Offshore Pipe Welding Cooled with Series of EXAIR Super Air Nozzles

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EXAIR model 1122 Flat Super Air Nozzles used to provide cooling blow off.

One of the services we provide to our customers, is assistance in selection of the most suitable product solution for their application.  For most applications we have solutions readily available from stock, though that wasn’t the case in the solution shown above.

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This unique blow off solution cools welds on 450mm (18″) pipes.

This configuration of model 1122 Flat Super Air Nozzles is used to cool pipe welds in an application located off the coast of France.  Pipes with an OD of 450mm (~18”) are welded together, and in order for the welds to be of the highest quality, they must be cooled.  To cool the welds, this customer needed to blow ambient temperature air over the pipes.

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Closeup of nozzles used in this application

Initially, we explored a Super Air Wipe solution.  A Super Air Wipe can provide a full 360° blow off for this pipe, but there was an aspect of the application which led to a better solution through nozzles; an irregularity in position of the pipe.

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Another view of the 1122 Flat Super Air Nozzles

The diameter of the pipes in this application is relatively constant, but there is some fluctuation in position as the pipe is moved.  If using a Super Air Wipe, this could mean contact with a precision machined surface, resulting in a change to the performance of the unit.  But, what if we could find a way to allow the blow off solution to have some “flex”.

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Flat Super Air Nozzles with swivels provide the unique solution needed for this application.

“Flex” in this solution is provided through the use of EXAIR model 9053 swivel fittings, shown above with red circles, each used to mount an 1122 Flat Super Air Nozzle (16 of each).  These allow for proper placement of the nozzles, and also for movement if anything should ever contact the blow off solution.

An additional benefit of the EXAIR 1122 nozzles used in this application, is the ability to exchange shims inside the nozzle to increase or decrease the amount of force delivered from the nozzle.

Understanding the critical requirements of the customer led to this semi-custom solution using EXAIR Super Air Nozzles.  If you‘d like to explore an EXAIR blow off solution for your application, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

Super Air Knife Cools Welded and Lacquered Seam in Metal Packaging Production

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Can form to be cooled by Super Air Knife

On a recent trip to Europe, I was invited to visit a packaging manufacturer who was using EXAIR equipment in a variety of applications. This particular application dealt with the cooling of metal spray cans after they were welded on the seam that runs the length of the can form and after that same seem had been sprayed with lacquer and dried using hot air to keep the welded seam from rusting.

The cans were formed into their round shape from a flat sheet that had all the artwork applied. Then, using a magnetic conveyor similar to the photo on the right above, the machine moves the can form past a welding head to secure the two sides together. The welding process puts quite a bit of heat into the metal and so the customer immediately cools the can with a 72” Aluminum Super Air Knife for that same distance along the travel of the conveyor. The can then enters an area where there is a small spray applicator to add the lacquer to the welded joint. After that, the can traverses through a heated tunnel to dry the lacquer. Finally, the can is cooled by another set of Aluminum Super Air Knives as you see in the photo below.

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Super Air Knives remove heat from the welded seam of a metal can

 

The heat affected area was quite small in relationship to the airflow area that was generated by the Super Air Knife at a few inches distance away from the can form. So, the cooling power that could be developed with a large quantity of regular, room temperature air was quite sufficient to get the can form to cool to the proper temperature before moving on to the next operation.

The Super Air Knife in this application was operating at 1 BARG inlet pressure and provided continuous coverage all along the cooling length of the conveyor. By cooling this metal seam quicker, the customer was able to increase their throughput on this process by roughly 30%.

Neal Raker, International Sales Manager
nealraker@exair.com