Maintenance Free And Proud Of It

Caller: Do you sell rebuild kits?
Me: Yes, but…why?

This is a WAY oversimplified summary of the start of a popular conversation that an EXAIR Application Engineer might have with a caller looking to restore a particular product to proper operation. Truth is, most of our products have no moving parts, and if you supply them with clean, dry air, they’ll run maintenance free, darn near indefinitely. We’ve documented this in specific cases regarding a Reversible Drum Vac from 1999, a Vortex Tube from 1987, and a Cold Gun from 1985.

Product & year of manufacture, from top left: Reversible Drum Vac (1999,) Cold Gun (1985,) Vortex Tube (1987.) All still performing within factory specifications.

Product & year of manufacture, from top left: Reversible Drum Vac (1999,) Cold Gun (1985,) Vortex Tube (1987.) All still performing within factory specifications.

Caller: So…DO you sell rebuild kits?
Me: Yes, but…only when necessary.

It’s important to note that none of the products mentioned above needed any parts replaced to return to service. Sometimes, a good cleaning is all that’s required. We can help you with a video tutorial if you want to know how to restore a Reversible Drum Vac, an Air Knife, or an Atomizing Spray Nozzle, for instance.  And we’re making new videos all the time for product maintenance, operation, tips & tricks, etc.

Caller (again): So…you DO sell rebuild kits?
Me: Yes, of course!  I mean, who wouldn’t sell rebuild kits for their products?

Take our Safety Air Guns, for example. We offer Service Kits, if the trigger and/or internal valve of a Soft Grip or Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun starts to wear or leak, it’s super easy to replace. We’ve also got replacement springs for the “fail shut” feature of the ball valve of a Super Blast Safety Air Gun. Just about anything else that could be wrong with a Safety Air Gun’s performance can be addressed by cleaning the nozzle.

We also recently added Rebuild Kits for our Atomizing Spray Nozzles to inventory. These contain all of the seals (and moving parts, for the No-Drip models) to restore an EXAIR Spray Nozzle to rated performance.

Keep your EXAIR Atomizing Spray Nozzle (left) in perfect working order with a simple & inexpensive Rebuilt Kit (right of the nozzle.) Contact an Application Engineer to select the one for your product.

For other products, we can also provide replacement gaskets & seals for the Reversible Drum Vac & Chip Trapper products, O-rings for the Line Vacs, Chip Vacs, and Heavy Duty Dry Vacs, new elements for Filter Separators & Oil Removal Filters…just to name a few.

Bottom line: if your EXAIR product isn’t performing the way it used to, give me a call.  It will be my pleasure to help you get it working like new, so that you can continue to get the most out of it.

Russ Bowman
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A Lot Can Happen In Five Years

Five years ago, I wrote a blog about my (then) 11 year old son’s first-ever week away from home at Boy Scout Summer Camp. He’s departing again this weekend, but his troop has decided to venture “out of Council” this year, to Camp Howard W. Wall…it’s on the south coast of the island of St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands.

They met last week to cover the final (and finer) details of international travel, flight schedules, logistics, etc., and activities…Camp Friedlander has a “blob:”

But Camp Wall has an OCEAN:

Just to put the distance into perspective...

Just to put the distance into perspective…

I’ve been thinking a LOT about the changes I’ve seen in the wide-eyed kid I dropped off at a camp that I drive past twice a day, and the smirking teenager that I’m driving to the airport on Sunday morning. And those changes are providing perspective on not only how fast those five years have passed, but how much can happen in that span.

In 2011, I was a wide-eyed “Dread Newbie” at EXAIR.  One of my very first meetings with the rest of the gang was to be trained on our brand new Atomizing Spray Nozzles…we only had three styles to choose from, but two of them came in four distinct models, and one came in FIVE. They were ALL Internal Mix, because hey, who doesn’t like the maximum range of adjustability that comes with being able to vary your flow rate and spray pattern size by adjusting liquid AND air supply pressures?

OK; it turns out that was just the beginning…within the year, our Engineering Department had developed:

External Mix – three styles, thirteen distinct models, to allow for independent adjustment of flow rate (by liquid pressure) and spray pattern (by air pressure.)

Siphon Fed – two styles, seven distinct models, that could be siphon OR gravity fed, for situations where it’s not practical to pressurize the liquid supply.

And, four years after that, looking back, it seems like THAT was just the beginning…we now have:

*Two sizes – the original 1/4 NPT and the new(er) 1/2 NPT.
*Sixteen styles – each available with our No-Drip option (so technically I guess we have thirty-two)
*Forty-five distinct models – we’ve got a flow rate/spray pattern combination for just about any application

And, like the rest of our catalog products, they’re all in stock, ready to ship today, on time, like we do 99.97% of the time…that’s actually one thing that HASN’T changed in the 17 years that we’ve been keeping track.

If you’d like to talk about Spray Nozzles…or any EXAIR products (old or new,) give me a call.

Russ Bowman
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Patented Nozzle is a 2016 Flow Control Magazine Innovation Awards Nominee!

No Drip Atomizing Nozzle

No Drip Atomizing Nozzle

The patented (no longer patent pending) EXAIR No-Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzles have been nominated and are a finalist in the Flow Control 2016 Innovation Awards.  The No Drip Atomizing Nozzles are just a portion of the entire Liquid Atomizing Nozzle products that EXAIR Offers.   The No-Drip’s patented liquid shut off valve design eliminates the need for a separate pilot air line to positively shut off liquid flow ensuring there are no drips or excess flow from the nozzle.  These are ideal when dealing with fine surface finishes, costly liquids, or intermittent spraying needs.  The nozzles are offered in both pressure fed liquid and siphon fed liquid versions.

For the pressure fed version, the nozzle will require both compressed air and a pressurized liquid source. Both pressures can be adjusted independently giving a large spectrum of adjustment to fine tune the spray pattern and droplet sizes.  The siphon fed nozzles can draw liquid up to 36″ vertically or be gravity fed up to 18″ overhead.  This makes installation quick and easy when a pressurized liquid source, or liquid pump is not at hand.

The No-Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzles have also proven themselves in many applications, you can even read about a few of them here on our blog, links below.

https://blog.exair.com/2013/11/13/no-drip-atomizing-nozzle-improves-deep-drawn-metal-process/

https://blog.exair.com/2016/03/22/atomizing-nozzles-have-added-benefits-that-can-really-help/

2013 Innovation Awards

2013 Innovation Awards

 

Some of the reasons the EXAIR No-Drip Atomizing Nozzles were selected for these applications are the patented no-drip valve, their ability to atomize liquids to a range of 22-71 micron droplet size, the ability to fit into a tight space as well as the many spray pattern options.   These features have ranked the nozzles as a finalist in Flow Control’s 2016 Innovation Awards.

We are very grateful if you choose to vote for our nozzle at the link below. Please vote.

http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/innovationawards/

Voting is only open through July 31, 2016.  We’ll make sure to keep you updated if we win!

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

The Only Constant Around Here Is Growth

But if there’s a second constant around here, it’s excellence. And if there was a third, it was this guy…right up until the day he retired:

Joe Panfalone, Application Engineer extraordinaire, holding our bounty of product awards from 2013. He's retired since, but he's not...EVER...forgotten.

Joe Panfalone, Application Engineer extraordinaire, holding our bounty of product awards from 2013. He’s retired since, but he’s not…EVER…forgotten.

Another thing we don’t want to forget – in fact, I’m writing this as a reminder to YOU, dear reader, is that EXAIR products are up for ANOTHER four Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards this year.  If you haven’t familiarized yourself with this year’s entries yet, there are some VERY cool products to choose from, and I highly encourage you to check them out(Disclaimer: I was an engineer BEFORE I came to EXAIR, and as such, I fully recognize the value that our esteemed colleagues bring to the table with THEIR entries, but I remain convinced that OURS are the clear winners here, as I’m sure you will too.)

Voting ends this Friday, January 8th 2016, so please hurry.  We’re honored to have gotten the nod in four categories this year:

ETC Dual CC SystemsAutomation and Controls: The competition is pretty stiff in this category…I’m sure you’ll recognize the names of some major players.  But, considering the wide range of applications, the potential cost savings by regulating the use of compressed air, and the convenience afforded by the ETC Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems, it’s a real contender.

HLRDVEnvironmental Health: With the ability to vacuum heavier tramp oils, thicker sludge, more viscous fluids, and “in the floor” cisterns, the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac makes fluid transfer and spill cleanup quick & easy.  They’re in stock for 30, 55, or 110 gallon drums. If you want a drum dolly, additional vacuum tools, or even the drum itself, check out our Deluxe and Premium Kits.  With all due respect to the other entries, it’s the clear winner in this category.

Compressed Air1006ss: This has been a long-awaited addition to our already broad selection of engineered air nozzles: the Back Blow Air Nozzles, available in two sizes, can handle blowing out pipe, tube, etc. with inside diameters from 7/8″ to 16″.  You can get one installed on one of our Safety Air Guns, and they’re available with Chip Shields, and extension pipes up to 6 feet in length.  This is the most innovative product being introduced in this category this year, for sure.

Fluid HandlingNo Drip Atomizing Nozzle: The patented design of the EXAIR No-Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzle offers a stand-alone nozzle capable of controlling liquid flow without requiring a liquid control solenoid.  When the air supply pressure is shut off, so is the liquid flow…just like that.

This feature is available on any of our Atomizing Spray Nozzles.  For safety, efficiency, cleanliness, it can’t be beat.

Remember, voting ends this Friday.  I know there are some great products to choose from, but all of us at EXAIR would genuinely appreciate your vote for our products.  Of course, if you ever have any questions about how these – or any of our Intelligent Compressed Air Products – can make life easier, give me a call.

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A Matter of Choice

They say having multiple choices in life is a good thing.  This is also true when it comes to spray nozzles, specifically EXAIR’s atomizing nozzles.

Spray nozzles in action.

Spray nozzles in action.

Atomizing nozzles are used to coat, cool, treat, and paint products.  They are also useful for dust mitigation.  EXAIR offers a variety of nozzles, all stainless steel construction for durability and corrosion resistance, that allow for many different spray patterns.   The nozzles only come with two inlet sizes – 1/4NPT and 1/2NPT,  but this is not really the choice-limiting factor it sounds to be.  There are a variety of spray patterns and liquid volume outputs available per size.  The way the air and liquid mix together creates the style of nozzle, they are Internal, External, Siphon Fed, No Drip Internal, No Drip External, and No Drip Siphon Fed.   On top of that, with each mix style and size, there are a large number of spray patterns available.  More choices!

Internal mix nozzles mix a liquid (viscosities up to 300cP) and air, both pressure fed, inside the air cap and produce the finest atomization.  External mix nozzles mix a liquid (viscosities above 300cP) and air, both pressure fed, outside the air cap and allow the liquid and air flows to be adjusted independently.  These nozzles have the highest flow rate and are best used where precise liquid flow is needed.  Siphon Fed nozzles require no liquid pressure.  They can be used with gravity fed liquids (viscosity up to 200cP) or liquids from a siphoned height up to 36in.

The spray patterns available are:  Flat Fan, Deflected Flat Fan, Wide Angle Flat Fan, Narrow Angle Flat Fan, 360° Hollow Circular, Round, Wide Angle Round, and Narrow Angle Round.   Each pattern is different and is tailored for certain usages.  Think of how you use your garden hose.  Many of the patterns and their uses are the same.

Mix and match to meet your needs.  With all the combinations available, you should have no problem finding the perfect pattern for your application.  If you find this plethora of choices to be a bit overwhelming and need assistance, please contact an EXAIR Application Engineer at 1-800-903-9247; we would be happy to assist.

John Pinchek
Application Engineer
johnpinchek@exair.com
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Video Blog: Adjusting Liquid Flow On An Atomizing Spray Nozzle

This is a brief video showing the effects of adjusting the needle valve on an EXAIR Atomizing Spray Nozzle.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

EXAIR Atomizing Spray Nozzles Explained

From their introduction just a few short years ago, to the addition of ½ NPT units more recently, EXAIR’s line of Atomizing Spray Nozzles has quickly become one of our most diverse product lines. We’ve got:

*44 Models to choose from. Technically, 88, if you count the patent pending No-Drip feature that they’re all available with.  More on that in a minute.

*Numerous styles:
Internal Mix Spray Nozzles provide the widest range of adjustment. Changes to air pressure, liquid pressure, and the needle valve position will all change the flow rate and pattern. The ¼ NPT models come in Narrow or Wide Angle Round, Flat Fan, Deflected Flat Fan, and Hollow Circular Patterns.
The ½ NPT models come in Narrow or Wide Angle Round, Flat Fan, or Hollow Circular Patterns.

Narrow Angle Round Pattern Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzle

Narrow Angle Round Pattern Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzle

External Mix Spray Nozzles give you the option of changing the flow rate and pattern independently, by changing the liquid or air supply pressures, respectively. The ¼ NPT models come in Round and Narrow or Wide Angle Flat Fan patterns. The ½ NPT comes in Narrow Angle Flat Fan pattern only. These are also the best choice for higher viscosity fluids.

External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles offer independent adjustment of flow rate and pattern.

External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles offer independent adjustment of flow rate and pattern.

Siphon Fed Spray Nozzles are used when it is impractical or undesirable to pressurize the liquid supply. By changing the siphon (or gravity) height, these nozzles, unit for unit, provide the widest adjustability in flow rate. The ¼ NPT models come in Flat Fan and Narrow or Wide Angle Round patterns. The ½ NPT comes in Round pattern only. Because they rely on an unpressurized feed of liquid, these are best suited for liquids with lower viscosities.

No-Drip Feature: All of our Atomizing Spray Nozzles are available with a No-Drip feature…they use the compressed air supply to open the valve, and when it’s turned off, so is the nozzle – with no air supply, an internal needle valve positively stops the flow of liquid.

  • Availability. All of these are in stock, ready to ship same day.
  • Mounting Brackets. Our “clip” style brackets provide for quick and easy mounting & support.
  • Expertise. This is where the rubber hits the road. Or, perhaps I should say, where the coating hits the wood, the paint hits the steel, the coolant hits the surface, etc. By that, I mean that whatever you want to spray, mist, coat, quench, wet down, cool, rinse, etc., we’re ready to discuss your particular application and help you find the right Spray Nozzle. Call us to find out more.

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