I couldn’t count the number of times we have written a blog about the EXAIR Efficiency Lab because its that cool, unlike the number of wins the Cincinnati Reds have right now. I can count that on two hand 10………10-26 as of writing this blog and I could go on and on about the pain but I will spare you the tears and write about how amazing the Efficiency lab is for any company that utilizes compressed air!
First – what is the EXAIR Efficiency Lab? Well several years ago EXAIR created a free program called the Efficiency Lab. This program is to compare your current pneumatic blow-off device with an EXAIR engineered product. The values we compare are air consumption, noise level and force. We generate a detailed report to send to you for review. It is a free service that EXAIR provides for U.S. and Canadian companies to know more details about solutions you are currently using in your processes.
Why do we offer this? Air Compressors demand significant electrical power and compressed air is considered to be a fourth utility within plants and industries. Many people do not realize the cost and safety concerns when using improper blow-off devices. As an example, if you look at a single 1/8” open pipe for blowing compressed air, it can cost you over $2,000 a year to operate. This will add to your overhead and cut profits. Another reason to consider your blow-off device is that compressed air can be dangerous. With that same 1/8” open pipe, it can violate OSHA standards for noise exposure and dead-end pressure. In deciding your “vehicle” for blowing compressed air, cheap is not typically best option. To put it in other terms, a cheap nozzle is like a cheap old car, it’s cheap because it gets 3 MPG with faulty brakes.
With our Efficiency Lab, a comparison it is quite simple to do. An easy way is to call us and explain the details. These details can be data such as the inside diameter and length of a an open tube you are using, or the actual performance data of a cheap air nozzle you have chosen to use. Perhaps the easiest way to make the comparison is to let EXAIR do it – send in your blowoff product or a sample of the tube, nozzle, modified fitting, etc. We will then put them through our testing process. You can also fill out our Product Efficiency Survey on our website to give the conditions for testing.
We will run the tests at the specified conditions or in a range of settings. We will then return your pneumatic device back to you at our cost with a detailed report of the comparison. Your information will be confidential, and we will not share it without your permission. We will also provide a simple ROI – many customers like to use this report to show managers, executives, HSE, etc. on the improvements that EXAIR can provide including cost savings and safety.
How do we do the Efficiency Lab? We use calibrated equipment and standardized procedures to test for noise levels, flow usage, and force measurements. We will recommend an EXAIR engineered solution as a replacement to your current device to do the comparison. With the analytical information, we can also figure the total amount of air savings, return on investment, payback period and safety improvements.
Don’t Swing and miss…. (Like the Reds) You do not want to sacrifice safety, time, and money with a sub-standard product. Let EXAIR solve this dilemma with our free service; the Efficiency Lab. Take advantage of our expertise by using the Efficiency Lab service, we will provide you a detailed report with a comparison analysis to make a great choice.
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