Two Tips to Follow if You’ve Invested in an Air Cannon for Your Manufacturing Business

14 September 2021
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Here are some tips to follow if you've bought an air cannon for your manufacturing business.

Decide who will maintain it and how often maintenance will be done to it

As soon as the air cannon has been put in place, you should ensure that you know which staff members will be responsible for maintaining it and how often they'll need to do maintenance to it. You may want to set up a rotation, so you know for certain when the air cannon has undergone maintenance.

The reason for this is that if, for example, too much dust is left to accumulate on the components inside the air cannon, the power of its airflow might decline over time. This may result in it taking longer to dislodge blockages or (in the case of very large blockages) being unable to remove them at all. If the air cannon develops these issues, this could reduce the speed at which your manufacturing materials are passed through the chutes, which could then result in you not completing your manufacturing processes as fast as you need to.

If you ever need to use the air cannon in chutes that contain materials that need to be kept very clean, pointing an air cannon whose internal and external parts are dirty and dusty at these materials could also lead to them becoming unsanitary. Given this, you must take the maintenance of this equipment seriously and ensure that it is periodically cleaned and has its parts repaired when necessary.

Experiment with putting the air cannon at different angles

Instead of setting up the air cannon in one place in the chute system and leaving it there, you should experiment with positioning it in different ways so that the airflow enters the chute at slightly different angles.

Doing this will help you to see if there is a specific angle that pushes the materials along faster or that is most effective at directing air towards a section of the chute where blockages seem to happen most often. It will also help you to determine if there is an angle at which the air cannon's airflow could potentially cause damage to the materials; you'll then know to avoid leaving it at this angle. Lastly, experimenting with the air cannon in this manner could help you to find an angle at which materials can be pushed through the chutes at a reasonably fast pace, whilst the air cannon is on its lowest setting; over time, this could help to minimise the energy consumption of this equipment.