3-1/2 EXAIR Pro Tips for Compressed Air Use

EXAIR offers industry leading Intelligent Compresses Air Products. Our products are engineered to comply with all relevant OSHA standards and are CE certified. When you purchase an EXAIR product, be it a Super Air Knife or a brass bulkhead fitting, you are expecting to receive a high quality and high performing product, and you will. If the product is not performing there is a very high probability that the problem is not the product.

So whatever could it be? And how can we fix the issue? Air supply going to the product is a common issue, so first we need to insure that there is a steady flow of the appropriate pressure and volume of air. Even though you may have a 100HP compressor, the distance form the product, the size of the pipes delivering the air, the smoothness of the inside of the pipes (is there internal rust and buildup), leaks and other restrictions of air flow rate all contribute to the overall performance.

A large majority of the product performance issues that are brought to us are caused by insufficient air supply in one form or another. Sometimes this is due to the overall size of the system, but many times it is at the point of use. Let’s assume that you have the right sized compressor to power all features in the shop. These next items are where we would want to focus and correct.

EXAIR Digital Flowmeter

Pro tip #1 – Use EXAIR Digital Flowmeters to monitor your air consumption. You should have a log of how much each compressed air tool / machine uses, and compare that to how much air is traveling down that leg of your facility. Leaks, corrosion, rust, and accidents happen. By monitoring and logging your SCFM in each major leg of your system, you will easily be able to narrow down root problems, and track leaks. You will also have solid answer when asked – “Do you have enough air for this?”.

Pressure Regulators “dial in” performance to get the job done without using more air than necessary.

Pro Tip #2 – Use a Tee Fitting and install a Pressure Regulator with Gauge at the point of use. This allows you to see, and control the pressure for each product. This removes all questions of air pressure at the point of use. Although your system seems large enough, many times the pressure is less at the point of use, due to restrictions, unknown leaks etc… Having the information from tip #1 and #2, you will easily be able to identify if your issue is the system, or the tool.

Pro Tip #2.5 – Turn it down (the pressure) if you can… Operate each compressed air application at a pressure just high enough for your desired result – not necessarily full line pressure. We have discussed in many other blogs how compressed air is your 3rd or 4th highest utility. If you optimize the pressure per application, you can save dollars. As a rule of thumb, if your system is operating at the 100 psig level, lowering the pressure by 2 psig will save 1% of energy used by the air compressor. A great example of this would be our Super Air Knives. Optimal use is at 80 psig, and “X” SCFM (based upon length of the Super Air Knife). At 80 psig and the proper SCFM, this flow will feel like having your hand out the window of your car when you are driving about 50 MPH. Your application may not need that much air flow, to get the job done. Turn it down and test it. Start at 80 psig and using the tools from tip #2, turn it up or down until your needs are met. Many of our products do not need to be used at full pressure to effectively solve your process problem.

Pro tip #3 – Use the proper sized lines, connectors and fittings. Pipe restriction can kill performance. Quick connects can be very problematic. Most quick connects are rated at the same size as the incoming pipe, tube or hose, but may actually have a much smaller inner diameter. As you can imagine, this oversight can cause significant performance issues, and end up costing more lack of production or defective product. Be it a quick connect, or any other connector or fitting, it is imperative not to restrict the air. This will result in problems, and lack of performance.

Please do not hesitate to reach to discuss any performance issues, or find out how we can help.

Thank you for stopping by,

Brian Wages

Application Engineer

EXAIR Corporation
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EXAIR High Lift Reversible Drum Vac™ System: Overview

EXAIR High Lift Reversible Drum Vac Systems

Not all liquid vacuums are the same.  Have you seen motor burnouts, loud noises, single directional flow, and potential electrical hazards?  EXAIR manufactures a pneumatic venturi pump to remove all those issues; the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System.  It does not have any moving parts to wear; a two-way action to fill or expel liquid from standard drums; and is quiet.  They only use compressed air to generate a powerful vacuum to lift liquid into a drum; and with a simple twist of the knob, it will push the liquid out.  And by using compressed air, no electricity is required, making it safe to use.  They work great for fluid transfers or liquid spills, and the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac can fill a 55-gallon (208L) drum in 85 seconds from 15 feet of lift.  And with the powerful vacuum pressure, it can move thick liquid with viscosity up to 1400 cps through 20 feet (6m) of hose.  How can this product be useful for you?  If you work with liquids in a cistern, underground tanks, higher viscous fluids, or pits; EXAIR has a product for you; the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System.  They are reliable and simple to use; and it is why it was awarded the 2015 Product of the Year by Plant Engineering.  In this blog, I will go over the specifications and packages that EXAIR offers.

The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac has stainless steel construction for corrosion resistance.  It comes with a built-in safety relief valve to avoid over pressurizing and an internal float to stop any over-filling of the drum.  The air consumption is 43 SCFM (1,218 SLPM) at 80 PSIG (5.5 Bar), and it has a quiet noise level of only 83 dBA.  Systems are available in 30-, 55- and 110-gallon capacities (114L, 208L, and 418L respectively) in different packages.

30, 55 and 110 Gallon High Lift Reversible Drum Vac Systems

The Standard system will include the two-way pump assembly, shutoff valve, 20′ (6m) vacuum hose, a 90° quick release elbow, a standpipe, and an aluminum chip wand.  The standpipe is cut to length for the properly-sized drum (the drum is not included in this option).  The standpipe extends inside the drum to remove as much liquid as possible when emptying the drum. 

With a simple turn of the knob, the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac can fill or empty a 55 gallon drum

The Deluxe system will include all of the items shown above in the Standard system and adds a drum dolly, ABS spill recovery kit, (2) extension wands, crevice tool, skimmer tool and a magnetic tool holder.

The Premium system will include all of the items in the Standard System and adds the drum with lock ring and lid, drum dolly, ABS spill recovery kit, (2) different lengths aluminum crevice tools, skimmer tool, a magnetic tool holder and a 20′ (6m) compressed air hose.

Like I mentioned above, not all liquid vacuums are the same.  The EXAIR High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System is maintenance-free for long-lasting use in industrial environments.  We offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee for U.S. and Canadian customers if you wish to try them out.  And from now until May 31, 2022; EXAIR is having a promotion.  With a purchase of one of our Industrial Housekeeping Products, you will receive a Vac-u-Gun with a vacuum bag, a $133.00 value, with qualified purchases.   If you have any questions about the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System or any of our other Industrial Housekeeping Products, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR.  We will be happy to help you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
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EasySwitch Hepa Wet-Dry Vac Wins a Platinum 2022 Industrial Hygiene Award

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And the winning streak continues. EXAIR wins another award!!! It’s not bronze, silver, or gold, it’s Platinum!! WOW!! How good does this product have to be to win Platinum? To put this in perspective we can look at several awards that we are more familiar with. The Olympics? Well, these athletes are only good enough to win a Gold Medal. In the music world there are Gold and Platinum records. In the music industry Platinum is twice as good as Gold. I believe it’s fair to say that a Platinum award describes a product that far exceeds the expectations of the market. That is just what our EasySwitch Hepa Wet-Dry Vac does.

This isn’t your dad’s wet-dry vac that was stacked away in the garage and only used as a last resort. This is a serious industrial vacuum system that will absolutely blow you away, and keep your facility clean. Every building that runs compressed air should have one. This is unquestionably the best wet-dry vac on the market today. Again – PLATINUM. But what makes it so amazing? I’m glad you asked.

1st off, you can switch this from wet to dry in less than 10 seconds. Oh and we did mention HEPA – yes HEPA filtration on the dry side. You simply disconnect the 1 latch on the filter hatch flip it open and either insert (for dry) or remove (for wet) the filter. The filters are available in in standard or HEPA.

2nd – this vacuum gives you a high performance using minimal air.

3rd – it is quiet – only 79 dBA at 80 psi. This is well below the OSHA noise requirements.

I could go on about how this is maintenance free, with no shock concerns (electricity free), spill free with auto safety shutoff, no motors to clog or wear out and that it can operate continoulsy for as long as you want it to, but I’d like to move on and discuss some of the applications.

The EasySwitch is a perfect solution for coolant, shavings, chips, floor cleanup, drains, absorbents, and mold and allergen removal, just to mention a few.

Please give us a call today to discuss or order our Platinum Award winning EasySwitch Hepa Wet-Dry vacuum.

Application Engineer

Brian Wages

EXAIR Corporation
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EXAIR’s Vac-U-Gun is THE Ideal Maintenance-Free Handheld Vacuum for Operators

Do you have workstations that require periodic cleaning and are tired of replacing electric vacuums? EXAIR’s Vac-U-Gun is a simple to use low-cost solution to a wide variety of industrial housekeeping issues. It’s constructed of a durable die-cast material and has no moving parts that’ll ever wear out or need to be maintained. Currently, EXAIR is running a promotion on the Industrial Housekeeping Products that includes a FREE Vac-U-Gun with any purchase of an Industrial Housekeeping Vacuum System.

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Vac-U_Gun cleaning up shavings after a sawing operation

In addition to being easy to use, the Vac-U-Gun is also more efficient than ordinary blow guns. By injecting a small amount of compressed air through directed nozzles, a vacuum is then produced on one end and a high output flow on the other. The amplified outlet flow through the Vac-U-Gun is 12 times the compressed air consumption of the gun.

The Vac-U-Gun is capable of both vacuuming material, as well as being operated as a blow gun. In vacuum mode, the work surfaces can be easily cleaned by vacuuming the debris away rather than blowing it off of the surface. Rather than simply moving the material around the shop floor, it can be contained and transferred to a waste receptacle using the 10’ vacuum hose, or straight into the filter bag.

Switching from vacuum mode to blow mode can be achieved in just a matter of seconds. To change the Vac-U-Gun from vacuum to blow mode, simply remove the threaded cap and change the orientation of the generator inside. Since the Vac-U-Gun has a large 1-1/4” diameter air outlet, it covers much more surface area in less time compared to traditional air guns. This can help to reduce the time needed for a variety of different blowing, cooling, or drying applications. Due to the nature in which the Vac-U-Gun entrains ambient air, it allows for more force and flow through the gun at a minimal compressed air consumption.

vac u gun kits

The Vac-U-Gun system is available by itself, or in one of three different kits. It can be used with or without the 10’ (3m) vacuum hose or the filter bag. Various vacuum accessories are included in the kits to accommodate a variety of different materials and applications. If you’re looking for a versatile gun that can help boost productivity in a number of applications within your facility, look no further than the Vac-U-Gun.

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
E-mail: TylerDaniel@exair.com
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