Intelligent Compressed Air® Products for Produce and the Growing Season

Super Air Knife drying fruits and vegetables

If you are like me and love to garden we are approaching the time of year that we start seeding our longer maturing plants like tomato and pepper plants. I have made my purchases of seeds, plant packs, soil and plant food. I am ready and excited for the gardening season.

EXAIR has many applications where our products help the agricultural industry. The use of our Air Knives, atomizing spray nozzles and Line Vacs help assit in the growing, cleaning and movement of products.

Super Air Knife drying fruits and vegetables

EXAIR Atomizing Spray Nozzles atomize fluids (most commonly water) in a range of spray patterns for a variety of uses. These nozzles can be used to keep soils moist, environments humid and also for cleaning the harvested products. The Atomizing Spray Nozzles come in a variety of sizes, styles and spray patterns and can be sized specifically for your application.

EXAIR Air Knives can also be used for cleaning where moisture is a concern before products are placed in packaging containers. Our Air Knifes come is many stock sizes and styles. EXAIR Air Knives are a great option replacing noisy blow-offs and show noise and air consumption reductions.

EXAIR Line Vacs have been used to move grains, soil, sand, wood chips and other products saving labor. They are ideal for moving large volumes of material over long distances. The material flow rate is easily controlled by the size of the Line Vac and by the use of a pressure regulator. No moving parts or electricity assures maintenance free operation.

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Just as I am excited to strategize my garden, EXAIR can take the frustration of your projects away and make your life as as exciting and fun as Spring and Summer home gardens. If you have a specific application you would like to discuss you can visit us at www.EXAIR.com or by calling 800.903.9247 and talking to me or any of our qualified Application Engineers.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
E-mail: EricKuhnash@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_EK

When To Ask An Expert

With the Springtime comes many outdoor activities in our house. Sometimes they are new, such as archery which just came about in our house in the last couple of weeks.  The other item that it is time for is our family garden. While we have not started any plants from seed this year, and the opportunity to get to a garden center to purchase plants may not happen, we still want to be prepared.  To do that, we prepared the same plot we have used in years past and laid down some landscaping fabric to try and kill off any unwanted weeds that have already started to sprout up through the dirt.

The next activity was to get the tiller out and perform a tune-up/maintenance on it. Sure enough, first, pull and the cord on the trusty engine lets go. The cord didn’t merely break, it looked like something from the Three Stooges as I almost fell backward from my pulling momentum and very nearly punched myself in the face. I proceeded to disassemble the pull-cord cage and found myself in unfamiliar territory.

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Had this been another part of the engine, the carburetor, electrical kill switch, engine internals, or even the final drive to the tines, I would have been okay. Oddly enough, I have never had to replace one of these recoilers or the rope that comes on them. When you go to YouTube and search for a topic like this you will find a rather large amount of ways to perform a task like this.

Rather than doing that, I enlisted the help of a close friend who has worked for a lawn care/landscaping company for over a decade. He maintains every piece of equipment the company owns and uses. Needless to say, he has replaced quite a few pull ropes in his time.  When I called, due to social distancing we couldn’t meet in person, he, of course, asked several questions about the tiller and in the end helped me to make sure I had the correct replacement rope.

We then set off to walk through the process and the entire thing took less than 15 minutes.  When it was said and done the pull-start felt better than it had ever since I owned the piece of equipment and after sitting since last year still started on the second pull. Thank God for ethanol-free fuel that is still available at certain locations.

All repaired and ready to till!

The point of this story is, what is received and viewed as a simple task for one can be a monumental task for someone else. While my mechanical aptitude was sufficient, I lacked the training and understanding as to why you would perform this process in a given order. My friend, the expert, did not lack that at this point in time. This process was something that was second nature to him.

This is very similar to point-of-use compressed air applications and the EXAIR team. Our team has experience from a multitude of industries and we all focus on utilizing compressed air efficiently and effectively. If we don’t know the process (which is rare) we are willing to learn and ask questions until we understand enough about your application that we can make an educated recommendation for an optimal EXAIR product. We are all here to help each other and to help our customers achieve their goals, so contact us when you need an expert.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Stop the Overheating Alarms from Your Electrical Cabinets this Summer

I’ve already documented my penchant for insanely hot foods in a previous blog post about my participation in a hot wing competition. Over the years, I’ve grown a few different varieties of super-hot peppers in my garden that’s led to my love for all things fire. In years past I’ve been limited to the varieties of peppers that I can find at the local nurseries.

This year I decided to take things a step further. I purchased a variety of both pepper and tomato seeds online and decided to grow them from seed, allowing me to pick and choose each type that I wanted in the garden for this summer. While it’s been a bit of a learning process and we’ve had a few fallen soldiers thus far, things are beginning to come together. It’s been a fun way to look forward to this year’s growing season.

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It seems strange writing this while there is snow on the ground here in Cincinnati, but spring is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I quickly see past spring and can start to feel the warm summer weather.

Once again, as summer’s hot temperatures approach,  so do those seasonal temperature alarms from your electrical enclosures. Increased temperatures lead to heat related problems in your electrical panels. With summer coming along before you know it, the time is now to get a solution in place before it becomes an issue.

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EXAIR’s Cabinet Cooler Systems were designed specifically to rectify these issues within your facility. Utilizing Vortex Tube technology, the Cabinet Cooler produces cold air from an ordinary supply of compressed air. This cold air keeps the enclosure free of debris and moisture and is easily installed in minutes through a standard electrical knockout. Here is a short video that shows just how simple it really is.

The Cabinet Cooler Systems are available with Nema 12 (IP54) ratings and are also available in Aluminum, 303 Stainless Steel, and 316 Stainless Steel construction for Nema 4/4X (IP66) rated enclosures. For systems that are not able to be mounted on top of the cabinet, we also have Side Mount Kits available in Aluminum, 303 Stainless, and 316 Stainless. This year, EXAIR also introduced a new line of Hazardous Location Cabinet Coolers for use in classified areas.

These systems are available with cooling capacities from 275-5,600 Btu/hr. To make things much easier for you, we offer a Cabinet Cooler Sizing Guide that will allow us to recommend the most suitable model for your cabinet. With a few quick measurements, we’ll be able to determine the exact heat load that we’ll need to dissipate and offer you a quick and easy solution.

If you experienced heat related issues on electrical panels last year, or just want to talk about spicy food and gardening, contact an Application Engineer today and we’ll be happy to help.

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
E-mail: TylerDaniel@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD

Gardens & (Failed) Quick Fixes

With the stretch of hot weather we are having and the rain we got last week my garden at home is absolutely out of control.  At least it was until I spent a good two to three hours picking weeds and grass out of the garden. This year we doubled the size of our garden from last year.  When I did the garden last year I dug out most of the sod and it really helped cut down on the grass in the garden.  When we expanded this year though I was just a little too busy to get the sod dug out and when a good friend tilled the garden for me he churned all the grass into the area.   This was fine as he did it for free and I didn’t have to do it; but now I am paying for it.   The grass that was in that area is now growing faster than anything else in my garden and was actually choking out all of the onions I had planted.

First I tried to quick fix problem by throwing more dirt over top of the grass to smother it.  That worked for about a day.  So I did what I had to do, I got in on my hands and knees and picked every little bit of grass out, roots and all.   By the end of the next day the onions had all perked up, the tomatoes continued blooming and the zucchini look to be the first vegetable we will enjoy eating.

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The fact of the matter is that I didn’t take time to make sure everything was in order before expanding the garden.  I didn’t remove the sod, communicate that I preferred the sod out, or mention to my friend that if not removing the sod please chop it up well (a hard thing to state when your friend is doing you such a big favor).  Because of that I had to dedicated a good part of my day at home working on a problem I could have prevented.   The fact of the matter is a quick fix is just a temporary fix and it is only a matter of time before the real problem reappears and demands your attention.

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The same can be said when you band aid an electrical cabinet that is overheating by opening the door and putting a fan in it.   That doesn’t solve the problem, it may go away for a short moment, but then it will come back even worse. A fan will provide some temporary cooling but it will also deposit dirt and debris on to the electrical components (all that grime on the fan blades and guard is the same stuff being blown into your cabinet) which causes them to run hotter, short out, or burn.  So instead of using a quick fix give us a call and let us help you determine the correct Cabinet Cooler System to cool your cabinet and get the problem solved the right way. The reality of installing a Cabinet Cooler is it takes a short amount of time and effort to install. If compared to other cooling alternatives it may be considered a quick fix – but one that lasts years, is low maintenance, and reliable.

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Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF