When we compare the EXAIR Super Air Knife to other methods of providing a curtain or sheet of air flow in terms of operating cost, efficiency, safety, and sound levels, the Super Air Knife is ALWAYS the clear choice.
The Super Air Knives successfully replace these, and many other methods of providing a curtain or sheet of air flow all the time, while saving compressed air and decreasing noise. The word “replace” oftentimes means “do the same job as.”
What you’re about to read is NOT one of those times.
A paper products manufacturer has a machine that treats a specialty product, and the process generates ozone (O3) at levels that would exceed personnel exposure limits, so they need to be contained. They installed a long piece of drilled pipe to blow an air barrier, but they could only run the machine at about 65% of their desired capacity before the ozone level in the operators’ area exceeded their limits.
This company was familiar with several of our product lines already…they had several Cabinet Cooler Systems, a Reversible Drum Vac, and Super Air Knives in a variety of applications, so they knew how they worked. Since the barrier needed to be 120″ long, though, this was going to be a much larger scale than they were used to.
Still, the installation of two Model 110060 60″ Aluminum Super Air Knives, coupled with our Model 110900 Air Knife Coupling Kit, was quick and easy. Then came the good part: they found they were able to operate the machine at 100% capacity, while keeping the ozone at a safe level in the operators’ area.
Then came the better part: The machine was pretty loud (we couldn’t do anything about that,) at 93dBA when it was running. With the drilled pipe in operation, it was 94.5dBA. When they took that out and installed the Super Air Knives, there was no net increase in noise level…it remained at 93dBA.
THEN came the even better part: Compressed air consumption was reduced to about 30% of what the drilled pipe was using. Right in line with our table above. Just another validation of the trustworthiness of our published data. As EXAIR’s President is fond of saying, “Claims are easy, proof is hard.”
If you’re looking for a quiet, efficient – and effective – solution for a compressed air product application, give me a call.