EXAIR Super Air Wipes: Conical Blow-off for Cable, Pipe, Hose, Extrusions

EXAIR manufactures two types of Air Wipes; the Standard Air Wipe™ and the Super Air Wipe™.  They are designed to blow an airstream in a concentric pattern around the outside of pipes, cables, extruded shapes, hoses and much more.  In this blog, I will focus on the features and benefits of the Super Air Wipes.  Their unique design, variety of sizes, and construction definitely makes this product “Super”.

The Super Air Wipes are used to blow-off, cool, clean and dry products.  The air is blown in a conical 360o pattern completely around the outside of parts.  EXAIR engineered a Coanda profile to entrain large amounts of ambient air.  This will increase efficiency by using less compressed air and still generate a large force to perform the task.  The Coanda profile is set at a 30o angle to increase the contact area and keep debris away from the portion of the product that has already been cleaned.

Simply open the two halves, and clamp them around your product…no threading!

The construction of the Super Air Wipes is also unique.  It has a split design to allow for an opening to place around the part; so, you will not have to break or rethread the material.  They also use stainless-steel screws and stainless-steel shims.  For diameters up to 4” (102mm), they will come with a braided stainless-steel hose to supply compressed air to both halves.  The stainless-steel components give the units better corrosion resistance, higher temperature ratings, and more durability.

EXAIR manufactures the Super Air Wipes with two different body materials, aluminum and 303 stainless steel.  EXAIR stocks the aluminum models with inner diameters from 3/8” (10 mm) for wire and cables up to 11” (279mm) for large pipes and hoses.  The aluminum models have a temperature range good to 400oF (204oC).  We also stock the stainless-steel models from ½” (13mm) to 4” (102mm) inner diameters, and they have a temperature range up to 800oF (427oC).  If you require different diameters or materials, don’t be afraid to ask.  EXAIR also makes specials.

Super Air Wipe Kit

We also offer options with the Super Air Wipes.  We have kits to help get the most out of the Air Wipes.  A kit will include the Super Air Wipe, a filter, a regulator and a shim set.  The filter will remove bulk liquids and debris from the compressed air to keep the performance optimal.  The Regulator is used to control the force.  This helps to not over-use the amount of compressed air required for the job.  With a regulator, you can make fine adjustments to get the proper amount of air.  For coarse adjustments, you can add shims to increase the air flow and force.  They are easy to install on the Super Air Wipes to allow for applications to have more cooling, faster drying, and better removal for tough debris.  For cleanliness and control, the Super Air Wipe Kits would be recommended for your application.

Here are some additional advantages in using the EXAIR Super Air Wipes that I did not cover.  They are OSHA safe in dead-end pressure and noise exposure.  So, they are quiet.  We placed pre-tapped holes on each half of the bodies for easy mounting with brackets or attachments.  They do not have any moving parts or require any electricity to operate.  The non-contact wiping actions that the Super Air Wipe can provide helps to support cleaning items without affecting the surface finish.  Also, you won’t have to worry about replacing cloths or brushes that will slow production and wear over time.

With the creation of the EXAIR Super Air Wipes, uniform cleaning, cooling, and blowing around the outside of parts is a simple task.  You don’t have to worry about a variety of nozzles to target the circumference, or a fabricated blow-off device that will waste air and take much time out of your day.  A simple purchase of the Super Air Wipe is all you need.  You can order them from our website at www.EXAIR.com or call us at 800-903-9247.  If you need help in selecting the proper product for your application, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR for help.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

Super Air Wipe Blows Electric Resistance Welded Pipe Clean During Manufacture

SAW pipe
Super Air Wipe Blows Off Pipe

A manufacturer of Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) pipes contact us recently. They were trying to make improvements to an existing pipe mill where pipes of diameters 3-1/2” up to 8-5/8” diameter are being processed. They had previously used our Super Air Wipe product on a smaller line that produced pipe in the 2-3/8” to 3-1/2” outside diameter range with great success. So, they wanted to know what we had that could blow off the outside diameter of their large product.

It so happens that EXAIR produces the Super Air Wipe product up to 11 inch inside diameter. With such a size, the Super Air Wipe has capability to blow off and cool pipes up to about 10 inch diameter. This capability was well within the need for our customer.

Previously, the customer had been using a series of open pipes that terminated into a ring around their product to blow off coolant used during the final phases of production. This solution was extremely loud and used a large volume of air which ran continuously while the mill was in operation. Also, the finish produced was not quite as consistent as the customer wanted. The inconsistent velocity between the home made “nozzles” caused lines to form on the pipe’s outer surface finish that were not appealing.

The Super Air Wipe was able to harness the compressed air into a more manageable flow with even velocity all the way round the outside of the pipe. The sound level dropped considerably, the flow rate dropped down to a much more reasonable level for the customer and the visual quality of their final product had no lines as before.

The pipes produced at this particular facility were used in the oil and gas industry. However, any application where pipes, hoses, tubes and any other round forms need to be blown off or cooled with air create good opportunity to take advantage of the features that an EXAIR Super Air Wipe bring to the application.

Neal Raker, International Sales Manager
nealraker@exair.com

Video Blog: What Can Air Wipes Do For You

Below is a short video showing the cleaning power of a Standard Air Wipe. EXAIR has a variety of sizes from 1/2″ to 11″, and the air wipes are available in aluminum or stainless steel. Air Wipes are often used in the manufacturing processes for pipe, tubes, extruded profiles, wire and cable.

For help with your Air Wipe application, please do not hesitate to contact an application engineer at 1-800-903-9247.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
Davewoerner@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_DW

 

Just My Size

So, I was spending some daddy/son time with my 5 year old this past weekend, (5 and a HALF if you ask him), when he asked me about my new job and what kind of “stuff” I helped our customers with. So we got on our tablet and I showed him our website, EXAIR.com. I decided to start off with our Super Air Nozzles because I thought he might be able to relate a little after seeing me use my portable compressor to blow off my workbench, sawdust, etc. in our garage.

As we scrolled through the section we came upon our Atto Super Air Nozzles. Well, that was the ONE for him! He was so excited that we had nozzles that were, per his words, “just my size” and he wanted to know when I was going to bring him one home.

Of course, as with most children, I could see his wheels turning as he was trying to come up with ways that he could use these to push his cars around or blow the dirt out of his Power Wheels dune buggy or maybe just blow some air at our dog, you know, just for fun. (By no means would I condone this behavior.)

Boxer

Since we offer the Atto Super Air Nozzle in both 316SS and PEEK material, I asked him which one he thought he would want…… BIG decision for a 5 year old! (Well, 5 and a HALF). Of course the answer was, “just get me both daddy because they are little, just my size”.

1108SS

Take a look at our extensive Super Air Nozzle selection.  The fact is that we fit any “size” from 4x.05 metric to 1-1/4″ NPT and almost every size in between, as well as multiple material options.   No matter what your applications size, or environment, chances are we will have a Super Air Nozzle that will fit it, if not then we have twelve other product lines that might just fit the need.  Feel free to check the website, EXAIR.com, and check out our Super Air Nozzles. I can guarantee there will be something to fit your application, or “just your size”, if not we’ll take it back under our 30 day guarantee.

Nozzle Lineup

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_JN