EXAIR’s new Intellistat® Ion Air Nozzle™ is the latest solution for static elimination in sensitive areas. Like the Intellistat® Ion Air Gun™, this new nozzle provides a lightweight solution rated for Class 5 clean rooms and controlled environments per ISO 14644-1. The Ion Air Nozzle comes equipped with a mounting bracket to assist with remote attachments or bench top assembly for hands-free use. It will reduce 1000 volts of static electricity to less than 100 volts in 0.6 seconds and up to 24” (610mm) away. The Intellistat Ion Air Nozzle is a comprehensive solution for neutralizing static in sensitive processes like scientific and electronic testing, cleaning medical or pharmaceutical products and packaging, or removing debris from sensitive electronics.
The compact stainless steel adjustable bracket can easily be installed into a customer’s process. Hands-free operations that require both hands to package, test, or assemble parts are now possible. The Intellistat Ion Air Nozzle is equipped with an LED indicator to assure proper functionality and employs an EXAIR engineered Air Nozzle to maximize efficiency and meet OSHA requirements for sound level and dead-end pressure. The replaceable emitter point generates both positive and negative ions to eliminate either polarity of static electric charge. They are made from durable, static-dissipative polycarbonate and feature a non-marring nozzle. The Intellistat Ion Air Nozzle assures its usefulness in applications such as PCB or electronics manufacturing.
Last week I worked with a tablet manufacturer on a bottling application where they were having static issues in a key area of their process. After the tablets are made, they travel to a vibratory feeder where they are counted with a photo-eye sensor before moving to the bottling line. The problem was the vibration of the feeder was causing the tablets to contact each other which created powder, dust and a static charge that aided the dust settling on to the counting sensor lenses.
Over the course of the production cycle, as the dust built up, they were experiencing incorrect quantity counts. Keeping the sensor lenses clean was inconsistent and time consuming for personnel. They were also dispensing too many and too few tablets into the bottles. As a means to try to contain and capture the dust, they placed plexiglass over the feeder bowls and installed a vacuum head a few inches after the sensor but this only helped a little as the operators would still have to manually clean the sensor. Looking for a more reliable, “hands-free” solution, they contacted EXAIR for assistance.
When dealing with small area cleaning applications, the Ion Air Jet is the ideal solution as it provides a high volume of focused, ionized airflow. By incorporating the Ion Air Jet into this particular process, the customer was able to effectively eliminate the static charge on the sensor, releasing the particulate and directing it towards the vacuum head to be carried away. I recommended they operate the unit at low pressure as a way to control the outlet velocity so they wouldn’t disrupt the tablets process or overwhelm the existing vacuum flow.
EXAIR offers a wide variety of Static Eliminators for various industrial applications. With help selecting the right product to fit your specific needs or to discuss a particular application, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our application engineers for assistance.