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