Informal Video: Converting to a Wireless Digital Flowmeter

If you have a standard Digital Flowmeter from EXAIR, you can convert it to a Wireless Digital Flowmeter. Making this conversion allows you to transmit you r compressed air data over a ZigBee mesh network. This data can be passed from meter to meter, which extends the distance the data can be transmitted. Each meter has a wireless range of 100′ (30meters). Once converted, a wireless to ethernet gateway transmits the data to EXAIR’s free graphing software. By Here is an informal video demonstrating this.

As mentioned in the video, you can set up your Wireless Digital Flowmeter and Gateway here: Video Blog: EXAIR’s New Wireless Digital Flowmeter Installation. If you have any questions, you can contact an EXAIR Application Engineer. We will be happy to help.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

Adapting To The Situation At Hand

Earlier this week I received a call from a customer who had an issue in his facility with the hand held blow guns the operators were using.   The units he had were simply too loud and he was trying to get below the 85 dBA threshold for hearing protection.  Not to mention they were using a large volume of compressed air.

I discussed the application with the customer only to discover they are blowing dry aluminum chips off a table and need a three foot extension so the operators can easily reach all extents.   The nozzles they had on their existing blow guns were essentially a cross drilled “safety nozzle”.  The customer was using the same model air gun throughout his facility at a total of 33 machining centers.   Each unit had a gun with a 3′ extension and a cross drilled nozzle like tip.

After discussing the amount of chips and what they were using I recommended he utilize a newer style adapter we have that would appear to work on his existing gun with the existing extension.  This means, rather than having to replace the entire air gun, extension pipe, and nozzle, he was able to purchase a simple adapter along with our model 1100 Super Air Nozzle and retrofit his entire facility.  This cut the budget needed by more than half of other solutions he was looking into from other companies.   Picture of the nozzle and adapter are below.



This was just another adapter for EXAIR but it was the right adapter for the customers existing product.  So if you have an existing blow off and you don’t want to replace the entire blow off device but you want to try and upgrade your system, contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

Super Air Knife Retrofit To Super ION Air Knife

One application I have recently received was from a customer that is machining a plastic material and the chips were clinging to the part, the inside of the machine, and his operators during change out.  He first tried a regular blow off gun with some results but the chips seemed to cling to whatever they were blown towards.  He then installed a Super Air Knife in hopes to create a sheet of air that will not permit the chips to cling.  While this did work for the majority of his chips there were still those that were getting blown up and being held to surfaces with a static charge.  This was a concern because if the chips were not evacuated from the machining area then it would reduce his tool life and also cause possible part defects. 

When discussing the application it was apparent that there was a static cling issue.  Rather than having to take out the Super Air Knife that was already in place we were able to retrofit his existing air knife with the correct length Ion Bar and power supply to create the Super Ion Air Knife he needed. 

Once the Ion Bar and power supply were installed the static elimination began with the flip of a switch on the power supply.  Not only was he blowing all the chips off the part but, he was also helping clean the path of the cutter which increased the tool life.  The cutter housing was also getting cleared of chips that were statically charged, and the Ion Knife was helping to evacuate all the chips into his auger and allowing for a cleaner machining area.  This in turn helped the operators reduce the amount of chips clinging to them when changing the parts in and out of the machine.

All in all, the customer was very pleased that the amount of work that went into retrofitting his Super Air Knife with the Ion Bar was quick and quite simple.

A retrofit like this is also possible if you have an Ion Bar that seems to need some air assist in order to perform better in your application.  Just contact any of our Application Engineers here at EXAIR Corp. and we will be glad to help with any issues you have.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer