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Nex Flow™ whitepapers in-depth articles on specific topics to provide a more detailed understanding of the application of various compressed air technologies,how they can address problems, as well as where they are best applied.   For example, in deciding whether or not to use blowers or compressed air, there is a plethora of one –sided sales and marketing approaches encouraging one over the other, when in fact it is application dependent.

The White Paper on Compressed Air Versus Blowers provides unbiased guidelines on which is best used for particular situations. The article Not All Vortex Tubes Created Equal helps identify what is important to look for in choosing a vortex tube.  The white paper Dirt Control In Statically Charged Environments addresses various methods in detail for dirt control which could entail using both blower and compressed air technology on statically charged products which need to be cleaned prior to coating, painting, or even packaging.

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 24, 2019

Nex Flow – Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun

There are many compressed air operated blow guns on the market with the vast majority being ¼” or 1/8” meant for light to medium use in production and cleaning applications. They vary greatly in design and quality of
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”
October 3, 2019

Choose the Right Nozzle to Boost Efficiency

Compressed air is just not a topic that is taught well in schools. There are organizations such as the Compressed Air and Gas Institute that offer basic courses in compressed air but the topic is just not as
September 26, 2019

Quick and Easy Ways to Clean Blind Holes

A blind hole is a hole drilled into a part. A blind hole refers to a hole that is reamed, drilled, or milled to a specified depth without breaking through to the other side of the workpiece. The
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
September 13, 2019

What is the Difference between pneumatics and hydraulics?

Pneumatic and hydraulic systems have many similarities. Both pneumatics and hydraulics are applications of fluid power. They each use a pump as an actuator, are controlled by valves, and use fluids to transmit mechanical energy. The biggest difference
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
August 16, 2019

Why Nex Flow Ring Blade Air Wipes are much better than other options

WHY NEX FLOW RING BLADE AIR WIPES ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN COMPETITIVE OLD TECHNOLOGIES AND EVEN OTHER OPTIONS   Older technology compressed air operated air wipes are built from UHMW blocks or similar material. These air wipe
August 8, 2019

Air Amplification Explained – Is it really free?

Compressed air operated amplifiers presume to reduce compressed air use and lower noise levels in blow off and cooling applications. The term air amplifier is normally applied to annular shaped units (call Air Amplifiers or Air Movers).  However
August 2, 2019

Why static makes cleaning hard and how to neutralize this when manufacturing?

Static electricity is an imbalance between positive and negative charges in materials.  Most people have experienced it in everyday life whether it be with their laundry being “clingy,” making a balloon stick to a wall after rubbing it
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 18, 2019

Hollywood Special Effects with Nex Flow™ Compressed Air Accessories

Not only have Nex Flow™ products been used for Hollywood special effects for US made movies but also for movies made by other jurisdictions and for special effects in museums and in theme parks. The most popular products
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.
July 5, 2019

When should I consider using an Air Mag™ Air Nozzle?

Compressed air nozzle – air saving nozzle or engineered blow off nozzles are good to have but there are so many of them. This is why many people get confused and stick to the same products they are
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
June 16, 2019

Five Criteria for Choosing the Best Blow Off Product

To choose the perfect blow off product for your manufacturing environment it is important to consider the application, placement in the factory, energy savings, health and safety, and finally material durability. Application One of the primary criteria for
June 7, 2019

Case Study: Nex Flow Air Knife Making Chicken Nuggets and Delicious Muffins

Case Study: Nex Flow Air Knife Making Chicken Nuggets and Delicious Muffins Making muffins, or any mass food production operation has critical standards of quality that must be met. If cooking or baking is involved the heat needs
May 31, 2019

Blower VS Compressed Air Operated Accessories

This is a topic that is worked to death from both blower people and compressed air people with bias so firmly ingrained – it is worthwhile to take a step back and look at this topic objectively. The
May 27, 2019

Case study: Nex Flow Blaster Beam Control Static Electricity for factory in Thailand

Static can be a major problem in manufacturing processes involving plastic. When producing, cutting or plastic materials and other types of insulating materials, static charge can build up.  Even metals and conductive materials can have issues with dust
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
May 13, 2019

How often should I Perform Routine Check-ups on my Compressed Air System? What should I Look for?

In the previous blog, we focused on tips to prolong the life of your compressed air accessories. Today we will discuss the importance of establishing an inspection routine for your entire compressed air system along with a checklist
May 7, 2019

How to Prolong the Life and Get Superior Performance from Compressed Air Accessories

Nex Flow compressed air accessories can complement and enhance your compressed air systems. Awareness of the best accessories (based on application) can save energy, extend the lifespan of equipment, and provide a safe environment for workers when using
April 23, 2019

Louder Does not Mean More Power

LOUDER DOES NOT MEAN MORE POWER Have you ever heard someone said something along the lines of “well that’s definitely a powerful machine – just listen to how loud it is”. While this may be true some of
April 18, 2019

Differences and Application: Pressure Amplifier VS Volume Amplifier

Differences and Application: Pressure Amplifier VS Volume Amplifier Sometimes when promoting our air amplifiers there is confusion as to whether it is an air “flow” amplifier or an air “pressure” amplifier.   Pressure Amplifiers Air pressure amplifiers are
April 18, 2019

Compressed Air: 5 Associated Injuries and How to Stay Safe

Compressed Air: 5 Associated Injuries and How to Stay Safe While compressed air is relatively safe compared to many other sources of power, especially electricity, there are still safety issues that need to be considered with using compressed
April 13, 2019

How do mufflers work and how often should you change them

How do mufflers work and how often should you change your muffler Compressed air exhaust can be quite noisy. Nex Flow’s air amplification technology is used to reduce the noise in all sorts of blow off, cooling and
April 4, 2019

How is Compressed Air Used to Convey Products?

How is Compressed Air Used to Convey Products? Compressed air systems are used to convey all types of solids, plastics materials, metal pieces, waste, chip, and trim removal in a manufacturing environment. Internal air conveyor describes items that
April 3, 2019

Everything about Bypass System for Control Panels

Everything about Bypass System for Control Panels The Nex Flow Panel Cooler is a vortex tube operated air conditioning system used to cool electrical and electronic control cabinets. They have many advantages such as simplicity in installation, near
March 25, 2019

Compressed Air Options for Manual Industrial Cleaning

Compressed air is used in many industrial cleaning applications. This ranges from blowing off a workstation to cleaning blind holes and even using the Hand Vac to vacuum hard to reach areas. In this article – Nex Flow
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”.
March 18, 2019

The Coandă effect: History and Implications

The Coandă effect is the tendency of a stream of fluid (air or liquid) coming from an opening to follow an adjacent flat or curved surface and to entrain fluid from the surroundings so that a region of
March 18, 2019

5 Different Air Knife set-up and application

Air knives can be compressed air operated or blower operated and different factors determine which is optimal to use. This article will be focused on the different ways you can set up a compressed air operated air knife.
March 11, 2019

Compressed Air Uses in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Compressed Air Uses in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry Advanced computer technologies, automated assembly systems, and high-quality compressed air systems have changed the automotive manufacturing industry. Consumers can purchase safer, more fuel-efficient and reliable vehicles today than ever before.
March 11, 2019

Commonly used tools for Industrial Ventilation

What is Industrial Ventilation? Industrial ventilation is a mechanical system that brings in fresh outdoor air into the workplace (factory or manufacturing plant) and removes contaminated indoor air.  Ventilation is used in a factory to provide a healthy
February 25, 2019

Compressed Air and Industrial Automation: Challenges and Suggestions

COMPRESSED AIR and INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION Compressed air is used extensively in many industries because of its many advantages: It allows for easy to use, simpler, and more rugged tools. With no electric motors to add weight or service,
February 18, 2019

Compressed Air Standards ISO 8573, ISO 12500, CFR 1910.242(b) and related terms

Recommended compressed air standards and related terms There are several major standards to consider with the use of compressed air – two with regard to air quality, one for compressed air safety and any local standards related to
February 8, 2019

What are the Compressed Air Standards in the Food Industry?

Compressed air is a very important tool for food processing and packaging. Food production includes processes like canning, freezing, and dehydration. In this industry – compressed air is used for blow-off applications, cleaning, sorting, cutting, shaping, and conveying
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
January 22, 2019

Can a Ring Blade (Air Wipe) be used hand held?

An air wipe is a blow off product used to dry, cool, and clean an extruded product or any other piece that is fed through the unit.  The Nex Flow™ Ring Blade™ air wipe is compressed air operated and designed
January 14, 2019

10 Ways to Immediately Save Compressed Air and Energy | Nex Flow

Compressed air can be costly – so it is important to keep waste at a minimum while taking advantage of the benefits compressed air offers. A good practice is to measure and monitor your compressed air system, flow
January 7, 2019

Air Amplifier vs. Air Jet vs. Air knife – How do I know which one to use

What are Air Amplifiers, Jets, and Knives? Air Amplifier There are two types of Air Amplifiers – Air Pressure Amplifiers and Air Volume Amplifiers.   This article talks about volume amplifiers, which harness the energy from a small parcel
December 19, 2018

How do different types of drum pump work?

What is a Drum Pump? A drum pump is a pump used to pump liquid from or into a drum (container).  These liquids can be water or other types of liquid. Water weights about 8.3 pounds a US
December 13, 2018

Active VS Passive Static Eliminator

What causes static charges and why control it? Plastics, glass and other insulating materials generate a static charge when rubbed, cut, and stretched.  Hot or warm plastics will generate a static charge as they cool. In many production
December 3, 2018

What are the Compressed air Standards in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

Have you ever considered the manufacturing standards required for sterile products such as medication or medical appliances? Food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities require higher quality of air because the products are ingested or placed in humans and animals.
November 21, 2018

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
November 6, 2018

What does dBA mean when someone talks about noise levels?

“What does dBA mean when someone talks about noise levels?” Compressed air exhaust produces noise whether from cylinders, solenoid valves, or from blow off nozzles.  Air conditioning and cooling technology has become more advanced as individual, industrial, and
November 2, 2018

How is compressed air used in the food and packaging industry?

COMPRESSED AIR USED IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY The food industry is huge worldwide.  In the USA alone, there are approximately 1,300 facilities employing about 112,000 people mainly for canning, freezing, and dehydrating fruits and vegetables. This segment represents
October 29, 2018

Air Volume Amplifiers: How it works, Common Applications and Troubleshooting

Air Flow Amplifiers: How it works, Common Applications and Troubleshooting How do Air amplifiers work? There are two types of Air Amplifiers – Air Pressure Amplifiers and Air Volume Amplifiers.   This article will describe volume amplifiers. Air Amplifiers
October 17, 2018

Venturi System VS Vacuum Pumps

How does the Venturi System Work? A Venturi System reduces pressure when a fluid flows through a constricted section (or choke) of a pipe. In 1797, Giovanni Battista Venturi performed experiments on flow in a cone-shaped tube and
October 16, 2018

Factors to Consider when Selecting an Air Nozzle

What is an Air Nozzle? An air nozzle is a device used control the direction or characteristics of air flow by converting pressure into flow. Air Nozzles are the smallest air amplifiers for point application. Nozzles are frequently
October 1, 2018

What are the Advantages of Air Operated Conveyor Systems?

What is an Air Operated Conveyor? Air operated conveyors are clean, quick, and efficient machines that are designed to transport or vent a wide variety of lightweight products, raw materials, or fumes from one place to another. They
September 24, 2018

Factors to consider when choosing Air knife VS Flat Jet Nozzle

An air knife is used to blow off a curved or flat surface of unwanted liquid (such as water), grime, airborne debris, dirt, or dust from surfaces or objects using a high-intensity, uniform sheet of amplified airflow. While
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