I recently purchased a dart board to hang on the wall in my basement. The dart board had a nice wood case with doors. It also had some beautiful woodwork engraved along the outside edges. When it arrived, I was so excited I decided to put it on the wall right then. The wood case had four predefined holes that were 16” apart (to fit onto studs). I got my tape measure, determined the correct height, and marked the points onto the studs. As I ran the screw into the wall, I was about halfway into the stud, and the head of the screw broke. That is correct!!! It twisted right off the shank. I was not happy. I spent good money on a very nice dart board, and the screws were low quality and not tempered correctly. The screws are only a fraction of the cost of the dart board, but they created a huge headache. Now, I had to get the screw out and find new better quality screws to continue the process.
As an International Application Engineer for EXAIR, I have been to many facilities throughout the world with large automation systems inside their manufacturing plants. I always wondered how much money was needed for the capital purchase to get a system created, assembled, and operational. On many occasions when the customers brought me to their problem areas, I would see the flat plastic “duck-foot” nozzles. They would be broken, ineffective, and loud. They were looking for a recommendation to replace these plastic nozzles. I know that their automation system cost much more than my dart board; but, I can relate to their headaches.
When you have an automated system that costs thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars, the last thing you want is for nozzles that cost pennies compared to the full system to cause you headaches and problems. EXAIR has effectively addressed this issue with the model 1122/1122SS 2” Flat Super Air Nozzles. They are made either from zinc aluminum or stainless steel, not plastic. This makes them very strong and durable. With its unique design, they utilize shims which can be easily changed for different force requirements. For stronger blowing applications, EXAIR also offers this same design in a high power version, model HP1125/HP1125SS.
This makes the 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle very versatile as you can purchase shim sets with different thickness in your kit. Now you have more flexibility to “dial” in the correct performance for your application. Another feature is the ability to draw in large amounts of ambient air to make them very quiet and efficient. So, it will actually save you money by using less compressed air. The sound level is only 77 dBA for the model 1122/1122SS, so it is not a noise nuisance. They are OSHA compliant with noise level, 29CFR1910.95a, and for dead-end pressure, 20CFR1910.242b.
Since the plastic nozzles break easily, they become very loud and unsafe for workers as they will not meet the OSHA standard. If you need a durable, versatile, efficient, OSHA safe type of nozzle that will last a long time, the 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle is an easy choice over the plastic types of nozzles. If you need help with mounting or positioning the nozzles, we have a line of accessories that can help. We offer the Stay Set Hose, Magnetic Base, and Swivel Fittings to make it easy to mount and direct the nozzle for optimum performance.
If you have an automated system that is being contracted or if you are a machine builder, you will want to consider the EXAIR brand for your blow-off, cooling, and coating applications. With the overall cost of the system, you would not want to use poor quality plastic nozzles to save a couple of dollars. In the long run, it will actually cost you more with loss of production, very loud noises, and an unsafe work environment. I may have only broken one screw in hanging a dart board due to poor quality, but I can also relate to the unhappy feeling you get when your system is not performing because of low quality nozzles. If you would like to try out the EXAIR Flat Super Air Nozzles against a plastic nozzle, you can request an Application Engineer to help.