Video Blog: Meet Application Engineer, Cody Biehle

Hello everyone, I am an Application Engineer who started working here back in July of 2019. Here is a short video introducing myself and gives you a look into who I am.

If you have any questions about compressed air systems or want more information on any of EXAIR’s products, give us a call, we have a team of Application Engineers ready to answer your questions and recommend a solution for your applications.

Cody Biehle
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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The EXAIR Vac-u-Gun: The Ultimate Utility Player

Baseball season was supposed to be underway, and with all the excitement that comes from being a lifelong fan, this is one of my favorite times of the year. As a kid, I idolized the Big Red Machine – the starting lineup of my hometown Cincinnati Reds in the mid-1970’s – and none of them more than Pete Rose…unless it was Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey, Cesar Geronimo, or George Foster.

But Pete, man…they called him Charlie Hustle, and he earned the nickname every time he took the field. He RAN to first base when he got WALKED. And Pete was the consummate utility player too.  He won Golden Glove awards, and set records for career fielding percentages in both right & left field, was Rookie of the Year (1963) second baseman, spent the Big Red Machine years at third base, and still managed to play most of his career games at first base.  Oh, and he held his own in the batter’s box too.

Now, many EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products have a variety of uses, but the Vac-u-Gun is the one that we can call a true utility player:

  • Looking for a handy, ergonomic, portable vacuum?  Model 6192 Vac-u-Gun Collection System comes with a reusable bag with a shoulder strap, extension wands & tools to make for quick, on the spot cleanup anywhere in your shop.
  • Already have a receptacle to put what you’re vacuuming up into?  Model 6292 Vac-u-Gun Transfer System has a 10ft hose instead of the bag that you can run to your receptacle.  The hose, in fact, can be fitted to either end of the Vac-u-Gun, which works in both directions (more on that in a minute.)
  • Have a need for both?  No problem – the Model 6392 Vac-u-Gun All Purpose System comes with both the bag and the hose.
  • Need a blow gun too?  Just reverse the direction of the Vac-u-Gun’s Generator.  The 1-1/4″ diameter of the Vac-u-Gun means you’ll cover more space, more quickly, than ordinary air guns.
  • Want to quickly remove chips and contaminants from grooves, containers, or blind holes?  The Deep Hole Vac-u-Gun is fitted with a suction tube and small blow tube that directs a tight blast of air into the void, dislodging debris, so the Vac-u-Gun can suction it away.
  • What about transferring bulk materials?  With the 10ft hose that comes with the Transfer & All Purpose Systems, you can move material either way (remember the reversible Generator?) to or from any location the hose will reach to.
Regardless of your portable vacuum needs, EXAIR has a Vac-u-Gun System for you.

Right now, we’ll GIVE you a Vac-u-Gun with the purchase of any qualifying Industrial Vaccum, through April 30, 2020.  Or, if you just want the Vac-u-Gun System, they’re priced for most any budget.  If you’d like to find out if the Vac-u-Gun is right for your application, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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The Soft Grip Super Air Scraper Easily Cleans Floors

Scrape off, and blow away, stubborn debris with the Soft Grip Super Air Scraper.

Have you ever tried to remove a sticky substance with a putty knife? You scrape and scrape, then stop to remove the loose material. Then start scraping again that same area which has material remaining. It can be very time-consuming. And, if the material is on the floor, it can ergonomically hurt your back and knees.

A subcontractor that worked for an automotive company contacted EXAIR for a solution. They needed a faster, better, and easier way to remove tape from the floor. Personally, I have been through many automotive plants, and they have everything marked with tape. They use different sorts of tape to mark pedestrian walkways, machine locations, and fork truck lanes. So, when a work area gets new equipment or altered for better workflow, the tape has to be removed. And since downtime affects productivity, the work has to be done quickly. Their current mode of operation was for the staff members to work on the floor with hand scrapers to remove the tape.

The answer to the subcontractor’s problem was the EXAIR Soft Grip Super Air Scraper. This product uses a nozzle that combines a scraping blade with our 2” Flat Super Air Nozzle. It uses the mechanical force of a blade with the force of compressed air to remove stubborn sticky materials. The corrosion-resistant steel scraper is robust and durable, and they can be easily sharpened or replaced when worn. To add flexibility to the Super Air Scraper, a shim set can be used to increase the blowing force. This combination of the nozzle and the scraper is an effective and powerful way to remove material with compressed air.

Soft Grip Super Air Scraper

To get pressurized air to this patent-pending nozzle, EXAIR attached the Super Air Scraper to our Soft Grip Air Gun. The Soft Grip Air Gun has an ergonomic soft handle and a full-grip trigger for hours of use without fatigue.   We include different extensions for hard-to-reach applications ranging from 6” (152mm) to 72” (1,829mm) in length. With extensions that are 36” (914mm) and longer, EXAIR installs an additional foam grip sleeve. This gives more leverage for scraping material at a distance like at the floor level. Chip Shields can also be added to prevent blow-back onto the users.

For the subcontractor above, this was the perfect tool for their next assignment. I recommended the model 1244-36 Soft Grip Super Air Scraper which had a great length to reach the floor and a foam grip to force the blade under the tape. With the compressed air, it helped to keep the area clean during scraping and aided with the tape that was really stuck. They ordered six pieces, one for each staff member, to work the entire area to remove tape. The subcontractor was able to cut his scraping time by 75% as compared to the putty knife method above. And the staff members appreciated the need to not get on the floor.

To give some other areas for the Soft Grip Super Air Scraper, they can be used for removing gasket material, caulk, adhesives, paint, labels, and much more. If you have a “sticky” situation at your facility, an Application Engineer at EXAIR will be happy to discuss it with you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
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Chip Shields, OSHA, And You

Safety is a key part of our culture at EXAIR Corporation.  We have regularly scheduled, all-hands required, safety training on a number of topics.  Our Order Entry team can likely tell you as much about our lockout/tagout procedures as our Machinists can.  Nobody even thinks about entering The Shop without safety glasses, and it’s not just because of the signs.

We pay attention to these…

…so we don’t ever have to use this.

OSHA 1910.242(b) states that “Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning purposes except where reduced to less than 30 p.s.i. and then only with effective chip guarding and personal protective equipment. (emphasis mine)  All EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products are engineered to meet the requirements of the first part (30psi outlet pressure to prevent dead ending…we’ve written about that numerous times, including here, here, and here) and we can also provide pre-installed devices to satisfy the second part:  the EXAIR Chip Shield.

Any EXAIR VariBlast or Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun can come fitted with a Chip Shield, and any Soft Grip Safety Air Gun, except for those with Stay Set Hoses, can as well.  Safety Air Guns with Back Blow Nozzles automatically come with a Chip Shield. The principle is simple: a clear polycarbonate (so you can still see what you’re doing) round disc slips over a short (or long if you want) pipe extension between the gun & the nozzle.  It’s fitted with a rubber grommet so you can position it to where it’s most effective – sometimes that might be closer to the part being blown off; sometimes it may be back a little closer to the operator.

EXAIR Safety Air Guns are available, from stock, with Chip Shields.

If you already have an air gun that’s doing the job, you can easily add an EXAIR Chip Shield to it.  They’re made to fit a wide range of extension diameters, and can even come with the extension if you need it.  We also stock a number of adapter fittings; if you know what threads your air gun has (or if you can send us some photos) we can quickly & easily spec those out for you.

Convenient and inexpensive “thumb guns” with cross drilled nozzles (left) are compliant with the first part of OSHA 1910.242(b). Fitting one with an EXAIR Chip Shield (center) makes it compliant with the second part. A Model 1102 Mini Super Air Nozzle (right) makes it quiet & efficient.

We can provide a Chip Shield for most any device with a threaded fitting. I couldn’t find a way to re-use the non-OSHA-compliant nozzle that came with this gun (thank goodness.)

Another example of a larger air gun fitted with a more powerful cross drill nozzle (left) that can be made totally OSHA compliant with an EXAIR Chip Shield (center.) An EXAIR High Force Super Air Nozzle (right) keeps the power, while reducing noise level and compressed air consumption (right.)

Since 1983, EXAIR Corporation has been manufacturing quiet, safe, and efficient compressed air products for industry (emphasis mine.)  If you have concerns or questions about safety in regard to your compressed air use, call me.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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