Something Old, Something New, be OSHA Compliant or They’ll Fine You!

I recently took on the task of getting a pair of 50 year old vintage bicycles up to snuff for riding once more.  They hadn’t moved in about 30 years, so I knew it was a tall order.  After replacing the tires, tubes and disassembling, cleaning and lubricating a 3 speed transmission (a mechanical wonder!), I decided to strip off some of the rusted old accessories.  One of these was a battery operated headlight.


Aside from being damaged beyond repair, the headlight was outdated to say the least.  For comparison, a modern LED bicycle light is shown on the left.  These two lights have little to nothing in common.  The one of the left is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery.  The one on the right uses disposable alkaline batteries.  The one on the left is made of weather resistant materials like aluminum and rubber.  The one on the right is made of steel (very pitted and rusty steel at this point…).  The one on the left is easy to mount on just about any tube of a bike frame and lightweight.  The one on the right has a special bracket that has to be mounted on the gooseneck and has enough mass to anchor a 60 foot yacht.

The point is that the old light wasn’t just rusted beyond repair, it wasn’t worth repairing even if it could have been.  Ever see that in your manufacturing environment? A blowgun that has a stuck trigger for instance.  Maybe it could be repaired, but what about that non-OSHA compliant nozzle it has attached to it?  Whatever meager savings you might get from trying to repair the old gun and continuing using an unsafe blowoff could quickly be offset by and OSHA fine.  Time to upgrade to an EXAIR Precision Safety Air Gun , Soft Grip Safety Air Gun or Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun!

Don’t get me wrong – I ABHOR the throw away society I see around me in the world today.  Why else would I bother to fix up two 50 year old bikes?  But sometimes it’s best to replace the old thing with something new that is safer and more efficient – like an LED bike light, or an OSHA compliant EXAIR Safety Air Gun.  Need help figuring out which Safety Air Gun to use? Our experienced Application Engineers are just a phone call away!

Dan Preston

Chain-Chain-Change, Change Out That Drilled Pipe…

Life is full of change.  It might sound trite, but truer words were never spoken.  I used to get up around 6:30 on work days.  Now, thanks to my son’s middle school schedule, I’m usually seeing him out the door at that time.  Getting up earlier was certainly a difficult change at first, but it’s had its benefits.  Not the least of which is spending a little extra time with the boy in the morning.

One of our favorite things to do while eating breakfast is to watch the ‘How things are made’ types of shows. Of course, watching these types of shows with an engineer has its downside.  While we can usually explain exactly what’s happening in the process of whatever is being made, the problem is that we often do.  Meaning we wind up talking over the program, which, ironically, is one of my greatest pet peeves.  Speaking of change, guess that’s something I need to work on…


At any rate, this morning we saw a show on making saltines.  At the sight of the copper pipe positioned near where the cracker dough comes off the die-cut wheel, I knew exactly what was up. ‘They’re using drilled pipe! That’s not safe and a HUGE waste of compressed air!  That’s the perfect application for a Super Air Knife!”  Guess watching these programs with an EXAIR engineer has an additional risk: We can get a little over-excited when we see OSHA violations and wastes of compressed air! I think I about made my son jump out of his gym shorts, but he’s watched these sorts of shows with me before.  He knew the risks…

Life is full of change, and while perhaps I can get better at not talking while the TV show is on, I doubt I’ll ever stop cringing at safety violations and wasting compressed air.  Do you have drilled pipe in your plant?  If so, you could be in violation of multiple safety standards and are definitely wasting money on compressed air.  EXAIR can help you minimize harmful noise levels and keep you in compliance with OSHA’s dead-end pressure standard. Please give EXAIR a call to begin saving air and increasing safety!

Dan Preston



How EXAIR is Helping Restore a Vintage Mustang

Last year, I took on a new project – restoring a 1973 Mustang Mach 1.  Ain’t she beautiful? Well, she will be some day anyway…

My Mach 1

It’s been a busy year (arent’ they all?!?), so when I got a few free hours to work on it the other night, I jumped at the chance.  As anyone who’s ever worked on an old car knows, getting all the dirt, rust, grime, opossum residue, etc. off the car so you can see what you’re working on is one of the first things you do.  Imagine my surprise when I grabbed my trusty Model 1210 Soft Grip Super Air Gun to start blowing off some of the aforementioned debris, only to discover a paltry breeze was all it had to offer.  A quick check of my compressed air system (including making sure it was turned on – I speak from experience…) revealed I should have close to 90 PSIG at the gun. I decided to take the Model 1210 in to work the next day for evaluation (We can do this for YOU too, our Efficiency Lab service will test  your product for air consumption, noise and force to determine what engineered solution EXAIR can provide to help you save air, increase safety and lower noise levels).

Making sure I had 80 psig at the inlet, I checked the flow and force.  As I suspected, something was seriously wrong.  I was still only getting a week breeze from the gun, as bourne out by the fact the blowing force was down to 1.3 oz, or 1/10th of the 13 oz it should have had.  Flow was similarly low – 3.6 SCFM as opposed to the 14 SCFM we stand behind as the published figure.  Something was amiss in the gun itself.  Fortunately, it didn’t take long to figure out.  I took off the nozzle to discover this:


On the left was the Model 1100 Super Air Nozzle that was installed in the gun.  On the right is a new Model 1100 off the shelf.  Dirty air much?

Using my favorite nozzle cleaning tool, I was able to quickly remove the dirt, rust and miscellaneous garbage that had been clogging up the nozzle.


Back to the flowbench for a quick check and it was good as new!  Even the engineers here at EXAIR are not immune to the effects of dirty air.  Now, back home to check my air lines and replace the filter element on my compressed air system!

As engineers, we often find ourselves asking why something doesn’t work the way it used to.  The first question I’ve learned to ask over the years is simple – ‘What changed?’  In this case, it was a dirty compressed air supply.  If you have one of our products that doesn’t work the way you think it should, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE to call me or any of our Application Engineers to talk about it.  We can discuss your symptoms and get them resolved so your system is operating efficiently. A good cleaning, replacing a filter element, installing properly sized air supply lines or fittings could be the key to getting top performance from your EXAIR product.

Dan Preston
Engineering Manager
EXAIR Corporation

The Professor Splits…The Oreo

Professor Penurious locked down the Efficiency Lab for a few days to conduct some tests of paramount importance. You’ll have to watch the video to find out his results…and more importantly, his preference, but we want to know…what’s yours:

Cookie? Or creme filling?

Got milk?
Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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