Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Choosing the Correct Sandblast Nozzle


One of the most common questions we get asked by sandblast operators is "what size blast nozzle do I need?"  As with most things in the coatings industry, this questions does not have a cut and dry answer and there are variables to account for in addressing this question.

Compressor Size

One of the most important (and often overlooked) variables when it comes to what size blast nozzle a customer needs is the size of the air compressor.  When looking into the size of the compressor, one needs to check the CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) that the compressor can put out.  Basically, we need to know how much air your compressor can produce to ensure the nozzle will not be too big.  Another large factor to take into account is what else will be running off the compressor.  If the operator has a 185 CFM compressor and is running a sandblast hood (requires 20 CFM) they have roughly 165 CFM free for their blast nozzle.

Material

In order to know what nozzle will be needed, the abrasive material being used is helpful.  Nozzles are made up of different types of materials designed to handled multiple abrasives such as aluminum oxide, glass beads, coal slag and silica sand.  Knowing the type of abrasive being used can help narrow down which type of nozzle recommended to the customer.

Application

Knowing the type of application sounds like a no-brainer.  However, it is helpful to know specifics of the application to pin point which nozzle the customer should use (i.e. some jobs require angled nozzles).

At Air Equipment and Repair, our number one goal is to get you the part you need at the best price possible.  Knowing the CFM requirements, the abrasive materials being used, and the application of your blast project helps us help you.

For more information, call Us at 1-800-677-3487 or visit  www.air-equipment.com

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Importance of Buying from an Authorized Distributor


In the land of Internet sales, consumers can easily get caught up in looking at price alone.  However, this strategy, while appealing to the eye initially, can cost a fortune on the back end.  It is always recommended to purchase from an authorized distributor for all of your finishing equipment and parts.  While an authorized distributor may not offer the lowest prices found throughout your Internet search, there are services associated with buying from a distributor that 3rd party re-sellers or "discount warehouses" cannot duplicate.

Warranty

Unlike buying from a discount store online, purchasing from an authorized distributor gives you the peace of mind that your order has a valid, manufacturer's warranty.  While some discount stores may offer a warranty, it's likely to either be valid for a shorter period of time, or has to be channeled through an authorized distributor resulting in lengthy turn around for the end user.  Furthermore, most distributors require the defective items to be sent back for them to review in a warranty situation.  In this case, the end user would likely have to send the item to the 3rd party re-seller they purchased it from, who then sends it to the distributor, who finally sends it to the manufacturer.  This is not only a waste of time, but with multiple "hands in the cookie jar" it is more likely the situation is not handled correctly.  There is also the issue of warranty repair.  Many authorized distributors (like Air Equipment) are also authorized warranty and repair centers.  However, if the item was not originally purchased from the distributor, the warranty repair may not be acknowledged (depending on the terms from the manufacturer and where the item was originally purchased from).

Training

Most equipment in the finishing industry is designed to be used by trained individuals.  In most cases, having poorly trained (or not trained at all) operators can cost a company obscene amounts of money in equipment repairs, poor maintenance practices resulting in unnecessary down time, and poor yield and product finishes due to incorrectly operated equipment.  By purchasing from an authorized distributor, you're likely (always with Air Equipment) to receive proper training on the equipment purchased.  Training normally includes, start-up, operation, breakdown and daily maintenance, as well as on-site trouble shooting of common issues.  Being properly trained on your equipment is not only fiscally beneficial, but can prevent workplace accidents from improper equipment use.

Product Knowledge

Buying items from a discount store seems like a no-brainer.  However, many re-sell stores and wholesale warehouses are not well versed on industry specific products resulting in incorrect product descriptions.  Questions concerning products will likely not be able to be answered as well which can be frustrating.  When looking for a specific product, it is always wise to contact an authorized distributor to ensure that, not only you're getting the correct item, but that if you have any questions about the item, they'll be answered by a well trained professional.

Of course, at the end of the day, the consumer knows what best suites their individual business.  We just wanted to share with you why we think it is valuable to purchase from authorized distributors when looking for industry specific products.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Bullard Clean Air Box



One of the most important pieces of equipment in any facet of the finishing industry is supplying clean breathing air for the operator.  OSHA requires that workers are provided with Grade D breathing air.  There are many different ways to achieve this under OSHA requirements.  However, the easiest and most cost effective way it by using the Clean Air Box system by Bullard.  CAB use three-stage filtration and has a built in Carbon Monoxide monitor.  The CO monitor is an auto-calibrated unit, making it easy to calibrate and keep NIOSH and OSHA certified.


Clean Air Box Three-Stage Filtration
Three stages of filtration remove oil, water, particulate, oil vapor and odors.
  • First Stage - The first filter element removes 95% of solid contaminants and bulk liquids from the breathing air, down to five microns, prolonging the life of the second and third stage elements.
  • Second Stage - This high efficiency filter element removes particulates and extremely fine oil mists down to .01 microns
  • Third Stage - This activated charcoal element removes unpleasant oil and hydrocarbon vapors and odors from the air.
Auto-Calibration
Bullard's Clean Air Box utilizes auto-calibration - one of our most valued features! Read about calibration from ISHN.
  • Rugged construction: polycarbonate Pelican® cases (portable units) and powder coated steel (wall mount units)
  • Automatic condensate drains extend filter element life
  • Independent regulators (optional)
  • Filter change indicators visually alert the operator to replace element
  • Replacement filters are compatible with other brands of filtration panels
  • Auto calibration takes less than 90 seconds with no tools
  • High intensity 90 dB alarm; remote capable with strobe
  • Self-contained, with 80+ hours of operation on 8-AA batteries; 110VAC power cord also included
For more information on the Bullard Clean Air Box, call Us at 1-800-677-3487 or visit 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bullard 88VX Sandblast Helmet


Bullard's 88VX Series Sandblast hood is a NIOSH approved, air fed hood for industrial sandblasting.

For more information on the Bullard 88VX Sandblast hood, call Us at 1-800-677-3487 or visit 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Paint Pockets: The Most Efficient Exhaust Filters on the Market

The unique, diamond, design of Paint Pockets arrestor filters holds up to five times more than other filters, keeping overspray out of your exhaust stack and booth floor.  Three dimensional pockets double the filter's surface area, cutting filter changes by up to 80 percent!  Fewer filter changes means less waste and less time wasted changing filters that could be used for production.

Paint Pockets are not only more economically viable, they are also friendlier to the environment than other comparable filters.  Paint Pockets' 99.84% arrestance efficiency means only 0.16% of the overspray actually penetrates the filter.

Technical Specifications:

Overall Arrestance Efficiency:99.84%
Fractional Arrestance Efficiency 
20 microns100.0%
10 microns99.8%
5 microns84.5%
2.5 microns4.2%
Holding CapacityUp to 6 lbs/sq ft
Maximum Tested Air Velocity700 FPM
Initial Pressure Drop (@100 FPM)0.06 in W.C.
Maximum Pressure Drop1.00 in W.C.
Flammability RatingUL Class II
Filter ConstructionHigh Loft, Multi-Ply, Non-woven Polyester

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Ask us how you can try a set of filters for Free! Call Us at 1-800-677-3487 or visit www.air-equipment.com

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Graco T3 3:1 Transfer Pumps

Graco, known for their industry leading technology, has released yet another high efficiency transfer pump in the T3 series.  Lighter, quieter, and shorter than it's T2 counterpart, the T3 is taking the coatings industry (namely the polyurethane industry) by storm.

Features

  • Easier to maneuver - Overall height is 3.7 inches shorter than the T2 providing easier in and out of the drum in a spray rig.
  • Quieter - Studies show the T3 Transfer pump is 3 times quieter than the T2.
  • Less downtime - The Merkur air-motor is based on pilot valve technology.  (As a repair shop, we rarely, if ever, have to rebuild the Merkur air-motors).

Our Customers That Use the Graco T3

  • Spray Foam Insulators
  • Sprayed on Bed Liners
  • Contact Glue applications
  • General Fluid Tranferring
Learn more about the Graco T3 3:1 transfer pump by visiting air-equipment.com or calling us at 1-800-677-3487

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The All New Binks Trophy Series Air-Assisted Airless Spray Gun


Binks as announced its air-assisted airless line of the popular Trophy series.  Offering both a low pressure (1600 PSI) and a high pressure (4400 PSI) this line of air-assisted airless spray gun is ideal for many industrial finishing markets.


Overview

  • Lightweight Air Assisted Airless Gun
  • High quality atomization for industry leading finish
  • Solid forged gun body for maximum durability and longer life
  • Quick-CleanTM gun coating for fast cleaning and maintenance
  • Wide selection of flat, fine-finish and twist tips available
Air Equipment customer using this gun:
  • Door Manufacturers
  • Cabinet Manufactuers
  • Aviation
Learn more about the Binks Trophy Air-Assisted Airless spray guns by visiting air-equipment.com or calling us at 1-800-677-3487

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