I have written blogs about laminar and turbulent flows as related to the Reynold’s number. Now, let’s demonstrate the difference between the two flows and the advantages of laminar flow from EXAIR’s engineered air nozzles; as demonstrated by our VariBlast Safety Air Gun.
EXAIR has been manufacturing Intelligent Compressed Air Products since 1983. In that time, we have engineered many products for new and existing markets that required better efficiency, versatility, safety, and effectiveness. In this blog, I will discuss the features and benefits of the VariBlast Safety Air Guns.
To start, the unique feature that sets the VariBlast apart from other small air guns is the force variability. Unlike the “all or nothing” blowing forces with most air guns, this valve is designed to control the opening to allow for a variable force with the same nozzle. This will help you to not “overuse” the compressed air blowing. The VariBlast Safety Air Guns are made from a durable cast aluminum construction for tough industrial use. They have a rugged ergonomic grip with a user-friendly trigger. The compressed air inlets are located in two different positions to best fit your area. They also have an easy storage handle to hang the Safety Air Gun nearby. In addition to the VariBlast Safety Air Guns, EXAIR has options to enhance the features. Here is a list of them:
Air Nozzles can make or break an air gun in safety, efficiency and effectiveness. EXAIR Air Nozzles are OSHA compliant for noise and dead-end pressure. We offer nine different types of air nozzles with the VariBlast Safety Air Gun; making it very effective for a range of applications.
OSHA 1910.242(b) requires chip guarding when compressed air is used for cleaning and blowing. EXAIR offers Chip Shields with the VariBlast Safety Air Guns to meet this requirement. They are made from a polycarbonate disc which is practically unbreakable. It protects the operator from any blow back of shavings, debris, and coolant. They come standard with a durable rubber grommet that squeezes the extensions and can be adjusted for greater protection.
For those far away targets and hard-to-reach areas, EXAIR offers aluminum extension pipes to attach to the VariBlast Safety Air Guns. They can range from 6” (15 cm) to 72” (183 cm) in length. This light-weight and durable material allows for easy handling when reaching high above your head or spanning across unsafe areas. With the EXAIR air nozzles at the end, the blowing force is not sacrificed as the back pressure will create a high velocity air stream.
To get the proper amount of compressed air from the piping system to the VariBlast Safety Air Guns, EXAIR offers Coiled Hoses. They are made of a durable abrasion-resistant nylon material that is 12 feet long (3.6 meters). They have swivel fittings to allow for easy uncoiling, and a spring strain relief to keep the hose from kinking at the ends. The coiled design makes it easy to reach around the work area and retract back to the substation. This will help to keep the hose off the ground where potential dangers could occur.
To improve the VariBlast Safety Air Guns, EXAIR offers a series of filters and regulators. The filters will remove dirty particles and liquid water from the compressed air that can affect the performance as well as contaminate the surface that you are cleaning. The regulators are used to control the amount of air pressure used by the VariBlast Safety Air Gun; making them even more efficient. The idea for compressed air savings is to use the least amount of compressed air to do the job. The filter and regulator combination will allow you to control the proper amount of clean dry air to be used.
Not all air guns are the same. A check list should be created for any air gun. Is it safe, efficient, quiet, durable, ergonomic, and flexible? The VariBlast Safety Air Guns meet every item on that list. This is why the EXAIR VariBlast Safety Air Gun was awarded the Silver award by Plant Engineering in 2019. To go even farther, EXAIR has a promotion where we will be giving away for free a model 1126 1” Flat Super Air Nozzle, a $48.00 value, from now until the end of September 2020 with qualified purchases. (Check it out HERE). If you expected more from your current air guns, you can try any of the EXAIR Safety Air Guns. An Application Engineer is available to help recommend the best air gun for your application. You will not be disappointed.
Well, for one thing, it’s won ANOTHER award…in addition to the 2018 Plant Engineering Product of the Year (Silver Award, Compressed Air Category) for 2018, it’s now won the 2019 Industrial Safety & Hygiene Reader’s Choice Award.
But we didn’t need awards to tell us how great they are. EXAIR Corporation has 35 years of continuously improving experience in the design, engineering, and manufacture of quiet, safe, and efficient compressed air products for industry. The VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns are just another innovation that’s come to fruition, courtesy of the knowledge, experience, and dedication to quality from our R&D Engineering & Production departments.
But you don’t have to take OUR word for it: a satisfied customer base has proven the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun‘s success: We offer a 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee on any catalog product. That means you can put it through its paces for up to a month…if it’s not going to work out, for any reason, we’ll arrange return for full credit. Of the dozens of VariBlast Safety Air Guns we’ve sold every month for the last two years or so, we have not had one returned. Not. One. To which I say: no wonder…check it out:
If you’re looking for an economical, efficient, quiet, variable flow, handheld blow off solution, look no further than the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun…just another award winning Intelligent Compressed Air Product, brought to you by EXAIR. To the readers of Industrial Safety & Hygiene Magazine…thanks for noticing!
The following short video is a brief overview of our VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun. The VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun’s unique design features a variable flow trigger allowing you to achieve varying levels of force from the same nozzle.
If you have any questions, please contact an application engineer at 800-903-9247.