It’s A Major Award!

As many of us celebrated the Holidays we revisited some traditions. Like a lot of families do, my family also has a  number of traditions.  Ours include:

  • A turkey grilled on my trusty Weber kettle.
  • A thorough cleaning of the house, because my wife says if we don’t, my mother-in-law will want to hire us a maid. I’m still trying to understand how that’s a bad thing.
  • A post-dinner family card game. After all, this is the cleanest our dining room table gets all year.
  • Some late-into-the-evening TV. This usually consists of our favorite holiday movie, “A Christmas Story.” If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a cult classic about a boy named Ralphie Parker, and his mission to obtain a BB gun, his struggles with the neighborhood bully, and, of course, his father’s uncanny fascination with a very peculiar sweepstakes prize:

From left to right: Mr. Parker’s “Major Award” lamp, and the lamp that our Mr. Edwards prefers instead.

At EXAIR, we’re looking forward to news about some Major Awards ourselves. See, four of our new products have been nominated for Product of the Year by Plant Engineering Magazine. If you’re familiar with any of these, and their benefits, we’d appreciate your vote for them:

1104PEEKWhat it is: PEEK 3/8 NPT Super Air Nozzles, engineered for high performance.

Why it’s important: Hard-hitting force, low noise, PEEK plastic construction for non-marring protection and excellent chemical resistance. High amplification of airflow produces a blowing force of 1.9 lbs, with air consumption of only 35 SCFM at 80 psig.


110108What it is: Our Long Super Air Knives, the longest one-piece Air Knife available.

Why it’s important: Uniform, seamless curtain of air flow. 16 lengths in stock, from 3″-108”. Energy efficient & versatile, all sizes are available in aluminum, 303SS, and 316SS. Infinitely adjustable from a gentle blowing flow, to a hard-hitting blast of air.


1109PEEKWhat it is: Our PEEK Pico Super Air Nozzles, designed for precision & performance.

Why it’s important: One of the smallest, most precise engineered nozzle on the market (0.63” long, 0.20” diameter,) perfect for installation in tight spaces. PEEK thermoplastic construction means non-marring protection when used in close proximity to sensitive materials.


7096What it is: Our Long Ionizing Bars, low cost, maximum coverage.

Why it’s important: Available from stock in lengths up to 108”, they dissipate a 5,000V static charge in 0.18 seconds. Small profile fits in confined spaces where static electricity is generated. Shockless and safe for superior reliability.


You’re going to hear more – a LOT more – about these products in the coming days. In fact, if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve no doubt heard already. Of course, if you’ve got specific questions about how these – or any EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products – can make an award-worthy impact in your facility, give us a call.

Time is running out to vote for one of our products! The voting window closes January 9, 2015.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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“A Christmas Story” House at Night, Cleveland, OH image courtesy of Daniel X. O’Nell. Creative Commons License.

Lava Lamp image courtesy of Ryan SteeleCreative Commons License.

The Chilly Professor (ALS Ice Bucket Challenge)

Professor Penurious puts some heat transfer and fluid flow theory into practice for a good cause. EXAIR is also donating $100 for everyone of us who may have also taken the ice bucket challenge through our other “friends”, family or organizations. So we are going to try to get a montage video together from many other employees who participated. And thanks to EXAIR for always being up for a good cause.

Also understand this much – the most satisfying of them all is the one below…Everybody wanted to see Professor Penurious get it!

Russ Bowman
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A Blast From The Past: Where and Why a Super Air Knife?

Look around your plant for these air saving and maintenance saving opportunities which are well suited for a Super Air Knife.

Do you have long manifolds with multiple nozzles installed on it? Such manifolds are large air hogs and Super Air Knives can typically cut the air consumption by more than half. Have you calculated the air consumption of your large manifold?

Look for simple pipes with holes drilled in them. These pipes generally have a number of qualities which a Super Air Knife will improve; the first is lowering air consumption, the second is lowering noise levels, the third is providing and OSHA safe blow off. Have you been visited by OSHA yet?

Any wide area blow off application could benefit from a Super Air Knife. Typical wide areas include webs of all different materials as paper, metals, plastic films and wood among others. The Super Air Knife is available from stock in lengths up to 96″ but are made even longer per request.

Also applications where space is limited. Aluminum Super Air Knives have a dimensional profile of 1.75″ (45mm) x 1.44″ (37mm) with the stainless steel version even smaller. And by running from compressed air, 1/4 NPT connections dictate a small supply line when compared to a blower option. Are you having trouble providing a blow off in a cramped space?

So, there are a few examples of where you can look for Super Air Knife opportunities. Here are a few reasons why you should use a Super Air Knife, some of which have been mentioned briefly.


A Super Air Knife is the most efficient compressed air knife on the market today, with superior flow characteristics of any competitors knife it consumes the least amount of air.

They are OSHA safe for noise. Super Air Knife is incredibly quiet. It produces 69 decibel at 80 PSIG of inlet pressure. Generally not even noticed in your typical industrial environment.

They are OSHA safe for pressure; engineered to meet the OSHA dead-end pressure standard 29CFR-1910.242(b). This means the exhaust air is below 30 PSIG and cannot be dead ended which both avoid potential harm to staff.

EXAIR Super Air Knives are LOW maintenance, no filters, no bearings, no large footprint and no large duct work to mess with like with blower operated air knives. Once Super Air Knives are in stalled, the compressed air filter/separator is all you need to look at, typically replacing the filter element (which we stock) at 6 month intervals.

So keeps you ears and eyes open for loud and large blow off applications in your plant. EXAIR will help reduce both your consumption and noise levels.

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer

Compressed Air Calculations, Optimization, and Tips

EXAIR uses our blog platform to communicate everything from new product announcements to personal interests to safe and efficient use of compressed air. We have recently passed our 5 year anniversary of posting blogs (hard for us to believe) and I thought it appropriate to share a few of the entries which explain some more of the technical aspects of compressed air.

Here is a good blog explaining EXAIR’s 6 steps to optimization, a useful process for improving your compressed air efficiency:

One of the Above 6 steps is to provide secondary storage, a receiver tank, to eliminate pressure drops from high use intermittent applications. This blog entry addresses how to size a receiver tank properly:

Here are 5 things everyone should know about compressed air, including how to calculate the cost of compressed air:

These next few entries address a common issue we regularly assist customers with, compressed air plumbing:

In a recent blog post we discuss how to improve the efficiency of your point of use applications:

Thanks for supporting our blog over the past 5 years, we appreciate it. If you need any support with your sustainability or safety initiatives, or with your compressed air applications please contact us.  

Have a great day,
Kirk Edwards

Improve Your Compressed Air System: Improve Point of Use Applications

While compressor controls and efficiency are an important part of any comprehensive compressed air audit, so too, are your point of use applications. Many times these point of use locations are quickly and inexpensively improved. The first step is to identify which area of your system you would like to improve first. Certainly you will have that “problem area”, the part of the plant you know is using compressed air more than it should. This area of your plant is usually outfitted with open tubes that have the ends crimped down as a homemade nozzle or the operators are using blow-guns with commercial grade nozzles or worse yet, no nozzle at all. It’s the area of the plant that may require hearing protection due to the loud hissing of air or where that pipe with drilled holes was the quickest and cheapest fix for the application (or so you thought).

Document these areas of the plant and address these points of use by measuring the current consumption. Many times, we find, the volume of air provided by open tubes, inefficient nozzles and drilled pipes is much more than is required for the application.  Accurate compressed air measurement will be important to properly calculate the compressed air cost and savings. These points of use can be retrofitted or optimized in a couple of ways. First, you can retrofit open tubes by placing a compression fitting and engineered air nozzle on it. This will both reduce the air consumption and noise levels within the plant. Drilled pipes have holes, or slots, along the length to provide a wide area blow off. These applications can show dramatic improvement by using compressed air knives or air amplifiers which are engineered to reduce air consumption, reduce noise and maintain OSHA Compliance for dead end pressure. The second way to improve these end use applications is to install pressure regulators and lower the end use pressure which will result in lower air use.

Don’t let these end use applications go unchallenged, just because they were this way when you joined the firm does not mean they should not, or cannot be improved upon. If you get the right folks involved and keep them updated about the actions or changes you are making, you will find advocates for the projects. Remember that quantifying the savings is key so don’t start without measuring how much air you are currently using at these problem areas. Flow meters on each leg of your system or at specific high use areas of the plant will prove invaluable to providing data expressed in dollars of savings to those making decisions within your firm. The compressed air supply side personnel will also be helpful in locating or prioritizing where to start saving compressed air. Keep employees and management informed of savings and improvements and the savings ball will have more potential to keep on rolling.


  • Measure – baseline the current conditions of compressed air use with flow meters
  • Upgrade – retrofit inefficient open blow offs, commercial grade nozzles, drilled pipes etc. with engineered  and intelligent compressed air products
  • Control air pressure – lower pressure results in lower air consumption

If you would like any assistance or support to improve your compressed air system, we’re here to help.

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer

Cincinnati, A Great Place for Customer Service

Living in the greater Cincinnati area I often wondered where the name came from.  During the settlement of our nation, settlers named their cities after those back in their homeland. The name Cincinnati did not seem to fit that scenario though.

A little research I found that the original surveyor, John Filson  named it “Losantiville” from four terms, each of different language. It means “The town opposite the mouth of the Licking River,” “ville” is French for “city,” “anti” is Greek for “opposite,” “os” is Latin for “mouth,” and “L” was all that was included of “Licking River”.

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In 1790, Arthur St. Clair, the governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name of the settlement to “Cincinnati” in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati, of which he was a member. The Society of the Cincinnati is an historical, hereditary lineage organization founded in 1783 to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the American Revolutionary War officers, many of whom were granted land in this area for their services.

There are other cities in the U.S. by the name of Cincinnati but none of them have developed into any significance.   Cincinnati, Arkansas –  originally buzzard roost, Cincinnati, California – was a mining town, Cincinnati, Indiana – on they county survey but no town. Cincinnati, Iowa  total population  357 and declining.

We are in a world of change. Things last only as long as they serve a purpose. Towns and municipalities come into fruition to serve  an industry. When they can no longer provided the amenities and resources for a growing industry, the industry leaves and the community dries up.

Businesses share the same fate when they lose their purpose…that is to serve the customers needs. The market and customer demand is ever-changing. When Business fails to recognize a changing market as in the case of Kodak, they  go by the way of the dinosaurs.

EXAIR is on the cutting edge of customer service. Our employees are all ingrained with the notion that we are all here to serve. As I said in a previous blog, that notion is ingrained in all EXAIR employees which is why we have been able to maintain better than 99% on-time deliveries. We listen to what the customer needs and deliver. It also is what drives our product development.

We truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Call us at 1-800-903-9247 and ask to speak with one of our application engineers.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
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Attitude and Commitment Separate Winners from Losers


The most immediate response to the picture on the right is that the little guy doesn’t stand a chance! While size may present a definite advantage, it is attitude and commitment that separates the winners from the losers. We all can recall the story of the race between the  tortoise and the hare. The hare, knowing that he had the distinct advantage, lost focus on the race so that steady-paced tortoise was able to eventually win.

In this boxing match-up, the little guy knew that it would probably only take a single punch from the big guy to put him down. As history tells it, the little guy was more maneuverable and he was able to dance around the reach of the big guy. For a fleeting moment, the little guy found himself between the elbows of the big guy and, with one upward swing, he put the big guy out. It turned out that the big guy had a glass jaw.

EXAIR Corporation is also known for its maneuverability. Orders are shipped within 24 business hours. Modifications to stock products are accomplished within a week. We at EXAIR know that when a customer calls, he needs a solution, whatever it might take, and he needs it now.

That notion is ingrained in all EXAIR employees which is why we have been able to maintain better than 99% on-time deliveries.

Need a solution to a process problem? Call our application engineers 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone

Application Engineer

Phone (513) 671-3322

Fax (513) 671-3363