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For Max Imaging & Electrical, an electrical service company outside of Atlanta, Georgia, their bread and butter is well, bread and butter. Among other clients, Max Imaging services the automation controls on food facilities that bake bread and deep fry products. Baking is a messy business, and mass producing breads, pies and fried goods is a messy industry: flour, breading and batter cloud the air and air conditioners take the brunt of the beating. When the air conditioners on control panels and electrical enclosures goes down, temperature goes up, causing production to shut down for repairs. That’s just the way the cookie crumbled, until Chuck Cohran, President of  Max Imaging & Electrical found Vortex Enclosure Coolers from Vortec.

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A large domestic component repair facility that specializes in re-building and testing hydraulic, electro-mechanical and fuel system components for the aerospace and aviation industries needed a solution to cool a fuel control valve for one of their customers. The control valve must accurately regulate fuel flow in response to the Vortex Tube cooling application for aerospace and aviation testingtemperature. One of the tests required the valve to be cooled to -25°F plus or minus 2°, and the fuel flow measured.

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Close up of a Compressed Air FilterAir Filters are an important part of maintaining an efficient and effective compressed air system. I have often told customers, “The compressed air product is only as good as the compressed air going into it” in other words: “garbage in-garbage out”. Contaminants in the air can quickly clog up and ruin not only the compressed air device, but also your product that depends on it. Oils, vapors, dust, pollen and other particulates are often found in manufacturing facilities. These contaminants, along with moisture, pipe scale, and rust, can easily be produced or find their way into your compressed air distribution system. Therefore, it’s vital to ensure that you eliminate contaminants where the compressed air is being applied, to prevent problems. Most compressed air systems employ filtration at the outlet of the air compressor. This is essential, however filtration at the point of use is also critical. This ensures that additional moisture, rust, etc. is not present in the compressed air piping system before reaching the intended source/product.

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How to Take Apart a Cold Air Gun

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Cold Air Guns and vortex tubes are popular spot cooling products that are used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from cooling cutting tools such as band saw and circular saw blades, router bits, lathe tools, HSS drills and milling cutters used for machining of metals, plastics, paper and wood. They are also commonly used to cool parts, dehumidify gas samples, cool sensors, test thermostats and many other applications where an instant and reliable supply of clean cold air is required. Vortex tubes and Cold Air Guns have no moving parts and use only a clean dry source of compressed air for creating cooling capacities up to 6000 btuh (1758 watts).

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When considering a solution it is important to look into every stage of the implementation, not just the final result. Often times the solution can be improved upon, or the process can be altered, to improve the final outcome. For this compressed air solution we had the pleasure of working with a manufacturer of industrial valves for numerous chemical companies. They noticed that their cooling time had been increasing over time and their goal of cooling the valve molds in 15 minutes or less, was now closer to 45 minutes. In analyzing their system we quickly realized they could greatly improve their cooling time with a few changes to their set up and ensuring their compressed airflow was clean. See below the details in how this company was able to get their cooling time down to 12 minutes, almost quadrupling their productivity!

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In the marine service industry, welders frequently operate in hot, cramped environments below deck on ships that have been exposed to intense summer heat. Heat stroke begins to set in when a body’s core temperature reaches 104°, resulting in fatigue, dizziness, and if untreated, loss of consciousness. To keep employees Vortec Personal Air Conditioner comfortable, safe and productive, the employers turn to Vortec Personal Air Conditioner (PAC) vests.

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One of our biggest passions at Vortec, is helping our customers solve problems. Since 1961, we have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of thousands of customers, that stretch across numerous industries, solve a variety of efficiency and productivity needs. With Personal Air Conditioner Innovationeach person and company, we interact with, we form a partnership and friendship, that has helped us understand and solve numerous compressed air system problems. We take the time to listen and learn about your unique application needs and then work with you to develop the best possible solution. Our job is to make your job easier!

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A major tire manufacturer for the automobile industry, reached out to us with manufacturing troubles. They were having a tough time A row of tires recently manufactured with white sidewall rubber grinding, which is the white, rubber ring that’s inserted into the tire mold. A thin, black layer of rubber forms over the surface of the ring when the molding is complete. To remove the thin, black layer they use a grinding wheel, but in normal operations the wheel becomes hot, loads up with melted rubber and produces a significant amount of smoke. They were currently using air jets, in an attempt to cool the rubber, but this process failed to cool the rubber fast enough and generated too much noise.

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Giant, room-sized computer with a man sitting in front of it.We can’t escape the reality of the world we live in, everything is reliant upon computers. For someone who has been with Vortec for 33 years I have seen a lot, but now, it seems like each month there is a new advancement in the processing power, or size, of circuits. There is no disputing it, the power of compact electronic components has increased as enclosure volumes have gotten smaller. Gone are the days of giant room-sized computers, electronics are now packed into even smaller enclosures, while simultaneously increasing in speed.

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