Atomization: What is it?

Atomization is a word that can be seen throughout the industry in rinsing, coating, painting, lubricating, and cooling applications. The act of atomization is simple, we often refer to it when looking at liquids and it means to break up the liquid stream and form fine droplets.  This is essentially a transfer of energy. There are two mainstream methods to atomize liquids for an application, both with their own advantages.

142 distinct models. 8 different patterns. Liquid flow rates from 0.1 to 303 gallons per hour. If you’ve got a spraying application, EXAIR has an Atomizing Nozzle for you!

The first is air atomizing. This action is done by combining a stream of compressed air with either a pressurized fluid or a siphon/gravity fed liquid.  The air stream can be combined with the liquid internally to the nozzle, hence Internal Mix Atomizing Nozzles. It can also combine outside of the nozzle, like the External Mix Atomizing Nozzles. We have blogged before on where to use each of these as the reason to select between Internal Mix or External Mix is its own topic.

Benefits to air atomization are, smaller droplet/particulate size is achievable.  The compressed air atomization gives the ability to break up more viscous fluids to get better coverage or thinner layers of spray.  Air atomization also gives the ability to use smaller amounts of liquid because the air takes up a portion of the total flow exiting any nozzle.

The second type of atomizing nozzles are hydraulic atomization. This uses the energy from the liquid being pressurized to break up the liquid stream.  Sometimes there are physical impacts within the nozzle that cause the atomization, other times it is just the liquid leaving an orifice that causes the atomization. This gives the ability to still spray a liquid into droplets of various shapes, dimensions, and flow rates. The lack of compressed air often results in larger droplet sizes as well as higher liquid flow rates. Because the liquid has to be pressurized to certain levels it also becomes difficult to spray higher viscosity fluids through hydraulically atomized nozzles.

Benefits to hydraulically atomized spray nozzles range from stronger spray force for rinsing, ease of installation from not needing to plumb compressed air, ability to flow slurries, or other liquids that may clog or dry due to the design of air atomized spray nozzles.

If you would like to discuss the correct nozzle for your spray application, feel free to contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

 

Sanitizing Applications Using Atomizing Spray Nozzles

As our journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic began, EXAIR was deemed an essential business due to our relationships with critical businesses who are also helping to fight the pandemic and keep our lives as normal as possible. Within our customer base, we are proud to include medical, food, pharmaceutical, and nearly every industry listed by the Department of Homeland Security as critical industries.

EXAIR has seen an increase in assisting end-user customers who have in house sanitizing needs and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) who are producing sanitizing systems or “showers” for their processes and products as demanded by our pandemic circumstances.

Our Atomizing Spray Nozzles, designed to atomize fluids in a wide range of different spray patterns, utilize a small amount of compressed air that mixes with the liquid supply to create a fine mist of atomized liquid. This makes them very effective in applications that utilize expensive paints, oils, or other liquids. Rather than wasting the expensive materials, the nozzle can be set to precisely dispense only what is necessary to achieve a successful application. They are made from type 303 stainless steel.

No Drip Atomizing Nozzle

Atomizing spray nozzles have been critical for customer’s decontamination and sanitizing needs. Most recently we learned they are being used to build an N95 mask sanitizing systems, when the customer needed to replenish their rapidly dwindling supply of atomizing spray nozzles. Don’t forget, we have them in STOCK and ready to ship!

Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles

Another customer utilizes the Model EF1010SS to perform a dry fogging process inside of residential and commercial rooms to eliminate mold, odors, and pathogens. For them this is a common process, but due to the concerns related to COVID-19 they’ve seen a dramatic increase in business related to pathogen removal. Using a two-step dry fogging process, the solution fills the entire volume of the space to remove any contaminants and prevent against microbial growth in the future. The nozzle provides a fine atomized mist that fills the entire space in a short amount of time. After a physical wipe down of all surfaces, a second solution is applied that prevents future microbial growth.

And yet another customer manufactures decontamination booths for personnel. They’re also noticing an increase in inquiries as companies look to decontaminate their employees upon entering the building. Utilizing (3) of EXAIR’s SF2020SS Atomizing Spray Nozzles, they’re able to spray a decontaminating solution to aid removal of pathogens from their clothing before it has an opportunity to spread around the office.

We are here to help. Let us know if we may help you.

Stay safe,
The EXAIR Team

EXAIR’s Atomizing Nozzles for Decontamination Due to COVID-19

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At this time, countries across the world are all grappling with the constant change and disruption that is caused by COVID-19. As a worldwide supplier to manufacturers in a wide variety of industries, we’re seeing first-hand how important the manufacturing supply chain is. Many industries that we support including food, pharmaceutical, medical equipment, etc. are absolutely critical right now. EXAIR as a company is taking all necessary precautions to ensure that we can remain open to supply the manufacturers in these critical industries.

Manufacturers across the US and the rest of the world are re-purposing their facilities and production processes to manufacture medical supplies at a rapid pace. The situation evolves on a daily basis. The feeling is mutual among all of us, this entire situation is completely unprecedented and unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime. I’ve recently spoken with numerous manufacturers and end users who are looking to utilize our products to help fight this pandemic.

One such product is EXAIR’s Atomizing Spray Nozzles. Designed to atomize fluids in a wide range of different spray patterns, they utilize a small amount of compressed air that mixes with the liquid supply to create a fine mist of atomized liquid. This makes them very effective in applications that utilize expensive paints, oils, or other liquids. Rather than wasting the expensive materials, the nozzle can be set to precisely dispense only what is necessary to achieve a successful application.

In the current situation, they’re being used for a range of applications for decontaminating rooms, personnel, and equipment. A customer utilizes the Model EF1010SS to perform a dry fogging process inside of residential and commercial rooms to eliminate mold, odors, and pathogens. For them this is a common process, but due to the concerns related to COVID-19 they’ve seen a dramatic increase in business related to pathogen removal. Using a two-step dry fogging process, the solution fills the entire volume of the space to remove any contaminants and prevent against microbial growth in the future. The nozzle provides a fine atomized mist that fills the entire space in a short amount of time. After a physical wipe down of all surfaces, a second solution is applied that prevents future microbial growth.

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Another customer manufactures decontamination booths for personnel. They’re also noticing an increase in inquiries as companies look to decontaminate their employees upon entering the building. Utilizing (3) of EXAIR’s SF2020SS Atomizing Spray Nozzles, they’re able to spray a decontaminating solution to aid removal of pathogens from their clothing before it has an opportunity to spread around the office.

With the ability to produce a fine droplet size, the Atomizing Spray Nozzle is an ideal product to deliver the fine mist required for decontamination. If you have an application or process that could benefit from an EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Product please give us a call. We’re here, ready to help, as we all come together to fight this head on.

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

 

COVID-19 image courtesy of enriquelopezgarre from Pixabay

Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles Overview

EXAIR offers an ever-expanding selection of Atomizing Spray Nozzles.  One style with many iterations within the line is the Internal Mix.  Internal mix refers to the physical action of the compressed air atomizing the liquid before they leave the air cap. Because this action takes place inside the nozzle, internal mix atomizing spray nozzles are recommended for lower viscosity fluids. Water, water soluble/diluted lubricants, lightweight way oil, or rust inhibitors are a few examples that can easily be sprayed through these nozzles. The nozzles are also able to spray in five different spray patterns.

Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles are the perfect choice for fine mist and precise control.

The Internal Mix Atomizing Spray nozzles are available in Narrow Angle Round Pattern, Wide Angle Round Pattern, Flat Fan Pattern, Deflected Flat Fan Pattern and 360° Hollow Cone Pattern. These nozzles can cover anywhere from 1.5″ diameter up to 13′ diameter and almost any dimension in between. To cover this vast array of spray dimensions they are offered in three inlet port sizes, 1/8″, 1/4″ and 1/2″ NPT.

Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles

Each NPT size offers a variable spray pattern as well as liquid flow rates for each type of spray pattern. The 1/8″ nozzles are available up to 28 GPH of flow rate. The 1/4″ nozzles are able to flow up to 42 GPH. The 1/2″ models are able to flow up to 264 GPH. These flowrates can all be varied to minimal flows by adjusting the liquid needle valve. See the video below for a demonstration of that variability.

These nozzles are all easily installed and can be mounted with the available mounting brackets. One for each size.

EXAIR Atomizing Nozzle

If you would like to discuss your atomizing spray nozzle application or need help determining if an Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzle is the correct fit for your needs, please contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF