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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 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 the most efficient to use in a given application, either because of inadequate
May 5, 2021

What is the Difference between pneumatics and hydraulics?

With the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic, there has been an acceleration toward automation. Packaging solutions and advances have also become important. Pneumatics plays a very large part in both automation and packaging as outlined below in
December 20, 2019

Why Use Engineered Accessories that Do Not Create High Back Pressure Level?

When using compressed air, there are losses in pressure throughout the delivery process, some due to leaks which should be addressed, but also every time the compressed is used. One loss that needs to be minimized is back
December 4, 2019

How is Compressed Air used to Package Products?

Industrial Panel Air Conditioning Options and Trends The various options for cooling electrical cabinet coolers include, traditional compressor-based air conditioners, air-to-air heat exchangers (with heat pipes), thermoelectric air conditioners, and finally vortex coolers. Each cooling method has its
November 29, 2019

Vortex Tubes: Solution to Refrigerants’ Flammability and Cost Issues

Air conditioners are everywhere, in homes, cars, office buildings, and even factories. They are also used to cool small enclosures, in particular electrical and electronic control panels. It is these small enclosures that this article will focus upon.
November 22, 2019

How can panel coolers prevent factory downtime?

Electrical and electronic control panels are the heart of factory production.  Any problems that occur with them can cause minor to major production hiccups, slow downs and potential need for a factory shut down.  Just as you would
November 15, 2019

The Nex Flow Difference: Why we treat our materials differently?

Nex Flow Air Products Corp. sets itself apart from its competitors by doing a few things differently with the materials that we use in manufacturing our products. While some producers are actually quite similar in product as to
November 8, 2019

Use Air Amplifiers and Vortex tubes to Emulate Wind Tunnel for lab tests

Wind tunnels are large tubes with air moving inside. These tunnels are used to test models of aircraft or other flying objects on their actions in flight. These models are scaled down versions of actual objects that will
November 2, 2019

When Should I Consider Using Vortex Tubes for Spot Cooling?

Vortex tubes create a stream of cold air from compressed air.  When discussing spot cooling we want to specify that it is a “small spot”, and not a large area such as would be addressed by a big
October 18, 2019

How is Compressed Air used to Package Products?

Compressed air is safe, reliable, and used in many facets of packaging products. The compressed air systems move materials from one area of the factory to another, perform blow off, part drying, and aligning products for packaging. Bakeries
October 11, 2019

Split Your Cold Vortex Tube Air Stream to Cool Multiple Spots

Vortex tubes are ideal for spot cooling and enclosure cooling.  Typically one vortex tube is used for one “spot” and for “one” enclosure.  But there are some situations where one vortex tube can be split into multiple “spots”
September 19, 2019

Vortex Tubes – An Alternative to Refrigerant for Industrial Cooling

Alternative to Refrigerant for Industrial Cooling One of the major contributors to the destruction of the ozone layer was chlorofluorocarbons or CFC’s used in air conditioning and refrigeration. Work on alternatives for CFC’s in refrigerants began in the
August 30, 2019

Can I cool a server using a vortex tube?

In a previous article, we’ve explained why it’s not practical to use vortex tube to cool a room. Another question that gets asked sometimes is – can I cool a small server with a vortex tube and that
August 21, 2019

Galvanic Corrosion – What it is and how to prevent it?

Galvanic corrosion (also called bimetallic corrosion) is an electrochemical process in which one metal corrodes preferentially when it is in electrical contact with another, in the presence of an electrolyte.  This occurs in batteries for example where the
July 26, 2019

Choosing The Best Spot Cooler for my Application

What are Spot coolers and their Importance? Spot coolers are self-contained air conditioning systems that have all the components of larger air conditioning systems but are compact and easy to move.  Spot cooling for industrial applications are used
July 11, 2019

Is Connecting Vortex Tube Output to Another Compressed Air Accessory Possible?

Vortex tubes are devices that take compressed air and spins it inside the unit creating a spinning air flow in one direction and spins the air flow back in the opposite direction within the first spinning air flow.
June 28, 2019

How was the first Vortex tube Created?

What is a Vortex tube? The Vortex tube is a mechanical device that separates compressed gas into two extreme temperature air currents.  It was initially named the Ranque-Hilsch Vortex tube, after the names of the two initial inventors. It is also
May 20, 2019

5 Ways a Tool Cooler is used to Improve Factory Efficiency

5 Ways a Tool Cooler is used to Improve Factory Efficiency A tool cooler is a packaged vortex tube to make it more easily used. A vortex tube creates very cold, and even freezing temperatures from compressed air
March 25, 2019

Plan with Nex Flow CAD Models, Drawings and Product Dimensions

Some product manufacturers require you to register your personal data to obtain drawings and technical data. Nex Flow does not – as we believe “information that will help you in choosing your product should be free and accessible”.
January 30, 2019

Alternatives to Flood Coolant. Mist Cooling System or Dry Machining?

Should I use a Mist Cooling System or go the route of Dry Machining to replace Flood Coolant? Machine operations still commonly use flood coolant but are working on ways to replace with alternate systems.   One such system
November 21, 2018
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How Vortex Tubes use compressed air to generate cold and hot air simultaneously?

What is a Vortex Tube? A durable, stainless steel “Vortex tube” is used to convert compressed air into cold temperatures, as low as -50 oF (- 46 oC) to spot cool as well as to air condition an
June 22, 2018

Saving Money When Using More Compressed Air

As counter-intuitive as this may be, it can be true. For example, if you use a horse drawn carriage to take you from Chicago to New York you will save a tremendous amount of energy – virtually no
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 as well
June 10, 2018

Things To Consider – Cooling Control Panels

When choosing the means to cool control panels or any electrical and electronic enclosure, you need to consider the control panel rating and factory environment before selecting the best method. Nex Flow Air Products Corp. manufacturers and markets
June 8, 2018

Does a Vortex Tube Work with Liquids?

This question comes up occasionally and surprisingly the answer is yes, but not like how you may think. One explanation put forward is that this happens because normally a liquid used has a vapor pressure. You reduce the
June 1, 2018


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 very concise equivalency chart from
March 19, 2018

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

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 factory and seeing a
March 13, 2018

Things to Consider – Considerations in Using a Vortex Tube to Cool

Vortex Tubes are ideal for spot cooling due to their compact size and ease of use. But certain considerations must be kept in mind to use them effectively. Nex Flow Air Products Corp. manufacturers vortex tubes and packaged
February 16, 2018

Vortex Tubes and Effect of the Dew Point

Vortex Tubes are used for spot cooling. They utilize compressed air. When using vortex tubes you need to be aware of the effect of the dew point of the compressed air. Nex Flow Air Products manufacturers air blow
January 5, 2018

Can you Combine Air Amplification and Vortex Tube Technology?

Compressed air amplification draws in atmospheric air and mixes it with compressed air to amplify air flow. Vortex Tubes create freezing air from compressed air. But can you combine the cold air with the amplified air efficiently and
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