Vortec Blog

Aerospace and Aviation Cooling Application

4/6/2018byVortec Engineer
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 temperature. 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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Preventative Maintenance Items for Compressed Air Products

3/29/2018byVortec Engineer
Air 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 Change the Generator in a Vortec Cold Air Gun

3/23/2018byVortec Engineer
Based on many of your requests and questions, I wanted to use this week’s blog post to show you firsthand how to take apart our Cold Air Gun. If you ever feel like your Cold Air Gun is under performing it's always a great idea to inspect the generator to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. Since there are no moving parts in our Cold Air Gun’s, more often than not, the generator is the reason behind any performance issues.
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Cold Air Guns & Vortex Tubes - Adjusting the Temperature for your Application

3/8/2018byVortec Engineer
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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System Changes Quadruple Productivity

3/2/2018byVortec Engineer
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.
Read more

Tire Manufacturing Application: 1 Application, 2 Solutions & 3 Benefits

1/31/2018byVortec Engineer
A major tire manufacturer for the automobile industry, reached out to us with manufacturing troubles. They were having a tough time 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.
Read more

Vortex Tubes Put a Cool Spin on Dry Machining

12/21/2017byVortec Engineer
A great article by Eli Plaskett, from Modern Machine Shop, showing the versatility and effectiveness of our Vortex Tubes. There are some great tips on how to make the most out of your compressed air solution. 
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.
Read more

How Our Thermostats Save You Money

12/18/2017byVortec Engineer
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.
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The Vortec Guarantee – Customer Service and Quality

12/8/2017byVortec Engineer
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.
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Vortec Vortex Tubes: Built to Last

12/1/2017byVortec Engineer
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.
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Vortec Blog

Aerospace and Aviation Cooling Application

4/6/2018byVortec Engineer
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 temperature. One of the tests required the valve to be cooled to -25°F plus or minus 2°, and the fuel flow measured.
Read more

Preventative Maintenance Items for Compressed Air Products

3/29/2018byVortec Engineer
Air 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.
Read more

How To Change the Generator in a Vortec Cold Air Gun

3/23/2018byVortec Engineer
Based on many of your requests and questions, I wanted to use this week’s blog post to show you firsthand how to take apart our Cold Air Gun. If you ever feel like your Cold Air Gun is under performing it's always a great idea to inspect the generator to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. Since there are no moving parts in our Cold Air Gun’s, more often than not, the generator is the reason behind any performance issues.
Read more

Cold Air Guns & Vortex Tubes - Adjusting the Temperature for your Application

3/8/2018byVortec Engineer
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).
Read more

System Changes Quadruple Productivity

3/2/2018byVortec Engineer
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.
Read more

Tire Manufacturing Application: 1 Application, 2 Solutions & 3 Benefits

1/31/2018byVortec Engineer
A major tire manufacturer for the automobile industry, reached out to us with manufacturing troubles. They were having a tough time 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.
Read more

Vortex Tubes Put a Cool Spin on Dry Machining

12/21/2017byVortec Engineer
A great article by Eli Plaskett, from Modern Machine Shop, showing the versatility and effectiveness of our Vortex Tubes. There are some great tips on how to make the most out of your compressed air solution. 
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.
Read more

How Our Thermostats Save You Money

12/18/2017byVortec Engineer
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.
Read more

The Vortec Guarantee – Customer Service and Quality

12/8/2017byVortec Engineer
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.
Read more

Vortec Vortex Tubes: Built to Last

12/1/2017byVortec Engineer
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.
Read more