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With temperatures beginning to rise as we get closer to summer, it is important to make sure your employees are protected from heat-related illness in hot work environments. Personal cooling products can largely help in minimizing heat stress and fatigue. To keep employees comfortable, safe, and productive, employers turn to the newly designed Vortec Cooling Vests.  

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Thermal testing has proven that natural convection cooling is not adequate for today’s smaller, high power density enclosures. Heat dissipation by forced convection (fan cooling) is the most frequently used method of cooling. Forced air-cooling systems can provide heat transfer rates that are ten times greater than those achievable with natural convection and radiation, but even this is not adequate to cool faster electronic components when they are located in hostile plant environments.

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Corporate sustainability efforts are more important now than ever before. Being aware and proactive in reducing your environmental footprint can not only help the planet, but it can also improve your bottom line. As an industry, we must strive to continuously improve our energy consumption and the impact we have on the world around us.

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Operating at maximum production efficiency is a goal many manufacturers strive for. Whether you are a new operation or you have been around for decades, you should always be on the lookout for new ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Below are five ways you can implement air solutions to improve your overall plant productivity.

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All manufacturing facilities have downtime, the time when a machine or production line is not creating any output.  The goal is to minimize the unplanned downtime, while maximizing the efficiency of the planned downtime.  Let’s take a look at each type of downtime. 

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Innovation is a vital characteristic for any company to maintain success over 6 decades, and Vortec is no exception. Since 1961, Vortec has paved the way for expertly designed compressed air solutions to improve efficiency and increase productivity in manufacturing. A true pioneer, Vortec became the first company to develop technology for converting the vortex tube phenomenon into practical, effective industrial cooling solutions.

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When distillers make whisky, a small amount evaporates through the barrels and into the heavens. It’s known as the “angel’s share.” In winemaking, when wine evaporates during the aging process, it’s called product loss. Over the course of three years, a barrel can lose 14% of its wine. For a small, family-owned winery like Miramont Estate, that’s a lot of product loss.

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For most of us, winter means it’s time to turn the heat on, and with it comes a buildup of dry air, ensuing static electricity. More than a simple shock, static electricity challenges many manufacturers and factories during the winter months, particularly in their packaging and labeling processes. Plastic surfaces hold a high resistance to electricity and work as insulators causing static buildups. Static may prevent label liners from neatly respooling or cause them to stick to each other and other equipment, damaging labels or disrupting the application process. In some cases, the accumulation of static electricity can produce hazards from a light shock to electrical sparks or even the risk of a fire. For this reason, tools that can eliminate or neutralize static, like Vortec’s Ionizing Air Knives, are increasingly more important in the dryer months.

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NEMA is a common term used in the manufacturing industry, it stands for National Electrical Manufacturers Association. NEMA was originally formed in 1926 to set standards for companies producing electrical products, equipment, or wiring in industrial facilities. By creating a defined set of standards, NEMA helps alleviate any miscommunications that could occur between the manufacturer and purchaser.

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Heat-related illness can take many different forms, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe. Heat-related illnesses often occur when people are exposed and actively working outside during periods of high temperatures and humidity.

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