Blog posts tagged with 'Compressed Air Information'

Many companies struggle with compressed air issues. At the heart of it all is ensuring that you maintain the right pressure to ensure your compressed air tools are working effectively. You may be spending money to operate your air compressor at a pressure that is higher than necessary just to generate the pressure needed at the tool’s point of use. If so, then there may be problems with the supply side of the system.

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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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5 Micron 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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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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The thermostats on our enclosure coolers are another way that Vortec is trying to help customers save time and money. We Side by side image of electric thermostatunderstand that compressed air usage can be costly, and one of the easiest ways to save money is by ensuring that compressed air is used only when necessary. Automation is increasingly growing, because it allows for ease of use and ensures that you can “set it and forget it.” Our thermostats help to reduce compressed air usage, providing an efficient and cost saving method for cooling your enclosure. Here is a look into how our thermostats work.

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Getting the cooling device is only half the battle, now that you have it, how do you make it work for you? Setting up your application is key in designing an effective solution. Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your air flow solution.

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NEMA is a common term thrown around in the manufacturing industry, in case you didn’t know, it actually stands for National Electrical Manufacturers Association. NEMA was originally formed in 1926 to set standards for companies producing any sort of electrical products, equipment, or wiring in outside industrial facilities.

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