October 30, 2019
Air booster VS. Air blower: which air nozzle is the most suitable for your application?
A lot of industries require to blow air during their production process. Many factories use open pipes with compressed air but this is a noisy and expensive solution.
IKEUCHI designed its air nozzles to answer perfectly the expectations of the industry:
efficient, energy-saving, protective of the users.
However, there is a great variety of air nozzles. Therefore, the capacity, methods, materials, and applications can be different.
How can you choose the right nozzle for your specific needs?
We will see that today.
The diversity of Air Nozzles
In order to pick the correct nozzle, you have to take in consideration the following criteria :
- Type of blowing required
- Blowing force
- Consumption and connection
- Air pressure
All these parameters depend on the specificity of your application, and what nozzle characteristics are a priority.
For example, polymer nozzles ( PPS, ABS ) are cheaper but they have limited heat and pressure resistance. They still can answer to several applications, but it depends on the requirements of your industry.
All those combinations allow air nozzles to operate in many different applications. For example :
Basically, air nozzles can be divided into two categories:
- air booster nozzles, that necessitates compressed air to operate
- and air blower nozzles, that use low pressure ( atmospheric pressure).
Air Booster Nozzles ( compressed air )
Compressed air nozzles answer to many problematic and cover the widest range of needs. They are very efficient and, most of the time, we are assured to find a solution to your needs. However, they necessitate compressed air to work. Compressed air is a form of energy storage due to its ability to perform work when decompressed. The production of compressed air is carried out, for the most part, with electric power by means of a compressor.
Even though our nozzles are very good at improving your cost efficiency, as shown in this article, it is important to study how to improve and reduce its energy consumption since a large amount of electricity is required to run the installation.
However, IKEUCHI technical air nozzles have been developed to maximize blowing efficiency. The wide range of models within each series offers the possibility of choosing the most suitable nozzle for each application, optimizing the blowing force and airflow required whilst reducing the noise levels.
Air Blower Nozzles (low pressure )
Air blower nozzles use the atmospheric air to perform. It creates different characteristics and makes them suitable for various applications.
- Firstly, they involve lower times and investment to set up. Since you don’t need a compressed air generator, the installation is cheaper and easier.
- Secondly, the running costs compared to a compressed air nozzle are down to 1/3. Compressed air is quite expensive and often, it is the only way to resolve a technical requirement. However, sometimes your application allows adopting an alternative. Air blowers are a great option to substitute to compressed air nozzles with similar performances for some applications.
- They produce very low noise levels, which participate in protecting workers from noisy environments.
The cost and energy efficiency of air blower nozzles is a great advantage. However, they cannot always match the blowing strength of compressed air nozzles.
Contact us to find out if your application can use low-pressure nozzles.
About Noise Reduction
In many industrial environments, the noise running from the machines can be detrimental to health for the operators. Extended exposure to loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss as hearing gradually deteriorates as a result of exposure to loud noises. In the noise-induced hearing loss, inner ear cells are damaged by exposure to loud noises. Consequently, the ability of cells to collect and transmit sounds to the brain is reduced. Other manifestations of hearing damage are hearing fatigue, deafness, and acute acoustic trauma. This article elaborates on the dangers of noise in the workplace and gives hints about what can be done to prevent it.
We design our air nozzles to limit the noise levels and compressed air flow by a huge amount, thus solving two problems at a time.
If you want to know more about the compressed air safety regulations and noise reduction, read this post.
The above table shows how our standard TF-R nozzles manage to reduce the noise levels and compressed airflow whilst remaining perfectly efficient. As our air nozzles offer a uniform flow distribution, therefore improving the installation’s efficiency, its return on investment time is very short.
Our engineering team is available for any inquiries and information about what we can offer. We can use our expertise to provide you tailor-made solutions and assistance for your projects.
Léo CHAMBRETTE – IKEUCHI EUROPE B.V.