Precision Process, a designer and turnkey fabricator for electroplating and related process equipment, has introduced an air knife for reel-to-reel electroplating plating lines that is designed to reduce compressed air consumption and resultant energy costs for platers.
The air knife, designed for placement at exit locations of process cells, has been tested at the company's manufacturing facility in Niagara Falls and trialed in the field. Data obtained during testing has shown that less than 3.5 cfm of continuous air consumption per unit at 80 psi line pressure was used when compared with a range of 8-15 cfm for other off-the-shelf air knife designs available, the company says.
According to Precision Process, using this product on an electroplating line could reduce energy consumption in excess of 750 kW-hr per air knife on a monthly basis.
Companies looking to enhance green technology in their electroplating operations can retrofit this air knife into existing cells via custom mounting hardware provided with each unit.