Maxum has introduced the Nozzle Bar, an air blow-off device that looks and installs like an air knife but offers the full blow-off power of individual air nozzles—while using less energy and reaching longer distances. According to the company, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., its internal nozzle system is fully customizable for optimum blow-off of any part, providing powerful force to reach deep cavities and varying part shapes.It’s well known that air nozzles provide better blow-off force than slotted air knives, said company officials. The problem has been that individual nozzles mounted to a manifold take up room, have fixed positions and flow rates, and can be expensive. Maxum’s new Nozzle Bar reportedly solves those problems with its internal nozzle system customizable with a variety of flow rates and patterns, and its converging and laminar flow design maximizes velocity and blow-off distance. As a result, air reaches the part in a stronger, faster, more-concentrated form than slot-style air knives, improving efficiency while slashing energy use.
The Nozzle Bar can be customized to dry complicated shapes using more air where it is needed, and less air where it is not, all from a single nozzle bar. For complex parts inside washers, racked parts, unusual-shaped containers and other applications, this provides powerful blow-off that cannot be matched by any air knife design, said Maxum officials. A wide choice of stock patterns and flow rates are available.
Maxum’s innovative air blow-off and drying equipment remove water, liquids and debris, preparing products for assembly, packaging, labelling, inkjet printing, inspection, powder coating and more. It is suited for fruit, vegetables, bottles, cans, metal parts, circuit boards, extrusions and other products.