5 Years Blogging

As Kirk Edwards mentioned earlier this week, we’ve blogged for more than 5 years now.  The EXAIR Blogstarted before I was part of EXAIR, and it continues to grow more and more with every post which is almost a daily occurrence.  If you look at some of the first blog posts they are fairly straight and to the point on applications, the first one even included a video of a popular application.

first blog

Now if you look at them, we don’t just cover applications, each Application Engineer has an individual voice and message that can almost always loop back to an experience here at EXAIR.  Over the years our blog has grown to include pictures, polls, and videos from all different areas, even some crazy videos from Professor Penurious (search “professor”).

When we started the blog, it launched EXAIR into the Social Media world, we now have a presence on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and You Tube.  Not only are we on these sites, we are constantly posting new information, new ideas, and new ways to utilize our products.   Over the five years we have seen some social media attempts from similar companies come and go.  We have also seen some stellar examples from other manufacturers. Oddly enough, the companies who have been able to sustain their social media campaigns and remain proactive also seem to sustain new product development and remain proactive with their customer service efforts. We consider ourselves in good company and have learned many things from other manufacturers who have chosen to remain committed to blogging and other social media platforms.

One reason we sustain and remain committed is to ensure that our customers have the most up to date information about optimizing your compressed air system.  We also enjoy being able to express our personalities through a different platform. We want you to have as many ways possible to contact us, learn about us, but also get a response.

If you have any questions, or would like some more information on anything we post on a social media site, feel free to contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Evolution of the Super Efficient Super Air Nozzle

To survive an ever demanding competitive market and meet sustainability goals, efficient use of compressed air energy is mandatory. EXAIR is there to help with its line of engineered nozzles. The following video demonstrates the progression from an inefficient open pipe, to EXAIR’s first energy efficient Safety Air Nozzle, and to the current super efficient and quiet Super Air Nozzle.

If you would like assistance in selecting the right product for your application call our application engineers at 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

EXAIR Receives Honorable Mention in Green Manufacturer Product Innovation Award

EXAIR’s model 1126, 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle received an honorable mention from Green Manufacturer magazine for the 2013 Product Innovation Awards. This competition was open to technology developers and manufacturers who have introduced new products designed to ensure environmental sustainability between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013. Green Manufacturer magazine includes a diverse range of products from biological building materials to welding tools, each with a unique set of qualifications and applications.

The competition focuses on the greenness of the product and how sustainably it is manufactured, as well as the ecopractices of the company. The claims were verified through judging which relied on third party testing and certification, reports to published databases, provision of specific metrics/quantitative information, and customer testimonials with quantitative data.

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The award with the 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzles and shims

Our engineered air nozzles, when compared to open blow off or traditional commercial nozzle designs, reduce compressed air consumption and the associated costs of producing compressed air. The lower compressed air volume required from EXAIR’s engineered air nozzles results in less electricity to generate the compressed air. Engineered air nozzles also reduce noise pollution better than traditional solutions and reduce noise exposure levels for personnel.

The model #1126, 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle is available in a zinc/aluminum alloy suitable for most environments or 316 stainless steel when a higher level of corrosion resistance is necessary. The zinc/aluminum alloy used for this nozzle generally requires less energy
than similar materials to transform into finished products, release no pollutants and no toxic residues during the work cycle, and are fully recyclable at the end of their useful lives.

EXAIR’s whole line of Flat Super Air Nozzles also utilize an internal shim which restricts large amounts of compressed use. The design entrains additional surrounding air in order to provide added volume and force for each application.

EXAIR also takes responsibility for our own processes and manufacturing facility by adhering to our own sustainability plan. This plan helps us reduce waste, recycle more material, reduce energy consumption, reduce water consumption, and keep our employees informed and responsible.

Thanks to Green Manufacturer magazine for recognizing our efforts to keep energy consumption low and sustainability high.

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer
kirkedwards@exair.com

 

History of Compressed Air

The first use of compressed air did not come from compressors but the human lung. Healthy lungs can exert a pressure of .3 to 1.2 psi. Primitive people used the power of their lungs to propel darts from a blow gun. We use our lungs to blow off debris, stoke a fire, create sounds by voice and by musical instruments.

Around the third millennium B.C. , people began to melt metals such as gold, copper, tin and lead. Higher temperatures were needed requiring large volumes of air to stoke the furnaces: more than what the human lung could provide. Egyptian and Sumerian metallurgists used the wind directed through pipes for their work. Eventually tbellowhese were replaced by hand-operated bellows and then around 1500 B.C. the more efficient foot bellows came into use.

Bellows driven by foot or by water wheel proved a reliable compressor for more than 2,000 years. But as blast furnaces developed, so did the need for increased air compression. In 1762, John Smeaton built a water wheel-driven blowing cylinder that began to replace the bellows. Inventor John Wilkinson introduced an efficient blasting machine in England in 1776 and age of pneumatic energy became universally embraced.

Thus far, air compression was used mostly for the mining and the fabrication of metals. Blowing machines supplied a combustion blast to metallurgic furnaces and ventilation to underground mines. The idea of using compressed air to transmit energy became popular about 1800 when the newly invented pneumatic rock drill was used to connect Italy and France with an 8-mile rail tunnel under Mt. Cenis. This was a super feat for its time and garnered international interest spawning a flurry of inventions from air operated motors to clocks to beer dispensers.

Many engineers theorized compressed air as the energy distribution system of the future. However, electricity advocates held strong to their belief that pneumatic plants would eventually be trumped by electricity. Neither side was truly right and the debate still festers today. Much emphasis is being placed on energy conservation and the use of compressed air. The argument holds true today as it did back then, compressed air is a viable sources of transferring energy and will not go away. It’s prudent use of compressed air, as with any energy source, that is paramount.

Engine block blow off

The use of drilled or open pipe is energy wasteful. For 30 years EXAIR has been helping conserve compressed air with their engineered nozzles. These are designed to provide greater volumes of air than the volume of compressed air used which is a green alternative to drying, cooling, and blow off applications.

If you are interested in conserving your compressed air, one of our application engineers would be happy to assist you. Feel welcomed to give them a call at 1-800-903-9247 or click the chat icon in the upper left hand corner of this page.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Are You Really Green?

I have a friend who is a “green” zealot. I am frugal and have always been conscious of saving money and resources. In today’s language, that makes me “green” too. We have had frequent heated discourses on which of us is truly green.

This is a person that returns their plastic shopping bags for recycling but then criticizes me for washing and reusing my zip loc bags.

So who is more “green“?

My friend goes out to lunch I carry mine. Do you realize how much trash is generated with take out or eat in food! My food is packed in my recycled zip loc bags. No trash.

So who is more “green“?

In the summer I close the shades on the east side in the morning and on the west side in the afternoon to block the heat of the sun. In the winter it is reversed to capture the heat of the sun. My friend enjoys a sunny and bright living space so their shades are always open.

So who is more “green“?

When driving I pace my speed to stay in line with traffic. My friend will pull up  close to the car ahead, put on the brakes, fall back then accelerate only to brake again. I get there in the same amount of time, save on brake wear, and use less gas.

So who is more “green“?

Working for a company whose core business is compressed air energy conservation, I am zeroed in on sustainability. In the course of our daily lives we will have some impact on the environment. It is a matter of minimizing it. A successful sustainability program looks at the overall picture and is the sum total of all the components.

Compressed air is valuable energy source for industry. We should use it wisely. It does little for the overall picture to implement an energy conservation program only to negate your efforts with open and drilled pipe. Using EXAIR engineered nozzles will get you equal or better performance using less air.

EXAIR will celebrate 30 years of business next year. They, too, began with a mission to help conserve resources save customer’s money, which in today’s language makes them “green” as well.

Not only am I naturally “green” so is my employer. So once again, I say to my friend – who is more “green“?

I am an application engineer. I would appreciate the opportunity to help you with your compressed air conservation program. I can be reached at l 1-800-903-9247

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax   (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Finally!

OK, two weeks ago I told you that EXAIR had several blog-worthy items coming, but they just weren’t quite ready yet.  Finally, some things are starting to break loose!

Last week we announced that the last remaining major group of EXAIR products are now CE compliant.  This includes products in our Industrial Housekeeping group like the Reversible Drum Vac, Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, Chip Trapper and Vac-u-Gun.  It also includes our entire line of Line Vac air operated conveyors and E-Vac vacuum generators.  Over the next few weeks the CE mark will be added to all of the appropriate sections of our web site for these products.  Once again, EXAIR sets the standard for performance, safety and standards compliance.

Last week we also announced that our PEEK Super Air Nozzles were chosen as Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalists.  You can see more about those products here.  Nobody else in the world has products like these.  Once again, EXAIR sets the standard.  And a big thank you to everyone at Plant Engineering.  This is the twelfth time overall that EXAIR has been chosen as a finalist, and it’s our ninth consecutive year of introducing a new product innovative enough to be recognized as a finalist in this prestigious competition.  I’m not aware of anyone else that has such a strong track record of developing award-winning new products.  Please vote for EXAIR when you receive your copy of Plant Engineering this month.  The winners will be announced early next year.

If you haven’t visited EXAIR.com recently, you might not have seen the newest addition to our web site.  The UPS Carbon Neutral logo is now shown on our home page.  EXAIR supports customers in their quest to reduce compressed air and energy consumption with products designed specifically for those purposes.  We also have a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes conservation and recycling.  And now, all shipments via UPS that are billed to EXAIR are carbon neutral.  The appropriate carbon offsets have been arranged to render all of our shipments carbon neutral.  It’s just one more way that EXAIR backs its commitment to conservation and sustainability with tangible action.  You can read more about the program here.

And that new family of products that I mentioned?  It’s finished and ready to go on January 1, 2011.  Stay tuned.

Industry leading standards compliance.  Check.

Consistent, award-winning innovation.  Check.

Tangible corporate social responsibility.  Check.

Just another year here at EXAIR.

Claims are easy.  Proof is hard.

Bryan Peters
President
bryanpeters@exair.com

The End of the World As We Know It

How many times do you watch the news or read the newspaper and wonder if REM was right back in 1987?

We have the various natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes and tsunamis around the globe.  Check.

And we have the man-made versions as well.

The spring and summer of 2010 has been spent by millions watching a webcam over a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico with growing outrage.  Maybe the latest cap just placed on the well is working – or maybe it’s making things worse and the reservoir could simply collapse and leak even more oil uncontrolled into the Gulf.  The “top kill” solution was attempted but didn’t work.  The “static kill” solution could begin soon – or maybe not because there seems to be a hurricane on the way.  The relief wells could be the answer – or maybe not because it’s hard to intercept a pipe so small with precision over a mile deep in the water.  Alarmingly, no one knows with any certainty how this story will end, and the multiple failures of safety and emergency systems can’t make anyone feel comfortable about all the other platforms out there.

And now China now has its own, albeit smaller, oil disaster to clean up – complete with economic, human and wildlife casualties and an environmental impact forecast to last for a decade.

Our global climate is warming at an alarming rate because of our disregard as a species for the impact of our actions.  Or maybe it isn’t.  Wait, maybe it is.  The debate continues…

And did you hear that we are running out of fresh water?

Most of the situations above are far beyond the control of most business owners and employees.  There is very little that most can do, for example, about the BP oil disaster except hope that the situation is resolved soon and urge the powers that be to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and inactions.

All-in-all, it can be quite discouraging.  In the end, we can only hope to contribute some positive news in areas that we actually CAN influence.  Individually and as a collective whole, we should do what we can within the scopes of our businesses to improve the energy and environmental impacts within our control.

Back in April, I posted the steps EXAIR has taken to reduce our impact on the environment.  Yesterday, we updated that information and added it to our website.  Since this kind of commitment brings along with it a never-ending quest for improvement, we’ll update our sustainability plan with new information as it becomes available.

Do your part to the degree that you are able within your sphere of influence, and we’ll help you spread the word.

If your business has undertaken these sorts of measures, no matter how big or how small, let us know via e-mail (sustainability@exair.com), Twitter (@exair) or comment on this blog.

We’ll help you let the world know that most businesses ARE trying to be responsible corporate citizens.

Bryan Peters
President
bryanpeters@exair.com