Once again this week, I had a customer call in with a special request on one of our products. The customer had purchased a 6030 Adjustable Air Amplifier to cool plastic components after they were formed in a previous process. These components are made continuously and the only way to test the cooling capabilities was during a production run. If there was any error in the system, a whole batch of product was rejected, so the customer needed to be able to fine tune the process easily. The space was very confined, so the customer had taken the 3/4″ outlet and connected a 3/4″ hose with hose clamps in order to direct the air to the proper area. From the 3/4″ hose, they had necked down the line to 3/8″ hose to fit into their process. By necking down the outlet of the air amplifier, the customer was limiting the output of the 6030, but it was enough air to get there job done. Now that he had successfully used the 6030, the customer wanted to rollout the idea to other product lines and create a more robust system than hose clamps and homemade reducers. Fortunately, for this customer and many others, EXAIR has the skill and flexibility to manufacture custom solutions.
The customer wanted to roll the project out into 25 production lines, and create a more robust system. The first idea that came to mind was using a threaded Line Vac to replace the Air Amplifier. This would be a stock item that would produce a similar amount of air flow as the air amplifier through a 3/8″ hose. Obviously, the Air Amplifier would produce more airflow in free air, but since we are restricting that flow with a 3/8″ hose, the Line Vac and the Air Amplifier would produce similar air flow in this application. Unfortunately, the customer didn’t have the ability to test the process with the Line Vac, because of his production schedule and the risk of losing a batch of product during the testing. Because of these requirements, the customer asked us to produce (25) Special Air Amplifiers with threaded outlets to replace his 6030 that he was currently using. The Adjustable Air Amplifier would give the customer the ability to adjust the air flow by changing the air gap in the Air Amplifier to his exact specification. This adjustability means he can set the Air Amplifier to meet his current requirements, and adjust if the conditions change on his production line. Also, the system would now be threaded so he could install hard pipe to make a permanent and robust system throughout the facility.