A new machine requires a custom crane and hoist design..no problem

Problem:

The client, a local granite countertop supplier, was purchasing a new machine to custom cut their client’s countertops. Their existing workstation crane and hoist system didn’t allow the flexibility they needed to maneuver the granite into the proper position.

Solution

After on an onsite review, it became clear that a custom designed crane and hoist system was needed for the project.  Account Manager Justin Kuhn and Application Specialist Chris Nelson were able to custom design a 2 ton Gorbel crane and 1 ton Harrington Hoist system that allowed the power and flexibility the client needed.

Results

The Air Power solution is working perfectly and this will likely be the last crane the customer will ever need.  The added bonus was an annual maintenance plan for all of their existing cranes and hoists. The ability of our team to not only immediately identify the issues, but to also have the technical skill to design a customized system leads to the perfect Manufacturing Solution.

Once again the tremendous knowledge and experience of our Account Managers and Application Specialists not only solves the issue at hand, but creates a long term customer.

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Powder booth Airflow issues solved by an Air Power Dynamic Duo

Problem:

The client, a local manufacturer, was having air flow issues within it’s paint operation. This was causing major dust/powder buildup in the nearby areas of the plant. Not only this, but the inefficiency of the airflow was hampering overall plant performance.

Solution

After on onsite review with the customer, Chris Case (Account Manager) and Travis Stirewalt (Technical Specialist) were able to determine that the 2nd and 3rd stages were horribly neglected. In addition, we pointed out that although airflow with no filters and clean filters was excellent, the airflow with the clogged stage 2 and 3 were causing the issues.  We installed the Kemwove filters during a one day trial and testing period of the filter process. Two weeks later, we revisited the plant to check on the filters and then again a couple of weeks after that. The customer had moved into some of their old first stage inventory (paint pockets) but had left our 2nd and 3rd stages alone as requested. The 2nd stage filters were absolutely full and had spared the bulk of powder capture leaving the 3rd stage pocket filters in great shape.

Results

With the collected data over the test and review period, we were able to provide a concise filter plan and maintenance schedule for monthly, quarterly and annual review.  For this customer – better air flow, improved plant performance, and a reduction of annual filter costs!

 

Filter Troubles

As temperatures begin to get hotter, viscosity is very much at play when picking the proper pump.

Problem:

When specifying the proper pump for any fluid application understanding the properties of the fluid to be handled is of the upmost importance.

Viscosity…. is one of, if not the most important variable when determining the proper specification of a diaphragm pump (or any pump) and associated flow rates. The viscosity of many materials fluctuate as ambient temperature’s change through the seasons and as plant conditions change month to month, so understanding the effect viscosity has on sizing pumps is important.

Solution

All AODD pump ratings are with water at the pump outlet. For example, a Graco 1050 pump is a 1″ ported pump rated at 50 gallons per minute (water at the pump outlet).  When looking to specify the above example pump, three things must be further evaluated to insure proper performance/specification – Viscosity (will alter flow rate), available air pressure at the pump, pipe or hose size (at pump outlet all the way to the point of discharge).  Once you have determined these variables you can properly select the perfect pump for your unique application.

Results

Getting the right pump will make a world of difference in the efficiency of your set-up. Not only will your flow rates remain stable throughout the year, but downtime will be reduced and the life of your pump will be extended.Perfect Pump