Two Types of Ion Air Guns

Right now in many parts of the US, Winter is causing lots of dry air in manufacturing facilities. This dry air can be a large contributing factor combined with production speeds being increased to meet deadlines that are constantly being pulled in all result in static charge. This static charge, can be detrimental to production and operator morale. The good news is, your operators don’t need to feel like they could power a light bulb. More importantly, there are two options that will fit the process needs in your facility.

That’s right, EXAIR offers two different static eliminating air guns. The first, is ideal for precision/delicate work and is rated Class 5 for clean rooms and controlled environments per ISO 14644-1. The goal of the IntelliStat Ion Air Gun is to reduce static charges and leave a balance on the surface that is below +/- 30 Volts.

This ergonomic safety air gun operated of 120/240 VAC power supply that outputs 24 VDC to the gun through a 10′ long cable. The compressed air supply is cataloged for 30-125 psig inlet pressure. When operating at 30 psig inlet, the gentle breeze of air from the engineered nozzle will eliminate a 5kV charge in 1.2 seconds and only utilize 2.7 SCFM of compressed air. If a more forceful blast is needed, at 80 psig inlet pressure the same 5kV charge will be eliminated in 0.6 seconds and only utilize 5.8 SCFM of compressed air. This gun is ideal for clean room, intricate assembly, and precision work. If you need more impactful air in a more industrial environment, then our Gen4 Ion Air Gun may be the better solution.

A powerful blast of static eliminating ionized air, literally at your fingertips.

The Gen4 Ion Air Gun provides ionized air that is ideal for industrial assembly or manufacturing areas where operators are seeing issues with production cause by static. The gun can eliminate a 5kV static charge within 0.18 seconds when operated at 80 psig inlet pressure. When operated it will utilize 22 SCFM of compressed air and give a forceful blast to remove material that is stuck on with static cling. The Gen4 Ion Air Gun includes a 10′ high voltage power cable and requires an external Gen4 Power Supply. The Power Supply is offered as a 2 outlet or 4 outlet version so multiple units can be plugged into a single power supply.

If you want help determining which static eliminator is right for your application, please contact an Application Engineer today.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Super Ion Air Knives Remove Static, Improve Bottle Cap Production

The leaves have all fallen. The sky, more often than not, is dreary. My winter coat is officially part of the “uniform of the day”. And I got shocked by the laundry room doorknob yesterday. All this means that winter is upon us (here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), and as far as EXAIR is concerned, it’s “static season”. We’re seeing a definite uptick in the numbers of conversations we’re having about static charge-related issues…and solutions that we can provide.

I had the pleasure of speaking to a caller, last month, who works for the US division of a global manufacturer of bottle caps. A machine that sorts & orients plastic caps was particularly prone to static charge problems last winter, causing a marked decrease in their production, and they wanted to get out in front of the problem this year:

As the caps travel horizontally (white arrows), they pass under a static bar (supplied by the machine manufacturer) which provided some reduction in static charge, but was unable to keep up with the higher magnitudes of static charge experienced during the lower humidity winter months. Bottle caps (right) would pile up, slowing production.
A Model 112230 30″ Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife Kit replaced the OEM static bar, resulting in dramatic improvement…no more piling up of bottle caps.

The increased static charge (beyond the OEM static bar’s ability to handle) reduced production by 1/3. The Super Ion Air Knife restored operation to full capacity for this machine…and three others, once they saw the results of the first one.

If static charge is causing you problems with dust clinging to your product, your product clinging to itself, sheets mis-feeding, materials jamming, tearing, or curling, or nuisance shocks to operators, EXAIR has a variety of safe and efficient Static Eliminator solutions. To find out more, give me a call.

Russ Bowman, CCASS

Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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