A drying/cleaning technique designed for conveyorised applications that demand vigorous air movement action has been introduced by Air Control Industries of Chard in the UK. The company says that it is particularly appropriate where product might be vulnerable to contact or surface damage.
Based upon ACI’s blower-powered AirKnife technology, the system employs a bank, or banks of flexible nozzles that move back and forth across the conveyor whilst delivering high volumes of air at low pressure. This simple reciprocating action combined with high-volume, low-pressure air delivery dislodges residual moisture or debris trapped in awkward places.
The nozzles, which are fabricated from a material that is both flexible and hardwearing, are simple to fit and adjust. The flexibility of the material means the nozzles may be hit or deflected by travelling product without risk of damage and then return immediately to their normal operating state. This last feature permits air to be delivered close to product for further enhancement of drying/cleaning functions.
ACI’s new system is suitable for drying/cleaning many different products, including automotive bodies/components, produce, crates and large intricate engineered components.