EXAIR manufactures a variety of intelligent compressed air products that can cool, clean, coat, convey, and conserve. They’re designed with efficiencies, OSHA safety, and high quality in mind. What could make our products even better? Making them adjustable, with the ability to aim them exactly where you need them! EXAIR offers Stay Set Hoses with our Air Nozzles and Jets to achieve this. In this blog, I will cover the features and benefits of both products.
EXAIR’s engineered nozzles are designed to optimize your compressed air system. Inefficient solutions are commonly used in the form of inexpensive nozzles and sometimes even worse, open pipes and tubes. An open pipe or tube, even if “flattened”, wastes an excessive amount of compressed air and is not OSHA compliant. The wasted compressed air can create problems in your facility due to unnecessarily high energy costs as well as pressure loss in your system; affecting other pneumatic processes. An open pipe or tube will also produce sound levels in excess of 100 dBA. At these noise levels, according to OSHA, permanent hearing damage can occur in just 2 hours of exposure. If one of your goals is to reduce air consumption and improve safety in your facility, look no further than EXAIR’s Engineered Air Nozzles & Jets.
By simply replacing your efficient blowoff devices with an EXAIR Super Air Nozzle, you can quickly reduce air consumption AND remove safety issues. Sound level isn’t the only thing an OSHA inspector is going to be concerned about regarding blowoff items and air guns. OSHA 1910.242(b) states that “the use of compressed air for cleaning purposes at pressures at or greater than 30 psi is permissible if the outlet or source is fitted with a relief device that drops the pressure to less than 30 psi if the flow is dead-ended”. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to use an air gun below 30 PSIG (2 Bar), but the effectiveness is dramatically reduced. EXAIR’s Super Air Nozzles are engineered with fins that serve two purposes. First, they help to entrain ambient air, allowing us to maximize the force and flow from the nozzle while keeping the compressed air consumption at a minimum. And second, these fins will prevent the openings from being completely blocked off. So, you can use EXAIR nozzles above 30 PSIG (2 Bar). Using an OSHA compliant compressed air nozzle in a blowoff operation should be a priority because each individual infraction from OSHA will result in a fine if you’re unfortunate to be visited by an unannounced inspection.
To add versatility to the EXAIR Air Nozzles and Jets, we offer Stay Set Hoses. The hose has a “memory” function, and it will not creep or droop until you physically move it. They work very well in directing the air flows at specific target areas. The Stay Set Hoses come in lengths from 6” (15cm) to 36” (91cm), and they have threaded connections with either ¼” NPT male on both ends or with a 1/8” NPT female X ¼” NPT male thread. The hoses are made from reinforced synthetic rubber and have a maximum pressure rating of 250 PSIG (17 bar). If you need positioning for precise blowing or adjustments for different locations, the Stay Set Hose would be a nice addition to include with your EXAIR Air Nozzles.
One of the last things that companies think about when using blowoff devices is safety. OSHA regulations regarding loud noises and dead-end pressure can be missed. To stop any future fines, it is important and more economical to purchase EXAIR products. If you would like to improve the safety in your facility and save money with your current blow-off devices, an Application Engineer at EXAIR can help you select the appropriate solution.