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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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In manufacturing, workers frequently operate in hot, cramped environments. Heatstroke 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 comfortable, safe, and productive, employers turn to Vortec Personal Air Conditioners (PAC).

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Choosing the right type of spray nozzle for your application can be tricky. To make it easy, we developed this guide to outline the main difference between our offerings.

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Our applications engineers often field calls with woes of compressed air products not functioning to their fullest capacity. Many companies struggle with compressed air issues, and we're here to help you through it. 

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Have you noticed you're not getting the full effect of your compressed air products? Here are some of the first places to check when you are having trouble with air supply. 

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