For many businesses that store and produce massive amounts of cement, coal and different sorts of aggregate, there is the constant danger of build up within your storage and transport facilities. From silos to the chutes that transport the material in and out of your buildings there is usually a constant buildup of material on the sides and in the many nooks and crannies due to the extremely small particles that can attach themselves to almost any surface, especially when moist.
Even for smaller companies that produce a minimal amount this sort of problem simply comes with the territory and, especially if the material is in any way still wet, this can cause massive delays in production. While it may seem almost impossible to prevent this problem (since it is inside your machines and not easily accessible) there is now a way to clear your jammed systems and get them back on track quickly: air cannons.
What Is An Air Cannon?
While it may sound like a children's toy, industrial air cannons are extremely well-designed machines that connect on to your existing equipment and, when there is a stoppage in the flow due to buildup on the sides or a plug forming in the center, the air cannon can be activated to release a powerful burst of air to clear anything stopping the free flow of your product. This burst of air can be tailored to be as precise as possible for the material that you are storing and for the layout of the machines you are using.
Isn't This Just An Unnecessary Expense?
Most companies storing and transporting these materials have kilometres of chutes and massive kilns, silos and bins which all come with hard to reach areas. When these areas got blocked in the past, it was an incredibly taxing experience to try free the blockage, but now air cannons can do this in seconds. They can even be programmed to do this automatically by using sensors, meaning you won't even know there was a blockage, to begin with. Air cannons can save you thousands of dollars by keeping your operation running smoothly all day meaning you don't waste any time on maintenance.
A Safer Work Environment
Industrial workplaces can be dangerous places, especially when dealing with broken machinery that weighs several thousand tonnes. While there are many safety regulations put in place to help safeguard your workers, there is still an inherent risk that you take when trying to fix these stoppages manually. Air cannons can totally erase this risk meaning a safer and happier workplace for everyone.
For more information, contact a company like ESS Engineering.