In 2012, the National Association of Manufacturers organized an effort to proclaim the first Friday in October (hey, that’s today!) as Manufacturing Day. According to the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (a division of NIST, the National Institute of Standards & Testing,) the purpose of MFG Day is “to raise awareness among students, parents, educators and the general public about modern manufacturing and the rewarding careers available.”
Today is kind of a big deal around here. Not only is EXAIR Corporation a manufacturer, but many of the companies that use our products are as well. A lot of us have a rich story, woven into the cloth of the history of American manufacturing (which, in turn, is woven into the larger cloth of American history.) Have you heard the one about the motivated inventor with an idea to make innovative products who started an operation out of his home that, with inspired direction & vision, became a worldwide leader in their industry?
Yeah; that’s us. Today, we’re honoring Roy Sweeney’s legacy (he founded the company in October 1983,) and celebrating MFG Day, by publishing a new Case Study, proving out the benefits of the use of EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products in regard to the monetary savings associated with the reduction in compressed air use, and the noise level reduction from the implementation of our engineered products.
You can download the complete Case Study here, but while we’re on the subject, here’s a basic rundown:
- A roll forming operation used to blow off their product with a combination of loud and inefficient devices: copper tubing and modular flexible hose which is designed primarily for machine tool coolant, but often misapplied for use with compressed air.
- It worked just fine, but an engineering study noted it as a potential wasteful use of compressed air. That’s when they called us.
- By replacing those blow offs with Model 1100 Super Air Nozzles and Model 1122 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzles, their noise levels dropped from 107 dBA to 83.8 dBA. To put that in perspective, it went from the approximate sound level of a rock concert to that of a leaf blower. (ref: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: What Causes Hearing Loss?)
- Compressed air consumption dropped by more than half, from 190 SCFM to 86.8 SCFM…an annual savings of over $3,200.00. All for an investment of $654.00 (2020 pricing) for those engineered Air Nozzles, Stay Set Hoses, and Magnetic Bases. That means they’ll have paid for themselves in just under two months.
- In addition to that, for participation in this Case Study, we’re giving them a generous credit on their order. Happy Manufacturing Day!
Last but certainly not least, this reduction in compressed air usage decreases the load on their air compressors, reducing the electrical power consumed. Product impact, along with our own consumption of resources and waste recycling, is a key component of EXAIR Corporation’s Sustainability Plan. We’re making the world a better place, by making products that make the world a better place, using methods that make the world a better place. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Manufacturing Day. If you want to get in on it, give me a call.
MFG Day logo courtesy of nist.gov