For many blowoff applications, stronger isn’t necessarily better. For applications and processes where a light, but effective blast of air is needed for cleaning and drying, the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun with the Atto, Pico, or Nano nozzle fits the bill. The smallest of the EXAIR engineered Super Air Nozzle family, the Atto, Pico, and Nano have been designed to provide the smallest, most precise blowoff possible. The focused airflow pattern allows for very accurate control and placement of the air stream. The nozzles are available in both Type 316 Stainless Steel and PEEK plastic (useful for harsh environments, and is non-marring)
The new VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun is a great choice for putting the power and performance of the nozzle into a small and lightweight air gun. Designed with a variable flow trigger, the airflow can be throttled from a whisper to full force, simply by varying the trigger pull distance.
The Atto, Pico, and Nano nozzles use very little compressed air and are extremely quiet, easily meeting OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.95(a) for Noise Exposure. The design incorporates engineered solutions for safety and can be supplied with higher pressure compressed air and meet OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.242(b), relating to dead end pressure requirements.
The table below provides performance data, including the compressed air consumption, force, and sound level for the various configurations.
Note that the VariBlast air guns can be had with extensions from 6″ to 72″ and chip shields to meet the performance and safety needs of any application.
The Atto, Pico and Nano Nozzles can also be configured to work with the Soft Grip style of Safety Air Gun. Consult an Application Engineer for assistance in choosing.
If you have any questions about the Atto, Pico, or Nano nozzles, the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun, or any EXAIR compressed air product, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
As an Application Engineer here at EXAIR, we get calls from customers looking for an air knife, but shorter than our typical 3″ stocked size. We can make an air knife to any length needed, but we will look at the 1″ and 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzles as a possible solution.
Like an air knife, the Flat Nozzles provide a wedge shaped pattern of air that maintains the width of the nozzle, to create a concentrated, powerful air flow. Thus, a 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle has air stream 1″ wide, and the 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle has one 2″ wide.
The Flat Super Air Nozzles are available in zinc aluminum alloy or type 316 stainless steel construction, to meet environmental conditions of the process. Both the 1″ and 2″ nozzles contain a changeable, patented shim that maintains the critical air gap, which allows the release of a precise amount of air through the thin slot, across a flat surface. The result is a wide, forceful stream of high velocity, laminar airflow, with minimal air consumption and noise.
Shims are available in thicknesses of 0.005″, 0.010″, 0.015″, 0.020″, 0.025″, and 0.030″. Shim Sets with either 2 or 3 shims are available for both sizes to allow for adjustment of the performance to best meet the application need.
Table below shows the stock offerings of 1″ and 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzles, along with Air Consumption, Force and Sound Level data for your review.
If you have any questions about the Flat Super Air Nozzles, or any EXAIR nozzle or other compressed air product, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
The 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle is a very powerful yet quiet engineered nozzle. Operation at 80 PSIG of compressed air pressure yields a strong 1.38 lb. of force, at only 77 dBA of sound level. Compare this with many of the plastic flat nozzles that blow air through a series of holes, with sound levels ranging form 78-83 dBA, not to mention some might violate the OSHA dead ended pressure standard and results in fines being levied.
The patented technology utilizes a changeable shim to generate the high flow of air in a smooth and laminar flow, to keep noise down and power and strength up. With (6) stainless steel shim thicknesses available, the 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle offers a very flexible package that can be set and tuned to meet exacting performance criteria, while using the minimum amount of compressed air, and at the quietest possible sound levels.
The model 1122 is offered in a zinc aluminum alloy body and cap, and the 1122SS is constructed from type 316 stainless steel. All shims are stainless steel. The shim thickness for the 1122/1122SS is 0.015″ thick.
Also available, for extra blowing force, are the HP1125 and HP1125SS. The nozzles utilize the same zinc aluminum alloy or stainless steel body and cap and have the 0.025″ shim installed – and deliver 2.2 lbs of force, while only increasing sound levels to 83 dBA.
Shim sets for any of the 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzles are available. The 1132SS shim set includes shims of thickness of 0.005″, 0.10″, and 0.020″. For higher force levels, the HP1132SS shim set includes the 0.020″ and 0.030″ shims.
As you can see- for a versatile, forceful and quiet engineered air nozzle, it is hard to beat the EXAIR 2″ Flat Super Air Nozzle. If a 1″ wide nozzle better suits your needs, the same flexibility and power can be found in the 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle as well. Check it out as well.
If you would like to talk about Flat Super Air Nozzles 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.
EXAIR’s Engineered Air Nozzles and Air Jets provide a simple solution to lower compressed air usage and reduce noise levels for compressed air blowoff operations.
Why Air Nozzles and Jets – When compared to commonly used open copper tubes or pipes, compressed air savings can be as high as 80%. And with less compressed air, sound levels are greatly reduced. A 10 dBA noise level reduction is typical. All EXAIR Air Nozzles and Jets meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maximum dead end pressure and sound level exposure requirements. They also carry the CE mark.
EXAIR Nozzles are engineered to take advantage of the Coanda effect to amplify the airflow up to 25 times or more. Compressed air is ejected through the small orifices and surrounding air is entrained into the main stream. The resulting air stream is a high volume, high velocity blast of air at minimal consumption. EXAIR manufactures many styles, from the very small, but powerful Atto Super Air Nozzles, to the largest 1-1/4 NPT Super Air Nozzle. Also offered are 1″ and 2″ wide Flat Super Air Nozzles, and the Back Blow style for cleaning out tubes, pipes, channels or holes from 1/4″ to 16″ in diameter.
EXAIR Air Jets utilize the Coanda effect (wall attachment of a high velocity fluid) to produce air motion in their surroundings. A small amount of compressed air (1) is throttled through an internal ring nozzle above sonic velocity. A vacuum is produced, pulling in large volumes of surrounding, or ‘free’ air, through an around the jet (2). The exit flow is the combination of the two air sources (3).
EXAIR manufactures Air Jets in two types, High Velocity, and Adjustable with materials of construction of brass and Type 303 Stainless Steel. The High Velocity Air Jet uses a changeable shim to set the gap, controlling the force and flow of the air. The Adjustable does not use a shim, and has a micrometer gap indicator and locking ring to allow for varying force and flow performance.
If you have questions about Air Nozzles and Jets, or would like to talk about any EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Product, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
I recently took a call from a customer who was looking for a Nano Super Air Nozzle with a swivel and NPT threads. We have two versions of this (see above) thanks to our plethora of options. We offer a newer Mini Swivel Fitting that will allow the M6 thread of the Nano Super Air Nozzle to go straight into the swivel joint and it gives you a 1/8″ MNPT on the opposite side. This still permits the 25° from center range of motion as the standard swivels do but, with a smaller footprint, is able to get into tighter spaces.
As you can see in the picture above, the Mini Swivel fitting with Nano Super Air Nozzle is a more compact option, but does not reach as far as the standard 1/8″ swivel with NPT Nano Super Air Nozzle. No matter the case, we have them both in stock and ready to ship same day on orders received by 3 PM EST that are shipping within the states.
Chances are if you have a need for a compressed air blow off, we will have more than one way to get the job done. Our goal is to sell you the best engineered solution that will get the job done and make your life easier. If you would like to discuss any of your applications, please contact us.
I was doing some work around the house Saturday when I heard my wife shouting out from our laundry room….”Something is wrong with our dryer. This is the 3rd time I’ve restarted it and the clothes are still wet!”. Now having been in this situation before, I knew this meant that the exhaust was probably clogged with lint (again).
See, our laundry room runs parallel to our family room and the exhaust ducting goes up and then across the laundry room, across the family room and then exhausts on the side of the house. (I would like to find the person who thought this was a good idea!). I have thought about re-routing the ducting but the only other option would be to have the exhaust on the front of the house which will “never happen” (per my wife). So I usually end up taking my vacuum and attaching as many extensions as possible to reach as much of the ducting as I can. I have tried a few other methods with no success – like taking my leaf blower and, from the outside of the house, blow the lint back towards the laundry room and into a garbage can. (hint: make SURE your wife is not in the laundry room when attempting this…. They don’t react too well when they get covered in lint!)
This made me think of an application I worked on last week with an aluminum extrusion company. The customer cuts lengths of aluminum siding from 1’ up to 10’ in length and, standing at one end of the material, are using a standard blow gun to try and blow out the chips but are unsuccessful. They reviewed our website but were still unsure what product may fit their needs best, so they gave us a call.
We discussed their application and the customer was able to email pictures. After reviewing the pictures I recommended using one of our Soft Grip Safety Air Guns with our Model # HP1125, 2” Flat High Power Super Air Nozzle and a 72” extension. The Soft Grip Safety Air Gun is constructed of cast aluminum and includes a hook for hanging in a convenient location. The Model # HP1125, 2” High Power Flat Super Air Nozzle, produces 2.2 lbs. of force @ 80 PSIG and utilizes 37 SCFM with a sound level of 83 dBA. This would also meet or exceed the OSHA standards for safety, per Standard 1910.242(b) for 30 psi dead end pressure, and allowable noise exposure per Standard 29 CFR – 1910.95(a).
Last week, I received an email from a satisfied customer, after he had already purchased our product. Come to find out this customer had not spoken to an application engineer during the planning stage to make their purchase. With our excellent resources listed at EXAIR.com, the customer was able to fulfill his application without even speaking to us. After his initial email of thanks, he also shared with me some details of his application that I want to share with you today.
The customer works as a machinist at a large aircraft part manufacturer. The parts require a very tight tolerance. A sample of each part needed to be gauged and measured in an automatic thread gauging machine or a coordinate-measuring machine (CMM). Their machining process required a water based flood coolant, so each part would be coated in water based coolant and chips, which needed to be remove before gauging. Before visiting EXAIR’s site, the company used a variety of homemade and commercial blow offs, as safety air gun tips. Here is a photo of (20) of the (25) nozzles the customer was using.
As you can see, the nozzles vary in design purpose, flow and safety. Most of the nozzles feature a cross drilled hole or a secondary escape path, but not all of the nozzles do. Any nozzle without a secondary relief port violates OSHA standard CFR 1910.242(b), so replacing some of the nozzles increased the safety in the plant. Secondly, these nozzles are wasteful in their use of compressed air because some were designed as liquid nozzles and have large exit holes. A hole that is 1/8″ in diameter at the nozzle outlet can consume up to 21.4 SCFM of compressed air at 80 PSIG. For comparison, the model 1103 Mini Super Air Nozzle with a 1/8″ NPT inlet will flow 10 SCFM at 80 PSIG, which would be a 53% compressed air savings. In 24 running hours, the 1103 nozzle will save 16,416 Standard Cubic Feet, which the plant spent $4.10 for a standard industrial compressor to produce (The standard for compressed air cost is $0.25 per 1,000 SCF). Replacing just one 1/8″ drilled hole with 1103 Mini Super Air Nozzle saves the aircraft company $1,026 over 250 working days running 24 hours a day.
Neither of these were the real reason that the customer emailed to thank us though. He was actually an office employee just entering the work force. Starting in June until after the company finally acquiesced to his request to buy a better, quieter nozzle near the end of July, he had left work needing an aspirin to relieve the headache he acquired due to the noise from these other nozzles. The nozzles the machining center had been using would create noise levels between 88-100 dBA at 80 PSIG of inlet pressure. For reference OSHA mandates that employees are required to wear hearing protection, if they are exposed to noise levels over 90 dBA over an 8 hour work day. The employees doing the machining wear hearing protection, but the employees in the office were still exposed and affected by the noise level. This is just one anecdotal example, but everyday more and more research shows that noise exposure has a negative effect on our health and productivity in the workplace. If you are interested in more information here are some links to a number of studies/research – please read this, here or this.
Anyway, that’s enough of my soapbox. The company purchased 25 of EXAIR’s 1103 Mini Super Air Nozzles and utilizing the same guns they were currently using saw between a 10-15 dBA decrease in noise levels near the work stations. Here is a photo of one of their setups with the model 1103 installed on one of their current air guns.
We know that every time they squeeze that air gun trigger they will be using less compressed air than before, and we know they are now in compliance with OSHA. But the best benefit for EXAIR is we know that the engineer took the time to email us to thank us for taking away his headache everyday. That’s enough for me.