PVDF Super Air Knives Resist Chemical Exposure

When my sons were little boys, I would find myself looking forward to their teenage years, so they’d be more mature and I’d be able to relate to them better. Those of you with older kids may begin laughing now. My thinking was, I distinctly remember being thirteen. What I failed to recall was just exactly how peculiar I appeared to my parents (and they to me), and now, I’ve got the view from the other side.

In the interest of time and good taste, I’ll limit this discussion to the subject of food. I always liked (and still do like) ketchup almost as much as the french fries. Same for the “fixin’s” on a sandwich. In fact, as an adult, I’ve discovered a universal truth, that bacon or peanut butter can be used to improve the quality of ANY sandwich.

My sons, however, don’t feel this way at all. My fifteen year old won’t put anything but cheese (American cheese, at that) on a hamburger, and his thirteen year old brother won’t even do that. Curiously, the older one prefers cheese pizza, and the younger one will eat anything that used to be an animal on his. And neither one will put any sort of condiment or sauce on ANYTHING they eat. If it’s on their plate, it better not “have stuff on it.”

I was reminded of that phrase this morning during a conversation with a caller about an Air Knife application. It will be operated in the fairly aggressive chemical environment of a plating line. We discussed the chemical compatibilities of our different material offerings, and found that the Model 110006-PVDF 6” Super Air Knife was the one he was looking for. The body & cap are PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride,) the shim is PTFE, and the fasteners are Hastelloy© C-276 alloy. It’s impervious to a long list of acids, caustics, and other harsh chemicals that even the higher grade stainless steels don’t stand a chance with.

PVDF Super Air Knives provide superior corrosion resistance.
PVDF Super Air Knives provide superior corrosion resistance.

Our PVDF Super Air Knives provide the same highly efficient and quiet performance as their aluminum, 303SS, and 316SS counterparts – plus you can get a lot more “stuff” on them without damaging them.

Regardless of where you need to install it, or what kind of stuff you might get on it, EXAIR has a Super Air Knife that will hold up in your application. Give us a call, and we’ll find the right one for you.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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Happy To Be Here

Well, I have officially passed another milestone on my journey to becoming an old-timer (or “curmudgeon,” as my wife would say) – our youngest child is now a teenager. Like I needed two teenagers in my house, but I digress. It’s been a wild trip so far; starting with his arrival, some seven weeks early. They had him hooked up to a LOT of instrumentation and monitoring devices for those first two week, because the rule is, “you never trust a preemie.” He’s still proving that to be good advice, to this day. But he gets it honest. And no, I’m not blaming his mother. Not completely.

I also celebrated another “trip around the sun” recently: I’ve been an Application Engineer at EXAIR Corporation for four years now. While not exactly a “milestone” – it’s not one of the anniversaries that comes with more vacation time or a nice watch or anything – I’m still very happy to be here. Let me tell you a few reasons why:

*EXAIR means performance. We make the most efficient and quietest engineered compressed air products on the market. We can…and have…proved it against any competitors’ products, in side-by-side testing in our Efficiency Lab.

*EXAIR means quality. Our Intelligent Compressed Air Products are the result of 31 years of determination to provide solutions for a variety of compressed air applications. We know of more than a few users who have had our products in place for 20+ years, and they’re still operating the same as when they were new.

*EXAIR means growth. To be an aggressive solutions provider, you have to look for more problems to solve…and we do. We’re constantly developing new products, adding wider selections of size, performance, and materials of construction to current products, and discovering new types of applications where our products can be successfully employed.

All of this comes together to make for an exciting place to work, and an easy company to do business with. Yeah…I’m still very happy to be here.

Russ Bowman
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What I’ve Learned About The Emperor’s New Suit, from Foodies

I’m on vacation. But I had a revelation; an epiphany; that unfolded over the course of the last week that I just couldn’t wait to share, so, here goes my regularly scheduled Wednesday blog:

Last weekend, my youngest son was away on a school trip, so my wife and I took his older brother, a bona fide Teen Ager, out to dinner at a “grown up” type joint. We went to a place that was featured on a nationally televised show on a cable network devoted to “Foodies,” who I believe used to be called “Gourmets,” and, on a side note, I really really (really) don’t understand why they decided…or allowed…that change to take place.

Anyway, the local Foodies all rave about this place, especially their burgers. Since our “guest” that evening was the quintessential American Teen Male, who, of course, could live off burgers and fries, we thought this was a great chance to guarantee success via a known quantity (e.g. the fare), and broaden his horizons (e.g. the atmosphere). We were wrong on both counts.

Despite the hype, I had to throw the “Emperor’s New Suit” flag on the place. Both of our burgers (my wife had the fish, which, in all fairness, she said was OK) were raw in the middle, and charred on the outside. I’m no foodie (or gourmet, for that matter,) but there’s no way I would have served that mess at a neighborhood cookout, much less try to charge someone money for it.

Additionally, we had to wait over 40 minutes for a table…we were told it would be ½ hour; probably less. While we were waiting, though, we saw a quartet get seated 5 minutes after arrival, because a table for four magically opened up, and they were all about efficiency, regardless of the fact that the 4-person table would have accommodated our threesome a LOT better than the 2-person table we were eventually seated. So, now my son thinks that grown-ups pay a premium to eat amateurishly cooked food at cramped little tables, where they’re seated at the whimsy of a careless staff. Needless to say, we won’t be back, but don’t cry for their business…there seem to be plenty of “Foodies” that think the Emperor’s New Suit looks just fine, thank you very much.

Fast forward to Monday night: My wife and I were looking for a place to eat in a new town for both of us. Along the strip of restaurants in the “Market District,” there was a popular franchised eatery, known for their displays of musical memorabilia. I was a little skeptical of going to a place based on the ravings of the popular crowd, so we didn’t go there Monday. And I’m disappointed, because we DID go there last night, and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD…service AND food. Sometimes, the masses get it right, perhaps, in spite of themselves.

While food preferences are largely subjective, our industry is decidedly not. There are numerous areas in which we can absolutely quantify the benefits of using EXAIR Engineered Compressed Air Products: air consumption, sound levels, force applied, etc. And we tell the truth about these values, because selling Fool’s Gold isn’t good for anyone. So, if you have questions about our products and/or your application, we’ll answer them with as many facts and figures as we can. We can even fill in the blanks with some knowledge of similar experiences. At the end of the day, if it “looks good on paper,” our 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee means you’re free to find out how well it works, risk free…if it doesn’t, we’ll arrange return for full credit; easy as that.

Now that the sun (and my wife) are up, I’m going to rejoin my regularly scheduled vacation, already in progress. Thanks for reading…I’m feeling much better now.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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