Use The Force…Or Not…It’s Up To You, Really

The month of May, in 1977, was a great time to be ten years old. I was finishing up my fifth grade year, a pivotal one, thanks to Miss Walker, who ended up being my favorite teacher ever. She had a pet rat named A.J. that we took turns taking home for the weekend. She rewarded us for class performance by taking us outside to play softball on warm & sunny spring afternoons. I trace my love for math (and hence, my inspiration for a career in engineering) to the excitement she instilled in me for the subject…I was among the first to master the multiplication tables.

And then there was Star Wars. There were commercials for the movie and the toys and the merchandise on TV; I swear they ran every five minutes. A fast food chain released a series of posters (free with purchase) and every time a new one came out, Miss Walker promptly hung it on the classroom wall. None of us, her included, could hardly wait until the premiere. I could go on (and on and on and on,) but suffice it to say (for the purposes of this blog,) I’ve been a BIG fan ever since.

Which brings us to today…opening day for “Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” The first time, by the way, a Star Wars movie hasn’t premiered in the month of May, but I digress. The 10 year old inside me wants to go see it RIGHT NOW, but the grownup I have to be has a company Christmas party, two Boy Scout events, and a pre-holiday “honey-do” list to attend to first.

Of course, the “other” epic space movie series couldn’t resist launching THEIR new trailer this week…

All this talk about The Force (capital “F”) and the fact that I write this blog on company time has me thinking about compressed air applications that involve force (lower case “f”) and how using force (unlike “The Force”) is not always prudent.

This is the case in just about any blow off application that uses air under pressure. Open ended copper tubing, drilled pipes, etc., are common and easy ways to discharge compressed air for debris removal, drying, or cooling a part. But the fact is, they waste a LOT of the energy devoted to compressing the air by simply turning it into brute force and noise.

This is where EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products(r) come in: by using the energy of the compressed air to entrain air from the surrounding environment, the total air flow is amplified, resulting in a high velocity blast, at minimal consumption. No; it doesn’t have the same amount of force as an open ended discharge device, but most blow off applications don’t need all that much force anyway.

Of course, there ARE situations where you need to use the force, and we’ve got efficient and OSHA compliant ways to do that too: additional shims in Air Knives, Air Wipes & Air Amplifiers, or larger Super Air Nozzles.

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” the continuing theme of the Star Wars saga is to use The Force properly. For the past 32 years, the continuing theme at EXAIR is to help you use the force (of your compressed air) properly. Let me know how we can help.

May The Force be with us all…this weekend, and always.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Take You There

Apple seems to be taking some heat about the Maps application on the newly released iPhone 5. In the interest of fairness, I feel compelled to mention that I’m such a dedicated Droid user that I even have the R2D2 model. I will, however, limit my “trash talk” to the following:

I will also freely admit that I don’t fully trust my Droid’s GPS all the time, either…in fact, I would advise against blind trust in ANY GPS, as evidenced by this video from the popular TV show, “The Office:”

Of course, GPS devices, and their forerunner, the “map,” have been indispensable tools since the dawn of the practice of navigation. Key to their effective use, though, is knowing where you want to go. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of helping someone with questions about which EXAIR product to use for a particular blow off application. We discussed both Air Nozzles and Air Knives – I emailed him the catalog sections on both, and I look forward to helping him select the best fit for the new machine he’s designing.

During our conversation, he mentioned that he was anxious to receive the catalog he’d requested, because, in addition to the design of this new machine, he was also party to his company’s energy conservation program, and was specifically responsible for finding ways to reduce compressed air consumption. That made me anxious for him to receive his new EXAIR catalog as well, because it’s a comprehensive, well designed source of information on our comprehensive line of well-designed products.

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will indeed take you there. If you DO know where you’re going, and want to get there in the most efficient manner possible, we have the “navigational tools” to let you do just that:

*You can request an EXAIR catalog, and we’ll mail one right out to you. If you have questions right now, select the option to have an Application Engineer contact you – you’ll get a call from one of us right away.
* contains a wealth of information on our complete product line. There’s even a link for you to chat with an Application Engineer for “turn by turn” directions.
*If you’ve got a mobile device, we’ve “got an app for that,” as they say. This summer, we launched a mobile platform for our website. It’s available at Here’s a link to a great video tutorial on how to use it. I told you we were comprehensive.

So, regardless of your preferences, we have a wide variety of tools to help you navigate the course towards your goal of optimized compressed air use. If you’d like help with any of them, give us a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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