F.A.Q. – IKEUCHI & NOZZLES
- What is IKEUCHI’s expertise?
- What makes IKEUCHI unique and what guarantees do we offer?
- What is the importance of innovation for IKEUCHI?
- What are our response time and distributors?
- How to measure the size of a droplet?
- Who produces our nozzles?
- Who is in our team?
- Why should you contact us?
This F.A.Q.’s purpose is to answer any question you can ask before engaging with us. If you need more detailed information and you can’t find them on our website, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is IKEUCHI’s expertise?
Founded in 1954, IKEUCHI became the first company in the world to develop a ceramic tip industrial nozzle in 1961. Since then, we developed 42 000 different types of nozzles and humidifiers. We have been providing humidification solutions and spraying nozzles to the industry for half a century, and our expertise is still growing. Our engineers can help you and direct your search for the right product, and build your project for a better solution.
Our solution-providing approach and our dedication to our customer is the cornerstone of our business.
What makes IKEUCHI unique and what guarantees do we offer?
At IKEUCHI, our expertise can be seen in the quality of our products. Our nozzles are produced in our factories. These factories are based in Japanese cities (Nishiwaki and Kure) and Vietnam (Hanoi). We invest a lot of our energy and profits into research and innovation.
Indeed, we are very thorough with the production and quality requirements of our products. Our inspection process is extremely strict, and any default in a piece will immediately lead to the destruction of the whole lot.
This is the reason why, at IKEUCHI, we guarantee our spraying nozzles for Spray capacity and spray angle with an accuracy of plus or minus 5 % and 5 degrees at the time of installation. We are confident that any nozzle we deliver to you is working correctly. That being said, nozzles and humidifiers need to be handled with caution and in accordance with the recommendations of use.
What is the importance of innovation for IKEUCHI?
At IKEUCHI, we carry a history of innovation and research for solutions. Since the beginning, IKEUCHI is dedicated to finding the best solution for each customer. This is why we developed more than 42 000 different types of nozzles. We want to use technology and the knowledge we accumulated over half a century to improve the efficiency of industries and the health conditions of societies and workers. This goal is achievable by continuous innovation and a solution-oriented approach. We want to contribute to the environmental debate by providing a viable alternative and forthcoming answers for the industry and the people.
What are our response and delivery times to expect?
We treat every inquiry with the utmost importance. You can contact us by e-mail, for information, a quotation, help with your project, etc. We are dedicated to giving you a detailed answer within 12 business hours after your contact.
Our delivery time may vary depending on the order you placed and your localization, contact us for more precise estimations.
How to measure the size of a droplet?
Water droplet size matters a lot depending on the specificity of your project and your applications. Having no universal scale of measurement of water droplets, IKEUCHI decided to create its own with very specific methods to ensure the quality of our spraying nozzles. The actual size of a droplet depends on the measurement method and the spraying system, but we rank them with the immersion sampling method.
If you want to know more about droplet size, here is an article that gives every detail possible about droplet size measurement!
The size of a water droplets matters depending on your application. You can read more detail about this topic in this article: Bigger is not always better for water droplets
Who produces our nozzles?
All our nozzles are produced in Japan, where we have our own factories. We have 3 factories in japan (Hyogo District and Hiroshima District) and 1 in Vietnam.
All our orders are sent to Japan and shipped to our client when the quality verification tests have been completed.
Who is in our team?
IKEUCHI EUROPE B.V. is located in Breukelen, the Netherlands. We are a very multicultural team with members from Spain, Germany, Japan, France, China, and the Netherlands. This creates the perfect conditions for us to work in the whole European Union.
Our sales team is composed of Satoshi, Amier, Alejandro, and Binnert. You can contact us at any time at email@example.com, for technical or business information. We look forward to hearing from you.
Why should you contact us?
Even if we have a lot of information on our website, it is possible that you did not find what you are looking for. We advise you to use our AKI-Bot for help or as a means to contact us if you have remaining questions!
Some other pieces of information about nozzles are not displayed on our website but we still can provide them to you.
Here is a list of the information we can provide you if you require them :
So if you have any questions, or want a quotation and information, feel free to contact us! We will answer as shortly as possible (within a 24 hours window – except during weekends and public holidays).
What is a spray nozzle?
Nozzles are precision tools used in many industries to spray air, water, or a mix of liquid and air. They have multiple applications such as humidification, cooling, chemicals spraying, dust suppression, etc. Each nozzle has precise characteristics such as spray angle, spray capacity, spray pattern, and spray distribution. We offer 42.000 different references of nozzles.
Nozzles are used in applications such as :
What are the different types of nozzles?
- One fluid nozzle = we call these nozzles hydraulic nozzles. You can spray water or other liquid for various applications.
- Two-fluid nozzle = we call them pneumatic nozzles, often combining water and compressed air. They are capable of a much finer atomization compare to hydraulic nozzles.
- Air nozzle = as the name indicates these nozzles supply air (blower type or with compressed air) for applications such as drying, cooling, blowing off, etc.
How to choose the right nozzle depending on the characteristics you seek? (droplet measurement, spray capacity, spray pattern, and spray distribution)
Which nozzle for which application?
It depends on the type of application, your industry, and your requirements. Some of our nozzles have common applications like our VVP series for cleaning machines, films, screens, etc.
But it is important to determine all the necessary conditions in which you will use the nozzle. Otherwise, our nozzle will provide insufficient performance and will not produce the necessary results. This could results in waste of energy, waste of costs, and generates control problems.
What are the necessary conditions to choose the right nozzle?
All explanations about nozzle diversity and how to pick a nozzle are in those articles :
- Nozzles diversity – Why you shouldn’t use hydraulic nozzles to spray air
- Nozzle: Expectations VS. Reality
For more explanations about nozzle and an overview of their characteristics, click here.
Which material is the best?
It will depend on your application, the temperature where the nozzle will operate, and the viscosity of the liquid you will spray. Depending on these requirements, we can help you determine the most suitable material depending on its:
- Wear resistance;
- Chemical resistance;
- Heat resistance;
- Pressure resistance.
You can read more information about ceramic nozzles in this article: What is best about ceramic nozzles?
How to detect when a nozzle is underperforming?
After installation of our products, there is a lifetime for them to perform at 100% depending on the operating conditions. Therefore, each model don’t have the same lifetime. But you can easily check if the nozzle you are using is still operating at its highest performance or if it’s been used and deteriorating.
You can read more details about how to detect when to replace a nozzle in this article: Detecting nozzle performance problems and when to replace them?
What is Dry Fog?
Dry Fog is a feature of our Dry Fog Humidifier AKIMist® “E”. We define Dry Fog as a very fine fog with a uniform, mean droplet diameter (mean fog droplet size) of 10 μm or less.
Because Dry Fog’s exceedingly fine spray droplets remain intact without bursting when they come into contact with objects such as walls and people, they do not wet the machines, the operators, the environment.
That is why it is important for us to use our classification of water droplets in order to guarantee a none-wetting fog with our Dry Fog humidifier.
Why should you be aware of copy products?
As there are many nozzles providers on the market with a different price range, it is important to point out that only nozzle manufacturer can guarantee the quality of the nozzles and its performance.
The danger by using a cheap copy product is mainly low quality and a high turn over of nozzles, increasing your cost on the long term.
As a manufacturer, we dedicate our service into supporting our customers to solve their issues and increase their productivity. That is why, we want to bring awareness to the existing copy products on the market that might endanger your production efficiency and quality.
You can read more how to distinguish copy products in these article:
- Be careful with copy products on the market!
- How important is the difference with copy products?
- High quality vs. cheap production nozzle
For more general information, here is a list of sites you can check out:
- How nozzle increases velocity? QUORA
- Does pressure increase with velocity? QUORA
- Does increasing water pressure increase flow? Relationship Between Pressure Drop and Flow Rate in a Pipeline
- Does pressure affect flow? ALICAT
- What is the difference between flow and pressure? QUORA