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The Heat-Resistance is On: New CLIBOS-TR High Temperature Fan

Our supply partner, Casals Ventilation, has recently launched a new high temperature fan designed to handle the hottest air yet. Listening to the requirements of customers in industries that have the challenge of extremely high temperature operations, a solution has been developed to move air and gases up to 350°C. High Temperature Fan Applications The innovative use of high density rock wool insulation, heat-resistant paint coatings and carbon laminated steel means that the CLIBOS-TR series can withstand extreme conditions. Such environment...


Wastewater Treatment Ventilation: Polypropylene vs. Stainless Steel and GRP

Wastewater treatment plants face a number of challenges in terms of ensuring safe and effective ventilation. The chemicals used during the wastewater treatment process pass through metering equipment in a dosing system. In the system, the solution is at its strongest and the chemicals and their gases are often corrosive and can be flammable. Such chemicals and gases include methane, ammonia, phosphorous, pesticides and carbon dioxide. Consequently, wastewater treatment plants are, by their nature, one of the harshest engineering environments. ...


Axair Recognised at HazardEx Awards

Axair are very happy to announce that we have been recognised at the HazardEx Awards 2019. At the HazardEx conference and awards ceremony last week, we were awarded with Highly Commended for the Contribution to Safety Award. The award was defined as ‘a product, system or service which has made a significant contribution to safety in hazardous area environments’. Axair faced competition from a number of suppliers that offer products specifically designed to operate in areas with the potential for explosion (Read our guide on ATEX Fans). ...


How to Save Energy using Inverters to Control Speed

Better control of fan speed means better control of energy consumption and energy costs. What does an inverter do? Put simply, an inverter is used to vary the speed of the motor to match the required load. In most cases, fans are specified to match the maximum ventilation requirements of the setting. Installing an inverter allows you to control the speed of your fan motor to match the actual ventilation needs, rather than run the fan at full power constantly. An inverter can vary the motor speed with no loss of efficiency. Inverters can be...


Axair Shortlisted for HazardEx Awards – Voting Now Open

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Contribution to Safety Award as part of the HazardEx Awards 2019. Our range of Storm corrosion-resistant, ATEX certified fans have been selected for the award designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across 5 categories for the awards. Winners will be announced at the HazardEx Awards 2019 Conference & Exhibition Gala Dinner on Wednesday 27th February. Over the last decade, the Hazardex Awards programme h...


Shipyard LEV Systems

Local Exhaust Ventilation, or LEV, is a recommended method of shipyard ventilation. The nature of the shipbuilding industry means that air quality can be poor due to the presence hazardous chemicals, dust and welding fumes. To ensure workers are not exposed to these potentially harmful substances in often confined working spaces, LEV systems are key. LEV involves trapping airborne contaminants at their source before they pollute the air that is breathed by workers. For welding, cutting and heating processes, this type of ventilation must con...


The Growth of EC

Historically, AC motors were used as the principal air driving force in HVAC applications running constantly at full power. The continuously increasing demand for a more energy efficient solution with a greater range of operation possibilities led to the development of the Electronically Commutated (EC) motor. Since its development in the 1960s, EC technology has steadily grown market share and replaced AC technology in many air movement applications. Due to the substantial energy efficiency improvement in motor technology that EC offers, it...


Industrial Fans for Offshore Hazardous Areas

Given the corrosive and potentially hazardous nature of the environment, a number of variables need to be considered when selecting equipment and components for offshore applications. Fans within ventilation systems are no exception and can be found in various areas of an offshore platform, for example, compressor cooling enclosures, production platforms or gas turbine enclosures. These areas present varying degrees of hazard which the offshore fans must be suitable for. Two important variables for consideration include the need for ATEX (n...


ATEX Fume Extraction for Landfill Organic Waste

Landfill gas is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic materials which are put into landfill. The gas is composed of roughly 50% methane (CH4) and 50% carbon dioxide (CO2) and a small amount of non-methane organic compounds. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and is harmful to the environment. When organic waste is first deposited into landfill, it goes through the initial stages of decomposition where small amounts of methane are generated. As the conditions change during the subsequent stages of decomposition, an increase ...


A Sweet Outcome: Stainless Steel ATEX Fan Case Study

Axair were recently tasked with finding an air movement solution for a major producer of throat and cough sweets. The customer, with a site based in the centre of a rural town, employs more than 200 people and was established over 200 years ago. The Problem A review of the company’s manufacturing processes revealed that the method of producing throat lozenges, using a powered starch mold process, has the potential to cause an explosion. Starch powder, like many food based powders used in the food processing industry, has the potentia...