EXAIR Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles: Deflected Flat Fan & Hollow Circular Pattern

EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles

In today’s market, the cost of consumable products are on the rise; especially with paints, oils, and yes, even the cost of water.  You can help alleviate some of that cost by being more efficient when spraying.  The EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles are designed to accomplish this objective of saving fluid.  With the help of compressed air, the liquid can be sheared into smaller micron-sized droplets.  For reference, if the radius of a particle is reduced by one-half, this will increase the number of droplets by eight.  With smaller diameter particles, the surface area and coverage will increase; thus, reducing the liquid requirement in your application.  EXAIR manufactures three families of Atomizing Nozzles; Internal Mix, External Mix, and the Siphon Fed in three different body sizes to accommodate for the different liquid flow rates.  In this blog, I will be discussing the Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles with two specific spray patterns; the Deflected Flat Fan and the 360o Hollow Circular Pattern.

To start, the Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles are designed; like the name suggests, to atomize the liquid inside the nozzle.  The pressurized liquid and compressed air are separated until they get into the “mixing” chamber.  The mixing chamber is created by two types of caps; a liquid cap and an air cap.  The liquid cap is designed to create a high velocity air stream to “break” up a small liquid droplet.  The air cap is then used to create the spray pattern for applying the liquid material more effectively.  The Deflected Flat Fan and the 360o Hollow Circular Pattern are the air caps.

Deflected Flat Fan Air Cap

The model AD1010SS, deflected flat fan atomizing spray nozzle, sprays small micron-sized particles at a right angle.  This type of air cap works very well to direct the atomized fluid like paints and coasting onto surfaces.  These nozzles are also useful for spraying liquids in close quarters like inside ductwork or enclosures.  The viscosity of the pressurized liquid has to be under 300 CPS, and it can spray as much as 6.9 GPH (26 LPH) of fluid.  The model AD1010SS has ¼” NPT inlets and has a manual liquid valve to precisely control the amount of fluid being sprayed to eliminate any runs.  EXAIR also offers a No-Drip option with this Atomizing Nozzle; model AD2010SS.  This option will not allow the liquid to drip from the nozzle when not in use.  This is a great option for reducing liquid waste from drips and for intermittent spraying.   If a right-angle spray pattern is required, both models will work well to accomplish this.

 

360 Hollow Circular Pattern Air Cap

The 360o Hollow Circular Pattern Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzle sprays the atomized liquid outward in all directions.  This works well for applications where wide areas are needed to be covered.  It can also be used inside pipes and ductwork that needs to be covered around the circumference.  With liquid water applications, they are the primary atomizing nozzles for humidification and dust suppression.  The small particles of water can be sprayed in the ambient air to increase the relative humidity as well as “clinging” to dust particles to weigh them down.  This type of atomizing nozzle is manufactured in two types of body styles; the AT1010SS, ¼” NPT inlets, and the AT5010SS, ½” NPT inlets.   The AT1010SS has a maximum spray volume of 14.7 GPH (55.7 LPH) while the AT5010SS has a maximum spray volume of 150 GPH (568 LPH).  The unique design of the air cap creates a very wide spray diameter up to 53” (135 cm) for the AT1010SS and 156” (396 cm) for the AT5010SS.  As with the Deflected Flat Fan, these atomizing nozzles are available with the No-Drip option; AT2010SS and AT6010SS respectively.

If you need to maximize your liquid dispersion and minimize liquid consumption, the EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles are the products to use.  With the Deflected Flat Fan and 360o Hollow Circular Pattern, we can direct the spray patterns to better suite your application.  If you require any additional information on these nozzles or any of the other EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles, an Application Engineer will be happy to help you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
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Atomizing Nozzles – No Drip Deflected Flat Fan and 360° Hollow Circular

EXAIR manufactures three types of Atomizing Nozzles – Internal Mix, External Mix, and Siphon Fed.  Within the Internal Mix family, there are two specialty nozzles, the Deflected Flat Fan and the 360° Hollow Circular patterns.

Internal Mix nozzles are for pressure fed applications not requiring independent air and liquid control.

The model AD2010SS is the No Drip version of the Deflected Flat Fan and is shown below. Our patented No Drip design prevents unwanted post spray drips from wasting expensive fluids or ruining product finishes. The benefit to this design is that no secondary compressed air line is necessary to activate the on/off valve for the liquid, which is the case for competitive nozzles.

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Model AD2010SS – No Drip Internal Mix Deflected Flat Atomizing Nozzle

The Deflected Flat Fan patterned nozzle is designed for applications where space is a limited.  The spray pattern is at a right angle to the orientation of the nozzle, allowing the spray to be placed precisely where it is needed in tight quarters.  They are ideal for coating the insides of enclosures and ductwork.

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The model AT2010SS is the No Drip version of the 360° Hollow Circular and is shown below.

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AT2010SS – No Drip Internal Mix 360° Hollow Circular Atomizing Nozzle

The 360° Hollow Circular patterned nozzle is designed for applications where the spray pattern is to be orientated away form the nozzle in all directions.  They are ideal where a smooth and even coating is needed on the internal surface of a pipe or duct.  They are also good for processed where a mist is needed over a large area, including dust suppression, humidification, and cooling.

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The No Drip feature is a patented† design that has the added benefit of positively stopping the liquid flow when the compressed air is shut off. Post spray liquid flow can cause quality issues from unwanted drips on painted or coated surfaces.  Also, the No Drip feature helps to conserve and save on liquid use, reducing costs of expensive coatings or chemicals.

When the compressed air supply is shut off, the No Drip nozzle positively seals off the flow of liquid, eliminating over spray and drips. The design allows for just one compressed air line, there is no need for an additional to control the No Drip mechanism.

If you have questions about Atomizing Spray Nozzles, or would like to talk about any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or any of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Brian Bergmann
Application Engineer

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† Patent #9156045

 

Video Blog: 1/4″ NPT No Drip Atomizing Nozzle Repair Kit Installation

In this video, I will show you how to refurbish a 1/4″ NPT No-Drip Atomizing Nozzles with the RBK20 Rebuild Kit.

If you have any questions, you can contact an Application Engineer at 800-903-9247.

John Ball

Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
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Product Overview: No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles

EXAIR’s Atomizing Nozzles are commonly used to clean, cool or coat parts as well as humidification or to control dust. They are constructed of 303ss, providing superior corrosion resistance and are able to withstand temperature up to 400°F (204°C).

The Atomizing Nozzles are separated into 3 categories – Internal Mix, External Mix and Siphon Fed.

For today’s topic, we will focus on the No Drip External Mix Atomizing Nozzles.

No Drip External Mix Atomizing Nozzles provide the highest flow rates

The External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles require a pressurized liquid source and compressed air source to produce a mist of atomized liquid. With the liquid and air being mixed external to the nozzle, they are able to handle higher viscosity fluids above 300 cP.

Our patented No Drip feature positively stops the liquid flow when the supply air pressure drops below 20 PSIG for 1/8″ NPT Nozzles or 30 PSIG for the 1/4″ or 1/2″ NPT. By incorporating this feature into the design, it eliminates the need for any additional valves or supply lines.

Available flow rates range from 2 GPH for our Model # EF9010SS 1/8″ No Drip External Mix Narrow Angle Flat Fan Pattern and up to 303 GPH for the Model # EF6010SS 1/2″ No Drip External Mix Narrow Angle Flat Fan Pattern.

When making a selection, there are 5 common considerations to take into account:

  1. How much liquid flow do I need?
  2. Is the liquid pressurized?
  3. What is the viscosity of the liquid?
  4. How wide of an area needs to be treated?
  5. What type of spray pattern fits the application?

If you have an application requiring a fine mist of atomized liquid or if you’d like to discuss another product or application, contact one of our application engineers for assistance.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

 

 

No Drip Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles

Eliminate drips to conserve valuable liquids and improve product finishes!  EXAIR’s patented No Drip Atomizing Nozzle provides the same great performance as the the standard atomizing nozzles with the added benefit of positive liquid flow stoppage when the compressed air is shut off.

The No Drip option eliminates the occurrence of post spray liquid flow that results in unwanted drips that can mar a finish on painted or coated surfaces.  Also, excess liquid loss is minimized saving on expensive materials like chemicals or coatings.  When the compressed air is shut-off, the No Drip nozzle positively seals off the flow, eliminating the chance for a drip or lost liquid. Only one compressed air line is needed, as the line to combine and atomize the liquid also provides the no drip operation and control.

The No Drip Atomizing Nozzles are available in (3) types – Internal Mix, External Mix, and Siphon Fed.

The Internal Mix type operates under the principle that the air and liquid come together and mix ‘internal’ to the nozzle.  This type provides the finest atomization and smallest droplet size. The Internal Mix type of nozzle can be used with liquids up to 300 cP in viscosity.  Both the air and liquid sides are pressure fed.  The No drip Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles are best for pressure fed applications not requiring independent air and liquid control.

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A No Drip Internal Mix Flat Fan Nozzle applying anti-corrosion fluid to stamped parts

The No Drip Atomizing Nozzles are available in (3) sizes – 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 NPT – to provide a wide range of flow rates and pattern sizes.  The No Drip feature does not impact the flow rates compared to the standard models.  Minimum air pressure operation is 30 PSIG for the 1/4 and 1/2 NPT, and just 20 PSIG for the 1/8 NPT models.

Like the standard Internal Mix Atomizing  Nozzles, spray patterns include narrow and wide angle round, flat fan, deflected flat fan and a 360° hollow circular pattern offering a wide selection to best meet the application needs.

Operation at up to 180 spray cycles per minute is possible.  Air and Liquid Caps can be switched out to change the pattern and flow rates.

Typical Applications

  • Painting
  • Coating
  • Rinsing
  • Cooling
  • Quenching
  • Wetting
  • Humidification
  • Dust Control

Advantages

  • No post spray drip
  • Adjustable
  • Easily used with EFC
  • Minimizes air and liquid consumption
  • All stainless steel construction
  • Fine atomization
  • Interchangeable liquid and air caps
  • Compact

If you need an Atomizing Spray Nozzle or any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Brian Bergmann
Application Engineer

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Atomizing Spray Nozzles from EXAIR

Do you ever need to spray a liquid?  If so lets look at two of EXAIR’s Atomizing Spray Nozzles or ASN for short.  The first model we will discuss is the AD1010SS Internal Mix Deflected Flat Fan Pattern.

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AD1010SS Internal Mix Deflected Flat Fan Pattern

To begin with all EXAIR ASN’s are made from SS for durability and liquid compatibility.  As its name implies it creates a flat fan pattern that exit’s the nozzle perpendicular to the air & liquid inlets as shown above.  This unique design lends itself nicely to applications with space constraints.  The AD1010SS is the ideal choice for coating the inside of enclosures or ductwork.  It is compatible with liquids up to 300 centipoise and the air and liquid are mixed in the air cap.  The AD1010SS is designed for pressure fed applications not requiring independent air and liquid control.  What is meant by that statement is that if you vary either the air or liquid pressures you change the spray pattern and volume.  See the chart below for clarification on pressures, volumes and spray patterns.

AD1010SS Pressures
AD1010SS Chart

Next we will look at EXAIR model AT1010SS internal mix 360° hollow circular pattern ASN.

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AT1010SS 360° Circular Spray Pattern Nozzle Can Be Used To Coat Inside Diameters Or Cover A Broad Area Of Over 4′

The AT1010SS internal mix 360° nozzle is designed for applications where the spray pattern must be oriented away from the nozzle in all directions.  360° nozzles are ideal where a smooth, even coating is needed on the ID of a pipe or similar ductwork.  It is compatible with liquids up to 300 centipoise and the air and liquid are mixed in the air cap.  The AT1010SS is designed for pressure fed applications not requiring independent air and liquid control.  As above if you vary either the air or liquid pressures you change the spray pattern and volume.  See the chart below for clarification on pressures, volumes and spray patterns. They also work great for operations where a mist over a broad area is needed, such as dust suppression, humidification and cooling.  See the chart below for clarification on pressures, volumes and spray patterns.

AT1010SS Chart
AT1010SS Chart

If you would like to discuss EXAIR’s Atomizing Spray Nozzles or any EXAIR compressed air product, I would enjoy hearing from you…give me a call.

Steve Harrison
Application Engineer

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EXAIR Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzles: Overview

No Drip Atomizing Family

In today’s market, the cost of consumable products are on the rise; especially with paints, oils, and yes, even the cost of water.  You can help alleviate some of that cost by being more effective in spraying with less liquid.  The EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles can accomplish both of these objectives.  By using compressed air, the liquid can be sheared into smaller micron-sized droplets.  As a reference, if the diameter of a particle is reduced by one-half, this will multiply the number of droplets by eight.  With a smaller diameter, it will increase the surface area and coverage of the droplets; thus, requiring less liquid in your application.  In combination with a variety of spray patterns, you can accurately target the liquid onto the product instead of around the product.  EXAIR manufactures three families of Atomizing Nozzles; Internal Mix, External Mix, and the Siphon Fed.  In this blog, I will be discussing the Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzles.

Siphon Fed Nozzles

When no liquid pressure is available, the Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzles will create a vacuum in the liquid line to draw the fluid into the nozzle.  This action is done by the unique design of the air cap.  As the velocity of the air passes through the air cap, a low pressure is created on the liquid side by a venturi.  These Atomizing Nozzles can draw liquid from a suction height of 36” (91 cm) or can be gravity fed from a distance of 18” (46 cm).  They are manufactured from stainless steel for durability and corrosion resistance.  The Siphon Fed models can spray viscous fluids up to 200 centipoise, and are used in many applications like washing, coating, cooling, quenching, and dust control.

EXAIR carries three different body sizes in 1/8” NPT, ¼” NPT, and ½” NPT ports; so, you can create a light mist or a monsoon.  The maximum liquid flow rate through each body size is controlled by the air cap and liquid cap.  These caps are easily interchangeable for each body size to modify the spray patterns, control the amount of fluid, and reduce any downtime if cleaning is required.  The amount of liquid to be applied is easily adjusted by the siphon height, inlet pressure, and the liquid adjusting stem.  So, you can dial in the exact amount of fluid required for your process to eliminate any waste or excess. They are very compact and easy to install.  We carry mounting brackets for each size to allow for easy mounting and positioning for efficacy.   Versatility is very important in saving, applying, and spraying costly fluids, and the Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzles have it.

No Drip Siphon Fed Round Pattern Atomizing Nozzle

To reduce waste even more, EXAIR has a No Drip option.  This patented design is used to keep the expensive liquid from dripping out of the Atomizing Nozzles.  When the compressed air is turned off, a valve inside the body will create a seal on the liquid side.  For delicate applications, the unwanted drips will not occur with the No Drip option and ruin the finish of your product.  This option also enhances the function of the Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzle in intermittent processes.  It will keep the liquid inside the body of the nozzle; so, when air pressure is applied, the Atomizing Nozzle will give an instant spray.

With an Electronic Flow Control (EFC), you can automate your system to only spray parts when the product is under the Atomizing Nozzle.  The EFC comes with a solenoid valve, a timing circuit, and a photoelectric sensor.  With the solenoid valve on the air pressure side, the Atomizing Nozzle can reach speeds up to 180 cycles per minute.  The minimum air pressure required to open the No Drip valve is 30 PSIG (2.1 bar) for the ¼” NPT and the ½” NPT port sizes, and 20 PSIG (1.4 bar) for the 1/8” port size.  Unlike some manufacturers, there is no need to run a separate compressed air line to operate the no drip function.  The Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzles with the No Drip options are efficient, effective, and flexible without any drips.

If you need to maximize the liquid dispersion and minimize liquid consumption, the EXAIR Atomizing Nozzles are the products to use.  Instead of researching the requirements for liquid pumps or pressure pots, the Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzle can draw the liquid through the feed line and start spraying.  It can help reduce the cost of your project as well as save you money on your consumable products.  If you have an application involving liquid spraying, an Application Engineer at EXAIR can help determine the correct model for you.

John Ball
Application Engineer

Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb