Pneumatic air conveyor modules make it easy to move the flow of air from one location to the next, including long distances. If you’re looking for something that can help you leverage the power of compressed air-driven equipment to transfer particles, then an air conveyor might be the perfect piece of gear for you.
These are extremely versatile modules and have a large number of indicated uses, which has helped them to grow dramatically in terms of popularity. Technicians will want to consider everything that they can do with them when they plan their next pneumatic layout.
Vacuum away smoke, debris, and fine particles from the work area. The conveyors feature both suction and blowing modes, for efficient transfer of materials. Switching between them is as easy as flipping a single control.
More than likely, you’ll find pneumatic air conveyors easier to use than the actuators you already have attached to your airflow lines. Part of this comes from their remarkably robust design.
Use Cases For Pneumatic Conveying Systems
Perhaps the ZH*-X185 is the best example of one of these modules to think about when you’re considering potential use cases. It’s a versatile system that can function in one of two different states. If you’ve ever heard of the concept of a finite state machine while you were in engineering school, then the ZH* series is a great example of one that’s designed specifically to work with compressed air as a power source.
Users can configure the module to work as a blow off unit just as easily as a vacuum unit. It just depends on how they install it. The direction of the output port dictates its function. If you have the airflow moving through the object in the forwards direction, then the ZH* is going to work as a blow off unit.
Simply switch around the way that you have it plugged in and you’ll find that it works as a vacuum to remove debris and suction away any particulate matter that might have resulted from certain industrial processes. Keep in mind how much grinding, cutting and other removal-based manufacturing techniques can actually generate dust.
Even sharpening equipment that’s run purely from an air compressor may eventually start to generate enough debris that it becomes a problem. This kind of equipment is an ideal way to solve that issue without having to resort to an outside source of energy. If you prefer to keep everything powered by the air compressors that your firm has already invested in, then this is a great way to do so.
When thinking about a part like the ZH* series module, you’ll notice that there is only a single supply port. This makes it considerably easier to install compared to most other competing devices that would provide users with the same degree of functionality.
You won’t have to think too much about what way to configure it. This is of particular importance to anyone who has a complex compressed air-powered layout that has switches all over the place. All you have to do is locate a spare supply line and route it directly to the box in order to ensure an unfettered stream of compressed air.
This kind of gear even comes with a few optional extras, which have helped to further increase the number of potential use cases that it could be deployed in.
Solutions Using Air Pneumatic Conveyors
Chances are that you’ll eventually come across a situation where a blow off or vacuum unit would be useful but you wouldn’t be able to secure it in place. Naturally, you want to be sure that your new piece of gear isn’t going to move around.
Those who use these ZH-type modules will be happy to know that they support a set of mounting brackets, which are also available in standard sizes to make it easy to attach the unit to any solid surface that might be accessible to the rest of the equipment.
Take a few moments to look at the way that you currently have your pneumatic gear laid out. Do you have enough header space to install an air conveyor? If that’s the case, then you have enough space to mount it in place and have it appropriately stabilized.
Unlike some types of pneumatic modules, this kind of equipment doesn’t generate a substantial amount of vibrations that are unmanageable. That’s not to suggest that they don’t make vibrations, because they certainly do. Rather, the mounting brackets that they work with are designed to maintain them in a certain position so you won’t have to worry about the possibility of them suddenly having a dramatic mechanical failure incident.
Should something happen that causes them to fail, you’ll notice that they do so safely. Under normal operating circumstances, this shouldn’t happen. However, if your filters were clogged or something the device would more than likely simply stop. That means it’s at least relatively safe to use in a wide variety of circumstances.
Experts will only recommend that you use devices that are certified to work in the kind of situation your workflows belong to. That’s good solid advice. However, many people do adopt these kinds of modules when they need to either provide a blow off or perhaps vacuum up debris.
Keeping Compressed Air Workflows Safe
Pneumatic workflows are constantly placed under a great deal of stress. You’ll want to make sure that any components you use are more than ready to stand up to the challenges that you’re going to put them through.
If your organization is dealing with a great deal of debris, then this might be one possible way of managing it. You might also want to consider FRL modules and other tools that can help you to solve debris-related issues.
Cutting or shaping any kind of workpiece is going to give you the potential that something is going to fly off of it. By pairing the right gear with the kind of work you’re doing, you can dramatically improve not only your safety profile but also potentially how efficient your gear works.
Optimize Your Vacuum Conveyors With Orange Coast Pneumatics
At Orange Coast Pneumatics we know that many people routinely turn to compressed air-driven equipment. This happens when they’re involved in manufacturing workflows that wouldn’t be safe with any other type of power source.
Those who want to learn more about what kinds of components could be the best for their particular use cases should take the time to contact Orange Coast Pneumatics. Our experienced team will do their best to help them get the kind of components they need to keep their equipment moving regardless of the kind of manufacturing challenges they might be dealing with.