A customer in Russia contacted our distributor in Moscow about an application to monitor the flow of melted glass. In their application, the end user had installed (4) camera “eyes” with thermal insulation to instantaneously measure the melted glass flow. But, the high ambient temperatures would cause the temperature of the camera lens to slowly increase during operation, eventually resulting in an overheating condition. This overheating condition rendered the cameras inoperable until they were cooled below a temperature of approximately 40°C (104°F).
What this end user (and application) needed was a suitable solution to cool the lens of the camera to a temperature below 40°C (104°F). A typical refrigerant based air conditioner wouldn’t work for this application due to space and temperature constraints, as the cameras are located close to the furnace with ambient temperatures of 50°C (122°F) or higher.
What did provide a viable solution, however, were High Temperature EXAIR Vortex Tubes. Suitable for temperatures up to 93°C (200°F), and capable of providing cooling capacities as high as 10,200 BTU/hr., these units fit the bill for this application.
After determining the volume of compressed air available for each camera, and after discussing the solution options and preferences with the customer, they chose (4) model BPHT3298 Vortex Tubes, using (1) Vortex Tube for each camera. The cold air from the Vortex Tube will feed directly onto the camera lens, keeping it cool even in the hot ambient conditions. This removes lost productivity due to machine downtime, which in turn increases output and reliability from the application process.
High Temperature Vortex Tubes provided a solution for this customer when other options were unable to deliver. If you have a similar application or would like to discuss how an EXAIR Vortex Tube could solve an overheating problem in your application, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer. We’ll be happy to help.
Not a day goes by that we don’t receive a call from a customer that is having trouble identifying an EXAIR part. Due to the robust nature of our Vortex Tubes, they can be installed in applications for several years without any maintenance. When the time comes to expand that line, the labels may have worn off, the unit may be covered in grime or oil, or the personnel that originally ordered the product may no longer be with the company. In any case, one of the Application Engineers here at EXAIR will certainly be able to help!
I recently received an e-mail from a gentlemen in Indonesia who was suffering from that very problem. They had a Model 3240 Vortex Tube installed in a camera cooling application near a boiler. The engineer who designed the project was no longer with the company and they could not determine a Model number or when they had purchased it. They saw the EXAIR sticker, along with our contact information, and reached out for help. Vortex Tube’s come in different sizes, based on the available compressed air supply as well as the level of refrigeration needed. They’re available in (3) different sizes as well as Vortex Tubes for max refrigeration (R style generators) and Vortex Tubes for a maximum cold temperature (C style generators). In order to identify the Model number, you must look on the shoulder of the Vortex Tube generator. On it, there will be a stamp that indicates the generator style that is installed. In this case, the customer stated that there was a “40-R”, indicating to me that he had our Model 3240 Vortex Tube.
Our team of highly trained Application Engineers is here ready to assist you with any needs you may have regarding EXAIR products. With a little bit of investigative work, a quick discussion about the dimensions or a photo; we’re able to identify any of our products. If you’re considering expanding a current line into other parts of your facility, or perhaps adding a new location and need help identifying your EXAIR products; give an Application Engineer a call and we’ll be sure you get the right products on order!
An application we see from time to time involves the cooling of camera lenses as they “watch” for various materials in automated processes. The process usually involves some sort of part detection, checking object specifics for adherence to quality standards, or searching for items in need of rejection. These process are often fully automated, requiring the camera to process a continuous stream of information and to be housed in the same environment as the materials being monitored.
At a waste sorting facility in France, an end user was experiencing an overheating of their camera. The result of the overheating condition was unwanted downtime while the internal camera electronics cooled and could not be used. This meant that an expensive, complex, and efficient piece of equipment was out of service, creating a bottleneck in the waste sorting process.
To solve this overheating condition, the end user worked through the EXAIR distributor in France, Kermaz Pneumatic, to find a solution with an EXAIR Vortex Tube. The Vortex Tube was installed so that cold air was created and supplied directly into the camera lens housing. The end result was a reduction in heat at the camera lens, allowing the machine to function at full capacity without stoppage, effectively removing the process bottleneck.
If you have a similar application and think EXAIR may be able to help, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.