Prepping For The Heat. (Not Solar Flares)

Well, the first day of Spring is right around the corner.  It’s hard to believe that the Summer heat isn’t that far out for us here in Cincinnati.  Of course the first thing on my mind is hanging out outside with my daughters, and track days.  What isn’t on my mind is the heat that most production environments feel.  It most likely isn’t on your mind either, and won’t be until the heat is here and the machine is shutting down.

High Temp Cabinet Cooler

Why not be proactive and fill out a Cabinet Cooler Sizing Guide so that we can help to prevent that down time in the Summer months?  Even though the temperatures aren’t as hot as they will be in a few months, the temperature differential will still allow us to calculate the heat load that is generated within the enclosure.

Sizing Guide

There’s no better time than now to start preventative measures to keeping your machines running.  Whether that is by installing a thermostat controlled Cabinet Cooler System, using a Chip Trapper to filter coolants or a Cold Gun Aircoolant System to keep a cutting tool cool.  All methods will help you to keep production up and lessen the down time and the costly replacements of your equipment.

If you have any questions on how we can help, feel free to contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Winter Is No Longer Welcome In My Book

For those of you that read my blog posts it may be shocking that I haven’t blogged about a motorcycle since October 12, 2012.  That’s far too long! Over the winter months I have been working here and there on the motorcycle. Doing the normal maintenance like oil change, cleaning, sitting on it and making engine noises because weather isn’t permitting outside fun.

Of course, one of the things I have done is use my E-Vac Brake Bleeder.  After successfully bleeding my brakes I took my front suspension to a local motorcycle race shop to have it refreshed and new seals installed.  This is something I don’t have the correct tools for so I have to hand it over to an expert.  We then got to talking about bleeding brakes and getting all the bikes ready for this race season.  So I explained the E-Vac system to them and they didn’t believe it would work as easily as I stated.

After showing them a brief video of it I was able to see the wheels start spinning in their minds.  Suddenly they realized that they could use one in the shop and that there were applications that I didn’t think of.

The main application would be for bikes with a hydraulic clutch.  The clutch fluid needs to be changed out and the air needs to be bleed out of the system as a regular maintenance item just like the brake fluid.  The reason I hadn’t thought of it is because I have a cable driven clutch.

Hopefully with the weather today nearing 50 degrees I will be able to get an E Vac in their hands and let them see that the way they were bleeding fluids is obsolete and this is best, easiest, and fastest method to do so.

The old methods are shown in the video below.  (Please don’t try to siphon brake fluid by sucking on the brake line.  You don’t know where that line has been.)

If you have any applications you think we could help with please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Space – My Final Frontier

The weather in Cincinnati this week has been a little less than stellar for those of us who like to be on two wheels or outside.  While the temperature hasn’t been too bad (close to the 50’s all week) it has rained nearly every day.  This weekend’s forecast, rain.  So rather than setting my house up to compete with the new dubstep holiday lights, I will be working in the garage.

That’s right, even in December I will be working on the race bike, preparing it for the few months of down time and making sure it is all set up for next season.  That combined with trying to get my garage to where my wife can park again makes me wish I had a much larger garage.

air knife cooling

Space always seems to be an issue, whether it’s finding someplace to store something or being able to fit a blowoff or conveyor in a production line at work.  This is why EXAIR designs our products to have the smallest footprint possible.  The Super Air Knife can fit into tight spaces between rolls and is fed off a standard compressed air line.  This means you don’t have to find someplace to put a large blower motor and the noise damping enclosure along with having to run large ductwork to the application.

LV-316SS

We also offer the Line Vac air operated conveyor which slides right in to your conveyance hose and barely increases the footprint of the conveyance hose run.  Rather than trying to figure out which style of conveyor belt to use and how to orient the line to convey that product (either horizontal or vertical), simply run an appropriately sized conveyance hose, hook up compressed air and the product is ready to move.

Here at EXAIR we strive to give our customers what they want and need, it all starts with our design and ends with our customer service.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

If Money Weren’t An Issue.

For every year I grow older I find it harder and harder to open my wallet for certain things.  I guess some would say “cheap” where I believe I have just learned from experience the things that I prefer to keep my money for.  However, if money weren’t an issue there is plenty I would love to indulge in.  For instance, a garage with enough “toys” to keep myself and any number of friends race needs met, or a driveway like the video below.

At this current point in my life, I won’t have to worry about the upkeep on either of those.  However, there is one thing I do have to worry about and that is the upkeep and cost of compressed air.   While some operators believe compressed air is free or that a single blowgun with no engineered solution really doesn’t cost that much, they are sadly mistaken.  It is because of this that EXAIR offers the most efficient way to use your compressed air in many point of use applications.

Take the real life example below.

It boils down to this:

Less Compressed Air Usage = Lower Operating Costs = More Profit = Race Track in Front Yard.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Am I stubborn or do I just have a passion to ride?

As the leaves on the trees are changing color, and the temps have already allowed for the first freeze of the year, most people who ride motorcycles in the area have already began to winterize and store for the winter.  Myself, not so much.  I rode into work from Wednesday until today this week. On Wednesday, when I left my garage, the temperature was reported at 32° F.  Today it wasn’t too bad but I have slowly over the past few years noticed that I am almost the only bike on the road during these last few months of the year.  I can’t claim that I ride year round but I go a bit further than most of my friends do.

The only way I can stand to ride in the cold is because I have the proper gear, same goes for when I’m on the track.  Without the appropriate tool there is a very good chance something won’t work.  This is why here at EXAIR we ensure all of us have the correct knowledge and tools to help you solve any compressed air application you may have.  We also offer a wide variety of products so that you aren’t trying to make something work in a way it is not designed to.

Then to top it off, if there is something that needs to be a little different from a catalog product, we may be able to offer a custom solution for you.

If you have any questions on what you need to get your compressed air applications working right for you and help you maintain production year round, don’t hesitate to contact an Application Engineer.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer / Motorcycle Enthusiast
@EXAIR_BF
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com

Short fast week. No shortage of success.

That’s right everyone, it’s Friday.   I’m blogging again which means everything went according to plan on Monday and Tuesday at Mid Ohio.  Myself and everyone I went with all stayed shiny side up so we consider it a complete success.  Even though it’s been a short week for me here at EXAIR there hasn’t been a lack of applications coming across my desk.  As Lee mentioned in his blog yesterday a good number of them are Cabinet Cooler inquiries seeing as how much of the US is well into the Summer temps now.  One of the applications that came across stood out though.

There was a customer who started out the conversation with, “I’m not a compressed air person.  I normally work with electricity.”  He was given the task of trying to figure out how to cool down a part as it exits a drying oven.  The parts were fairly flat and being conveyed on an overhead conveyor system.  They slowing down production of the parts because he couldn’t package the parts after they exited the drying oven because the heat from the part was not only too much for the operators to handle but it was also too hot for the packaging.  When the part would go in too hot the packaging would slightly mar the surface finish of the coated part.  This meant the customer was placing parts on drying racks and letting them cool which slows down the production line.

The customer initially wanted to cool down the part using a Vortex Tube to do so.   After a brief discussion I found out that the ambient environment of the cooling area was considerably cooler than the part and the parts were around 11″ long.  This means by using a 12″ Super Air Knife we can entrain a large volume of free ambient air and move the air over the surface of the part to strip the heat away from the part.  This will get the parts down to near ambient conditions so the operators can place them straight into their packaging instead of holding up the line or placing them on a cooling rack.

The customer initially contacted us looking for something that puts out cold air, he hadn’t thought about just using a large volume of cool, free ambient air to move over the part and get the same performance.   After a little talking he decided to test out two 12″ Super Air Knives.  He knows if they don’t work as predicted then they can simply let us know and send them back within 30 days. A similar application is shown below.

The customer received the units yesterday and this morning I had a message from the customer saying that the knives are working wonderfully and he is not using any cooling racks, they were even able to speed up the production line.

This made my week go amazing; it started out with two days of a beautiful race track, going faster than I ever have and stepping up to the next class of racing, then finishing it out with a success story from a customer who can now relax on the weekend.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Time for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

This Sunday afternoon I will be leaving for a two day trip to The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for two straight days of Motorcycle “Racing”.  It’s my second track riding event of the season and isn’t even actually a race.  For those that ride though they may understand how amazing it feels to be out on the track without having to worry about drivers that are distracted by cell phones or not seeing you.  This is because it’s only motorcycles and they even divide everyone one up per their skill level.   Here’s a good video of one of the Coach Riders having some fun with the Intermediate and Advanced group.  (Yes, the reason I chose this video is the music and I know the rider.  Also, yes, those are his dreadlocks you can see every now and then. )

The last time I was at Mid-Ohio I ran in Novice class on my SV 650.  I was told then that I should be running in Intermediate but the class was too full so just hang out and work on passing.  This year instead of going straight to intermediate I am hanging back in Novice for the beginning of the day just because I am still learning the ins and outs of the 600RR race bike I will be riding this year.

Along with the bikes the three of us going will be taking all of our protective gear, lots of snacks and drinks to keep our energy up, and an entire workshop of tools.   This is because we never like to be at the track and not get to ride because something breaks or comes loose.  I can guarantee our EXAIR E-Vac Motorcycle Brake Bleeder will even be in the tool box.

As long as everything goes according to plan I’ll be right back here on Wednesday and start working on another Friday blog that I can hopefully entertain all our readers with.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF