Drying and Cleaning Tubes Using The Standard Air Wipe

A tubing manufacturer called looking for a better way to dry their 3″ (O.D.) tubes after a rinse application. In their current setup, the tubes are being cut by a band saw, which uses flood coolant to keep the blade cool and evacuate chips. After the tubes are cut, they are then bundled together and dipped into a rinse tank to remove the cutting fluid and any machining debris on the surfaces. The tubes are then fed, one by one, through a series of blower driven air knives placed around the outside  of the tubing to dry and clean them before a painting and bar code process. The air knives were working somewhat, but they were seeing some residual streaking on the surface of the tubes that needed to be manually cleaned by hand, slowing down the process.

Example of a typical band saw used for cutting metals and other rigid material.

I recommended the customer use our 4″ Standard Air Wipe in their application. EXAIR Air Wipes provide a 360° uniform, high velocity airflow that adheres to the outside surface, as it passes through the throat of the device. Here is a short video we made showing the cleaning power of our Standard Air Wipes.

The Standard Air Wipe is available in stock sizes from 1/2″ up to 11″. The aluminum construction and PVC hose (included on sizes up to 4″) is suitable for most “general” industrial environments with ambient temperatures reaching as high as 150°F. We also offer Stainless Steel Super Air Wipes, which have the same performance as the Standard, for processes requiring superior corrosion resistance and/or where higher temperatures are possible, up to 800°F.

Super (left) and Standard (right) Air Wipes – ideal for drying, cleaning or cooling round shapes like tubing, hose, pipes, etc.

For help selecting the best product to fit your particular need, please contact an application engineer for assistance.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

 

FMB FMB Titan Bandsaw Gravity Feed image courtesy of Kitmondo Marketplace via Creative Commons license.

Update in Progress ….. Please read until finished.

As I write this blog I am waiting for my game console to finish a system update.  Oddly enough it was able to flip some tiny switch in my brain that gave me today’s blog topic.  EXAIR‘s brand new, updated, catalog has just been released this week!

Much like a software update is crucial, our catalog update is a vital step in the process of keeping all of our customers up to date on what we’ve been busy with over the past year.  This years catalog has hundreds of new models and product offerings.  Not to mention several new award winning products.

Not only does the catalog have all the model numbers and full color pictures of the product, but it also contains a vast majority of the technical data available on each product line.

So if you are still working with an older catalog from a few years ago, let us know and we’ll send you a brand new one out as quick as possible.  If you can’t wait for the United States Post Office the PDF version of the catalog and each of it’s individual sections is available for free download from our site.

I know I was extremely happy to get mine on my desk and all the tabs in it.  Hopefully it will bring some joy to other detail oriented engineers like Lee Evans mentioned in his blog post.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF