Two pieces of advice to follow if you want to start using air cannons in your factory

Two pieces of advice to follow if you want to start using air cannons in your factory

16 June 2020
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If you plan to start using air cannons in your factory, you should take note of the advice provided below.

Don't assume that the most powerful air cannon will be the right one for your facility

When it comes to buying industrial equipment for their factories, some businesspeople assume they should always opt for the biggest and most powerful versions of the machinery they need. This is not necessarily the right approach for those who need air cannons.

For example, the most powerful air cannons are ideal for tackling stubborn, big blockages in chutes due to how forcefully they emit air. However, if you would rather use the air cannon to cut down on the number of blockages that develop in the first place instead of waiting until these big blockages form, then a smaller air cannon might be better.

The reason for this is that this small air cannon will deliver a gentle but steady stream of air that will help to keep the things in the chute moving (and will, therefore, result in fewer blockages occurring), but it will not thrust the items through this short receptacle so forcefully that they end up erupting from it. This is important because if the materials burst forth from it too speedily, they may not land on the next piece of equipment that they're supposed to end up on but may instead fall on the floor. If this results in them breaking or getting contaminated, you might have to throw them away.

Ensure that anyone who uses the air cannon to remove blockages wears a face shield

On the occasions when your employees need to use the air cannon to remove blockages, you should ensure they have face shields that they can wear whilst they do this. The reason for this is that, although the air from the equipment will flow into the chute and towards the blockage and most of the materials that created this blockage will then move forward through this receptacle, a few of these materials may, during the process of being dislodged, ricochet off the chute's inner walls and end up flying toward the faces of those controlling the air cannon.

If they're wearing shields, these flying pieces will bounce off these facial barriers without harming the wearers. However, if the employees don't put on these shields, they could sustain cuts, bruises or eye injuries.

To learn more, contact an air cannon supplier.