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December 18, 2023

Factors Affecting the Performance of Compressed Air for Blowing and Drying

 Factors Affecting the Performance of Compressed Air for Blowing and Drying Compressed air is a versatile and widely used resource in various industrial processes, including blowing and drying applications. Several key factors can greatly influence its convenience and
December 11, 2023

Pulsing of Compressed Air | Surface Cleaning: Pros and Cons

Pulsing of Compressed Air for Surface Cleaning Pros and Cons In various industrial and manufacturing processes, workers commonly use compressed air to clean surfaces. This method efficiently removes dust, debris, and contaminants, but the way they apply it
September 6, 2023

Pulsed Compressed Air and Modern Valve Technologies

Pulsed Compressed Air and Modern Valve Technologies for Today’s Applications Pulsed Compressed Air & Modern Valve. Technologies. Compressed air serves many industrial uses, like blow-off, cooling, and cleaning. Solenoid valves once introduced the method of pulsing air. This
August 15, 2023

Compressed Air Scrub Nozzle: New Product

The NEW NEX FLOW Compressed Air Scrub Nozzle simulates pulsing air to clean and dry tough surfaces. Historically, people have used Pulsing Compressed Air since solenoid valves came into existence. And it offers specific advantages over continuous compressed
October 27, 2022

Hydraulics Pneumatics or Electrical?

Hydraulics Pneumatics or Electrical?  Great question. Let’s look at Pneumatics first. Pneumatics is more cost-effective than Hydraulics as air is free and can useable generally n flammable environments. Pneumatics offers more power in a smaller and lighter unit
April 18, 2022

ENCLOSURE COOLING METHODS TO PREVENT FACTORY SHUT-DOWN

In modern industrial plants, electronic equipment is used for motor control, and most of not all machines are controlled by PLC’s. The high heat dissipation from electronic equipment exposes control systems to elevated temperatures that make them susceptible
November 5, 2021

Nex Flow® X-Stream® Air Blade® Air Knife is chosen for a Special project in Solar Cell Industry

As mentioned in other blogs and articles, one of the key indicators of a well-made and properly designed compressed air operated air knife is relatively even flow across its length. When you realize that you are dealing with
November 2, 2021

Importance of Compliance for Cooling Electrical Enclosures Especially as they Apply to Vortex Coolers.

Air conditioners of various types utilized in the USA or Canada are required to meet certain safety standards with similar requirements in most other parts of the world. This is extremely important for industrial applications where they are used
July 27, 2021

Importance of a Reliable Cooling System for Electrical and Electronic Enclosures and Panels

When costly electrical and electronic equipment that maintains the operation of a factory go down, production stops. Critical servers and security systems that drive production is of primary importance in a manufacturing operation not only for production but
July 13, 2021

Seven Ways to make your Compressed Air Blow off and Cooling More Efficient

Seven Ways to make your Compressed Air Blow off and Cooling More Efficient The majority of compressed air is used for blow off and cooling despite the push for alternate technologies like blowers simply because it is still
July 1, 2021

Using Compressed Air Amplifiers for Cooling in Industrial Applications

Using Compressed Air Amplifiers for Cooling in Industrial Applications Air Amplifiers, as explained in this article below from 2018, are the most popular products used for cooling for the reasons explained. One note to an ad is that
May 11, 2021

Clearing up the confusion of using compressed air with static eliminators for cleaning charged parts.

With the recent expansion of the manufacture of medical products where static issues can negatively affect production, it may be useful to clarify the practical limits in static charge removal on packaging machines in particular, Production speed desired
August 17, 2020

Increased Security with Reduced Maintenance Using Pneumatics

Pneumatics maintenance These costs have been rising for years in an environment of decreasing availability of qualified personnel who are in increasing demand and with increasingly complex in house procedures for personnel safety. Maintaining and improving productivity is
May 20, 2020

Have Priorities Shifted Because Of Covid 19 In Compressed Air Technology?

The corona virus has disrupted virtually everyone’s lives around the globe.  While some people may hope it will return to normal, realistically there will certainly be some things that will not be the same.  We have yet to
May 12, 2020

Restarting your Compressed Air System When Re-Opening the Factory

Restarting your Compressed Air System With many shutdowns in place of manufacturing deemed non-essential due to the corona virus, there will need to be restarts to factory compressed air systems when the factories are started back up. Many
April 10, 2020

Importance of Compressed Air for Medical Use in Hospitals

Compressed Air for Medical Use Medical grade compressed air is used in just about every area of a hospital and is administered to patients who need inhaled medications and anesthesia, while patients are under anesthesia, for treatment of
February 17, 2020

How much does ELECTRICAL CERTIFICATION matter?

There are all sorts of electrical certification available today – ISO certifications for quality standards, environmental standards, various country or regional certifications again, usually related to materials used and quality. Meeting any standard adds cost to a product.
June 13, 2018

Are the Materials of a Vortex Cooler Important? They Sure Are!

Vortex Tube operated cabinet enclosure coolers such as the Nex Flow Frigix-X Panel Coolers operate utilizing compressed air wherein one end gets hot, and the other end gets cold. They find applications in particularly dirty environments and hot
June 1, 2018

NEMA and IP Classifications Equivalency – A Chart to Guide You.

NEMA and IP Classifications Equivalency l and electronic enclosures while Europe and many other countries utilize IP classifications. This often causes some confusion. We found a great chart from Siemon that do IT infrastructure solutions what has a
May 2, 2018

Using Compressed Air Operated Conveyors for Conveying

Using Compressed Air Operated Conveyors for Conveying In utilizing compressed air operated venturi systems such as Nex Flow’s® Ring-Vac®Air Operated Conveyors, you size the unit based on the size of the parts being conveyed. The general rule is
March 30, 2018

How much Compressed Air is really coming from an Open Pipe or Tube or Hose?

Compressed air is used extensively for blow-off, cooling, and drying applications as blowers are not always powerful enough or have other disadvantages in the specific application. Since compressed air is a costly power source factories should reduce the compressed
March 19, 2018

Galvanic corrosion and materials used in air knives, amplifiers and vortex tube technology

Galvanic corrosion and materials Galvanic corrosion occurs when two dissimilar metals come into contact. It is also necessary for there to be moisture, but it is rare to find an environment without moisture. I still remember visiting a
March 15, 2018

Three steps for noise control in compressed air blow off and exhaust

Three steps for noise control in compressed air blow off and exhaust. Noise from compressed air can be very loud and damaging, so reducing noise is important. Three steps should be taken where ever compressed air is exhausted,
February 25, 2018

Using Compressed Air Amplifiers for Venting and Moving Air, Fumes, Mist, Smoke, Etc.

Compressed Air Amplifiers are also called “Air Movers” for a reason – they can be used for moving a large volume of air. For examples, a properly designed 2″ Air Amplifier will amplify approximately 15 times the input
December 23, 2017

Compressed Air Considerations for Blow off and Cooling Applications

Compressed Air Considerations for Blow off and Cooling Applications Despite the push by blower providers to convert compressed air blow off to blower operated systems, the fact is 70% of compressed air is still, on the average, used
October 19, 2017

THE HYDRAULIC COMPRESSOR – A little bit of Canadian History on a Unique Air Compressor

THE HYDRAULIC COMPRESSOR History In doing some research on developments in compressed air technology I came across a fascinating bit of Canadian history at: http://www.coppercountryexplorer.com/2011/07/the-taylor-compressor/ Imagined and built by Canadian Charles Taylor, this amazing compressor supplied all the
October 10, 2017

HOPPER LOADING WITH COMPRESSED AIR OPERATED VENTURI’S

An efficient application for compressed air operated venturi’s like Nex Flow’s Ring Vac units ( see www.nexflow.com) is hopper loading. Whether it’s loading resin for a plastic molding process, or a hopper of bottle caps for a bottling
October 2, 2017

Moisture in Compressed Air Systems and Why it Might be Difficult to Get away from Point of Use Filtration.

A 100 cfm compressor with a refrigeration drier, operating for 4000 hours in a temperate climate, can produce about 2200 USgal of liquid condensate in a year! Failure to remove this moisture can result in condensation in the
September 8, 2017

Lottery Ticket Quality Control with an Air Knife

Lottery Ticket Quality Control with an Air Knife Unusual applications for compressed air are always fun. One such unusual application was at a facility printing lottery tickets. Printing lottery tickets is much like printing money as they need
September 4, 2017

Which to Use? Air Knife or Flat Jet Nozzle? Steel and other metal sheet production.

In steel sheet production or other metal sheet production, which is better to use for blow-off? – a series of many small compressed air operated flat jet nozzles or, one or more long compressed air operated air knives? In
September 2, 2017

Compressed Air Flow Amplifiers and Back Pressure Issues.

Compressed Air Flow Amplifiers and Back Pressure Issues. Compressed air flow amplifiers (also called air movers) operate using something called the Coanda effect to convert pressure to flow with minimal energy loss. The result is high flow and less
August 30, 2017

DESIGN FOR RELIABILITY IN INDUSTRY WITH MILLENIALS

This article is borrowed from a blog by the Marshall Institute at www.marshallinstitute.com Teaching the Millenials a sound reliability strategy early in their career (the Matures, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers too) can be the critical component of a strong manufacturing strategy.
August 27, 2017

NEX FLOW AIR PRODUCTS CORP. DISTRIBUTOR EVENT HELD IN PATTAYA, THAILAND, FEBRUARY 2017

Nex Flow Distributor Event Pattaya Thailand 2017 Nex Flow Distributor event attendees were (in no particular order) from Canada, USA, Mexico, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India, Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Philippines,
August 16, 2017

COOLING INDUSTRIAL CAMERAS

Cameras are used extensively in production for monitoring to insure quality and are often exposed to hot and harsh environments and may require additional cooling. The most common way to cool an industrial camera in very hot environments is to enclose it in a
August 13, 2017

The point of use filter is a major center which maintenance is important in a compressed air line.

The point of use filter is a major center which maintenance is important in a compressed air line. An area of major importance is point of use filtration in compressed air lines.   This simply means that a filter (should be)
August 7, 2017

Importance of “Point of Use”​ Filtration in Compressed Air Blow-off and Cooling Technology

Point of Use​ Filtration in Compressed Air Compressed Air technology for blow off an cooling involves the use of air flow amplifying products in the form of air nozzles, air movers and air knives used in blow off,
July 9, 2017

Why Anodized Aluminum is Important in an Industrial Environment

Anodizing is an environmentally safe electrochemical process that converts the aluminum metal surface into a porous aluminum oxide, ultimately creating an end product whose finish is more durable and weather-resistant. Aluminum anodizing enhances the characteristics of aluminum in
July 5, 2017

The Nightmare of Air Conditioning Control Panels in Harsh Environments.

Imagine a factory environment – maybe a fertilizer plant or a chemical production facility with electrical and electronic cabinets that need to be kept clean. Not only does the maintenance cost of maintaining the air conditioning systems become
July 2, 2017

Cooling Variable Frequency Drives especially in Dirty Factory Environments

Variable Frequency Drives describe equipment used to control the speed of machinery. Many industrial processes such as assembly lines must operate at different speeds for different products. Where process conditions demand adjustment of flow from a pump or
June 27, 2017

Does a Millennial look at Overall Efficiency Better Than a Boomer in an Industrial Setting?

There is a big shift in thinking and therefore the way things are being done in industrial operations with the entry of more and more millennials coming into the workforce. What this means to promotion and reaching out
June 25, 2017

Impact of Kigali Agreement in Montreal Protocol in Industrial Cooling Applications

Late October, 2016 there was a landmark agreement among 170 countries to set firm dates for the curbing the use of HCFC’s in air conditioning systems with penalties for non-compliance. Developed countries must reduce their use of HFCs
June 21, 2017

How to have Control Panel Air Conditioning meet the Requirements of the Kigali Agreement

How to have Control Panel Air Conditioning meet the requirements of the Kigali Agreement On Oct 15, 2016 countries around the world signed on to the Kigali Agreement, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which hopes to reduce
June 17, 2017

DRYING!!!!!!! How Much Energy do you “Really” Use in Compressed Air Blow off and is it Worthwhile to Change It to a Blower?

Compressed air is viewed as a costly method for blow off and cooling applications and some look to electric motor driven blowers as a replacement. This is a reasonable with a focus for energy saving being a major
May 30, 2017

Why Vortex Tube Panel Coolers are getting used more for Cooling Electrical Panels

Why Vortex Tube Panel Coolers are getting used more for Cooling Electrical Panels Vortex tubes create freezing air from compressed air and are used as air conditioners for cooing control panels – even cameras in hot environments. Main
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