More And More Award Winning Products From EXAIR

As you might expect, a LOT of things have changed at EXAIR Corporation since 1983. Most of our current senior management had yet to graduate high school, and a fair number of current employees had yet to BE BORN. According to our computer system (another BIG change since 1983), our first ten customers were here in southwest Ohio (#11 was in Michigan), and now, we sell direct across the US & Canada, and our worldwide distributor network offers representation on six continents. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is our founder’s vision of manufacturing quiet, safe, & efficient compressed air products for process improvement in just about any industry that uses compressed air. And THAT, dear reader, continues to gain high profile attention. The photo above shows the seven awards that our products have recently won, which were announced in 2021 or early 2022. Here’s a rundown:

Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year (Fluid Handling) GOLD AWARD:
1/2 NPT No Drip External Mix Air Atomizing Spray Nozzles

No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles

The 1/2 NPT models are the latest addition to our newest product line. The External Mix version offers the highest liquid flow rate, and largest pattern coverage. Among the applications where they’ve excelled so far are:

  • Snack food provider – applying flavoring to bulk snack materials.
  • Commercial bakery – spraying cooking oil onto pans used in a conveyor oven.
  • Sporting goods manufacturer – applying adhesive to the tops of skateboard decks to glue the grip tape on.

Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year (Material Handling Systems) GOLD AWARD:
2-1/2 NPT 303SS Threaded Line Vac

EXAIR's Threaded Line Vac Family
EXAIR Threaded Line Vac + Your Pipe + Compressed Air = Instant Conveyor System

For bulk material conveyance, it really doesn’t get any simpler than EXAIR Air Operated Conveyors. Stainless Steel models are especially popular when the environment – or the product – is corrosive, or hot…they’re good to 400F (204C), and can even be modified with High Temperature components for exposure up to 900F (482C). The Threaded versions have been successfully used to:

  • Recycle sprinkles applied to wafers into a return hopper in a candy production facility.
  • Replacing an auger conveyor to allow for homogenous mixing of grains & supplements in feed stock at an agricultural mill.
  • Providing a low cost solution to convey product into a hopper at a grain processing plant.

Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year (Maintenance Tools & Equipment) SILVER AWARD
Occupational Health & Safety 2021 New Product of the Year (Industrial Hygiene-Dust Control) WINNER
Occupational Health & Safety 2021 New Product of the Year (Health & Safety/Cleanup) PLATINUM

EasySwitch® Wet-Dry Vac

Like our Spray Nozzles product line, our Industrial Housekeeping Products line has also grown considerably over the years. The Deep Hole Vac-u-Gun and Heavy Duty HEPA Vac were real game changers when they came along, and the EasySwitch® Wet-Dry Vac Systems are likewise making an impact. Switching from wet to dry operation is, as advertised in the name itself, INCREDIBLY easy. Among our satisfied customers are:

Occupational Health & Safety 2021 New Product of the Year (Lab Safety) WINNER
Intellistat® Ion Air Gun™

The newest innovation in a long line of EXAIR static elimination solutions, the Model 8500 Intellistat® Ion Air Gun is made for laboratories, clean rooms, medical & electronic applications, and carries an ISO 14644-1 Class 5 rating for clean room use. Because of their rapid decay rates and lightweight construction, they’re used in a diverse range of applications and areas, including:

  • A supplier of fiberoptic parts uses an Intellistat® to remove dust and static charge from product prior to packaging.
  • A medical device manufacturer has one in a Class 7 clean room for silicone parts cleanliness.
  • A nutritional supplements maker uses their Intellistat® to remove static charge & powder residue from the tops of plastic bags before sealing them. The excess/residual powder causes them not to seal correctly.

Machine Design 2021 Big Idea! (Electrical Components) BRONZE AWARD
Gen4® Static Eliminator Power Supply

All EXAIR Gen4 Static Eliminators use one of two Power Supplies – your choice of the 2-port Model 7960, or the 4-port Model 7961.

EXAIR Static Eliminators produce ionized air via a Corona discharge, which requires high voltage, low current electricity. The Gen4® Static Eliminator Products feature armored & shielded cables with an internal ground, for safety and reliability. The ground path is completed through the cable and the Power Supply port, eliminating the need for an external ground connection. Faults in external ground connections result in the majority of the problems with those devices, so the internal ground is a “Big Idea!” indeed. The Gen4® Static Eliminator Power Supplies are switchable for 115VAC or 230VAC voltages, and are offered in 2, or 4 outlet designs, which can power any 2, or 4 EXAIR Static Eliminator Products. Like most EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products, they’re used for a wide range of applications, in a wide range of industries:

If you’d like to find out more about these, or any of our other engineered compressed air products (we’re pretty proud of them all), give me a call. I can talk about them all day long…and sometimes I do!

Russ Bowman, CCASS

Application Engineer
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Get your EXAIR Catalog

I consider myself a bit Old Fashion when it comes to product catalogs! (As I sit here and look at my 3,968 page McMaster-Carr Catalog!) There’s something nice about having everything you need right in front of you. Yes I know everything is on our website also, and its a pretty slick website if I do say so myself! Check out this blog about our new and improved website! Website Blog But there is something about a paper catalog you can flip thru and see all the options!

EXAIR’s Catalog 33 is 224 pages, and covers all 16 product lines from Air Knives to Cabinet Cooler systems, to industrial vacuums. All of our cataloged products are in stock and ready to ship! Not only will you be able to find part numbers, Dimensions, Product specifications and performance. You will also find application photos to help you use the products the best way!

To get your hands on one you can either shoot a email to techelp@exair.com, or jump over to our website and provide your information and one will be shipped out! Order A Catalog Here

Jordan Shouse
Application Engineer

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Understanding UL Compliance Marks

UL stands for Underwriter Laboratories, a third-party certification company that’s been around for over a century. UL was founded in 1894 and Headquartered in Northbrook, IL. UL is a privately held company with over 14,000 employees and located in over 36 countries*. They certify products with the aim to make the world a safer place for both workers and consumers. Besides testing, they set industry standards to follow when innovating new products. 

EXAIR is UL recognized within our Static Eliminators, Cabinet Cooler Systems and Hazardous Cabinet Cooler Systems. The UL Component Recognized mark below is what you will see on our static eliminating products including our GEN 4 Power Supplies, GEN 4 Ion Bars and Intellistat Ion Air Gun.

If a product or device carries one of these markings, it’s been evaluated for safety by top professionals in the field.**

This mark is seen least often because it is specifically used on component parts that are part of a larger product system. This component mark is used on a wide range of products including but not limited to power supplies, industrial control equipment and many other products. You will notice the “C” and “US” on either side of the main logo indicating the product has been tested for compliance for both Canada and US requirements.

EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems have The “Listed” UL marking indicating that the product meets the requirements and have passed the testing required to gain the mark for specific characteristics.

EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems have the following UL Marking indicating they are UL Listed for both Canada and USA requirements.

If a product or device carries one of these markings, it’s been evaluated for safety by top professionals in the field.

EXAIR has NEMA 12, 4 and 4X Cabinet Cooler Systems and each are UL Listed to maintain NEMA Integrity:

NEMA 12 (IP54) Cabinet Coolers: (Dust tight, oil tight) are ideal for general industrial environments where no liquids or corrosives are present.

NEMA 4 (IP66) Cabinet Coolers: (Dust tight, oil tight, splash resistant, indoor/outdoor service) incorporate a low pressure relief valve for both the vortex tube and cabinet exhaust. This valve closes and seals when the cooler is not in operation.

NEMA 4X (IP66) Cabinet Coolers: (offer the same protection as NEMA 4 but are constructed of stainless steel for food service and corrosive environments.

Note: some cabinet Coolers have thermostats that are UL Listed and Solenoids which are UL Recognized.

Our Hazardous Cabinet Cooling Systems have been tested by UL and meet the stringent UL requirements for service in use in Class I, Group A,B,C and D. Class II, Group E,F and G. and Class III. EXAIR Hazardous Cabinet Coolers have a UL Marking as shown below:

UL Classification for EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems

UL’s Marks for our Classification service appear on representative samples of products that UL has evaluated with respect to specific properties, a limited range of hazards or suitability for use under limited or special conditions. In the Classification service, UL determines that a manufacturer has demonstrated the ability to produce a product complying with UL’s requirements with respect to; specific risk, specific conditions, compliance to regulatory codes & standards, and/or other conditions as determined by UL.

All products carrying any UL mark are subjected to UL’s Follow-Up Services program to regularly confirm continued compliance with UL’s requirements.

If you have questions about our UL recognized products please contact any of our Application Engineers.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
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Vacuum Cups — Choosing the Right Size, Shape and Quantity

There is a lot to be said about EXAIR’s E-Vac systems. We have over 10 pages dedicated to this in our catalogue, and many blogs. Click here to see a great blog about selecting the correct E-Vac. Once you have selected the correct E-Vac Generator, we now need to set you up with the right accessories. The connectors and hoses are the easy part – this circles and squares. The magic comes when selecting the proper cup size, shape and quantity. Let’s start by looking at the 3 shapes available; Round, Oval and Bellow.

Round Cups are great for smooth, flat surfaces. They will grip and release quickly, and hold their shape well over extended use. These grip very well on vertical surfaces. For light lifting, use the non-cleated cups, and the cleated cups for heavy lifting. AS you see here we offer a small round and a large round cup.

Oval Cups have the largest surface and therefore provide the most vacuum. You will want to use these on the very heavy items. These are designed to handle flat rigid sheet materials like wood, glass, cardboard boxes and the bulkier items with a flat surface.

Bellow Cups are where we turn when your surface is uneven or textured. The “convolutions” or folds, provide a collapsible area that allows the cup to quickly compress when it reaches uneven surfaces. This cup will take longer to attach and to release due to the larger volume of the cup.

It’s important to note that all EXAIR vacuum cups are vinyl and are ideal for general purpose applications and will wear well. The Durometer rating is A50 and the Temp range is 32°F to 125°F.

From the information above, you should be narrowing down the shape of the cup you need based upon your product. But each of these shapes come in different sizes. Here is a table that shows you all the sizing options of each cup. You will want to keep in mind the size of your product, and the size of these cups. You will most likely need multiple cups to lift your item, so be thinking about how the actual size of the cups will fit evenly spaced on your product. The next step will get us home…

Our last step is to determine exactly how many cups we need to make this a viable and safe application. The first step is to calculate the amount of weight we need to lift. This is determined using a safety factor of 2 for cups positioned horizontally, and a factor of 4 for cups positioned vertically. So if you are moving a 10 lb box, and the cups are on top, you need to account for 20 lbs, and if the cups are on the sides, you need to account for 40lbs. Using the table below, you can see how many pounds that a single vacuum cup can hold, according to the “Hg applied. *** “Hg is based upon the E-Vac you chose earlier ***

As we put all this together it would look something like this. Using the example above, with a box size of 12″x12″x12″ weighing 10 lbs. We will be picking this up with the cups on top of the box, so our total safety weight is 20 pounds, You can see that there are many options that can get this job done. You can use 1,2,3, or even 4 vacuum cups. 1, 2, or 3 E-Vac’s. The key here is to think about safety first, and then consider what issues may arise if something goes wrong. In this scenario, I would consider what is in the box. But if it falls, will it break? If it breaks how much will that cost you?. Also, what happens to production if something tweaks the cups and boxes start piling up. If the penalties are low, I would use 1 cup like a large round (900756) and 1 E-Vac that pulls 10 Hg”. This gives me 34.8 pounds of lift. More than enough. If the box falls and will cost a lot of money, break, slow the process, the 1 cup option is still ok, but I would make this 3 small round cups (900755) and 1 E-Vac that will pull 10 Hg”. This gives me 12.1 pounds of lift on each cup, so if one doesn’t seat correctly, the other 2 (or even one) will still protect me. There are multiple other options as well.

At EXAIR, we have a lot of experience walking through these scenarios and helping make recommendations. Please feel free to call and ask for any of the application engineers for questions or assistance.

Application Engineer

Brian Wages

EXAIR Corporation
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