Case Study New Airtec’s Sports Ball Digital Inflator

Optimise Ball Inflation

MXC2 Airtec's Sport Ball Digital Inflator

 

Background

Airtec Corporation, established in 1994, is the premier manufacturer and supplier of digital tyre inflation and pressure sensing equipment in Australia and Oceania.  Airtec’s pioneering technology has improved operations in all kinds of industries, including: general motoring, transport, mining, agriculture and the aviation industry.

Currently, Airtec is passing it’s knowledge and experience to a new industry: Sports. Following the remarkable presence of the Digital Tyre Inflators on the service stations forecourts, a new Digital Sports Ball Inflator has been created to fulfill the demands of a low pressure inflator in the sport industry.

Previous Situation / Problem

Until now, schools, community centres, sports clubs and professional sports business, have been using inconsistent alternatives for ball inflation. The most common method: manually inflating balls using a manual pump or small portable compressors together with a pressure gauge. As a consequence:

  • Over-inflated balls: high risk of bursting; low ball life span.
  • Under-inflated balls: loss in performance, incorrect execution of the sport.
  • Inconsistency in pressures: different opinions from umpires on the correct ball pressure, which brings possible conflicts between sport clubs and sports competitions.
  • Inaccuracy: High percentage of human error when manually inflating. It is a common practice to inflate a ball by calculating the number of pumps done with the manual inflator. The number of pumps would vary depending on the size of the ball and the size of the pump. In addition, the pumping needs to be done the same way every time making sure the pump handle is extended to the maximum and be fully pressed.
  • Time consuming: As a general rule the home club should have around 36 balls for outdoor games ready for pressure testing 2 hours before the start of a game. With manual inflation this tasks is tedious and unproductive
  • Unsafe:. High probability of ball bursting if over-inflated with a regular compressor.

Solution

Airtec’s new 89MXC2 Sports Ball Digital Inflator with Air Compressor, is specially designed with a low pressure sensor for the inflation of sports balls to their recommended inflation pressure.

It comes with a selectable pressure range, with a low pressure regulator and high quality components for accuracy, efficiency and safety. Suitable for a range of sports balls.

The inflator is easy to use:

  1. Select the unit of measurement (psi, kPa or bar).
  2. Enter the required pressure.
  3. Insert the needle into the valve of the ball.
  4. When the unit beeps, remove the needle.

Results / Benefits

The Digital Sports Ball Inflator enables sporting clubs, sport stores, sport enthusiast, schools, community centres, etc to:

  • Take the guesswork out of providing correct inflation
  • Increase life span of sports balls
  • Ensures that competition balls meet inflation standards
  • Efficiently and securely inflate sports balls
  • Easy to use with digital display and digital buttons

Comments

Sherrin, the official match football manufacture for the AFL, has approved the use of Airtec’s MXC2 Digital Sports Ball Inflator and expresses the importance of correct ball pressures: “Over-pressurizing will stretch the leather and stitches of a ball, diminishing it’s performance and life span. We highly recommend the use of the MXC2 Digital Inflator for consistency and accuracy”.

Giuseppe Mamone, Richmond Football Club Property and Facility Manager, has recently invested in Airtec’s new digital ball inflators for the Tigers. His main goal is to reduce the pressure variation in balls and increase performance in each game by complying with a unified and standard ball pressure.

The Football Federation of Australia “highly recommends” the use of Airtec’s Digital Sports BAll Inflator in order to get an accurate standard pressure in balls used for competitions and practice games.

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