Air Knives are an integral part of Air Knife Systems. Highly effective for cleaning, drying, blow-off and liquid control for a wide range of industrial applications, Air Knives are designed to ensure a perfectly optimised air flow for a range of industrial applications.
Air Knife Systems overall provide maximum effectiveness at minimum running costs when compared to compressed air systems as a comparison.
The effectiveness of Air Knives is achieved through precision engineering and design - Air Knives are engineered to produce a curtain-like flow of air that not only covers the full shape of an object, but acts as a barrier to foreign matter as well.
Air Knives most commonly consist of a structure, usually made from aluminium, steel or plastic, that houses a plenum chamber and includes a unique shape on one side, formed from two blades joined together, in the shape of a knife-edge.
The success of Air Knives comes from their ability to produce the highest force/air consumption ratio.
Air Knives are able to perform cleaning, drying and blow-off functions by emitting a powerful and consistent stream of air. This is achieved through the series of slots that each Air Knife has along its “knife edge”.
The slots on Air Knives are adjustable. This means that they can be modified to allow more or less air to pass through them, through modification of their width, therefore enabling a single Air Knife system to successfully process a wide range of objects in different shapes and sizes. As well as this, the customisable nature of the air flow means users can ensure maximum power and air efficiency.
SolvAir Air Knives come with various inlet and mounting configurations, making them suitable for all applications.
Air Knives incorporate a pressurised container that houses air at a positive pressure - the plenum chamber.
The benefit of the plenum chamber is that it equalises pressure, meaning air can be ejected at an even distribution.
The success of Air Knives comes from their ability to produce a particular type of air flow. This design means that when air is ejected through the Air Knife slots, it forms a laminar air flow (that also displays the Coandă effect).
Laminar air flow is a unique and useful type of air movement. It occurs when air moves at the same speed and in the same direction, with no crossover. It is a highly effective barrier, and is used for example on research facilities where a sterile environment needs to be maintained.
The Coandă effect is the phenomena where a fluid jet attaches itself to the surface, and stays attached even if the surface curves away from the source of the jet. It is the phenomena which has contributed to the understanding of how an aircraft wing can produce lift.
Air Knives therefore use both laminar flow and the Coandă effect to create an air flow that follows the lines of the objects that pass through it.
The laminar air flow generated by Air Knives is created through the inclusion of a plenum chamber at its core. The plenum chamber is located within the body of the Air Knife, and acts as a pressurised container to house the air that is generated by the blower. The plenum chamber equalises pressure, therefore ensuring even distribution, and therefore laminar air flow, when the air is ejected.
As the air flow created by an Air Knife is powerful, smooth and uniform, it is ideal for cleaning and drying a wide range of applications within the manufacturing industry. As well as this, by adhering to an object across its shape, the Air Knives also create barriers for objects, eliminating contamination and ensuring the final product is protected, clean and of the highest finish.
With SolvAir Air Knives, electrical currents from anti-static bars can also be injected into the exit air knife stream to neutralize the static electricity charge on some surfaces.
Air Knife Systems are available with a variety of Air Knives, depending on how the System is required to operate, for example:
Extruded Aluminium Air Knives are suitable for a wide range of industrial environments, providing ‘precision’ air flows, as well as a long life-span.
Used mainly in drying processes, these have adjustable slot widths for optimum power and diffusion.
Stainless Steel Air Knives are suitable for tough industrial environments and provide high-quality performance in corrosive and/or sanitary environments.
Constructed from FDA Compliant 304 Stainless Steel they are ideal for Food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry applications.
Suitable for varied applications, such as cable or tube drying and plastics or rubber extrusion lines, where they effectively remove water after cooling baths.
Fully controllable 360° adjustable performance ensures no dead spots, and is particularly beneficial when processing circular products and complex extruded profiles.
Cone Manifolds provide multiple air stream outlets and are ideal for product lines that include objects across a range of sizes and shapes.
Nozzle Manifolds maintain thrust as far away as 46 cm and are ideal for applications that require a greater distance between the air source and the surface to be dried or blown off.
More about Cone Manifolds
Spyder Manifolds come in various sizes and combine inline nozzles with “spider-like” arms that can flex to any position, allowing for the air streams to access hard to reach places.
Our Syder Manifolds can be custom built as needed, ensuring the flexi arms are sized and spaced as required.
Used to control the rate of air flow, speed, direction and shape of the ejected air. These are the smallest air amplifiers available.
Our SV10 Air Nozzles and Manifolds are fully-adjustable round nozzles that can be locked into the desired position on a manifold, proving a good working range.
If you would like us to test, and demonstrate how an Air Knife works for your use-case and specific product - improving productivity and reducing your operating costs, please contact us.
Our team of specialists will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your requirements and arrange your full in-depth consultation free of charge.
Air Knife Systems use a precision-engineered linear slot to direct and utilise high-velocity air from a centrifugal blower.
Air Knives are amazingly versatile and are used for a wide variety of applications in manufacturing, such as: