EXAIR’s Industry Leading Super Air Knife Saves You Money

One common application that we get calls for each and every day centers around maximizing compressed air efficiency. I recently got to work with a customer who was using an inefficient blowoff method and was looking to replace it with an engineered compressed air solution. They had a total of (8) extrusion lines, each with (3) modular-hose style flat nozzles installed. Before a cooling bath they had one nozzle remove some of the heat, then as the extruded material exits the water bath another (2) nozzles blowoff any residual water. They were maxing out their compressor’s peak operating capacity and pressure drops across the system were causing problems elsewhere in other processes.

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They were operating each of the flat nozzles at 50 psi using a total of 17 SCFM per nozzle. We first calculated how much air the current method was using. The extrusion lines were run for one full 8-hr shift per day:

17 SCFM/nozzle x 3 nozzles/line = 51 SCFM per extrusion line

51 SCFM x 60 mins x 8hrs x 5 days x 50 weeks = 6,126,000 SCF

The extrusion lines accommodated product that ranged from 1”-2.5” wide. They wanted one single solution to use across all different products. We settled on (3) of our 110003 3” Super Air Knives. Let’s take a look at the compressed air requirement for (3) 110003 Super Air Knives, also operated at 50 psig.

A Super Air Knife will consume 1.9 SCFM/inch when operated at 50 psig:

1.9 SCFM/inch x 3 inches (per knife) = 5.7 SCFM/knife

5.7 SCFM x (3) total knives = 17.1 SCFM

17.1 SCFM x 60 mins x 8hrs x 5 days x 50 weeks = 2,052,000 SCF

Total savings per extrusion line – 6,126,000 SCF – 2,052,000 SCF = 4,074,000 SCF

4,074,000 SCF x 8 extrusion lines = 32,592,000 SCF

By replacing the (3) inefficient nozzles with EXAIR’s Super Air Knives, a whopping 4,074,000 SCF of compressed air is saved each year. With (8) total lines, this equates to a total of 32,592,000 SCF of compressed air. Most companies will know the cost of their compressed air usage per CFM, but a cost of ($0.25/1000 standard cubic feet) is a good baseline to use.

($.25/1000 SCF) x 32,592,000 SCF = $8,148.00 USD

By replacing (3) inefficient nozzles across all (8) extrusion lines with EXAIR’s industry leading Super Air Knife, they were able to save a total of $8,148.00 per year. In as little as (6) months, the Super Air Knives will have already paid for themselves!!

If you’ve been maxing out your compressed air system, don’t necessarily assume you need to increase your overall capacity. Put in a call to an EXAIR Application Engineer and we can take a closer look at the ways your using your compressed air throughout the facility. By replacing some inefficient methods with an engineered solution, we can help you save air and money!

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

Greeting Cards saved by 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle

A greeting card manufacturer used a liquid coolant plastic nozzle to provide an air assist to divert greeting cards to an auxiliary straight conveyor. Without the air assist the cards would bounce and fly from the conveyor leading to a loss of products and more maintenance.  They used what they had on hand which was a coolant nozzle pictured below.

Coolant Type Nozzle
Liquid Coolant Nozzle uses 32 SCFM at 40 PSIG and 57 SCFM at 80 PSIG.

This nozzle was run at a fairly low pressure of 10 PSIG, but still used 7.8 SCFM at 10 PSIG.  The nozzle worked well, but if run for 24 hours over 250 working days, it costs $702 to supply air to the nozzle. The customer utilized (40) nozzles in their plant which cost them $28,080.  Also, the nozzles were incredibly noisy, since they were designed for liquid flow.

Our customer decided to upgrade to an engineered air nozzle after some time. They needed to cut their air consumption, but still get the job done.  They tested our 1″ Flat Nozzle, but with the standard 0.015” shim it used 5.7 SCFM of compressed air at 10 PSIG. This would be a savings, but after a quick conversation with our Application Engineers, the customer decided to install a 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle with only a 0.005″ shim. This nozzle 1126-.005 only used 0.9 SCFM of compressed air at 10 PSIG of inlet pressure.  Replace their 40 liquid coolant nozzle would save them 6.9 SCFM per nozzle. 276 SCFM if all 40 nozzles were replaced. Saving 276 SCFM lowered energy bill for their air compressor by $24,840 anuually. Which would mean the simple ROI for $41, 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle would be 17 days!

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1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle model number 1126-.005 on a Stay Set Hose

Call an Application Engineer today to see how we can help you save thousands of dollars.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
@EXAIR_DW
DaveWoerner@EXAIR.com