Atto Air Nozzle Saves Dental Crown Manufacturer

This blog may get a little uncomfortable for some of us. It revolves around a subject that can strike fear into the hearts of many and just the thought of it can make sounds or smells come back from memory. For me, the sound of the high-pitched drill is precisely what comes to mind when I think of the Dentist….

That’s right, today we are talking about the Dentist. Well, more so a vendor for dentists that still deals with teeth. This manufacturer came to me looking for a way to improve their compressed air consumption on a tooling blowoff for the machining of dental crowns. They used custom-made blowoffs to try and remove the residual material on their cutting tools before contacting a new part and during the machining of a crown. The customer didn’t have a ton of room, and they did not want to redesign the entire blowoff. The blowoff was essentially an open pipe that had a .085″ diameter. Each machine station had three blowoffs, there are 20 machining stations per production line, with five total production lines. So any savings will add up quickly over 300 blowoff points.

BEFORE: A .085″ diameter open blowoff at each spindle to remove debris.

They were able to cut back and thread the end of the open blowoff for one of our 1108SS Atto Super Air Nozzles. The open blowoff was consuming 6 SCFM when operating at 80 psig inlet pressure for each blowoff point. For a single machining center that equates to 18 SCFM per center. 18 SCFM times 20 machining centers equals 360 SCFM of consumption per production line. Implementing the 1108SS reduced the consumption to 2.5 SCFM @ 80 psig per nozzle and gave a more defined blowoff pattern. 2.5 SCFM times 3 nozzles per center equates to 7.5 SCFM. 7.5 SCFM times 20 machining centers per production line totals 165 SCFM per production line. 360 SCFM minus 165 SCFM equates to 195 SCFM of compressed air savings by installing the further engineered solution.

AFTER: Three 1108SS Atto Super Air Nozzles provide adequate blowoff of debris.

Per nozzle, they can save up 72 cents per twelve-hour shift. While this does not seem like much, multiply that across 300 nozzles installed. You end up with $216.00 saved per twelve-hour shift. Some other breakdowns are shown below.

If you would like to discuss just how much a “little” open pipe blowoff is costing you, contact an Application Engineer today!

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

EXAIR – Making Business Fun

EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab is a free service to all US customers.

Making business fun and easy with EXAIR? Customer service, quality, expediency, knowledge and fair market value are all aspects of business that EXAIR and employees take very seriously. We take pride in all of these aspects of business relationships making your experience doing business with EXAIR exceptional.

EXAIR customer service is exemplified with your call in experience knowing that a “Live” operator will greet you when answering phone calls. The answering operators can direct your call to your need, take credit card or purchase orders, quotes or provide information regarding delivery of an existing order. If you need product information you will be directed to our Application Engineers. Application Engineers offer assistance with product knowledge, product processing, installation, problem-solving and quotes. Customer service is taken very seriously at EXAIR, we want to help make your decisions feel right.

Quality goes without saying. EXAIR designs products with quality in mind. The quality of our products also considers “Quality of Life” aspects such as meeting OSHA standard 29 CFR-1910.95(a) Maximum allowable Noise Exposure and 29 CFR 1910.242(b) Harmful Dead End Pressure. EXAIR takes pride in our products while respecting the environment of our customers.

EXAIR manages to keep an inventory of product making your purchase(s) convenient, reliable and expeditious. Our purchasing and production teams work together ensuring that we keep stock and lead times to a minimum.

EXAIR’s knowledge of the industry ensures we keep up with the economy and trends. Our management and marketing professionals keep us well-informed and on top our markets. EXAIR is a leading force in our industry where we set the pace for customer experience.

EXAIR’s Free Efficiency Lab

If you have a need for Intelligent Compressed Air products please contact us and let us demonstrate our expert level of customer service. EXAIR respects our customers and strive to provide excellence in our customer service.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
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The Importance of Sound Level Measurement


EXAIR has a large assortment of stocked Intelligent Compressed Air Products for your consideration. We keep an abundance of stocked items ensuring great customer service and quick turn-around for your purchases. EXAIR products are designed to help you save money that use compressed air while also providing a safer alternative for sound and dead end pressure.

Let’s talk about sound levels and environments with excessive noise level.. OSHA Standard 29 CFR – 1910.95(a) identifies the maximum allowable Noise Exposure by hours and sound level. If exposed to excessive levels of sound for a period of time you risk hearing impairment or even a total loss of hearing when not wearing proper hearing protection.

EXAIR has a Digital Sound Level Meter Model 9104 that measures sound level pressure in many different environments. This meter will detect unsafe levels of noise to help you identify the area(s) of concern.

EXAIR has a catalog of Intelligent Compressed Air Tooling that will help minimize your sound level concerns while helping reduce your cost of producing compressed air. If you have questions regarding how EXAIR can help reduce your sound levels or want more information for our Digital Sound Level Meter please contact any of our Application Engineers for advice.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
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Rebates Rewarded for Energy Efficiency & How to Get Them

The patented design of EXAIR’s 1” and 2” Flat Super Air Nozzles makes them a highly efficient option when seeking a powerful, flat airflow. A precise air gap across the width of the nozzle provides a forceful stream of high velocity, laminar airflow without consuming high amounts of compressed air and also resulting in a greatly reduced sound level compared to some of the alternative flat nozzles available in the market.

Did you know that upgrading to an efficient engineered air nozzle, such as the 1” or 2” Flat Super Air Nozzle, can make you eligible for an incentive from your energy provider? Similar to other energy-saving programs for upgrading to LED light bulbs or high-efficiency HVAC systems, these are made available to you as an incentive to start using more energy efficient products.

The energy costs associated with the generation of compressed air, often referred to in industry as a 4th utility, can make it expensive. These programs are offered to encourage you to use engineered products that are more energy efficient due to the reduction in compressed air consumption. Essentially, they’re offering you free money to implement a solution that will also save you money. It almost sounds too good to be true!! But these products, after implementation and receiving the incentive, will continue to save you money year after year.

The US Department of Energy, in conjunction with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, provides a website that allows you to search the various programs available to you in your state. The DSIRE® website allows you to select your state, then select your energy provider to determine what programs are offered.

In Southwest Ohio, Duke Energy provides an incentive that offers $40 USD each per engineered air nozzle that is installed. When replacing open pipe or tube, these nozzles generally pay for themselves relatively quickly. But, when combined with a $40 USD rebate, that return on investment happens even quicker!!!

Don’t leave free money on the table. If you’re using open pipe or tube, or inefficient plastic flat nozzles, replace them with an engineered air nozzle from EXAIR. If you need help determining what rebate programs are available to you in your area, we’re also here to help. Contact an EXAIR Application Engineer today!

Tyler Daniel, CCASS

Application Engineer
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD