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EXAIR – Air Gun with Variable Flow from the Squeeze of a Trigger

EXAIR’s new VariBlast® Compact Safety Air Guns are a small and lightweight cast aluminum air gun capable of handling tough jobs. Because of the engineered variable flow trigger they are able to produce light, medium or heavy force upon a target simply by pulling the trigger. This comfortable and ergonomic air gun has two ¼ NPT air inlets and a storage hanger for convenience. Air consumption of the VariBlast Compact air gun is only 10-17.5 SCFM, depending on the nozzle installed, which is among EXAIR’s most efficient air guns. It is capable of producing up to one pound of force, making it a great choice for light to medium duty applications.

These CE compliant air guns can use EXAIR’s extensions up to 72″ long for extended reach and can be purchased with a chip shield. This product line of VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns utilize EXAIR’s 1/8 NPT engineered air nozzles which reduce compressed air use and meet OSHA requirements for dead-end pressure and noise exposure.

exair air gunAll of EXAIR’s Safety Air Gun product lines use engineered air nozzles for high performance and safety – designed to maximize safety and minimize air consumption. The Heavy Duty and Soft Grip Safety Air Guns provide higher force for tougher applications. All are available with extension pipes and Chip Shields. VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun Prices start at $58.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/vcsag.htm

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR: New Anti-Static Super Air Knife with 34% Better Performance is CE, UL and RoHS Certified

EXAIR’s new Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife eliminates static electricity 34% better at low inlet pressures which saves compressed air and money. Production speeds, product quality and surface cleanliness can improve dramatically. It eliminates static on plastics, webs, sheet stock and other product surfaces where tearing, jamming or hazardous shocks are a problem. Gen4 products have undergone independent laboratory tests to certify they meet the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. They are also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding.

The Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife incorporates EXAIR’s Super Air Knife that minimizes compressed air use by inducing surrounding airflow at a ratio of 40:1. The unique amplified airflow carries the ions to the target, making it possible to eliminate static charges in less than a half second. Air volume and velocity are infinitely controllable from a “breeze” to a “blast” to gently wipe or forcefully blow away debris.

Exair New Anti-Static Super Air Knife with 34% Better Performance is CE, UL and RoHS CertifiedEXAIR’s Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife product line is available from stock in 3″ to 108″ long. The electrical ion source is shockless and there is no radioactive element. A new selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate Gen4 products. Visit EXAIR.com to see the entire Gen4 static elimination product line. Applications include surface cleaning, neutralizing plastics, bag opening, printing machinery, packaging operations and elimination of painful static electricity shocks. Price starts at $399.

For more information, contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
http://www.exair.com/106/g4siak.htm

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New Okuma Video Recaps Winter Showcase Highlights

More than 700 people in the machine tool industry learned about the latest technologies and complete manufacturing solutions to boost shop floor productivity.

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, hosted several hundred machine tool users from more than 250 companies at their 2018 Winter Showcase, December 5-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. To view event highlights, please visit https://youtu.be/x4NpaD4GwGg.

Participants viewed cutting demonstrations on 26 machines and custom demos that featured complete manufacturing solutions from Partners in THINC members – all contributing to increased efficiency and productivity. They also toured Okuma headquarters to see the Aerospace Center for Excellence, spindle exchange and board repair.

Winter Showcase Highlights: 

  • Okuma’s New Additive Technology: The debut of the MU-8000V LASER EX super multitasking machine featuring state-of-the-art laser technology that combines subtractive and additive manufacturing.
  • GENOS M460V-5AX: The debut of the new affordable excellence 5-axis VMC. 
  • Complete Manufacturing Solutions: Partners in THINC custom demos featuring cost reduction for part production, data analysis, collaborative robotics, OSP control functionality, and the power of Okuma’s horizontal machining centers. The demos showed how shops can take advantage of the endless manufacturing possibilities enabled by Okuma machine tool technologies.

For more information on Okuma’s machine tool lineup visit http://www.okuma.com/cnc-machine-tool-lineup.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR:Large Atomizing Spray Nozzle Covers 360 Degrees

EXAIR’s 1/2 NPT internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays away from the nozzle in all directions, up to 13 feet in diameter. These nozzles are ideal where a liquid application is needed in a broad area, such as dust suppression, humidification and cooling. They can also be used to coat the inside of large diameter pipe or duct. By combining liquid and compressed air inside of the air cap these nozzles produce the finest mist of atomized liquid that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of your application. These spray nozzles provide liquid flows from 10.8 to 150 gallons per hour.

With EXAIR’s atomizing nozzles, you can coat, cool, treat and paint a variety of products using compressed air and liquids with a viscosity of up to 300 centipoise. They are commonly used with water, light oils, rust inhibitors, chemicals, paints and dyes.

The stainless steel construction of these atomizing nozzles adds to their durability and corrosion resistance. EXAIR atomizing nozzles are available with 1/8 NPT, 1/4 NPT and 1/2 NPT connections and in a variety of sizes and shapes to meet your needs. Patented No Drip versions, ideal for saving expensive liquids and preserving product finishes, are also available. All models are adjustable, come with our 5 year Built to Last Warranty and are CE compliant. 1/2 NPT Internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern spray nozzles ship from stock and are $681.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/lgat.htm

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Boston Centerless Launches New Website

Woburn, MA – November 1, 2017 — Boston Centerless, a leading manufacturer and distributor of precision raw materials and preparation services, announced today the launch of its newly designed website, www.bostoncenterless.com. The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to help customers fulfill their raw material needs.

“We are thrilled to debut our new company website to our customers, partners and suppliers who are looking to understand the scope of our products and services,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless. “The redesign of our website is yet another way Boston Centerless is committed to creating the best overall customer experience for our customers”.

The website includes videos regarding the importance of straightness, diameter tolerance and roundness on Swiss screw machining operations as well as a variety of tools to assist with material selection. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website and join the Boston Centerless mailing list to receive important product and service information as it becomes available.

About Boston Centerless

Boston Centerless supplies customers worldwide with precision ground bar materials for close tolerance CNC Swiss machining applications. The company also provides grinding services, material testing and validation for bar products, CNC Swiss consulting services, and manufactures a line of ultra-precise gages. For more information, visit www.bostoncenterless.com.

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NEW PRODUCT FROM EXAIR: Gen4 Ionizing Point Delivers Precision Static Elimination

EXAIR’s new Gen4(tm) Ionizing Point delivers a high concentration of positive and negative ions to neutralize static electricity without requiring compressed air.  This compact and shockless static eliminator is the ideal way to eliminate static electricity problems occurring in small spaces. They are ideal to keep small parts or products separate or from sticking to other surfaces. Gen4 Ionizing Points can protect sensors, eliminate improper readings of sensitive electronics, keep powder filling nozzles clear of clogs and prevent jamming, tearing or dust attraction on slitting, winding, rewinding, ink jetting and silk screening applications.

The Gen4 Ionizing Point has undergone independent laboratory tests to certify it meets the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. It is also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, a replaceable emitter point, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding.

A new 115V/230V selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate the Gen4 Ionizing Point. Visit EXAIR.com to see the entire static elimination product line including static eliminating Gen4 Super Ion Air Knives, Gen4 Super Ion Air Wipes, Gen4 Ion Air Cannons, Gen4 Ion Air Jets and a handheld Gen4 Ion Air Gun for manual operations. Price is $211.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH  45249
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/ip_pr.htm 

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EXAIR’S New Website Offers Better Ways to Improve Efficiency and Safety

EXAIR.com® is the new digital home of Intelligent Compressed Air® products for industry. EXAIR’s new website has improved the product selection process by providing descriptions immediately from the homepage. An improved account management and ordering process streamlines access to historical orders, allows one click repeat orders and eases editing of your information. This website is fully responsive to provide a consistent experience whether using a PC, tablet or smartphone. A comprehensive search functionality enables users to quickly locate model numbers and related information.

In addition to these new features, EXAIR.com continues to provide the critical tools any user will need for a successful application: 3D models and CAD drawings, product videos, complete performance data, installation and maintenance guides, air savings calculators, case studies, slide presentations and a huge application database to learn what these Intelligent Compressed Air® products can achieve. An expert level of customer support from our experienced Application Engineering staff is available immediately through online chat. The FAQ section covers every product line for fast access to common questions. Download the current price list or choose to have it mailed within the latest catalog from the Get a Catalog button.
For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/newsite.htm

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EXAIR’s New Threaded Line Vac Makes it Easy to Convert Standard Pipe Into a Powerful, High Volume Conveyor

EXAIRs new aluminum 2-1/2 NPT and 3 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their larger size makes them perfect for conveying bigger parts and large volumes of material over long distances. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to attach to standard plumbing pipe couplers, making it easy to build a complete system using pipe and fittings available from any home center, hardware store or plumbers supply.

Threaded Line Vac Conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air to produce a vacuum on one end with high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous and regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate. Applications include scrap trim removal, material conveying, part transfer, fiber tensioning and filling operations.

Aluminum Threaded Line Vacs are CE compliant and meet OSHA pressure requirements. Smaller sizes down to 3/8 NPT are available in stock. Threaded Line Vac models are also available in type 303 and type 316 stainless steel for more demanding high temperature, corrosive and hygienic environments. Line Vacs also come with smooth ends for use with hose and tubing and Heavy Duty Line Vacs provide abrasion resistance while producing maximum power for high bulk density material. If a secure pipe connection is required where the Line Vac will be frequently removed for cleaning, Sanitary Flange Line Vacs are also available. Aluminum Threaded Line Vac prices start at $110.00.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com

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Okuma Welcomes Praemo as the Newest Member of Partners in THINC

IIoT technology leader provides real world solutions to optimize production processes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 23, 2017) – Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tools announces that Praemo, an industry leader in applied IIoT and AI, has joined Partners in THINC. Praemo combines industry experience with IIoT and AI expertise to help customers increase productivity while reducing costs.

Razor™ by Praemo, securely connects to data sources and gathers pertinent information. With the help of predictive analytics and prescriptive intelligence, production disruptions can be detected before they happen. Razor™ insights and suggested recommendations help customers take preemptive action to reduce equipment downtime, optimize production processes, and manage risks.

“Okuma has a long legacy of innovation, producing high quality machining centers, and fostering growth inside their ecosystem; all with a relentless focus on customer success. At Praemo, we admire these traits and believe that our innovative Razor™ technology will augment Okuma’s existing capabilities and provide an even greater value to customers and partners,” says Michael Martinez, CEO, Praemo.

“Partners in THINC is excited to have Praemo join our partnership. They provide leading edge, real world solutions to our customers. Their technology allows our customers to tap into the benefits of AI and IIoT to maximize the full benefits of their manufacturing processes,” says Wade Anderson, Okuma Product Specialist and Tech Centers Manager.

Members of Partners in THINC provide superior technologies that are integrated with Okuma’s CNC machines and controls to deliver advanced manufacturing system solutions.

For more information on Praemo and other members of Partners in THINC, visit http://www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

Praemo
Praemo is revolutionizing how industrial companies think about the role of digital technology inside their operations. We help our customers reduce equipment downtime, optimize production processes, and manage risks. This results in improved productivity, lower costs, and a more sustainable operation overall. Praemo is leveraging the best technology and practices from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Lean to deliver benefits to our customers. Razor was built with an ‘edge-first’ approach to Connect to customer’s equipment, sensors, and backend data systems to collect data. It operates within the confines of a customer’s network or safely transmits data and information between the customer and the cloud. It processes the data using Predictive Analytics to generate alerts about upcoming production and equipment events. It leverages Prescriptive Intelligence to combine industry expertise with “learned” behavior to automatically create actionable recommendations. These Events and Recommendations are delivered as intuitive notifications to users who “subscribe” to the equipment. Razor was developed for industrial applications under the guidance of Praemo’s experienced industry practitioners. We are committed to building technology with the mission of delivering truly sustainable productivity and cost improving digital technology in a more intuitive and cost-effective method than ever before.

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