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).
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!
A major tire manufacturer for the automobile industry, reached out to us with manufacturing troubles. They were having a tough time
This technology offers an alternative to traditional liquid coolants by providing a clean stream of air as cold as -30°F to cool cutters and workpieces during machining.
The thermostats on our enclosure coolers are another way that Vortec is trying to help customers save time and money. We understand 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.
Meet Sy. Sy handmakes every Vortex Cooler (electric and manual) that comes out of our facility. He makes sure that every single one is to the right specifications and measurements that are required to meet the standards that Vortec promises to deliver. Whether we receive 20 orders or 200 orders, every single Vortex Cooler must pass through his hands.
Vortec recently received a call from one of our loyal customers inquiring about our vortex tubes. They were curious to see how long vortex tubes lasted before they should consider replacing them. Naturally, this peaked my interest, “Well hypothetically they should last forever if they are properly maintained. Why, how long have you had one?” Turns out, they have had one of our vortex tubes for over 45 years! Mind you, we were founded in 1961 (56 years ago) so this wasn’t the first vortex tube we ever built, but it’s not far off.
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of year. It’s a time to relax and spend much needed time with family, friends and loved ones. If you’re like me, my family has many traditions that we celebrate. Every year I have enjoyed these traditions but never truly thought about where they came from. Well this year, I decided to dive into a few of the many traditions my family celebrates.
Plastic, and many other insulators, can build up a static charge creating numerous inefficiencies for manufacturers. If not taken care of, static electricity can cause small particles to adhere to packaged goods, causing sealing and contamination problems during the packaging or labeling process. The best way to continue to maintain productivity is to ensure that the static (and subsequently the small particles) is removed before the packaging or labeling occurs.