Industrial Humidification units – AKIMist®“E”
Humidifiers are a very common use of pneumatic nozzles. It allows a precise and accurate way to monitor the temperature and the humidity level. Many factories need specific humidity characteristics to operate at their full capacity.
A humidification unit offers not only moisture control but also:
- dust suppression;
- defect rates reduction;
- electrostatic discharge prevention;
- prevention of heat and dryness related issues;
- and a healthier working environment for the operators.
Our industrial humidifiers spray microscopic droplets, smaller than 10μm, that we call “Dry Fog”. The Dry Fog’s water droplets are so small that it can increase the level of humidity without wetting its environment nor the objects in its vicinity.
Our most popular product is the Dry Fog Humidifier AKIMist® “E”, which shows amazing performances and is used for different application.
Our industrial humidification unit line-up:
- The original Dry Fog Humidifier AKIMist® “E”,
- The titanium version for disinfection,
- The Portable unit version.
How to choose the right humidifier?
The first step is to assess your needs:
- the level of relative humidity to maintain throughout the year (could be different each season),
- the square footage of the area you want to humidify,
- the ceiling height,
- the air flow (existing HVAC system installed, doors and windows placement, how often are they opened, how often is the air renewed in the room, etc.),
- the fragility of the equipment in the room, which will determine the size of the water droplets to be sprayed,
- the already available equipment like a compressed air generator, a RO unit to demineralize the water, etc.,
- the layout of the room for an optimal installation,
- the main ROI factor like energy efficiency, operational cost savings, safety for operators and fire prevention, etc.
Compare the different type of humidifier
Humidifiers are used for commercial and residential usage, and industrial manufacturing processes. Through an optimal humidity control, industrial manufacturers improve their productivity and the quality of their end products.
There are multiple humidification systems on the market for both residential and industrial usage. You can find steam-based humidifiers, evaporative humidifiers with filters and built-in fans, ultrasonic humidifiers, high pressure units, gas-fired units, etc.
In general, all of those mentioned above can be divided in 5 common categories: cool mist, warm mist, ultrasonic, evaporative, and vaporizers; and these can be defined in 2 main type of humidifier: isothermal and adiabatic type.
- Isothermal humidifier sprays hot water like steam.
- Adiabatic humidifiers use an external energy power to spray a cool mist, like compressed air humidifier.
To understand and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each category, have a look to our article: Type of humidifiers: what’s on the market?
Are steam-based humidifiers, like direct steam injection ones, efficient?
The usage of steam used to be the conventional humidification system. It is the most hygienic type by spraying bacteria free and cleanliness legionella free steam. Products like electrode or electric steam humidifiers can be directly installed in existing air handling unit for example. Another isothermal product is the direct steam injection humidifiers that spray a dry steam into heating ducts allowing the sterile moisture to be sprayed in an indoor room.
Although steam humidification is silent and guaranties no wetting, it generates higher running costs due to the injection of a heat source directly in the air which consequently will increase the temperature in the room and also the operating costs of air conditioning.
What about evaporative humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers?
In the category of adiabatic cooling humidification unit, the evaporative and ultrasonic humidifiers are the most popular especially for residential and commercial usage. Thanks to their easiness in installation and maintenance, those type of adiabatic cooling humidifier controls the moisture in the air quickly and quietly.
However they require more maintenance as the filters in the evaporative humidifiers need to be replaced every so often and depending on the hardness of the water sprayed, the ultrasonic humidifiers will release particles of dust made of water mineral deposits in the room above the machines and the operators.
How different are compressed air humidifiers in that case?
We offer a compressed air adiabatic cooling humidifier which requires the usage of compressed air. Most of the industrial factories installed either high pressure or compressed air humidifiers in order to efficiently and quickly humidify a bigger area.
Using a cool mist humidifier offers the double advantage of humidifying and cooling at the same time which will decrease the operating costs of the air conditioning.
If you need to choose between a high pressure and a compressed air humidifier, the main advantage of the second unit is the accurate control over the droplet size and the non-wetting characteristics of the sprayed fog (Dry Fog).
Mounted with pneumatic nozzles of external mixing and impinging type, the compressed air humidifiers spray the smallest water droplets. This is an original method of IKEUCHI: the compressed air and demineralized water are mixed outside the pneumatic nozzle tip. As two streams of fog impinge against each other, it shatters the fog into even finer and more uniform droplets, smaller than 10μm (Dry Fog). By using pneumatic nozzle and combining with our unique internal design, our industrial compressed air humidifier will spray such a small size of water droplets (Dry Fog) that it efficiently increases the absolute humidity in a room without wetting.
Whether it is for residential and commercial usage or industrial usage, the main objective remains the same:
- to control and maintain the ideal humidity level between 40% and 60% relative humidity.
Humidity has a big impact on our quality of life. Having an optimal level will considerably improve and protect your health especially during times of pandemic.
“The bonus is that the humidity will partially increase in the surrounding operations, which is also praised by employees for more pleasant breathing during the winter months and reduced dust.” (Minebea)
Over- or under- humidifying will have several consequences. For industrial factories, clean rooms, manufacturers, the level of humidity is often crucial to run a smooth production with high quality products. That is why having an accurate control of the humidity level is required by our customers.
We have successfully installed our industrial humidification unit in different type of industries. Have a look to our success stories with direct testimonials from our customers to get inspired!
If you have technical question about your installation, need advice to choose the right solution, or simply just want to request a quote,