During this COVID-19 shelter in place circumstance, as an avid outdoors man (specifically I do a lot of rock climbing), things have been frustrating to say the least. In the Cincinnati area with all the climbing gyms closed down climbers are flocking to their local crag to get that last climb in for the foreseeable future. My local crag is Red River Gorge in Rodgers, KY. As the climbing season has now ended due to this pandemic the season of indoor (aka at home) training has began to ramp up with everyone hitting their hang boards and starting harder work out routines in their free time. It came to my mind that now is the time to also check out my old gear and see what needs to be replaced.
Climbing gear needs to be strong, durable and light weight so that the gear does not fail you in your time of need. If properly set up, a climbing rated carabiner can withstand a force of 24 kN or 5395 lbs. Every bit of climbing material needs to be taken care of and replaced when the time comes. When your life is hanging by the gear that you use durability and maintenance is the difference from dropping or not dropping from a cliff. But climbing equipment isn’t the only thing that you want to be strong and durable; you also want your material handling equipment as well.
At EXAIR we strive to make strong, durable, and maintenance free compressed air products. One such product is our Heavy Duty Line Vac air operated conveyor; the Heavy Duty Line Vac is a stronger and more durable version of the standard aluminum Line Vacs. The body and cap of the Heavy Duty Line Vac is made out of a hardened alloy which provides abrasion resistance. This means that it can withstand materials such as sand, salts, steel shavings, tumbling and blast media, etc. They are available from 3/4″ through 3″ and are used with identical sized hose, tube or pipe.
The Heavy Duty Line Vac also comes with either smooth connections or threaded connections. The smooth connections allow for our reinforced PVC conveyance hose to attach to the ends using a standard hose clamp. If a flexible hose is not appropriate for your application the threaded connections allow the line vac to connect to a hard pipe. Both types of connections are interchangeable to fit your conveyance needs.
If you have questions about our Heavy Duty Line Vacs, or would like to talk about any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or any of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
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With 119 distinct Models, EXAIR Line Vacs are used to convey everything from down feather to steel shot. They’re versatile, reliable, durable, and incredibly easy to install and operate. Most applications can be completed using one of our many stock Line Vacs. Additional applications include part transfer, waste or trim removal, hopper loading, filling operations, chip removal and fiber tensioning.
They are available from 3/8″ to 5″ diameters, for use with hose, tube or pipe. Line VAcs have smooth ends for hose or tube. The threaded models use NPT threads from 3/8 NPT to 3 NPT to turn ordinary pipe into an air conveyor! They can also be bought with sanitary flange ends for easy disassembly when necessary for cleaning or maintenance.
Materials include aluminum, Type 303 and Type 316 stainless steel or a hardened steel alloy for moving abrasive materials like garnet, glass, or blasting media.
With that being said, there are always applications that need a special product. And because of that we do make “special” or custom products when the need arises.
For example this Live Vac has the sanitary flange design, but the customer needed it made from a special material so their product passing through it wouldn’t be contaminated by metal. So we did just that, we designed built and shipped this line vac and it worked amazingly well!
Accessories include the transport hose, mounting brackets, filter and regulators. A filtering drum cover is very useful to keep material and/or dust inside, when transporting materials into a drum.
No matter what kind of bulk material you need to move, or what type of special conditions you have. EXAIR has a Line Vac product for it. If you’d like to find out more, give me a call.
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With 119 distinct Models, EXAIR Line Vacs are used to convey everything from down feather to steel shot. They’re versatile, reliable, durable, and incredibly easy to install and operate. Consider this list of uses, starting with our smallest Line Vac, and going to our largest:
Model 6058 3/8″ Stainless Steel Line Vacs pull mica from a bulk container and spray it into a mold for making decorative stones, to apply a glittery surface. They used to do it by hand, but the Line Vacs spread it more consistently.
Model 130075 3/4″ Light Duty Line Vacs perform a similar function in a plastic cutting machine, conveying away cut chips and eliminating the need for periodically stopping the machine to clean up.
A medical device manufacturer saw a 50% increase in productivity when they went from removing flash by hand from molded silicon parts to using a Model 6061 1″ Stainless Steel Line Vac to suction it away automatically.
A mining equipment manufacturer reclaims sand from a secondary operation on their green sand molds with a Model 6062 1-1/4″ Stainless Steel Line Vac. This keeps their mold area clean, and has eliminated waste in production.
Model 151150 1-1/2 MNPT Heavy Duty Threaded Line Vacs, fitted into black iron pipe systems, reclaim hot metal chips from a deep channel milling machine, automating the transfer to the recycling hopper. This eliminated the risk of lifting AND burn injuries from the manual handling of the hot chips.
Model 6084 2″ Aluminum Line Vacs vacuum trim scrap from custom label making machines to a central scrap bin, keeping the floor clean, and keeping operators from having to empty individual bins at each machine.
A Model 6065 2-1/2″ Stainless Steel Line Vac conveys rejected peanuts (identified and segregated by a vision sorting machine) from the catch pan to a large collection hopper. This is hauled away at the end of each shift, instead of an operator paying constant attention to the catch pan.
Model 161300-316 3″ Sanitary Flange Line Vacs replaced mechanical conveyors in a grain mill, incorporating a totally enclosed Clean In Place (CIP) system. This greatly reduced contamination controls when the product was openly conveyed, and actually increased their conveyance rates of their bulk grains.
A Model 6087 4″ Aluminum Line Vac conveys an additive (in pellet form) into an asphalt mixer, replacing an auger conveyor that left product in the hopper and would clog regularly, resulting in messy spills.
A company that recycles spent ammo from gun ranges uses a Model 6088 5″ Aluminum Line Vac to convey the granulated rubber backstop material into their truck. After the ammo is separated, they use the Line Vac to replenish the granulated rubber into the backstop.
A Model 130600 6″ Light Duty Line Vac conveys linen squares (mostly 12″ and 24″ square) through the main header of a sorting operation in a commercial laundry facility. The system also incorporates several Model 120024 4″ Super Air Amplifiers in individual “pickup” branches.
No matter what kind of bulk material you need to move, EXAIR has a Line Vac product for it. If you’d like to find out more, give me a call.
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Recently, we at EXAIR worked with a major player in the golf ball manufacturing world. As an avid golfer myself, this was an application I could really get a ‘grip’ on and I had the ‘drive’ to propose a solution.
The customer was involved in Research & Development, performing testing on the golf balls through robotic hitting, collection, and attribute measurement. The current set up involved the ball being hit, gravity collection into a PVC tube, and then an operator unhooking the tube, walking it over to and unloading the balls onto a rack, in the same order of hitting. The customer wanted to eliminate the manual task of the tube handling and have the balls delivered directly to the rack area. The transfer would need to be 15′ vertically, then 15′ horizontally, before dropping down to table level. A typical rate is only 5 balls per minute. This is a perfect application for the Line Vac, a compressed air operated conveyor.
EXAIR had previously tested golf ball conveyance, as seen in the Line Vac video below (at the 1:53 mark) where golf balls are conveyed 100′, at only 30 PSIG of supply pressure.
To present the best solution to customer, we had 2 dozen golf balls sent to us, and we set-up and simulated the actual conveyance conditions of 15′ vertical and 15′ horizontal travel. We found that the balls could be conveyed at only 20 PSIG of supply pressure, when presented one at a time. When the inlet was flooded with golf balls, simulating a worst case condition, the Line Vac was able to perform the conveyance at 60 PSIG. Operation at 80-100 PSIG is possible providing a operational safety factor.
The customer was impressed with the results and has implemented the model 6984 – 2″ Aluminum Line Vac Kit into the process, making the process more efficient.
We have a team of Application Engineers that are ready to review your process and application, and help to determine if an EXAIR Line Vac can convey your material at the distance and rate desired. We may even have you send in small sample of the material, and we can set-up, test, and share the results with you.
If you have questions about Line Vacs, or would like to talk about any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or any of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
EXAIR’s Line Vacs are an ideal solution for bulk conveying over long distances. With just a small amount of compressed air, the Line Vac generates vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other. The conveyance rate is easily adjustable by regulating the pressure supplied to the Line Vac. At higher input pressures the Line Vac will move more material, at lesser pressures the conveyance rate is also reduced.
The Heavy Duty Line Vac looks similar to the standard Line Vac, but packs a more powerful punch. Performance has been boosted with larger holes in the generator. This makes the Heavy Duty Line Vac ideal for heavier materials that must be conveyed over longer vertical and horizontal distances. Standard Line Vacs can also be drilled out to match the performance of a Heavy Duty. In addition to being a more powerful conveying system, the Heavy Duty Line Vac is also constructed of our proprietary hardened alloy steel blend. This material provides exceptionally strong abrasion resistance for applications requiring the transfer of materials such as crushed glass, steel shot, or dry sand.
Where a material such as aluminum or even stainless steel would quickly wear out, the Heavy Duty Line Vac will not. As with all of our stock products, the Heavy Duty Line Vac comes with EXAIR’s Built-To-Last 5 year warranty. We’ve tested these units here ourselves with a variety of different common abrasive materials. Check out the video below to see for yourself just how durable these Line Vacs are!
Just as the Standard Line Vacs, the Heavy Duty Line Vac can come with either smooth of NPT threaded connections to turn ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system. With sizes from ¾ NPT up to 3” NPT, there’s a size from stock available suitable for your application. If you’re looking to move abrasive materials from one point to another in your shop, look no further than EXAIR’s Heavy Duty Line Vac. Reach out to an EXAIR Application Engineer for help in determining the most suitable sized Line Vac for your requirement.
Do you have operators climbing steps to dump bags of material into hoppers? Do you need a faster way to remove scrap from a process? Do you have budgetary constraints in trying to move material from punt A to point B? If you answered yes to any of these, EXAIR may have a simple solution. We manufacture an air-operated conveyor that does not have any moving parts, has a very compact design, and generates a high throughput capacity. They can attach easily to standard hoses, pipes, or sanitary flanges to convert your piping system into a powerful conveying system. EXAIR manufactures these air-operated conveyors and trademarks them as Line Vacs™.
EXAIR Line Vacs use a small amount of compressed air to generate a powerful vacuum by a Venturi effect. The unique design of the generator creates a high velocity of air to create a low pressure on one side and a powerful thrust on the other. The Line Vac can pick up and move solid material from light and fluffy batting to steel components. They can transfer product horizontally up to 100 feet (30 meters) away and vertically up to 20 feet (6 meters) high. You can watch a video on the operation of a Line Vac HERE. Compared to other vacuum or conveying systems, the EXAIR Line Vacs are very quiet, rugged, and powerful. EXAIR makes a variety of Line Vacs in different sizes, styles, and materials to best fit your application.
The standard Line Vac is the most versatile product in this family. EXAIR stocks a wide range of sizes, materials, and styles for targeting the best solution for moving material. We have two types of connections, slip-on ends for hose connections and threaded ends for pipe connection. EXAIR can swap the connections with a slip-on hose on one end with a threaded connection on the other. They range in diameters from 3/8” (10mm) up to 5” (127mm). We manufacture the Line Vacs in aluminum, 303SS, and 316SS; but don’t let that deter you if your need them manufactures in any other type of material. We have high temperature models that can withstand temperatures up to 900 deg. F (482 deg. C). These Line Vacs work great in applications for loading plastic pellets in hoppers, discarding scrap pieces, trim removal, and transferring material. If an operator has to carry a container of dry material and climb stairs, a Line Vac could be a much better alternative.
The Heavy Duty Line Vacs are made from a hardened alloy steel for abrasion resistance. The generators inside these Line Vacs are more powerful than the standard models; so, that they can convey heavier materials at higher conveyance rates. They can reach rates as high as 40 lbs./min. (18.2Kg/min) of material. With the hardened alloy construction, they are great for sand blasting applications, ceramic, glass and steel shot. They are manufactured with inlet and outlet connections for ship-on hoses or threaded pipes. EXAIR stocks the Heavy Duty Line Vacs in the range from ¾” (19mm) to 3” (76mm) for both hose and NPT connections. These Line Vacs are our most powerful design with great wear resistance.
On the other end of the Line-Vac spectrum, EXAIR also created the Light Duty Line Vac. They use much less compressed air than the other Line Vacs which work great for moving lightweight materials over short distances. They can also be used for removing smoke and fumes from a work area. The Light Duty Line Vac ranges from ¾” (19mm) up to 6” (152mm) diameter for slip-on hose connections. This two-piece design provides an effective way of moving material at a lower cost. It can be used in applications like hopper loading, fiber tensioning, filling operations, and smoke removal. For moving material within a short distance, the Light Duty Line Vac could be the proper product to use.
Our latest engineering design within the Line Vac family is the Sanitary Flange Line Vacs. They can fit within sanitary piping systems to convert pipes into a useful conveyor for bulk material and waste removal. They use an ISO2852 flange for easy disassembly and cleaning to reduce bacterial entrapment. They ae made from 316 stainless steel material for superior corrosion resistance. They come in four different sizes to fit the sanitary flanges from 1-½” up to a 3” flange. For sensitive applications where cleanliness is a major requirement, the Sanitary Flange Line Vac are manufactured for these conditions.
With all of the EXAIR Line Vacs above, they can be sold as kits. A kit will include a filter, regulator and a bracket. (A bracket is not sold with the Light Duty Line Vac kits.) The filter will help keep the Line Vac clean as well as the product that it is conveying. The regulator is a great tool to vary the conveyance rates for better control. The bracket helps to mount the Line Vac to a sturdy base for support. A useful accessory to conveniently hide the compact Line Vac for ease of use and operation.
If you need to convey solid materials in a quick and easy way, an EXAIR Line Vac could be a solution for you. We have them in a variety of formats to match your application. They are compact, quiet, and simple to use without any moving parts. As compared to a conveying system which is bulky and rigid, the Line Vacs are flexible and inexpensive. Ergonomically, they can save the back-wrenching labor of picking up bags, climbing stairs, and dumping material into hoppers. If you want to know if the EXAIR Line Vac could work for you, please fill out the Line Vac Data Sheet (click HERE). An Application Engineer at EXAIR will help to recommend the best unit for you.
The Heavy Duty Line Vac is EXAIR’s most powerful air conveyor. While the appearance is similar to our other Line Vacs the Heavy Duty Line Vac it is constructed from a proprietary hardened alloy for greater wear resistance in highly abrasive applications, it is also designed to convey heavier product over greater distances!
The performance of the Heavy Duty Line Vac’s is nothing short of amazing! With vacuum ratings between -144 to -20 inches of water column, it is more than likely there is a Heavy Duty Line Vac model that will suit your application.
Models range from 3/4″ OD to 3″ OD either in smooth bore or NPT threaded models for the ultimate in versatility. The table below shows the different Heavy Duty Line Vac Models and their respective recommended kit, which includes a pressure regulator for fine tuning performance, filter separator to keep the compressed air supply clean and a mounting bracket.