Snow Snow Go Away

Enough already! Enough is enough! I am done with Winter!

 

I’m sure that I am expressing the sentiments of  most the nation.   In my sixty some years I cannot remember a winter this severe. I shouldn’t complain though as I have heat and electricity, unlike those who are caught up in the propane shortage.

When you come to think of it, folks in the extreme northern climates deal with this kind of weather as a normal routine. It just proves that we have become so accustomed to a controlled environment, that we have lost our resilience and the ability to cope  outside our comfort zone. I am going to take this as a wake up call and stop complaining and go take the dog for a walk.

With cold gripping the country, you would not think that we would be getting calls for our Cabinet Cooler Systems. Quite the contrary as many control panels are in very warm environments such as foundries, bakeries, etc. Also Summer will be coming soon. It would be best to get a Cabinet Cooler System sized up and ready rather than wait for a heat related shutdown.

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Our application engineers are available to help you size up your cooling requirements. We have an online form to outline  the data we will need to size one up properly. One of our engineers will do the calculations for you and get back to you promptly. Remember last summer when that one panel kept tripping out or alarming every time it got too hot…You may be cold now, but don’t let the heat sneak up on you.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: EXAIR_JP

Safety – When You Least Expect It You Need it Most

The cold weather kept me indoors this weekend and I conceded to being a couch potato in front of the TV. One of the shows I watched was the lumberjack competitions – and let me tell you, those guys are crazy. Standing on a board wedged into a notch in the side of a tree, up 40 feet in the air and swinging an ax is just not safe. But, that was the way it was done in the early days before mandated safety rules.

Afterward, I watched a little news only to see hundreds of motorists stranded in their cars due to inclement weather. Folks were on their way home from work and ended up sleeping in their cars. I know it is recommended that you carry an emergency kit in your car but I never gave it any thought it would be needed it in the city. Then I was jolted from my couch when the smoke alarms went off. I forgot about my buffalo wings in the oven. Wow! What if I had left the house?

In the workplace, compressed air safety should be a top priority. Open compressed air lines are extremely noisy and can cause permanent hearing loss which is addressed  OSHA Standard 29 CFR – 1910.95 (a) regarding the allowable noise exposure. High pressure compressed air can pierce the skin and enter the blood stream, causing a dangerous blood embolism – this is why OSHA has standard CFR 1910.242(b), 30 PSI maximum dead end pressure for compressed air blow off.

One of the main issues with regulating all of your compressed air lines to less than thirty psig is, thirty psig does not provide a very effective blow off.  With EXAIR’s  engineered nozzles the air can be kept at higher line pressure and still meet or exceed the OSHA standard. Higher pressure equate to higher velocity and more force upon your application. Because of this, we can solve the application, keep compressed air to a minimum, and keep safety a top priority.

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EXAIR nozzles are safe, provide very effective blow off, and reduce compressed air consumption. By design they produce output flow up to 25 times the compressed air consumed. For more information or help with your application call our application engineers at 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Winter has been interesting so far to say the least; an Alberta clipper followed by mild temperatures then another clipper. With the transition of temperatures comes snowfall. I can’t say that I am too fond of driving through or shoveling this stuff but my dog sure loves the snow. He woke me up at 1 AM to go outside. I thought it was a routine nature call. As it turns out all he wanted is to frolic in the snow! He didn’t want to come in and I wanted to go back to bed.

Winter brings not only cold and snow but low humidity levels. Dry air is less conductive than humid air resulting in problems with static electricity. We have all experienced static cling on our clothes and an occasional static shock. On a personal level, it is more of a nuisance but in manufacturing, ESD (electro static discharge) can have some serious ramifications. With more computerization being introduced to the factory floor, ESD is more of a concern with keeping operations up and running. A single ESD can wipe out a control board, give misreads on sensors, etc.

EXAIR has a full line of static eliminating products to solve ESD problems in the manufacturing environment. Give our application engineers a call 1-800-903-9247. They will review your application with you and make a product recommendation. Then, EXAIR will provide you a 30 day evaluation. If you are not satisfied for any reason you can return it for full credit.guarantee

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: EXAIR_JP

Vortex – Fast Becoming a Common Term

Seems like the term vortex is being use for everything  from vortex engines and now to polar vortex. Throughout EXAIR’s existence, it  has had a product called a Vortex Tube and it is also associated with very cold air. It is truly a vortex and has been around since 1929.

A Vortex Tube is used to generate cold air using compressed  normally 80-100 PSIG. It is introduced tangentially into a spin chamber and spins at up to 1,000,000 RPM. This air stream revolves toward the opposite end where some escapes through a control valve (used to adjust the temperature and flow of  cold air). The remaining air, still spinning, is forced back through the center  of the outer vortex. The inner stream gives off kinetic energy in the form of heat (released out the control valve) to the outer vortex and exits the vortex tube as cold air.  See demo [click here]. The refrigerated air produced is used for spot cooling where conventional A/C is not practical or feasible to install.

Over the years, EXAIR has developed several products using the vortex.

If you have an application that requires cooling, feel welcomed to call us and ask to speak with one of our engineers.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

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One and Done – Not EXAIR

Cincinnati professional sports teams are getting a reputation of one and done. If you are a die-hard Bengals fan you are probably enrolled in some sort of grief support group by now. With all the hype about how this was finally going to be the year they would win a playoff game but they failed to come through – again. If you are a Reds fan, you are still recovering from a disappointing season finale.

Not all is doom and gloom in Cincinnati though, as we have one clear and consistent winner…the EXAIR Corporation. For the past 30 years we have consistently met customer expectations with 99% on time deliveries, consistent product development, and customer support second to none.

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EXAIR’s has been recognized for its innovation by the readers of major publications who have voted us product of the year awards. The walls of our hallways are lined with award plaques, 29 in all and 2013 is pending.

Our customers recognize our accurate and on time deliveries. Grainger has awarded us their prestigious Partners in Performance award.

graingerSo for me, its great to live in Cincinnati because I work for the best company in the city. A true winner.

I would welcome your challenge to assist you with your compressed air application and in doing so, demonstrate why we are receiving so many performance awards.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

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The Many Faces of Santa Clause

I am fascinated by the various Christmas traditions and faces of Santa Clause throughout the world.   My favorite Santa version  is known as Ded Moroz from Siberia. He looks a bit intimidating but that may be an incentive as to whether or not you choose to be good or bad.

In Yugoslavia, they kind of roll  what we celebrate as Halloween, Mother’s Day and Christmas gift giving all in one. On the second Sunday before Christmas, the children creep in and tie their mother’s feet to a chair and shout, “Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, what will you pay to get away?” She then gives them presents. Children play the same trick on their father the week after.

The children celebrating Christmas in China decorate trees with colorful ornaments. These ornaments are made from paper in the shapes of flowers, chains and lanterns. They also hang muslin stockings hoping that “Christmas Old Man” will fill them with gifts and treats. Santa Claus is called Dun Che Lao Ren which means “Christmas Old Man.”.

In China they call this season the Spring Festival and celebrate with many festivities that include delicious meals and pay respects to their ancestors. The children are the main focus of these celebrations, they receive new clothes and toys, eat delectable food and watch firework displays.

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Catered lunch of Christmas past.

The one thing that is common among all traditions is…Food.  And I’m here to tell you there is tons of food around the office during the holiday season and the company caters in a lunch.

In the past, after all the binging is over, we have had diet competitions. I’ve never been successful with that and just carry the extra weight for the remainder of the year. Yep, each year I add another pound. I’ve been with EXAIR for 20 years and have put on 20 pounds.

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During this holiday season, more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. Thank you and may peace, prosperity, & happiness be yours throughout the holidays and new year.

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Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Experience Is What Matters

Collectively EXAIR’s application engineers have 45 years with the company and 100 years of industrial experience. Each application engineer comes to us with “shop” experience and a college education. Between the two disciplines (real world and college experience), we can marry the practical with the hypothetical to find  the best answer to your compressed air challenges.

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For me, I have industrial engineering and business management degrees. I’ve been a machine shop manager, manufacturing engineering manager, and a marketing product manager. Kirk comes from a family of industrial distributors and sold mechanical power transmission equipment for years, he also has a masters degree. Brian has mechanical engineering technology degree and was a service tech for a machine tool builder. Russ is schooled by the U.S. Navy in nuclear technology and has years of experience in the pump industry. Dave has a degree in mechanical engineering and worked as an application engineer prior to coming to us. Neal has a degree in industrial technology and worked his way through the ranks in the injection molding industry prior to EXAIR. Lee has an electro-mechanical engineering degree which he finished while working as an automotive technician and is also a six sigma black belt.

All this knowledge and experience is not confined to one individual.  Our cubicles are arrange so as to be in ear shot of one another. When you call in for technical support, you not only have the expertise of the engineer you are talking with,  but the entire engineering staff.

Being on the technical support line, we come into contact with hundreds of engineers from most every facet of manufacturing.  Be it industrial, textile, automotive, mining, power generation, paper/pulp, pharmaceutical or medical, we have had experience in serving these customers and more.

Need to update your compressed air system? Are you wanting to save energy by reducing you compressed air consumption? We would sincerely welcome the opportunity to serve you. Call one of our application engineers at 1-800-903-9247 [list of engineers ]

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

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