EXAIR No-drip Atomizing Nozzles – Finalist for Flow Control Magazine Innovation Award

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EXAIR No Drip Atomizing Nozzle

In this summer of 2016, we are nearing the beginning of one of the largest sporting events on the planet, The 2016 Summer Olympics. At the heart of this celebration will be sporting events of all kinds. And in the tradition of the Olympics there is always a gold, silver and bronze winner to award the top three athletes in each event.

EXAIR is participating in a competition as well. It isn’t one of a sporting nature, but rather, one of ingenuity and innovation. Flow Control Magazine holds an annual competition for innovations in new products available in industry and we have entered the No Drip Atomizing Nozzle into the competition.

In general, Atomizing Nozzles are used for the application of high value fluids within industrial processes. In some cases where the Atomizing Nozzles are mounted above the target, residual fluid that is left inside the nozzle body can drip out when de-energized and cause un-wanted blemishes on the target surface.

EXAIR No Drip Atomizing Nozzles allow for external adjustment of compressed air and liquid inputs to adjust the liquid spray flow rate as well as droplet size for a wide range of applications. That’s pretty common amongst atomizing nozzles in general. So what is so innovative about the No-Drip Atomizing Nozzles?

We have found a way to control the on/off function of the atomizing spray which supports the no-drip feature as well as the atomizing flow with only one compressed air supply. Most other manufacturers require a nozzle that has a separate control for the small valve within the nozzle and another for the airflow that atomizes the fluid coming through. It is this innovation that dramatically improves the simplicity with which these nozzles can be installed into an application and controlled through typical air automation techniques. It was innovative enough that the US Patent Office granted EXAIR a patent on the design (Patent # 9156045). So, we’ve made the No-Drip Atomizing Nozzle available with 3 different spray patterns and 14 different liquid volume options to suit a wide variety of application need. Operating pressures can fall anywhere between 30 – 250 PSIG to atomize fluids up to 300 centipoise.

If you agree with the US Patent Office on the innovation and think that EXAIR’s No Drip Atomizing Nozzles should be a winner in this competition, we would appreciate your official vote.

Please vote for the EXAIR No Drip Atomizing Nozzles at this link to the Flow Control Magazine’s Innovation Awards page.

Thank you!

Neal Raker, International Sales Manager nealraker@exair.com

@EXAIR_NR

Patented Nozzle is a 2016 Flow Control Magazine Innovation Awards Nominee!

No Drip Atomizing Nozzle
No Drip Atomizing Nozzle

The patented (no longer patent pending) EXAIR No-Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzles have been nominated and are a finalist in the Flow Control 2016 Innovation Awards.  The No Drip Atomizing Nozzles are just a portion of the entire Liquid Atomizing Nozzle products that EXAIR Offers.   The No-Drip’s patented liquid shut off valve design eliminates the need for a separate pilot air line to positively shut off liquid flow ensuring there are no drips or excess flow from the nozzle.  These are ideal when dealing with fine surface finishes, costly liquids, or intermittent spraying needs.  The nozzles are offered in both pressure fed liquid and siphon fed liquid versions.

For the pressure fed version, the nozzle will require both compressed air and a pressurized liquid source. Both pressures can be adjusted independently giving a large spectrum of adjustment to fine tune the spray pattern and droplet sizes.  The siphon fed nozzles can draw liquid up to 36″ vertically or be gravity fed up to 18″ overhead.  This makes installation quick and easy when a pressurized liquid source, or liquid pump is not at hand.

The No-Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzles have also proven themselves in many applications, you can even read about a few of them here on our blog, links below.

https://blog.exair.com/2013/11/13/no-drip-atomizing-nozzle-improves-deep-drawn-metal-process/

https://blog.exair.com/2016/03/22/atomizing-nozzles-have-added-benefits-that-can-really-help/

2013 Innovation Awards
2013 Innovation Awards

 

Some of the reasons the EXAIR No-Drip Atomizing Nozzles were selected for these applications are the patented no-drip valve, their ability to atomize liquids to a range of 22-71 micron droplet size, the ability to fit into a tight space as well as the many spray pattern options.   These features have ranked the nozzles as a finalist in Flow Control’s 2016 Innovation Awards.

We are very grateful if you choose to vote for our nozzle at the link below. Please vote.

http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/innovationawards/

Voting is only open through July 31, 2016.  We’ll make sure to keep you updated if we win!

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

21st Century Solutions to 21st Century Applications

The other day, I had the pleasure of helping a caller with a question about a particular EXAIR product…he referenced a certain page in our catalog, but when I turned to that page in the current catalog that I keep on my desk, I quickly realized that we weren’t looking at the same book.  I asked him which edition he had, and it was (gasp) our “Catalog 97.”  From 1997.  That’s right…the 20th Century.

Now, I’m old enough to remember when saying “20th Century” meant that something was new, modern, and technologically advanced.  That meant, among other things, color TV, cruise control, push-button phones, and dial-up modems.  Of course, let’s remember that, at the beginning of the 20th Century:

*The concept of powered flight was commonly ridiculed as a physical impossibility until two brothers from Dayton, Ohio lifted off from a North Carolina beach one day in 1903.

*An injury that broke the skin was potentially life-threatening: penicillin wasn’t developed until 1935.

*Pluto wasn’t a planet.  OK; it isn’t now either, but back then it was because it hadn’t been discovered yet.

Back to my story about the caller, though:  I grabbed our copy of “Old #97” so we’d be on the same page (literally), and was able to help him with his questions.  I also made sure that we mailed him a copy of our current Catalog 26, of course.  If you don’t have one, click here.

A collection of EXAIR Catalogs, with "Old # 97" right there in the middle (we don't really call it that)
A collection of EXAIR Catalogs, with “Old # 97” right there in the middle
(we don’t really call it that)

Inside, you’ll find details on all of our current products…some of which EXAIR has been making since 1983.  Others have been introduced during my 3-year (so far) stint here, such as our:

*USB Data Logger for the Digital Flowmeter

*A BUNCH of Super Air Nozzles: Atto, Pico, 1” Flat, and 3/8”NPT PEEK (we just put out the Press Release on that one today)

*External Mix and Siphon Fed Atomizing Spray Nozzles, AND a No-Drip option for this product line

*Chip Shields for Safety Air Guns

*3-foot and 6-foot Extensions for Super Blast Safety Air Guns

*Heavy Duty HEPA Vac

*High Temperature 316SS Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems

If you want to know what’s new at EXAIR, you have to look quick…and often.  We intend to keep providing current solutions to current applications – what’s yours?  I bet we can help.  Try us.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: www.exair.com
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Finally!

OK, two weeks ago I told you that EXAIR had several blog-worthy items coming, but they just weren’t quite ready yet.  Finally, some things are starting to break loose!

Last week we announced that the last remaining major group of EXAIR products are now CE compliant.  This includes products in our Industrial Housekeeping group like the Reversible Drum Vac, Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, Chip Trapper and Vac-u-Gun.  It also includes our entire line of Line Vac air operated conveyors and E-Vac vacuum generators.  Over the next few weeks the CE mark will be added to all of the appropriate sections of our web site for these products.  Once again, EXAIR sets the standard for performance, safety and standards compliance.

Last week we also announced that our PEEK Super Air Nozzles were chosen as Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalists.  You can see more about those products here.  Nobody else in the world has products like these.  Once again, EXAIR sets the standard.  And a big thank you to everyone at Plant Engineering.  This is the twelfth time overall that EXAIR has been chosen as a finalist, and it’s our ninth consecutive year of introducing a new product innovative enough to be recognized as a finalist in this prestigious competition.  I’m not aware of anyone else that has such a strong track record of developing award-winning new products.  Please vote for EXAIR when you receive your copy of Plant Engineering this month.  The winners will be announced early next year.

If you haven’t visited EXAIR.com recently, you might not have seen the newest addition to our web site.  The UPS Carbon Neutral logo is now shown on our home page.  EXAIR supports customers in their quest to reduce compressed air and energy consumption with products designed specifically for those purposes.  We also have a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes conservation and recycling.  And now, all shipments via UPS that are billed to EXAIR are carbon neutral.  The appropriate carbon offsets have been arranged to render all of our shipments carbon neutral.  It’s just one more way that EXAIR backs its commitment to conservation and sustainability with tangible action.  You can read more about the program here.

And that new family of products that I mentioned?  It’s finished and ready to go on January 1, 2011.  Stay tuned.

Industry leading standards compliance.  Check.

Consistent, award-winning innovation.  Check.

Tangible corporate social responsibility.  Check.

Just another year here at EXAIR.

Claims are easy.  Proof is hard.

Bryan Peters
President
bryanpeters@exair.com

Innovation Is Everywhere

“There’s a way to do it better—find it.”
— Thomas Edison
“The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
— Edwin H. Land

These are two inspirational quotes from great innovators of our history.  They constantly thought outside of the box and outside of what had been working for them for years.  I found these quotes after a cookout at a friend’s house this past weekend.  We (The 2 fathers) were sitting on his patio talking about motorcycles and other daily life, watching his 3-year-old son play on his play set and in the yard.  Of course his 3-year-old would bounce from playing cars and monster trucks in his sand table, to crawling through a tent like it’s a cave.  All of a sudden he goes down the slide and when he gets to the bottom he walks to us and asks his dad if he can make the slide faster.  
Not totally understanding what was going on I sat and watched as my friend went in the house and got out the Pledge furniture polish and sprayed down the entire plastic slide on the play set.   His son couldn’t wait for him to get done wiping it down.  It was like watching a car line up at the drag strip.

 He couldn’t wait to get that green light.   Once his dad was done he was on his way down that slide.   While it did make the slide slicker I felt that we could still get him going down the slide faster. 
This is where the brainstorming started.  I started asking my friend what all he had tried to apply to the slide.  He had stated they tried washing it down and then drying off which did nothing; he said they applied about 8 coats of car wax.  Still nothing worked as good as the furniture polish.   I asked him if he had tried Armor All.  He said no that he hadn’t tried that yet.  Well I learned the first time I washed my motorcycle that Armor All and a seat do not make a good combination when you want to stay still.  So he went into the garage and got the closest thing he had to it.  Next thing we knew his son nearly flew off the slide he was going so fast when he hit the last hump in it.   While he was still playing safely and it wasn’t fast enough to do any serious damage, he was astounded that he could go so fast. 
While we don’t have a slide here at EXAIR (although we should) we do constantly think of ways to innovate or create new products, or make improvements on existing ones.   This is how we have been able to go from a 48 page catalog to a 180 page catalog that is constantly being expanded and changed.   We don’t depend on any one person to come up with all of our ideas either.  Anyone who is an employee at EXAIR is permitted to submit ideas for ways to better our product or for new products.  While other companies stick well within their comfort zone of one or two product lines.  We are constantly traveling into new areas and expanding existing ones. 
This is just one more reason that we have been able to help and serve all of our existing and new customers since 1983. 

 Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com