Understanding Air Entrainment or Amplification Ratios and Air Knives

Super Air Knife has 40:1 Amplification Ratio, entrainment is illustrated as the curved blue arrows.

EXAIR’s Super Air Knife is the top performer among our engineered air knives and it dramatically reduces compressed air usage and noise when compared to other blow-off systems. The Super Air Knife delivers a uniform sheet of laminar airflow across the entire length of the air knife. Even at high pressure of 80 PSIG (5.5 BAR), the sound level is surprisingly quiet at 69 dBA for most applications.

One feature of the Super Air Knife is its Amplification Ratio, or the ratio of ambient air to compressed air within the forceful blast of air from the Super Air Knife. The design of the Super Air Knife entrains ambient air at an amplification ratio of 40:1 (ambient air to compressed air). Entrainment is defined in the simplest of terms as: to draw in and transport (something, such as solid particles or gas) by the flow of a fluid. The Super Air Knife design produces two low pressure areas where surrounding air is pulled into the primary compressed air stream and is delivered to your target. EXAIR’s Intelligent Compressed Air® products use the principle of entrainment to give you more air volume than just the compressed air being introduced from your air compressor.  This will maximize the force value for your application with the minimum amount of compressed air. Any pipe, manifold, or fitting can be modified to blow compressed air, however, these homemade blow offs will be very noisy and perform poorly when it comes to air entrainment, or amplification ratios. In contrast EXAIR’s intelligent compressed air solutions are engineered to be very quiet and use conservative amount’s of compressed air while maximizing the output volume through entrainment. 

Furthermore, the table below demonstrates the differences between blow-off systems and the efficiency of EXAIR’s Super Air Knife. You can see that the Super Air Knife outperforms all or most other options when comparing purchase price, sound level, maintenance, horsepower required and electrical costs.

The use of EXAIR’s Super Air knife not only save air consumption but you can notice the lower decibel rating which meets or exceeds OSHA Standard 29 CFR-1910.95(a) for maximum allowable noise exposure. If you have questions or need help with EXAIR’s Super Air Knife or any of our Intelligent Compressed Air Products please contact us and let us help you.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
E-mail: EricKuhnash@exair.com
Twitter: Twitter: @EXAIR_EK

EXAIR’s Super Air Nozzles Qualify for Energy Rebate Incentive

The patented design of EXAIR’s 1” and 2” Flat Super Air Nozzles makes them a highly efficient option when seeking a powerful, flat airflow. A precise air gap across the width of the nozzle provides a forceful stream of high velocity, laminar airflow without consuming high amounts of compressed air and also resulting in a greatly reduced sound level compared to some of the alternative flat nozzles available in the market.

Did you know that upgrading to an efficient engineered air nozzle, such as the 1” or 2” Flat Super Air Nozzle, can make you eligible for an incentive from your energy provider? Similar to other energy-saving programs for upgrading to LED light bulbs or high-efficiency HVAC systems, these are made available to you as an incentive to start using more energy efficient products.

The energy costs associated with the generation of compressed air, often referred to in industry as a 4th utility, can make it expensive. These programs are offered to encourage you to use engineered products that are more energy efficient due to the reduction in compressed air consumption. Essentially, they’re offering you free money to implement a solution that will also save you money. It almost sounds too good to be true!! But these products, after implementation and receiving the incentive, will continue to save you money year after year.

The US Department of Energy, in conjunction with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, provides a website that allows you to search the various programs available to you in your state. The DSIRE® website allows you to select your state, then select your energy provider to determine what programs are offered.

In Southwest Ohio, Duke Energy provides an incentive that offers $40 USD each per engineered air nozzle that is installed. When replacing open pipe or tube, these nozzles generally pay for themselves relatively quickly. But, when combined with a $40 USD rebate, that return on investment happens even quicker!!!

Don’t leave free money on the table. If you’re using open pipe or tube, or inefficient plastic flat nozzles, replace them with an engineered air nozzle from EXAIR. If you need help determining what rebate programs are available to you in your area, we’re also here to help. Contact an EXAIR Application Engineer today!

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
E-mail: TylerDaniel@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD

Need to Remove Stubborn, Sticky & Difficult Debris from a Surface? Try this.

Scrape off, and blow away, stubborn debris with the Model 1244-48 Soft Grip Super Air Scraper.

EXAIR has designed a new type of nozzle called the Super Air Scraper.  This nozzle combines a scraping blade with our 2” Flat Super Air Nozzle.  Together, it creates a mechanical force with an air force to remove stubborn sticky material.  This patent-pending nozzle can be added to the EXAIR Soft Grip Air Gun to create a powerful scraping tool. 

Model 1144 Super Scraper Nozzle

Let’s breakdown the nozzle.  The Super Air Scraper nozzle is a model 1144 which has a ¼” NPT female connection.  The model 1144-A includes a ¾ – 32 UN adaptor for connecting to the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun extensions.  The scraper can be changed when worn with a replacement blade; model 902007.  To add flexibility to the Super Air Scraper, a shim set, model 1132SS, can be used to modify the blowing force.  With these combinations, the nozzle complements the scraper as an effective way to clean with compressed air. 

Soft Grip Super Air Scraper

To control the pressurized air to the nozzle, EXAIR attached the 1144-A Super Air Scraper to the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun, model 1244.  This gives a comfortable and ergonomic way to use and operate this product.  We offer different extensions for hard-to-reach applications ranging from 6” (152mm) to 72” (1,829mm) in length.  With the extensions that are 36” (914mm) and longer, EXAIR installed an additional foam grip sleeve.  This gives additional leverage for scraping material at a distance like at the floor level.  Chip Shields are also offered to prevent blow-back onto the operator.  You can view the details of the new product at this link on our website: Soft Grip Super Air Scraper

To give some ideas for applications, the Soft Grip Super Air Scraper can be used for removing tape, gasket material, caulk, adhesive, paint, labels, and more.  With the addition of air, the detached material is blown away during scraping, keeping the area clean to target the remaining “stuck” material.  If gummy or flaky substances are a nuisance for workers, the Soft Grip Super Air Scraper can keep the machine or work station clean and operational. 

Just like all cataloged items for EXAIR, we stock these parts for same day shipment with orders placed before 2 p.m. EST.  For U.S. and Canadian customers, we offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee to see how great this product can work for your application.  If you have sticky, flakey, or greasy substances that need to be removed, the Soft Grip Safety Air Scraper is up to the challenge.  If you have any questions about the product or your “gummy” situation, you can contact an Application Engineer for help. 

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

EXAIR’s Air Nozzles & Jets: The Engineered Alternative to Cheap or Homemade Blowoffs

If one of your goals is to reduce air consumption in your facility, look no further than EXAIR’s Engineered Air Nozzles & Jets. By upgrading your blowoff, cooling, and drying operations to use one of our Super Air Nozzles or Jets you can save as much as 80% of your compressed air usage when compared with an inefficient solution.

EXAIR’s engineered nozzles are designed to optimize your compressed air system by entraining ambient air along with the supplied air, providing maximum force on the target. Inefficient solutions are commonly used in the form of cheap, plastic nozzles and sometimes even worse, open pipes or tubes. An open copper pipe or tube, even if “flattened” as we’ll commonly see, wastes an excessive amount of compressed air. This wasted compressed air can create problems in the facility due to unnecessarily high energy costs and the pressure drop that can be experienced affecting other processes. In addition to simply using too much compressed air, an open pipe or tube will often produce sound levels in excess of 100 dBA. At these sound levels, according to OSHA, permanent hearing damage will occur in just 2 hours of exposure.

By simply replacing the open tubes/pipe or inefficient solutions with an EXAIR Super Air Nozzle, you can quickly reduce air consumption AND reduce the sound level. Sound level isn’t the only thing an OSHA inspector is going to be concerned about regarding an open pipe blowoff, in addition OSHA 1910.242(b) states that a compressed air nozzle used for blowoff or cleaning purposes cannot be dead-ended when using with pressures in excess of 30 psig. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to use an air gun with 30 psig fed to it, but the effectiveness of it is dramatically reduced. This is why there needs to be a device installed that’ll prevent it from being dead-ended so that you can operate at a higher pressure.

EXAIR’s Super Air Nozzles are designed with fins that serve two purposes. They help to entrain ambient air from the environment, allowing us to maximize the force and flow from the nozzle but keeping the compressed air consumption minimal. In addition, these fins are what prevents the nozzle openings from being completely blocked off. Using an OSHA compliant compressed air nozzle for all points where a blowoff operation is being performed should be a priority. Each individual infraction will result in a fine if you’re unfortunate enough to be the victim of an unannounced OSHA inspection.

EXAIR carries a wide range of sizes and materials of nozzles, so you should have no trouble identifying one suitable for your application. Each is in stock and available to ship same day with an order placed by 2:00 ET. If the savings in compressed air alone isn’t enough incentive, some energy providers offer rebate programs for the implementation of an engineered compressed air nozzle. If you need help selecting the best nozzle for your process, give us a call. An Application Engineer is ready and waiting to help analyze your process and recommend the best option.

Tyler Daniel, Application Engineer
E-mail: TylerDaniel@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD