Enough already! Enough is enough! I am done with Winter!
I’m sure that I am expressing the sentiments of most the nation. In my sixty some years I cannot remember a winter this severe. I shouldn’t complain though as I have heat and electricity, unlike those who are caught up in the propane shortage.
When you come to think of it, folks in the extreme northern climates deal with this kind of weather as a normal routine. It just proves that we have become so accustomed to a controlled environment, that we have lost our resilience and the ability to cope outside our comfort zone. I am going to take this as a wake up call and stop complaining and go take the dog for a walk.
With cold gripping the country, you would not think that we would be getting calls for our Cabinet Cooler Systems. Quite the contrary as many control panels are in very warm environments such as foundries, bakeries, etc. Also Summer will be coming soon. It would be best to get a Cabinet Cooler System sized up and ready rather than wait for a heat related shutdown.
Our application engineers are available to help you size up your cooling requirements. We have an online form to outline the data we will need to size one up properly. One of our engineers will do the calculations for you and get back to you promptly. Remember last summer when that one panel kept tripping out or alarming every time it got too hot…You may be cold now, but don’t let the heat sneak up on you.
EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems are an ideal solution for cooling & purging electrical/electronic control panels. If you have one, but don’t know the Model Number, the following video will show you how to identify your unit, quickly and easily.
Now that I have your attention I can assure you I am only going to talk about compressed air. At a compressed air seminar I attended yesterday, I saw many images of poorly connected air lines and fittings. The majority of the cases I saw all boiled down to one common denominator. See if you can find anything wrong with the pictures below and then we’ll get into it.
The first picture shows the easy way to hook up a regulator and make it easy to take apart. The issue is the quick disconnects may make it easy to hook something up or take the regulator out for maintenance but you are also restricting your flow considerably. If you were to hook a Soft Grip Safety Air Gun up at the end of the line you would be limiting the amount of air you can flow to the gun before it even gets to the regulator. The correct way to plumb this system would be to have a larger supply line and then have the regulator as close to the point of use as possible. Also if you are setting all the regulators throughout your facility to the same point, i.e. 80 PSIG, then why pay to generate more at the source. Reduce your compressor output to 80-90 PSIG.
The second picture has a lot going on and again the main problem here is all the leech hoses from the manifold are the same size, if not bigger than the supply line. Not to mention the line that goes from one port on the manifold back to another port on it. This means as soon as you turn on one leg of that manifold you might be at the capacity for that line and starving other processes.
The answer isn’t installing more compressors, the answer is to utilize the compressed air wisely making sure your system is plumbed properly. We preach it every day here and can’t stress it enough. If you have questions about your compressed air application or how to approach it, don’t hesitate to contact us.