The Changing America

The WW II generation is almost gone from this planet and the Vietnam era baby boomers are now retiring. The WW II generation was mostly responsible for the age of manufacturing in the US and the baby boomers brought the age of technology to the world. For the most part, manufacturing has been transferred to other countries and technology in all its forms is now the booming industry in America. Throw in the new age of AI and you begin to see an emergence of the new America. 

With the ability for many young people to make a living using digital technology, whether from an office of their home, there is little incentive to get into the trades or any type of manual labor, including the service sector. As a result, you are seeing a major shift from the older, more traditional work for a company for 40 years to work for 20 companies for 40 years, including working for themselves.

This shift is creating employment challenges for retail, the service sector and the trades. It is, in fact, the reason you are seeing so many restaurants go out of business and many retail store chains are either consolidating or shutting down, to the chagrin of the older generation. This transition has not yet hit its stride. By 2030, the industrial revolution as we know it will be replaced by Robotics, AI, Additive Manufacturing, working from home and a shift to fewer or no children in marriages. 

Pure Air Systems was founded in 1985 and is now one of three companies in the world that produces high end, commercial grade, fan powered HEPA based filtration systems. Initially, the first systems used the older, induction motors and then progressed to the Variable speed drive motors and now the new programmable VS motors. The use of analog controls have been replaced with digital controllers producing systems that can be matted to computer controlled operations.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems, please go to our website at:  http://www.pureairsystems.com    or call us on our toll free number at; 800-869-8025.

600 HS PLUS Plus Diagram - Components with Descriptions
600 HS PLUS – Split Housing Design

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The High Cost of Better Components

Everyone is seeing higher costs for most manufactured products from cars down to folding tables. There are a number of reasons for this major increase. First, labor costs have gone up, and even though many companies are now using robots and advanced machinery, labor has increased by 10% to 20% in many operations. Secondly, getting parts from other sources has become more expensive due to two major changes, an increase is shipping costs and higher materials cost on the end of the manufacturer. 

Lack of manufacturing in the US has also created higher costs due to limited competition. In many instances, identical parts that were made by 10 to 30 different companies are now only made in 1 to 4 companies and they are suffering from lack of experienced labor. With fewer young people going into any form of manufacturing the supply of all types of parts will be limited to the overseas manufacturers and they can charge whatever the market will bare.

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade, fan-powered HEPA and Carbon base air filtration systems since 1985. These metal framed units incorporate large blowers, variable speed motors and high end HEPA filters. Like other manufacturers here in the US, the prices of all the components that make up the Hepa Shield systems have increased dramatically since the inception of the company. It has been, however, Pure Air Systems goal to continue to provide quality components and maintain their reputation for performance even if they have to raise prices to cover the increased costs. 

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at: http://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

600HS/600HS Plus Series H14 HEPA Filter
600HS/600HS Plus Series H14 HEPA Filter

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Using AI To Improve Design Efficiency

Artificial Intelligence is now mainstream and the use of this technology has reached global proportions. Companies, research centers, Universities, military establishments, social media operations, financial institutions, etc, have all incorporated various versions of AI into their day-to-day operations. And, they are all seeing the benefits in the use of AI. In fact, most companies are new facing an up-hill battle in the area of advanced technologies if they have not incorporated AI into their mainstream operations.

Companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, Boeing, NASA, Airbus, GM, Ford and other major manufacturers are seeing huge benefits in equipment design and enhanced processes never before achieved using the old add-on technology process. The quantum leaps in Bio Chemical science are a result of using AI which have now altered the way certain drugs are now being modified for use in more applications with better results.

The Chinese have been using this technology to try to compete with SpaceX to offer reusable rockets for less expensive launches of their satellites. The European countries are now using AI in almost every aspect of their business economy and especially with their continued efforts in the reduction of green house gases.

Pure Air Systems offers a complete line of HEPA and Carbon based fan-powered, air filtration systems for the commercial, industrial, institutional and medical markets. Our website is: http://www.pureairsystems.com  or you can call us on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

600 HS PLUS Plus Diagram - Components with Descriptions
600 HS PLUS – Split Housing Design

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The Reason For The Decline In US Manufacturing

In 2006, almost all of the US based companies that made the majority of the components used in the line of Pure Air Systems fan powered, HEPA based air filtration systems, closed up their R&D and Manufacturing centers and moved them overseas. Many went to China. They only left the sales and management operations in the US. There are a number reasons for this departure.

China and other countries in the far east started to compete with US manufactured goods and they were less expensive and just as good as those made here. Since most of the larger manufacturing companies are publicly held their shareholders were concerned that trying to compete head-to-head on price was not feasible and they did not want to lose any of their profit margins. Secondly, it is very, very, very expensive to build and operate a manufacturing operation. It requires a lot of equipment and experienced, well-trained technicians and engineers. Over the years those people entering the engineering field of study dropped off precipitously. So they decided to minimize their losses and have their products made overseas.

Over time the public came to accept products made in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, etc. and the advent of Amazon changed the way everyone purchased everything without caring about the manufacturing origin. This coupled with the fact that the new generation of workers are primarily involved in the digital world and have little or no interest in working with their hands and see no future in that arena. Their future belongs to AI, Additive Manufacturing, Robotics and VR and AR technologies.

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade, high performance HEPA based air filtration systems since 1985 and now one of only three companies in the world that currently manufacture this type of equipment. 

For more information regarding the complete line of PAS systems please go to our website at: http://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

Pure Air Filtration Product Grouping
HEPA Systems For Every Application

 

 

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Getting Ahead Using New Technology

The manufacturing world is awash with new concepts and techniques. The use of AI along with Additive Manufacturing and Robotics have enabled many start-ups and small product development companies to offer better products that meet or exceed the expectations of their current customer base.

The use of AI in every aspect of their company structure, from marketing to customer support and product enhancement have created a need, in many cases, for a different breed of employee. In many cases their current base of employees don’t have the expertise to use many of these new concepts. Also, the addition of  VR and AR technologies are providing for collaboration with experts outside their own company to speed up the development of new products and get them into the market faster. The world of technology is now moving at light speed.

Many companies that use CNC machines for making steel parts have additive 3D printers or Additive Manufacturing  do both prototyping and in many cases actual manufacturing in lieu of their CNC machines. This affords faster design changes and the ability to make products that can’t be made using CNC operations.

Pure Air Systems is a manufacturer of high end, commercial grade, fan powered HEPA air filtration systems for both the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional markets. They have been in business since 1985 and were one of the first companies in the US to incorporate ECM motors into all of their systems. They now offer systems with complete digital and computer controlled motors to handle every type of air filtration application.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at: http://www.pureairsystems.com  or call us on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

600 HS Diagram - Split Housing Design
600 HS – Split Housing Design

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Additive Manufacturing Moving To Replace Machining Processes

There are two main factors that are moving the process of using 3D Printing or Additive manufacturing into the product producing mainstream and replacing the traditional machining, CNC and injection molding processes. First, the number of skilled machinists and manufacturing engineers is rapidly declining and secondly, and most important, the younger generation has little or no interest in working for or with any manufacturing operation. The new generation sees their future in the digital world.

The other major reason is the speed in which additive manufacturing has advanced in every facet of product production. This is especially true in the use of additive manufacturing in producing parts from ferrous and nonferrous materials. The ability to produce a steel part that is one piece versus multiple parts or pieces using traditional machining is now blazing new trails in the ability to make a part in one print cycle that used to take five to eight steps. Also, the ability to quickly prototype a part and then change it and print again for five or more iterations in the span of one reduces prototyping and product development to less that 10% of the time for traditional machining.

Interestingly, the method of designing a part for manufacturing is identical in both traditional and additive manufacturing. The use of advanced CAD software allows for the design of any part and the design files are saved in different file types depending whether the part is made on a CNC machine or 3D Printer. This new generation of young workers already know how to use this software as their understanding computers, software, programming and object design is already in place. So, the 3D Printer is a perfect fit for this new group of workers who most likely will work remotely from the actual manufacturing operation.

Pure Air Systems began its operation in 1985 using hand drawings for the design of its HEPA based air filtration systems and then eventually moved into the CAD era and today is looking at using AI for some of its advanced equipment designs. The world of technology is moving at light speed and Pure Air Systems is keeping pace.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at:  http://www.pureairsystems.com  or call us on our toll free number at: 800-869-8025.

Interior view of 2000. HS HEPA unit

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Covid-19 Cases Rising

You can either put you head in the proverbial sand like the Ostrich and believe this is not a problem or grasp the real issue of this virus being around forever and changing and adapting to the new vaccines that are currently on the market. Too many people use other methods of gathering data, especially social media, on health care issues rather than from their medical professionals. This never ceases to amaze me.

Viruses are extremely small and very light and can travel up to 20 feet or more when expelled from a human mouth. While we realize many of the face masks are not capable of removing all of the viruses, they are a great barrier non the less. 

The use of air filters in your home or office are minimally capable of removing very little of the airborne viruses. The only air filters that can do that are HEPA filters and those are normally used in hospitals, surgery rooms and chip manufacturing. However, there is a company that has been around for over 37 years that makes a HEPA air filtration system that can be attached to any HVAC ducted residential system and even used as a stand-alone unit. 

Pure Air Systems has been making commercial grade HEPA and Carbon based air filtration units since 1985. These units range in air flow capacity from 50 CFM up to 2,000 CFM and come in seven different configurations. Over the past 37 years these units have been used in a wide range of air  filtration applications around the world. Pure Air Systems is now one of only 3 companies in the world that make this type of fan powered, HEPA based air filtration system.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at:  http://www.pureairsystems.com  or call us on our toll-free number.  800-869-8025.Three Stage FIltration - Prefilter, Carbon, HEPA

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Designing Your House With Air Filtration In Mind

People that are either building their first home or third home are always concerned with the interior room sizes, placement of rooms, wall treatments and appliances needed to make their home comfortable and livable. Unless they have had heating or cooling issues with an existing home, people rely on their contractor to put in the adequate cooling and heating systems and seldom think about the air filters or air filtration systems installed in a new home.

Most new homes are much tighter ( in regards to air leakage ) and a positive pressure door test is usually done to ensure that when the HVAC system is operational the home is slightly positive. Meaning air is being pushed out rather than being sucked in. Air filters are normally placed in the air returns that are normally located in most rooms, except the bathrooms. These general duty pleated filters are designed to keep most large airborne dust from entering the HVAC system and have very little resistance so they don’t put a strain on the main blower/motor assembly of the air handler. 

Since the air handlers are designed for the general duty air filters, placing a more restrictive, yet more effective air filter media, in the returns will reduce the fan power and pull less air through your HVAC system that could significantly affect the performance of your HVAC system. Therefore, you need to talk to your contractor prior to putting in your HVAC unit if you want to incorporate a more effective air filter system.

Usually the HVAC contractor will caution you about putting the more restrictive filters in your system and suggest a main air filter unit ( either electronic or media filter ) at the inlet to the air handler itself. This can be difficult and often creates installation issues and accessibility to the unit for servicing.

Pure Air Systems has been making HEPA based, fan powered air filtration systems since 1985 and has developed a method of attaching one of their HEPA Shield units in a partial by-pass installation that allows the filter to pull anywhere from 600 CFM to 2000 CFM of air through the air filter and then putting back into the HVAC unit. By pulling only a portion of the air the HEPA Shield unit can clean all the air in the house from 24 to 48 times a day depending upon the frequency of operation of the HVAC unit. And, you can still place the general duty filters in the air returns. 

For more information on the complete line of HEPA filters please go to our website at: http://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

Typical Air Flow Diagram
Partial By-Pass System

 

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Only 3 Companies Like This In The World

When Pure Air Systems was established in 1985, there were a number of companies selling HEPA like and HEPA type air filtration systems. Many of these were used in the Asbestos Abatement projects that were prevalent at that time. In fact, Pure Air Systems was a spin-off from HEPA unit designed for abatement but never got into production.

The model 600H unit was a unit with a prefilter, carbon media filter and true commercial grade HEPA filter with a 1/3HP GE motor and Lau Blower. It was in one large section which was subsequently broken into two sections. This was the beginning of the PAS Line of HEPA systems. 

As the popularity of the 600H unit grew, PAS introduced the new ECM motors from GE to make the HEPA system available as a stand alone unit as well as using variable speed motors that were then being introduced by all the HVAC companies.

By 1999 PAS had grown the line from one unit to seven different systems including the new portable unit. It has also moved into a new 9,000 square foot building. As of this date, 90% of the units are still built with parts made in the USA and it is now one of only 3 companies in the world that make this type of HEPA with the size and flexibility in size range and air flow control.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon air filtration systems, please go to our website at: http://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.air filter applications collage

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Heat, Humidity and Your Enviroment

If you live in a part of the country where the summer months bring high humidity along with the heat, then your indoor living environment needs adequate air conditioning to maintain healthy living. 

High amounts of humidity (moisture) will condense out on cold surfaces and can become a breading ground for mold. If the moisture gets into a crawl space or attic area that is not conditioned, this area can also be a potential place for mold to grow. 

Aside from efficient air conditioning, the home envelope should be under positive pressure. This means that when the HVAC system fan is running, the air pressure inside the home should be slightly higher than the external air pressure. This ensures the home will always be expelling a small amount of air and keeping outside moisture, heat and humidity from entering the home. If the home air balance is not correct, the negative affect of outside air intrusion into the home will far outweigh a good heating/cooling system.

In addition, good filtration should be part of your HVAC system. Whether you use good filters on the return air grills or a good media filter at the fan unit, filters can significantly minimize the levels of airborne dust and the potential for mold build up on interior surfaces.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA based air filtration systems, please go to our website at: http://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

1200/2000HS Plus Series Pre-Filter
1200/2000HS Plus Series Pre-Filter
600HS/600HS Plus Series OA Carbon Cartridge
600HS/600HS Plus Series OA Carbon Cartridge

 

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