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IGS provides air cannon innovations

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World Cement,

Air Cannons have been used for years to solve blockage and buildup issues within coolers, feed shelves, preheater towers, cyclones, burner pipes, screens and catalysts among others. Clinker, snowman, Christmas trees and rhino horns can be easily shifted with a sudden blast of air. The design for releasing this powerful blast has remained virtually unchanged since their introduction in the early 1970s. Until now.

In 2011, IGS entered the market with its Big Blue Air cannons, which have become the new norm with fit-for-purpose innovative designs addressing the needs for better cleaning solutions by effectively removing blockage and buildup. Recently introduced developments, the MEGA Blast, Adjustable Force Air Cannon and, the Monster Nozzle are set to change the air cannon industry.

Adjustable Force Air Cannon

Typically, air cannons blast each time at 100% of their capability. This is regardless of the power that is needed to perform the best cleaning. Buildup will react differently to the force it is struck with. Too high a force and only the area of the air blast is cleaned. This leads to swiss cheese buildup – not what the plant wants or needs. Striking this buildup with a lower force results in knocking the buildup down in chucks and doubling the cleaning area – a much more favourable result.

To combat this challenge, IGS has introduced the Adjustable Force Air Cannon. This air cannon is designed to adjust the cleaning force to match the requirements for the best possible cleaning. The key is to design an air cannon with a significant increase in cleaning force. Enough cleaning force so that the maximum cleaning force is not required. Cleaning is possible with only 25% of the force. The aircannon can be tuned to the needs of the plant.

MEGA Blast

In the environment that air cannons are installed in, it is inevitable that process changes will affect the buildup. Changing buildup affects the performance of the air cannons. Sometimes the buildup may become too difficult for the air cannon to handle. Or the air cannon will be out of service and allow the buildup to become stronger than the air cannon blast. This is why IGS has developed the MEGA Blast, which is able to increase the cleaning of an air cannon blast by up to 5 times. Personnel can be trained in how this can be accomplished using a simple and safe method. In less than one hour the MEGA Blast is able to deal with the toughest blockages.

The MEGA Blast has recently been tested side-by-side with a standard air cannon. The difference was recorded to be by a factor of plus two times.

Monster Nozzle

Why does the Industry use 4’ air cannons? Who knows? The Monster Nozzle is designed to be operated with the Biggest of the Big Blue Air Cannon and will clean a greater area than two Industry standard fan jet nozzles. Not only does this remove the need to purchase two nozzles, it removes the need to install multiple nozzles and air cannons. The Monster nozzle, when applied with the IGS Multiplier, can replace as many as 8 air cannons and nozzles with only one cannon and 4 nozzles. Total cost is almost 50% less but with improved performance.


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