Line Vac Helps Students With Automation Projects

Over the past year I received a contact from a professor and student combination from Madison Area Technical College inquiring about the sizes available for our Line Vac products.  They were using a 2″ Line Vac in one of their automation class labs and wanted to try something a little bigger for a new project.  The 2″ Line Vac was one they had used in the past on different projects and had always worked well.   The new project however increased the bag size and made the conveyance difficult for the 2″ Line Vac.


The Initial e mail received.
The Initial e mail received after a short conversation.

With the picture below of their current setup and a good understanding that they will be placing three items into a heat sealed bag that is roughly 3″ long and 2″ wide we settled on using the 3″ Aluminum Line Vac at a low pressure to convey the baggies to their secondary function.   As you can see in the video below, the Line Vac is activated by a sensor and operates for just seconds in order to convey the bag of parts successfully to the other side of the machine cell where the bag is then picked and placed by a robotic arm.

The existing 2" Line Vac they had in place.
The existing 2″ Line Vac they had in place.

After the project was completed we received a mention through social media, as well as a brief video showcasing the Line Vac in use.  The video showcases how easy it is to install an EXAIR Line Vac into a tight space where adding other conventional mechanical conveying systems would be considerably more elaborate.  The Line Vac is being controlled via a PLC that energizes a solenoid valve on a timer to convey the package in a matter of seconds.

 

Social Media Contact
Social Media Contact

We are very pleased to see the projects these kids turned out, and the leadership shown by Peter, their instructor. Manufacturing programs such as this one at Madison Area Technical College are important for our economy and for the future of these kids. We’d like to congratulate them all on their accomplishment.

If you have a project you are trying to move products from one point to another, contact us.  If you are a professor, student, or even a mentor to an educational program that would benefit from EXAIR products, please contact me directly.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Efforts And Hard Work Coming To Fruition

This past weekend I got to check one of the many projects off my “Honey-Do” list from my wife.  I finally got the plants we had started from seeds several months ago into the ground in the backyard in a freshly made garden.  After running errands for most of the day on Saturday and Sunday, picking up supplies for other projects, I had some time to start outlining this garden.

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I thought it was going to be a small garden, maybe 4′ x 4′.   It turned out to be a 6′ x 12′ garden that could stand to be a little bigger.  I did have the help of a 10″ wide tiller that lost the muffler before the first stripe was done.   It was by no means an easy task but I finally got the entire area tilled and laid out the plants with the help of my father, my wife planted them.

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Now we have to ensure the weeds are kept, the plants are watered, and the animals are kept out.  With any luck, we will get to see the hard work turn into something the whole family can enjoy, mainly vegetables.

Here at EXAIR we are constantly working hard  to develop new products and processes to help you, our customer, save time, effort, money, and most importantly compressed air.  If we didn’t put in the hard work to get our messages out and make sure that every product performs how we say it will then we wouldn’t be here.   The company would dry up like a garden that is untended.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF