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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When The Obvious Choice Isn’t

Do you have a copy of EXAIR’s Product Catalog? My opinion may be biased, but I think it’s one of the best ones out there. It’s arranged by product category, and gives you easy access to not only the model numbers of all of our stock products, but succinct and pointed details on principles of operation, examples of applications, dimensions, technical specifications, features & benefits, etc. They’re free for the asking – and if you don’t have the latest (as of this writing, #26), go ahead and ask too – you might be pleasantly surprised by what we’ve added recently!

Now, your application may be straightforward and simple, in which case, you can quickly and easily order any catalog product…almost all of them ship the same day. Our Design Engineers aim to make them simple to install and operate, so you could very well be “off to the races” in very short order. That’s our intent, anyway. But if your situation isn’t so clear cut, here’s a part of the catalog you should pay particular attention to:

tech800at120You’ll find this on the front cover, and the phone number is on darn near every page, too.

See, sometimes, “the usual suspect” isn’t the product that’s going to solve your application. Here’s a prime example:

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A very popular candy maker (not this guy, but I do so love those Facebook memes) wanted to automate a part of their operation where they cut a large slab of chocolate into small squares, and then move them to a machine that individually wraps them. They were transferring them by hand, but figured they could improve efficiency by using a “pick and place” process, and were particularly interested in an air-operated vacuum system. On the surface, it looked like a “textbook” application for an E-Vac Vacuum Generator. Due to the delicate nature of the product, though, the higher vacuum levels produced would cause the lifting mechanism to mar the surface. And, as delicious as these candies are, it would be a shame if they didn’t look perfect too.

That’s where Application Engineering comes in. Like Joe Panfalone wrote about on Monday, we’ve got the education, and experience, that allow us to “marry the practical with the hypothetical to find the best answer.” We knew we couldn’t use high vacuum, but the pieces are so small and lightweight that a low vacuum level could be quite effective, if we had a decent vacuum flow. After discussion of the application and their expectations, we recommended a Model 120024 4” Super Air Amplifier which they fitted a stainless steel mesh screen to the inlet of, and were able to pick up the freshly cut chocolate squares delicately enough to prevent any marring of the surface at all. The automated process made it quicker and easier for the operators to get the candies to the wrapping machine, defect-free, every time.

So, no matter what the obvious choice (of product) may (or may not) be, the obvious choice for guidance with your compressed air application is EXAIR.  Call us and find out.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: www.exair.com
Blog: https://blog.exair.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Sustainability – Fact or Fiction

As the world goes eco-friendly it’s not clear how much environmental good will come from all the green products consumers are buying. Many companies peddle new or improved green products through their marketing campaigns, but it pays to look beyond the product pitches and into how the company behaves.

It’s refreshing to work for a company that is really walking the talk. EXAIR’s sustainability plan has real and quantifiable achievements.

  • Our variable speed drive air compressor reduced our electrical consumption by over 4,000 kWh in the past year compared to a conventional air compressor
  • Through a leak detection and mitigation program, one million cubic foot of compressed air per yer was saved
  • Migrating our customers to electronic delivery of invoices reduced traditional postal service mailed copies by over 50% and a 67% reduction in  printed paper pages
  • Most shipments use recycled Kraft paper with a perfect “green score ” of 360
  • Fresh water consumption was reduced through a coolant management program that extends usable life of water-soluble coolant from six weeks to six months.
  • Natural gas consumption was reduced by installing programmable thermostats wherever possible to match heating and cooling cycle with facility usage patterns
  • Solid waste/trash was reduced by 88% through and expanded recycling program
  • All metals, wood, waste water, cans, and plastics are 100% recycled

Do you want to improve your sustainability scorecard by reducing compressed air consumption?  Give our application engineers a call and they will be happy to assist you. They can be reached at 1-800-903-9247

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

“Advice Is Temporary; Knowledge Is Forever”

I stumbled across this recently, and it’s become one of my new favorite adages. In the context of the writing I found this in, it was meant to call out the difference between telling someone WHAT to do (e.g., giving advice) and telling them HOW or WHY to do it (e.g., imparting knowledge, or possibly, wisdom.) It made me think about how I can do my job as an Application Engineer better.

For example, this time of year, we get a lot of inquiries from folks who need to protect their sensitive electric/electronic devices from heat – both from inside and outside the enclosure. With just a few key pieces of data, we can accurately specify the proper Cabinet Cooler System for their needs. Sometimes, the caller doesn’t understand why we need to know the temperatures inside & outside the enclosure, but a simple explanation – the difference in those two temperatures is directly proportional to the heat being generated inside the enclosure – serves to gain their understanding, and their trust.

It’s also been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. We’re no strangers to this concept either. It’s not uncommon for us to ask for a photo of an application, or to email a photo (or series of photos) to, for instance, show how a Cold Muffler is installed on a Medium Vortex Tube:

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many pictures is a video worth?  Regular readers of our blogs are treated, once a month or so, to a Video Blog that highlights a particular product, product line, “how-to,” etc.  You can search for a specific one at blogs.exair.com, or here is a list of links for your convenience:

Proper Supply Plumbing for Compressed Air Products
EXAIR Vac-u-Gun
Digital Flow Meter Software Installation
How To Change a Shim in a Super Air Knife
Silencing Mufflers
How To Rebuild an EXAIR Safety Air Gun
How To Replace an EXAIR Filter Element
Flow Meter Data Logger Installation
EXAIR Vortex Tubes, Some History, Some Products
Digital Flowmeter Installation
How To Reset the Thermostat in a Cabinet Cooler System
Introducing the EXAIR Mobile Website
Line Vac Abrasion Resistance
How to Convert a Super Air Knife to Add Static Elimination
Ultrasonic Leak Detector Explained
Taking Care of Your Ion Air Gun
How to Assemble Mounting Brackets to EXAIR Filters & Regulators
Ionizing Bar Maintenance
Air Knife Plumbing Kits
Electronic Flow Control Time Delay Operation
Receiver Tanks: When to Use One, and How to Set One Up
Care and Feeding Of Your Vortex Tube
How To Use an EXAIR Static Meter
How To Rebuild Your Reversible Drum Vac
Universal Air Knife Mounting System
Vortex Tube Demonstration

Like I said, we’re making a new video every month, and we’re always on the lookout for ideas. If you have any questions about an application or a product, whether it’s “what” “how” or “why,” we’ll be happy to help in any way that we can. Who knows…your question could lead to next month’s video!

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: www.exair.com
Blog: https://blog.exair.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair