The EasySwitch™ Wet-Dry Vac won the Silver Award!

EXAIR has been manufacturing Intelligent Compressed Air Products since 1983.  In that time, we have engineered many new products for new and existing markets with better efficiency, versatility, and effectiveness.  To gauge how a new product is received by your peers, we like to send them to different committees for evaluations.  Last year, we sent our EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac to Plant Engineering to compete against other new products in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries.  In the Maintenance Tools and Equipment category, the EXAIR EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac won the Silver Award. 

How was EXAIR able to achieve such a prestigious award?  Well, let me tell you how our newest Industrial Housekeeping Product was able to receive this award.  I will discuss the features and benefits, so you can decide for yourself.

We have joined our wet vacuum with our dry vacuum to make the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac System.  This new addition to our Industrial Housekeeping Products allows your customers to replace their electric wet-dry vacuums that fail prematurely, have potential safety issues, and are very loud.  You can watch a video of the operation HERE.

A wet-dry vacuum is a contained system that can vacuum up liquid or dirt.  The specific design that separates the liquid application from the dry application is a filter element.  The filter will stop the dirt and debris from re-entering the surrounding air during vacuuming.  The EXAIR EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac uses this same function; but we offer two different types of filters; a standard filter and a HEPA filter.  The standard filter is a 3-micron pleated element with a large surface area for long life.  The HEPA filter is a 0.3-micron pleated element for finer filtration.  But what is unique about our design is the patent-pending lid to easily remove or replace the filter elements.  Unlike our competitors, you will have to remove the lid and use a tool to either remove or install the filter.  This is time consuming and a headache.  Our lid design makes an easy transition to go from liquid to dry materials and vice versa.   The EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac is designed to fit on a common 55 gallon open-top drum.  They are ideal for any applications that is wet, dry, light or heavy. 

Like with our other Industrial Housekeeping Products, the EasySwitch does not have any motors to wear or electricity to run which makes it safe for liquid applications.  It only needs filtered compressed air.  They are maintenance free, and the sound level is quiet, only 79 dBA.  The applications include coolant, chips, floor cleanup, drains, shavings, sawdust, absorbents, and mold/allergen removal.  For liquid applications, it has a spill free – auto safety shutoff.  This industrial all-purpose pneumatic vacuum can move 36 GPM (136 LPM) of water, 68 Lbs./min (31 Kg/min) of plastic media, and 54 lbs./min (24 Kg/min) of steel shot at 80 PSIG (5.5 bar).  The specifications at 80 PSIG (5.5 bar) for the EasySwitch is that it will only use 53 SCFM (1,500 SLPM) of compressed air to generate -168” H2O (-314 mmHg) of vacuum and 90 CFM (2,548 LPM) of vacuum flow. 

EXAIR offers three types of systems with the standard filter or the HEPA filter.  We have the basic system, the Deluxe system, and the Premium system.  The basic system will come with the selected filter with a prefilter, 10-foot (3m) vacuum hose, 20-foot (6.1m) compressed air hose, plastic tools, shutoff valve and gauge.  The Deluxe system will include the items in the basic system with an upgraded antistatic vacuum hose, heavy-duty tools, a spill recovery kit, a tool holder, and a drum dolly.  The Premium system will include the items in the Deluxe system plus a 55 Gallon drum.  A quick guide is below. 

Model number selection guide

Not all industrial vacuums are the same.  Electric wet/dry vacuums fail prematurely, generate loud noises, and are cumbersome for filter change-outs.  This is why the EXAIR EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac was awarded the Silver Award by Plant Engineering; longevity, quietness, and ease-of use.  If you are within the U.S. or Canada, we do offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee to try them out.   You will not be disappointed.  If you would like to discuss in more detail, an Application Engineer at EXAIR is here help. 

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

EXAIR’s New and Improved Website

Evolution and constant growth are merely two constants in the life of a living business. Here at EXAIR we strive to develop new efficient and safe ways to utilize one of the costly utilities industries see, compressed air. In order to convey the information on everything we have we continually update and add items to our website. Yes, we still have a print catalog, that is still one of my favorite places to pull data from when discussing parts with customers over the phone or through online chat, it is not always as updated as our site though. With that note, we also just launched a brand new EXAIR.com.

Visit http://www.exair.com and explore our new website today!

The new site features all the information you are accustomed to from EXAIR that helps feed the data driven desires of any engineer and also makes it easy to navigate to the exact item you are looking for, add it to your cart, and get it shipped to you as well. Our new site makes it easier to locate detailed information like performance specs and dimensions, available materials and the different kit offerings we have for each product. This site reacts quicker and the look has been simplified to provide an improved user experience.

Some of the new benefits include hi resolution images for each product, 60+ native 2D and 3D CAD extensions prevent you from converting other files to work with your modeling software. Downloadable .pdf files include our complete catalog or just each product section. Related videos, FAQ’s and Case Studies are all presented with a specific product. The videos include all the wonderfully helpful videos from the Application Engineer team which provide tips, tricks and demonstrations for many of our products.

One of the most helpful features for someone who may not know exactly what they need to solve their problem is to navigate through the Solutions pathway to easily walk through over 1,000 existing product applications that are discoverable through the type of application or the industry the product application serves. You will see the multitude of problems and solutions EXAIR products are capable of solving and providing.

This is all while keeping the methods to contact us which includes our live chat option that even has some new benefits as well. We can now send you the quote you need, CAD models, or catalog sections all through the chat window while we are talking. If you need fast information and assistance, the chat feature is for you! Of course, feel free to call or e-mail as well.

Managing your account details, like adding multiple shipping locations, changing an e-mail address or retrieving your order history have also been improved and friendlier to modify. Do you already know the model number you would like to order – use the Quick Order function to get it right into your cart and complete an order. Check out the new EXAIR.com today!

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
E-mail: BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_BF

EXAIR Founder’s Day 2021

EXAIR celebrates Founder’s Day each year on February 22nd (or the closest working day) in order to commemorate the birthday of our founder, Roy Sweeney.  He founded the company in 1983 and drove EXAIR to become the strong, successful and innovative company that it has over the years.  Roy led EXAIR for 33 years.  Today would have been his 87th birthday.

We choose to make this day a celebration and a day to mark our ongoing commitment to the service of others in keeping with the values that Roy and his wife Jackie felt (and feel) very strongly about.  We continue to look outside our company, outside ourselves and outside our immediate surroundings to do what we can to improve the world around us.

This marks our 5th Founder’s Day.  Over the past four years, we have supported a total of 21 different charities with direct, substantial donations as part of our commitment to organizations that are making a difference right here in our area.  This year, we have chosen to further deepen our commitment by contributing to all 21 organizations that we have supported in past years:

  • Freestore Foodbank
    Supplies 33 million meals per year to those in need
    https://freestorefoodbank.org/
  • Lighthouse Youth and Family Services
    Supporting their Safe and Supported program for LGBTQ youth
    https://www.lys.org/safeandsupported/
  • DAV
    Supporting disabled American veterans and their families
    https://www.dav.org/
  • Arts Wave
    Funds and supports 100+ arts projects and organizations through impact-based grants
    https://www.artswave.org/
  • Cincinnati Works
    Partners with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment
    https://cincinnatiworks.org/
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Cincinnati
    Helps eliminate substandard housing locally and globally by building and renovating decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income first-time homebuyers.
    https://www.habitatcincinnati.org/
  • Matthew 25: Ministries
    Provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief along with partners in the Greater Cincinnati area, across the US and in more than 60 countries
    https://m25m.org/
  • SPCA Cincinnati
    Offers programs including animal adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, spaying and neutering shelter animals, companion animal and wildlife rescue
    https://spcacincinnati.org/
  • Tender Mercies
    Transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home
    https://www.tendermerciesinc.org/
  • Bethany House
    Helps homeless and at-risk families with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency
    https://bethanyhouseservices.org/
  • Women’s Crisis Center
    Supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse
    https://www.wccky.org/
  • Dragonfly Foundation
    Supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families
    www.dragonfly.org
  • Master Provisions
    Supporting those in need with food, clothing and other items in the Greater Cincinnati area and abroad through mission trips
    www.masterprovisons.org
  • Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
    Supporting vulnerable children and young adults to overcome obstacles and succeed in education, career, and life
    www.cycyouth.org
  • Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati
    Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House provides a home for critically ill children and their families while they get the life-saving medical care they need
    www.rmhcincinnati.org
  • Women Helping Women
    Prevents gender-based violence and provides evidence-based prevention and expert crisis intervention and support services for survivors of dating violence, sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking 
    www.womenhelpingwomen.org
  • Elementz
    Elementz is an urban oasis of hope and a catalyst of change for Cincinnati’s inner-city youth. This Urban Arts Center fosters talent, ignites potential and inspires possibilities.
    www.elementz.org
  • Special Olympics Ohio
    Special Olympics Ohio is part of the global inclusion movement using sports, health education, and leadership programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities. 
    www.sooh.org
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    The CSO is situated in the heart of Cincinnati and is contributing at every level to serving our community and elevating Cincinnati’s vibrant cultural scene.
    www.cincinnatisymphony.org
  • MusiCorps
    MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives.
    www.musicorps.net

EXAIR also established an Employee Volunteer Program in 2018 that enables every full-time employee with at least 90 days of service to volunteer with organizations of their choice during the normal work week with full pay by EXAIR.  The COVID pandemic has impacted our ability to volunteer with outside organizations for nearly a year.  We look forward to better days when we can collectively work with organizations in our community to improve the lives of those in need.

So, as we celebrate Founder’s Day today, we wish Roy a happy birthday.  We miss having him here.  We remember what he did for all of us and for countless others.  And we pledge to continue his commitment to helping those who need it.

Happy Founder’s Day 2021 from everyone at EXAIR!

Bryan Peters
President
EXAIR Corporation

Better Understand Your Blowoff Process with EXAIR’s FREE Efficiency Lab

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The EXAIR Efficiency Lab

Many customers may not have the means to test the air consumption of their blowoff solutions. With compressed air being the most expensive utility in a manufacturing facility, it’s important to identify places where you can save money on your overall operating costs. EXAIR manufacturers a wide variety of products intended to help you reduce your compressed air usage. If you’re not able to accurately measure the consumption in your own shop, we invite you to send the products into EXAIR for testing. With EXAIR’s Award Winning Efficiency Lab, just simply contact an Application Engineer, box them up and send them to our warehouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.

EXAIR Efficiency Lab

Once we receive it, our engineers will complete some in-depth testing to determine the compressed air consumption, sound level, and force that your current solution provides. With this information, we’ll be able to compare it to an EXAIR Engineered Solution. This way we ensure that you receive the best, safest solution possible also capable of saving money through reduced air consumption and improved efficiency.  We’ll send you back a comprehensive report that’ll help you to make the best decision for your company.

I’ve been recently working with a customer that sent in one of the nozzles they’re using across all their CNC machines. They wanted us to test it out and see if we’re able to offer them something that could reduce their overall compressed air usage. The nozzle was one of the cheap plastic varieties and was attached to a commonly used modular hose. This type of modular hose is not designed for operating under high pressures. These hoses are more suitable for liquid coolant or air that is at or below atmospheric pressure.

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Inefficient and unsafe plastic nozzle

After testing, we found that at 80 psig the nozzle consumed 3.85 SCFM and produced a force of 1.92 oz. We also noticed that after 60 psig, the nozzle began to leak due to a poor seal where the nozzle met the brass hex. The EXAIR nozzle most suitable to replace this was the 1108SS. At just 2.5 SCFM at 80 psig, replacing the plastic nozzle with an engineered solution saves them 35% of their overall consumption for this blowoff. With close to 1000 of these nozzles in operation, that adds up quickly!!

In addition to increasing efficiency, replacing these nozzles also greatly increases overall worker safety. The sound level is reduced from 73 dBA to just 58 dBA and EXAIR’s nozzles also adhere to OSHA 1910.242(b). The plastic nozzles could be dead-ended, posing a hazard that can result in costly fines. These fines are assessed per infraction, so having multiple non-compliant nozzles can easily get very expensive if you’re subject to an unannounced visit by an OSHA inspector.

If you think you may have an opportunity to improve upon your existing blowoff methods, give us a call. We’ll be happy to take a closer look and have you send the product back to EXAIR for a quick trial in our Efficiency Lab. You’ll be glad you did!

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
E-mal: TylerDaniel@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD