Application Database: Compressed Air Use in the Automotive Industry

EXAIR uses many different methods to connect with our customers.  We have our website, social media, blogs, publications etc. We like to share solutions for some of the most common pneumatic problems in the industry.  EXAIR generated a large collection of application information where EXAIR products have already solved problems and improved processes.  We organized them by Application and by Industry.  In this blog, I will show you how to use our Application database; specifically, for the Automotive Industry.

Compressed Air Systems are considered to be a fourth utility within industries because they use a large amount of energy.  Whether an air compressor that uses fuel for portable units or that uses electricity, it is important to use this system as efficiently as possible.  This would also apply to the Automotive industry.  EXAIR has a library of different processes in which we already improved these areas safely and efficiently.  If you are part of the Automotive industry, it could benefit you to take a peek at the areas that we already improved, established OSHA safety, and saved money.

Here is how you can find this library.  First, you will have to sign into EXAIR.  Click here: Log In.  Once you fill in the proper information, you can then retrieve a great amount of resources about EXAIR products that we manufacture.   The Application database is under the Knowledge Base tab.  (Reference photo below).

At the Application Search Library, we have over one thousand applications that we reference.  In the left selection pane, we organized then in alphabetical order under two categories, Application and Industry.

Scroll down in the selection pane until you come to the sub-category: Industry.  Under this Sub-category, you will find three selections that are related to this blog: Automation, Automobile Recycling, and Automotive.  We have other applications as well that may relate to your specific processes if you scroll up and down the list like; Part Ejection and Machining.  You will find many product applications that have already improved processes and solved problems.

Why is this important?  If you are a plant manager or owner, the value of the Application Database can improve your current processes with pre-qualified results.  Within the Automotive industry, simple solutions can be found to address those “nagging” issues that you see every day.  For crisis situations and shutdowns, EXAIR categorized these applications in a way to reference quickly and easily.  And since EXAIR has a high volume of stocked items, we can get the parts to you very fast so you can quickly be on your way to a solution.

In today’s market, companies are always looking for ways to cut cost, increase productivity, and improve safety.  EXAIR can offer engineered products to do exactly that.  With the “been there and done that” solutions already described in the Application Database; you can have confidence in finding a way in solving pneumatic issues.  If you do not sign up at and take advantage of these offerings, you will be missing out on a great tool to optimize your compressed air system.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb


Made In USA Really Does Mean Quality – Here’s An Example

2007 Passat Stock Photo
Stock photo of the 2007 VW Passat

Having come from an automotive background, I’ve written in the past about different engine rebuilds or similar side projects that I have completed.  Usually I’ve been fortunate to have some experience with tearing down the engines in question, but I recently picked up a car with which I was not so familiar.

The car in question is a 2007 VW Passat, with a two liter, four cylinder, turbo charged gas engine (engine code BPY).  I came into ownership of the car because it had been diagnosed as having an engine failure and was in need of a whole new motor to get back on the road.

I met the owner and started the engine to hear what sounded like an aluminum can bouncing around inside of a dishwasher during the heavy duty cycle.  I then did what anyone in my position would do, I bought the car.

When I towed it home I started the engine again to dive a little deeper into what might be the root cause.  And, little to no-noise.

For a few years back in the late 90’s – early 2000’s, VW was plagued by a sludge issue that would clog the pickup to the oil pump and starve the engine of precious lubricant.  I thought to myself, could this still be an issue?  It certainly seemed like a possibility.

So, I dropped the oil pan and examined the pickup screen for the oil pump.  Sure enough, it was clogged.  BUT, while cleaning out the oil pan, I noticed pieces of what looked to be a timing chain guide.  The most likely source of these small plastic pieces was the cam chain tensioner, which uses a timing chain guide and is adversely effected by low or no oil flow.

I tore down to the cam chain tensioner (the same component which failed and caused one of the cams to seize in my A4) and found it almost in pieces, hanging on for dear life.  To be clear, if the cam chain tensioner in this engine had been pushed just a little further, at least one of the cams would have seized and I would have been faced with putting valves in this engine, or being forced to put an entirely new engine in the car.

Thankfully, I seemed to have caught the failure before catastrophic damage occurred.  I ordered replacement parts and a special tool to do the work, eager to see if I could save this engine from despair.

The special tool in question locks the camshafts in place so that timing components can be serviced.  I installed my special tool, attempted to loosen a key bolt, and the special tool snapped in half.  I was back to square one.

I searched for another manufacturer of the same tool, and found one proudly made in the US, though at a premium cost.  But hey, if it has a lower cost and doesn’t work, it has no real value anyway.

I doubled down and ordered the Made In USA tool, impatient to see it arrive and determine if it was money well spent.

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Special camshaft alignment/locking tool. Made In USA. (This one worked flawlessly!)

The new tool showed up yesterday and was the type of night-and-day difference you can only dream of when searching for a quality product.  Strong, sturdy, and unapologetically oozing quality, I was proud to see that Made In USA still carries the same meaning for other companies as it does for EXAIR.

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New cam chain tensioner installed using my new, quality, Made In USA tool

EXAIR makes all of our products here in the US to a superb level of quality.  My experience last night reminded me of what our customers feel when they use our product to do a job that a lower cost alternative could only hope to achieve.

If you have an application in need of a quality solution, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer