One of our distributors reached out to me this week about a static elimination application in Russia. The end user has the setup shown above, and they are in need of a means to remove dust from the plastic panels on the conveyor. These panels have a static charge causing ambient dust to adhere to their surfaces.
The main questions for this application were whether we could provide a solution capable of creating a static eliminating blow off for the entire width of the conveyor (approx. 54”), and whether the dust particles can be removed from the working area after removal from the plastic panels.
In order to answer the first question we first had to select a solution, and the Super Ion Air Knife is a near-perfect fit. We can provide Super Ion Air Knives in any length up to 108”, with a stock length 54” unit available on the shelf. This was a straightforward recommendation to remove the static from these plastic sheets – install one 111054 54” Super Ion Air Knife on the top and bottom sides of this conveyor to remove the static and blow off the dust. But, the second question will require a more specialized solution.
When static causes dust to adhere to a surface, removal of the static charge allows the dust to fall off or be blown away, so we were confident that we can remove the static and dust. But, we then need to vacuum these dust particles away – something we could achieve with a series of Super Air Amplifiers or Line Vacs – which will require some sort of specialized hood. Fortunately for us, this application already has a vacuum control system with a hood (you can see this in the right side of the photo with a large plastic air duct running to the top and bottom hoods on this conveyor line).
So, problem solved! We recommended the two Super Ion Air Knives are installed with the airflow aimed at a 45° angle of attack, opposite the direction of travel, and with the airflow aimed into these vacuum hoods.
If you have a similar application or static problem in your facility, give us a call, we’ll be happy to help.
With the Winder Olympics now officially underway I have been trying to figure out just how EXAIR could be a part of the process. Maybe not in the forefront, but what are some applications that are there and have potential for being done by or improved by an EXAIR product.
The first even/ sport I thought of was Hockey. When a skate is sharpened they generally do a dry grinding stone. This can heat up the blade and cause it to become brittle. The best way EXAIR can help is to offer a Cold Gun or a Mini Spot Cooler to apply a cold dry air to the grinding point and keep both the material and the stone cool to offer maximum tool life as well as a finer finish on the blade. (This could probably be used in figure skating too but we’ll stick to hockey for this example.)
The second point was during any of the celebratory events where confetti is dispensed an EXAIR Line Vac or a Super Air Amplifier to help dispense the confetti. We showcase how well this works in one of the Professor Penurious videos.
The final would be the best in my opinion which is to use a Line Vac for a T-Shirt Cannon. Which would help to spread the promotional items in the common areas. We have customers who build awesome t-shirt cannons used at sporting events, I’m just not sure they get the crowd that hyped up within the curling stadium.
So whether you are in the Olympics or simply trying to make some parts for a customer we probably have a product that can help. Feel free to contact us and find out how.
Yesterday on lunch I grabbed a bite and noticed an international market/deli a few doors down from where I parked. Always on the lookout for new foods, and appreciative of meeting people from other cultures, I decided to stop in. As I walked toward the door I noticed post cards in a cursive Russian script, which is always fun because the cursive “т” looks almost identical to the printed “м”, the cursive “д” looks like the English “g”, and the cursive “г” looks like the English “d”. I like to go through the pronunciations like a game of letter roulette. As I ventured further into the store I ventured further into a little version of Russia…
Last May Ivan Banks and I visited the EXAIR distributor in St. Petersburg, Podshipnik Service (Bearing Service). One day on lunch we ate at the building in which our distributor is headquartered. The eat-in area of this deli in Cincinnati was like a replica of the small eatery in St. Petersburg. Who knew there was a little slice of Russia so close to the EXAIR office?!?
Driving back to work I gave thought to the differences in various markets which we serve at EXAIR, especially those outside of the U.S. If you’re a reader of our blog and in a market outside the U.S., please email me at LeeEvans@EXAIR.com with any needs you may have for our products.