Ready For Spring

Temperatures are changing here in the Midwest which means Spring is right around the corner. Basically what that means for Ohio is that it could be close to 70° and sunny one day and 32° with snow flurries the next. For my oldest son and I, the warmer temperatures mean camping and fishing are getting closer (YES!) but it also means that it’s time for the dreaded Spring cleaning and the yard work begins.

Having been a little preoccupied with our new family addition, I haven’t had much time to stay on top of keeping things tidy. In fact, my garage looks like the Tasmanian Devil had himself a good ole time (with the help of a certain 7 year old). The sidewalk and back patio both need pressure washed and our storage shed could use some attention as well. Hoping to get a start on these projects in the next few weeks!

In industry, keeping a clean work environment can be vital to maintaining a steady production flow. Luckily EXAIR has you covered with our compressed air operated Industrial Housekeeping Products. Requiring no electricity means there are no expensive parts to replace or motors to burn out from the rigors of industrial use. Designed to fit standard steel drums, the units are easy to use and operate.

Take for example our Chip Vac System designed to vacuum dry or coolant covered chips or other dry media. Or the Heavy Duty Dry Vac System which is similar to the Chip Vac but features a more powerful vacuum and holds up better to abrasive material (sand, glass, garnet) with its hardened alloy construction.

For liquid handling we offer our Reversible Drum Vac Systems that are capable of filling or emptying a 55 gallon drum in 90 seconds. Maybe you have suspended solids in your coolant that need filtered? The Chip Trapper System would be the ideal choice to separate chips from your coolant stream and then return the clean coolant back to the sump.

Finally for dusty environments, we offer our Heavy Duty HEPA Vac providing 99.97% filtration at 0.3 micron with it’s HEPA filter to trap dust and fine particles.

Understanding the need to keep things neat and clean, we are currently offering a free Vac-u-Gun with the purchase of an Industrial Vacuum System through 5/31/16.

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Order by 5/31/16 to take advantage!

If you need any help with selecting the right product for your needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

Vacuuming Fe2O3 with an EXAIR Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System

In late Fall of 2013 I traveled to Mexico to meet with our Central and South American distributors.  We spent several days together, discussing products, applications, varying business climates in differing countries, marketing, selling, and a variety of other topics.  It was great to meet face-to-face, and after returning to the States, it’s been a pleasure to see these distributors work through applications and solve problems for their customers using EXAIR products.  The problems solved with our products range from blow-off and cooling needs, to scrap removal and vacuuming.

The photos below, taken by our distributor in Colombia, show Ferric Oxide (Fe₂O₃), a fairly benign form of rust, accumulating around large wire spools.  These spools are stored outside, and the rust is not detrimental to any processes, per se, but the accumulation around the spools is problematic.  The end user needed a way to vacuum the debris that was not only effective, but reliable for long-term use – the electrically driven vacuums they had been using on-site were failing after a short time.

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Large flakes which need to be vacuumed
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Steel fines which need to be vacuumed
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Problematic area of this application

As I discussed the application with our distributor, we went over the variables which would ultimately determine the correct system and model number.  The larger, more flakey material (shown in the first photo above) is suitable for use with a Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, or Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system.  But, the second photo showing the finer steel dust led us to refine this list to only the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac.

The reason for omitting our other vacuum systems and focusing solely on the HEPA unit, was the potential for airborne dust and a desire to offer the end user a removable and cleanable component to the vacuum system.

The HEPA filter of our Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system will filter the incoming material to 0.3 micron level with a 99.97% efficiency rate.  Filtration at this level is suitable for small particles such as the steel dust in this application.  And, the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system uses a serviceable pre-filter which can be cleaned and reused as necessary.

These features, coupled with the longevity found in our vacuum systems (no moving parts = no wear points or components to break down over time), provided an excellent solution for this customer.

If you have an application in need of a compressed air based solution, give us a call.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Reduces Dust When Vacuuming

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EXAIR Heavy Duty HEPA Vacuum Systems

When selecting the proper EXAIR vacuum system for an application, several details are considered by our Application Engineers.  For example:

Does the vacuum need to vacuum liquids or solids?

If the need is to vacuum solid material, what is the approximate size of the material pieces?

How quickly does the material need to be vacuumed?

What is the compressed air supply available?

Is dust a major concern?

The last question becomes more relevant with finer material, especially dust or small dirt particles.  Many applications have a need for dust control and need a vacuum system capable of maintaining low dust levels.

The EXAIR Heavy Duty HEPA Vac was designed for this exact purpose.  With a HEPA filter that is tested in strict accordance to IEST-RP-CC-007 standards to provide a minimum of 99.97% filtration at the 0.3 micron level, the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac can provide an effective and highly efficient vacuuming method using only compressed air.

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Hopper used for fine powder collection

For example, in the fine dust collection hopper shown above, the hopper undergoes regular cleaning and maintenance which includes a thorough cleaning to remove any fine dust remaining in the hopper. This powder has a tendency to permeate the filtration used in most vacuums, and electrically powered units have continuously failed.

The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is a perfect fit for this application need as it can provide adequate filtration, and it has no moving parts to wear out.

If you have a dusty or difficult vacuum application in need of a sustainable vacuum system, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer to discuss the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping Products are Portable

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I had noticed somewhat of a trend in my inquiries regarding our Industrial Housekeeping Products of late. It seems that customers want to use our Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac or perhaps the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac with a really long vacuum hose. I’m talking like 50 or 60 feet worth of suction hose. And when I ask the customers why they want such a long hose, they say it is so they can reach all parts of their shop from a central location.

It did not occur to me until now that folks may not realize that, in fact, all of our Industrial Housekeeping Products are made to be moved around the shop, just like you would an electric shop vacuum with casters.

All of our Industrial Housekeeping Products have an industrial drum dolly available for them from the smallest 5 gallon sizes up to the big 110 gallon units. In fact, our Chip Trapper product comes with one included as part of the base system.

If you have a need to vacuum debris from multiple locations, moving the Industrial Housekeeping unit around the shop allows you to keep your vacuum hose as short as possible (we have 10 ft. hoses). With this configuration, you do not suffer the line losses associated with trying to create a vacuum across a 60 ft. long vacuum hose which results in lost performance. Dealing with a 10 ft. hose is also a lot less hassle than a much longer one.  It is a better idea to use a longer compressed air hose to supply your Industrial Housekeeping Vacuum system with compressed air and roll it around to each area where you need to use it. Compressed air travels through hoses much more readily than vacuum flows do.

EXAIR has all the necessary accessory items available including Drum Dollies and compressed air hoses to outfit the Industrial Housekeeping Products.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

Award Winning HEPA Vac

Continuing my series of EXAIR award winning products for 2014.  Plant Engineering’s readers voted the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac a silver award for Environmental Health. The HD HEPA Vac differs greatly from most of the EXAIR products.  We often improve a work environment by reducing noise level from compressed air blow offs or limiting the energy usage of a facility by conserving compressed air, but when EXAIR introduced the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac, we entered a new area of environmental health.

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High Efficiency Particulate Air standards are set by the US Department of Energy. Originally, the standards were created to protect workers, the public and the environment from particulate that may be found in DOE’s nuclear facilities. (For more information on HEPA filtration consult DOE-STD-3020-2005.) The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac filter meets the HEPA standards to filter a minimum 99.97% at 0.3 micron level.  Each filter is tested in strict accordance with IEST-RP-CC-007. After testing the filtration, vacuum and ventilation companies discovered the added benefit of using HEPA filtration is to remove particulate that may inflame allergies or asthmatic symptoms. Pollen, pet dander, and dust are physically too large to pass through the HEPA filter. For instance, most pet dander is 5 microns and will become trapped inside the circuitous air passage route inside the HEPA filter. Also, HEPA filters will even filter airborne pathogens.  Engineering Toolbox list several nominal particle sizes to give you the idea of scope. By meeting these strict standards, EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac can be used in a whole new industry where HEPA filtration is required.

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But wait there’s more!

We haven’t even talked about the HEAVY DUTY DRY VAC component of the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac.  The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac features the same hardened alloy construction of the Heavy Duty Dry Vac.  This alloy holds up to abrasive materials such as garnet, crushed glass, sand or hard materials like stainless steel chips, pipe plugs, or brass piping caps.  We tested the conveying power of the Heavy Duty Dry Vac, it moved 32 pounds per minute of steel shot blasting media, 146% percent more than a standard Chip Vac.  With all this vacuuming power, it still maintains a surprisingly quiet 82 dBA of sound level.

The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac would be the perfect item to clean out that clogged filtration system, or to clean up that spilled kitty litter that will clog up a standard electrical vacuum. It will not blow tiny particulate all over your shop and it can help protect your personnel from airborne particulate.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

EXAIR Receives Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards

Every year EXAIR strives to meet our customer needs with new products. On a day to day basis we communicate with customers who voice problems for which we might or might not have a solution. When we can’t help a customer, we see that as an opportunity to grow our business and meet those customers needs. Over the last year we have released over 250 products to fill our customer’s requests. We submitted 4 of those products to Plant Engineering for voting by their readers for Product of the Year.

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The 2013 Product of the Year Awards – One silver and three gold!

All (4) products were recognized by Plant Engineering and their readers this year.

The awards received, the products and the categories were:

Gold Award – 1 Inch Flat Super Air Nozzle – Compressed Air

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Gold Award – Dual 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Coolers – Electrical Controls

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Gold Award – No Drip External Mix Atomizing Nozzles – Fluid Handling

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Silver Award – Heavy Duty HEPA Vac – Environmental Health

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Over the next month, I will talk about each product and detail their features, benefits and applications. If you need help on any application, feel free to contact us.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

 

It is an Honor to be Nominated…

This year Plant Engineering has nominated (4) EXAIR products for their Product of the Year award.  Even though all of our products utilize compressed air, we are nominated in several different categories: fluid handling, electric controls, environmental health, and compressed air.  As a company, we stick to designing products that efficiently use compressed air, it’s our breadth of product line which affords us the opportunity to be nominated in numerous categories.

It is an honor to be nominated… winning would be further validation of everyone’s hard work around here.  We know it’s a team effort all around; from receiving in raw materials to machining and assembly to shipping quality product out the door on time. We rely on the talents of our sales and marketing teams and have come to count on our customer service folks to be the best in industry. Our engineers continue to design new products and expand product lines at an impressive speed and the accounting people help keep it all in check. If you are willing, please visit Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year website to view all of the nominees and vote for EXAIR products.  Below is a brief description of our nominated products and links to our website for more information.

We really got our start in designing safe, effective and efficient compressed air blow offs.  We continued that tradition this year by creating a 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle, model 1126.  This nozzle produces a powerful 1″ wide air stream with 9.8 ounces of force 12″ away from the nozzle.  Because the air flow cannot be blocked, model 1126 meets OSHA standards 29 CFR – 1910.95(a) and 1910.242(b).  It also maintains a quiet 75 dBA, and uses 10.5 SCFM when supplied with an inlet pressure 80 PSIG.  Please vote for this product here.

Did you know that you can cool up to 5,600 Btu/hr with compressed air?  Our Cabinet Cooler Systems utilizes vortex tube technology to create cold air, which can be used to cool electrical panels.  This year we released a dual Cabinet Cooler System made of 316 stainless steel for wash down environments and NEMA 4X enclosures that need more than 2,800 BTU/Hr of cooling that a single cooler can provide.  Please vote for this product here.

In industrial environments, electrical vacuums do not hold up for very long.  EXAIR has been manufacturing industrial vacuums to replace the standard duty and electric vacuums for over a decade, but what do you do if the environment is very dusty with fine particulate? With EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac, we remove the danger of this fine particulate from being ingested or inhaled from the air with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter that tested to IEST-RP-CC-007 HEPA standards.  The filters have a minimum of 99.97% filtration at the 0.3 micron level. Please vote for this product here.

Finally, we are nominated for a our No Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzle.  These nozzles are available in a variety spray patterns and flow rates.  The no-drip feature allows precise control of the amount of liquid used.  When precisely metering the liquid used in your coating process, the no-dip nozzle keeps up with your intermittent flow without forming a drip or a bubble to mar the uniform spray pattern that you need. Please vote for this product here.

Please take a look at these products and give EXAIR your vote.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
davewoerner@exair.com
@EXAIR_DW