safety Air Gun

For almost 40 years now, EXAIR Corporation has been devoted to a singular goal of providing quiet, safe, and efficient compressed air products for industry. In that time, our product offering has grown considerably…and it’s just taken another leap. I offer for your consideration, dear reader, the TurboBlast Safety Air Gun:

Five different Nozzles, three different extension lengths, optional gate valves give a great deal of flexibility in our newest product line offering.

Starting at the “business end”, these use our tried-and-true High Force Super Air Nozzles. With up to 23 pounds (10.43 Kg) of applied force, these are among the hardest hitting compressed air products on the market. That’s almost 28 times the force of our standard Super Air Nozzle, and is ideal for large area cleanup, slag or flash removal, blowing off stubborn debris & liquid, etc. To protect the engineered Air Nozzle and ensure long life, we’ve included a replaceable protective guard, preventing damage from incidental contact in the aggressive applications these are aimed at. Five different Super Air Nozzles are offered:

  • 3/4 NPT (Zinc Aluminum or 316 Stainless Steel)
    • Consumes 91 SCFM @80psig
    • Applies 4.5 lbs of force @12″ from target
    • 23″ wide pattern @48″ from target
  • 1 NPT (Zinc Aluminum or 316SS)
    • Consumes 135 SCFM @80psig
    • Applies 6.6 lbs of force @12″ from target
    • 24.5″ wide pattern @48″ from target
  • Model 1116 1 NPT (Zinc Aluminum only)
    • Consumes 188 SCFM @80psig
    • Applies 9.4 lbs of force @12″ from target
    • 26″ wide pattern @48″ from target
  • Model 1118 1 NPT (Zinc Aluminum only)
    • Consumes 300 SCFM @80psig
    • Applies 15 lbs of force @12″ from target
    • 28″ wide pattern @48″ from target
  • Model 1120 1 NPT (Zinc Aluminum only)
    • Consumes 460 SCFM @80psig
    • Applies 23 lbs of force @12″ from target
    • 30″ wide pattern @48″ from target

They all come, standard, with a 1ft extension. If additional reach is desired, they can also be fitted with 3ft or 6ft rigid pipe extensions. They all have a soft, ergonomic grip, ensuring comfort during extended periods of use.

An optional Gate Valve allows for “on the fly” control of air flow & force. A simple turn of the collar adjusts the flow for a range of variable performance, as dictated by the needs of the application, much like the handheld control offered by our VariBlast Precision and Compact Safety Air Guns.

The optional Gate Valve allows the operator to precisely control the flow – and force – generated by the TurboBlast (left), similar to the adjustability offered by the VariBlast Precision (center) and Compact (right) Safety Air Guns.

The handle itself is one of the most innovative features:

  • Rugged cast aluminum construction, with an over-molded soft, yet rugged elastomer grip is physically durable, and offers superior resistance to UV rays and chemical corrosion.
  • Low profile trigger button for instant & precise control of the air flow. It’s spring operated for “Dead Man Valve” style protection, if dropped or let go of.
  • 1 NPT air inlet for easy & quick connection to a standard industrial air hose.

They are all compliant with OSHA Standard 1910.242(b) with regard to use of compressed air for cleaning purposes, and…they’re on the shelf, right now! We’re pretty excited about this newest addition to our product line. If you’d like to find out more, give me a call.

Russ Bowman, CCASS

Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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