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The new Line-Dry system from Air Control Industries (ACI) enables the removal of the residual moisture film from water-cooled insulated wire/cable and extruded products.

It is also said to save energy and reduce running costs in comparison with compressed-air nozzle arrangements and other existing blower-driven devices.

When compared with compressed-air systems, up to 10-fold energy savings can be achieved, according to the company.

Free onsite trials to potential customers in the UK can be arranged to quantify potential savings.

ACI’s blower-powered Line-Dry system can handle products measuring up to 25mm in diameter at speeds of 500m/min.

The blower is an ACI variable-speed Multi-Stage unit controlled via a speed controller, which enables different products and line speeds to be accommodated.

Two versions are available – one has the dryer heads enclosed to contain displaced moisture and the other is an open unit.

The enclosed unit has a pair of facing air delivery plenums.

These can be adjusted to suit different product diameters and are also sprung to allow flexing to accommodate any product distortions/kinks.

A series of baffles serves to isolate wet and dry areas and guard against moisture being re-deposited on the dried product.

The second option comprises two pairs of facing drying heads.

These too are sprung to allow for product imperfections.

With both versions, the blower and inverter are mounted on legs and enclosed in an ABS plastic enclosure to prevent moisture ingress.

Air is delivered at up to 2.8psi (80in SWG) at speeds of 8,800m/min (28,900ft/min) at 80C.

Air Control Industries

Air Control Industries (ACI) is a leading global provider of industrial air movement products.

We analyse the application and select or design the product with the right materials, performance and environmental characteristics to provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution.

ACI has the expertise to help satisfy all your air handling requirements, be it cooling drying or spreading.

Since 1969, ACI has been designing and manufacturing fans and blowers, both for general applications and for specific tasks that demand custom-engineered solutions. We have also been developing value-added products employing our fans and blowers.

These include Airknives, bottle/can-drying systems for the drinks industry and our extruded product/cable/wire drying unit. All are employed around the world by leading international companies.

Another ACI innovation for the health and hygiene market is our Jetblack personnel cleaning stations. Being blower powered, Jetblack provides a safe and economic method of de-dusting personnel. To extend options for our customers, we also offer EBM-Papst products, for which we are the exclusive distributor.

ACI has around 50 employees split between its UK headquarters in Chard, Somerset, and its US subsidiary in Maine, New England. There is a network of overseas distributors to provide international sales and support.

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