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June 11, 2024

BEST AND EFFICIENT METHODS TO COOL PARTS WITH COMPRESSED AIR

In many manufacturing processes, the product produced must be cooled for further handling or processing. Cooling can be done by the environment using carrousel systems that simply keep moving the product around. This allows for the current atmosphere
May 31, 2024

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR COMPRESSED AIR OPERATED UNIT IS NOT WORKING

Compressed Air Operated unit not working? Many customer calls we receive have connected long air knives, high-capacity vortex tubes, Panel Coolers, or other products. These are known to be high consumers of compressed air. As a valued user
April 11, 2024

Applications for Compressed Air Operated Vortex Tubes

Applications for Compressed Air Operated Vortex Tubes. Compressed air-operated vortex tubes have been commercialized since 1960. These devices take compressed air at a given inlet temperature. And split the flow up into a hot (usually waste) and a
April 2, 2024

Blow Hard Or Blow Soft? What is the Best for your Application

Blow hard or blow soft? That is an important question to answer based on your application needs. Cleaning and drying applications involve either wiping or using compressed air or blowers. The contact between the material and the product
March 20, 2024

What Makes A Good Compressed Air Operated Air Knife

Compressed air-operated air knives are popular for blow-off, cleaning, drying, and even cooling applications. They replace pipes with holes and rows of air nozzles. When properly sized and installed, they can reduce overall air consumption, reduce noise, and
March 3, 2024

Hydraulics and or Pneumatics

Hydraulics and or pneumatics are essential parts of various industries. They are critical to the performance of several types of tasks. Experts project both for continued worldwide growth well into the decade. Hydraulics utilize a pressurized incompressible hydraulic
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
May 5, 2021

What is the Difference between pneumatics and hydraulics?

Pneumatics vs 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
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.
December 23, 2019

Ring Vac (Air Operated Conveyor) Compatibility to Convey Different Types of Materials

A Ring Vac is a compressed air operated conveyor that works on a Venturi principle.  Compressed air is input into the Ring Vac internal plenum chamber and exits from several holes drilled around the inside diameter of the unit
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

A solution to Refrigerants’ Flammability 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
November 23, 2019

Which is best for venting? Air Amplifiers or Ring vacs??

Both Air Amplifiers (especially the FX40 fixed unit and 40002 adjustable unit) and Ring vacs (of various sizes and materials) are used for gas venting applications. In fact, we have manufactured Teflon Ring Vacs for moving gasses in
November 22, 2019

How can panel coolers prevent factory downtime?

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
November 15, 2019

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

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
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
October 18, 2019

How is Compressed Air used to Package Products?

Using Compressed Air in Packaging Compressed air is safe, reliable, and used in packaging products. The compressed air systems move materials from one area of the factory to another, perform blow-off, part drying, and align products for packaging.
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 21, 2019

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

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
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?

Air Amplification Explained 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 (called 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

Choosing the best Spot Cooler 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
July 18, 2019

Hollywood Special Effects with Nex Flow® Compressed Air Accessories

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
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?

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
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 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 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 18, 2019

Differences and Application: Pressure Amplifier VS Volume Amplifier

Pressure and Volume amplifier differences 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
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 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

Plan with Nex Flow CAD Models, Drawings and Product Dimensions

Plan With Nex Flow CAD Models Today! 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
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 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 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 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 Volume 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 16, 2018

Factors to Consider when Selecting an Air Nozzle

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

What are the Advantages of Air Operated Conveyor Systems?

What are the Advantages of an Air Operated Conveyor System? 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
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
June 25, 2018

When Do Vortex Tube Operated Panel Coolers Make Sense

Vortex Tube Operated Panel Coolers The biggest criticism against vortex tube-operated air conditioners for control panels is their use of compressed air. Still, in certain situations, it just makes sense to use them depending on the importance of
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 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 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
April 22, 2018

Modifying Compressed Air Blowoff for Special Applications

Modifying compressed Air Blowoff Compressed air amplification technology can often be modified for special applications. They can be designed to clean or dry in specific ways suitable for the particular application. Nex Flow Air Products Corp. manufacturers specialized
April 12, 2018

Things to Consider – Choosing a Compressed Air leak Detector

Factors to consider in choosing a hand-held compressed air leak detector for factory maintenance. Nex Flow Air Products Corp. manufactures specialized compressed air technology for blowoff, cleaning, drying, cooling and moving and also offers quality and unique products
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 23, 2018

Disruptive Industrial Technologies – Filtering of Oil

There are a few systems on the market that utilize magnetism in the filtration of oil to remove particles generated by the wear and tear of equipment. Most of these systems are however quite costly, and often require
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,
March 13, 2018

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

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. In choosing
March 4, 2018

Things to Consider – The Important Considerations for Blow Off with Compressed Air

Certain factors are important when considering compressed air for blow-off and cooling applications. Despite its perceived high energy cost, compressed air is still used extensively for blow-off applications. It can often accomplish the desired task in a simple,
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
January 24, 2018

Things to Consider Options to Consider in Cooling Parts

Options to Consider in Cooling Parts When production parts need to be cooled, various options are available. Nex Flow manufacturers compressed air operated products for cooling, moving, drying and cleaning. Video url : https://youtu.be/j4JtFD0uXAc
January 17, 2018

The Importance of Laminar Flow in Compressed Air Blowoff

Laminar Flow is necessary in compressed air blowoff for effective blowoff applications. Nex Flow designs and manufacturers their compressed air blowoff technology to maximize effectiveness while minimizing energy use and noise levels. Video : https://youtu.be/PXPHJgdNOBI
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
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
November 24, 2017

A Simple Way to Collect and Convey Dust a Long Distance

This video provides a cost-effective solution to collect and convey dust a long distance without electricity. Portable and simple. Annual air (flow) amplification products such as Nex Flow Air Amplifiers operate by utilizing the Coanda effect to draw
November 18, 2017

Things To Consider – Cooling Industrial Cameras

Various methods exist to cool industrial cameras. Vortex Tubes offer an ideal method if compressed air is available. For any questions on the use of vortex tubes please contact myself or Nex Flow Air Products Corp directly. Video
November 8, 2017

When to Use a Vortex Tube Operated Cabinet or Panel Cooler System

This video outlines the conditions where vortex tube cooling units are best used for air conditioning electrical and electronic enclosures. Vortex tube-operated Cabinet Enclosure Coolers, or Panel Coolers utilize compressed air to operate, and that energy cost needs
October 31, 2017

Things to Consider – Installation of a Vortex Cooler

Things to be considered in the installation of a Panel Cooler, a vortex tube operated air conditioner for electrical and electronic enclosures. If you have any questions on the use of compressed air for cooling, blow off, cleaning,
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
May 16, 2017

Effect of pressure drop in a compressed air system

Recognizing the effect of pressure drop in your compressed air system is essential to ensure your equipment is working optimally. Except for possibly compressed air leaks, the greatest waste of using compressed air is not addressing unnecessary pressure