2016 Product of the Year Finalists: Compressed Air
Finalists in the Compressed Air category for the Plant Engineering 2016 Product of the Year competition.
Ion air gun
The Ion Air Gun removes static electricity, contaminants, and dust from parts prior to labeling, assembly, packaging, painting, or finishing. The design features a metal-armored, high-voltage cable to protect against abrasions and cuts; replaceable emitter point; integrated ground connection; and electromagnetic shielding. The Ion Air Gun neutralizes static electricity and cleans at distances up to 15 ft, and incorporates a high-velocity air jet to entrain 80% of the total output airflow from the surrounding room air. An electrically energized emitter at the discharge end fills the entire airstream with positive and negative ions capable of neutralizing high static charges in a fraction of a second.
Exair Corp., www.exair.com
Compressed air knife
The Super Air Knife is engineered to dramatically reduce compressed air usage while entraining ambient air at a ratio of 40:1. Noise levels are greatly reduced when compared to other blow-offs. The Super Air Knife delivers a uniform sheet of laminar airflow across the entire length with hard-hitting force. The corrosion resistant design ensures seamless airflow and withstands temperatures up to 800 F. Super Air Knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow to blow off, dry, or cool large surfaces up to 108 in. wide. The energy efficient design minimizes compressed air use by entraining 40 parts room air to one part compressed air.
Exair Corp., www.exair.com
Rotary screw air compressor
The NxD Rotary Screw Air Compressors are available from 45 to 90 kW with flows ranging from 288 to 553 cfm. These compressors are efficiently designed with a compact footprint and a smart internal layout designed to minimize maintenance times. Easy access panels with durable powder-coated exterior and internal coating protect the machine from the environment. SAE O-ring fittings, industrial grade hoses, and heavy-duty piping ensure leak-free operation. The sump tank with pivoting swing out lid makes changing the air/oil separator element quick and efficient. The dBA Shield noise reduction technology uses a vibration isolator system, centrifugal fan, and laminated low-sound enclosure for a safe, quiet work environment.
Compressor with VSD
Next Generation R-Series rotary screw compressors with variable speed drives (VSDs) are designed to lower operational costs and improve business profitability for customers with variable compressed air requirements. The compressors are designed to withstand harsh plant conditions and can run continuously in ambient temperatures of up to 115 F. The starter panel meets NEMA 12/IP55 protection ratings to provide protection against circulating dust, falling dirt, and dripping or splashing liquids. The compressors decrease energy use during start-up, which can draw up to 800% of the full load current. R-Series compressors limit the in-rush current during start-up, minimizing peak power charges and lowering energy usage.
Ingersoll Rand, www.ingersollrandproducts.com
Air saver pneumatic valve
Designed to address emerging energy savings and sustainability trends, the Parker Air Saver is suitable for use in both new and existing factory floor air nozzle and air guns applications that allow uncontrolled blow-offs. The unit generates a rapid pulse of air rather than a continuous flow, reducing compressed air costs by as much as 50% over typical constant flow applications. The pulsed air blow strikes the work repeatedly, improving the efficiency of the air blow for drying and removing debris. Other benefits include a reduced level of greenhouse gases produced, easy installation, quick return on investment (ROI), and it aligns well with corporate sustainability programs and objectives.
Parker Hannifin, www.parker.com