EXAIR Back Blow Nozzle: An Overview

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Model 1006SS clears debris from inside of pipe

In certain applications such as blowing chips or debris out of a pipe or blind hole, it may not be possible to blow forward. The pipe may be too long, making it impossible to push the debris all the way down the pipe or the other end of the pipe may not be open. In either of these scenarios, the Back Blow Nozzle is the right tool for the job. An array of holes around the diameter of the Back Blow Nozzles provides a powerful 360° airflow pattern that will clear out any leftover coolant or chips from the machining process.

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Small 1004SS easily clears debris

EXAIR has three different size Back Blow Nozzles; the 1004SS (M4 x .5), the 1006SS (1/4 NPT), and the 1008SS (1” NPT). The 1004SS is recommended for use on pipes as small as ¼” and up to 1”. The 1006SS can be used for a wide range of pipe sizes, from 7/8” up to 4”. The 1008SS nozzle offers the greatest overall force for stubborn or sticky materials stuck to the inside diameter of the pipe. This nozzle is suitable for use in pipes ranging from 2”-16”. As the Back Blow Nozzle will be blowing chips and debris back out of the pipe towards the operator, it is always recommended that a Chip Shield is used. The strong polycarbonate Chip Shield will keep them safe from flying debris and keep you in compliance with OSHA directive 1910.242(b). For visual representation of the performance of the Back Blow Nozzle, take a look at this short video clip that demonstrates its use.

All of EXAIR’s Back Blow Nozzles are available with extensions. For the 1004SS we have extensions from 6”-36”, and from 12”-72” for the 1006SS and 1008SS. The Back Blow Nozzle can also be installed on our VariBlast, Soft Grip, Heavy Duty, and Super Blast Safety Air Guns. With such a wide range of available sizes and configurations, we can tackle just about any internal pipe cleaning application. If you have a process in your facility that may benefit from the use of one of these nozzles, give us a call and get one on order today!

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

 

M4 Back Blow Nozzle Dries Inside Of Small Cylinders

A few weeks ago I received an inquiry from a customer who was looking to blow water off the inside of a closed cylinder after a zinc bonding process. There are 8 parts that are placed on a manifold which is then inverted and sent into their current blow off setup that includes small open tubes that get inserted into each cylinder to try and blow out the water. This setup worked a little but the issue they were experiencing was the airflow coming out of the tubes was blowing the water up, which caused it to collect in the “bowl” of the cylinder and as the blow off tubes were removed, the water would start to leak back out and down the inside walls again. After the current blow off, the parts are manually removed and inspected for moisture content. If the parts are found to be outside of their tolerances, an operator uses a modified blow gun fitted with a small tube to manually complete the process.

After discussing the particulars with the customer, their needs were two-fold – first they needed a nozzle that wouldn’t push the air toward the end of the tube but something that would direct the air “backwards” so as they placed the nozzle inside, they could hopefully “pull” the liquid out as the nozzle is removed. The second concern was the cylinder had a small 0.390″ diameter opening so the nozzle would need to be small and powerful enough to be able to fit inside the part, while still providing effective blowoff.

Once again, EXAIR offered the perfect solution, our Model # 1004SS M4 Back Blow Nozzle. The Back Blow Air Nozzle produces an even, 360° airflow that is directed away from the end of the nozzle. At only 0.20″ in diameter, The Model # 1004SS is the ideal choice for treating the inside diameter of small hose, pipe, bores (up to 1″) or in this case, small enough to fit inside the opening of the cylinder. With this design blowing the air back away from the end, the water wouldn’t get trapped in the bowl but rather would allow the inside walls of the cylinder to be wiped clean while directing the liquid toward the opening so the water can be removed.

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Dimension and airflow pattern chart for the Model # 1004SS M4 Back Blow Air Nozzle

In addition to the Model # 1004SS M4, we also offer our Model # 1006SS 1/4″ NPT Back Blow Nozzle for use with 7/8″ to 4″ ID’s, as well as our Model # 1008SS 1″ NPT unit for treating large ID”s up to 16″, for larger scale applications

The Model 1006SS cleans metal shavings from inside a pipe.

EXAIR’s Back Blow Nozzle is the perfect choice for cleaning or drying the ID of part or tube.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

Back Blow Nozzle Improves Cylinder Testing Process

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Drying rig used to clean fire extinguishers after pressure testing

A few weeks ago I made a video showing how the Back Blow Nozzle operates.  The video is helpful to illustrate the process of pipe cleaning, but this isn’t the only application for a Back Blow Nozzle.

I was recently contacted by a testing facility which provides inspection services for fire extinguishers.  As part of the inspection process, the empty fire extinguishers are pressure tested by filling the empty cylinders with water and raising the pressure to a specific PSI.  After passing this test, they are emptied, turned upside-down, and fed over a drying rig.  The drying rig (shown above) is a crude setup, using a brass tube with a few drilled holes.

In order to sufficiently dry the cylinders with this setup, they needed to be placed on the drying rig for long periods of time, sometimes for several minutes.  This long cycle time was a waste of compressed air, and the end user wanted to find a better, more efficient solution.

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Model 1006SS, 1/4″ NPT Back Blow Nozzle

The solution was to replace the drilled pipe with a ¼” NPT Back Blow Nozzle, model 1006SS.  The angled orifices of this engineered nozzle force the air, and water in this case, from the cylinder.  There is no longer a need to leave the cylinders on the drying rig for several minutes – drying is now accomplished in a fraction of the initial time.  And, in addition to the improved cycle time, the engineered nozzle is able to reduce sound level from the drying rig.

Back Blow Nozzles can be used in a variety of applications.  If you have a process which you think could benefit from an engineered nozzle solution and you’d like to discuss with someone, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

Video Blog: EXAIR Back Blow Nozzles

Have you ever wondered how Back Blow Nozzles operate inside of a pipe?  Check out the video above for a peek at what’s happening when using the Back Blow Nozzles.  And, as always, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer with any questions.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

EXAIR Back Blow Nozzle Nominated For Plant Engineering’s Product Of The Year

Here at EXAIR we are always working to develop new technology to meet your demands and solve the problems of our customer’s industrial applications.

Back on June 8th, 2015 we released our NEW Back Blow Air Nozzle. The Back Blow Air Nozzle provides a 360° high velocity, airflow that is directed away from the nozzle making it perfect for blowing out the inside diameter of pipe, bores, threads, or other critical internal diameters. The unique design eliminates the safety concern of blowing the particulate out of the end of the tube/pipe or forcing the contaminants further into the pipe, trapping them inside. We offer 2 different sizes, our Model # 1006SS 1/4″ NPT for use with inside pipe diameters ranging from 7/8″ up to 4″ and our Model # 1008SS 1″ NPT for use with I.D. pipes from 2″ up to 16. These nozzles are constructed of 316ss for durability and corrosion resistance.

The Model 1006SS cleans metal shavings from inside a pipe.

The Back Blow Air Nozzle is the perfect choice for cleaning the I.D. of a pipe.

Developing such cutting edge technology, not only helps our customers but in some cases, earns us some much appreciated recognition. This year the Back Blow Air Nozzle has been nominated for Plant Engineering’s Compressed Air Product of the Year for 2015. This award is very meaningful as it is chosen by the reader as a useful new product for solving industrial applications.

If you would like to discuss how the Back Blow Air Nozzle might fit your requirements, give us a call.

To visit the Plant Engineering Product of the Year page, and vote for our nozzle please click HERE.

We sincerely appreciate your vote for our products and will make every effort to exceed your expectations. Thanks for the support!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

Bad News, Good News, Better News

Recently, I had the pleasure of solving an application for a steel pipe manufacturer. To clean the inside diameters of their freshly-washed pipes, they were using open end blow offs: the ever-popular and easy-to-make, but loud and inefficient crushed-end tubing. I got excited, because this was my first chance to discuss our brand-new Back Blow Nozzle, which is aimed (pun intended) at cleaning inside diameter surfaces. That’s where my story develops a “bad news/good news/better news” pattern…

The bad news: The pipes that need cleaning are up to 20” in diameter…a little too large for our Model 1006SS ¼” NPT Back Blow Nozzle to be completely effective.

EXAIR's brand-new Model 1006 Back Blow Nozzle.

EXAIR’s brand-new Model 1006SS Back Blow Nozzle.

The good news: The user already had a system set up, using the aforementioned “homemade” blow offs, which looked something like this:

Easy to make, hard on your ears...and your air compressor load.

Easy to make, hard on your ears…and your air compressor load.

The better news: They were able to easily adapt their system to install our Model 1120 High Force Super Air Nozzles, which lowered their compressed air consumption as well as the noise level of the operation.

That's the Model 1120 on the far right.

That’s the Model 1120 on the far right.

The moral to this story is, the solution may not be the first one that comes to mind. At EXAIR, that happens all the time. Line Vac questions turn into Air Amplifier answers, and vice versa. Cold Gun calls turn to discussions of Adjustable Spot Coolers. We’ve got three styles of Air Knives to choose from…they’re all perfectly suitable for a wide range of general industrial applications, but they each have their own particular advantages in certain situations. If you have a compressed air product application that you’d like to discuss, EXAIR is your best bet for the most efficient, quietest, quickest solution. It’s like I always say:

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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