Until now, air knife manufacturers have used a sonic dual bracket
design which supports each end of every air knife, but this application is limited as the number of knives required increases because finding a spot for the two brackets required for each knife can be challenging. The new bracket is designed to offer effective, rigid single-point air knife attachment with an easy 5-axis air knife adjustment ability requiring only one bracket for each 42-inch air knife.
A high cantilevered load capacity makes knife more rigid than most air knives which require two brackets, but the key design element to the single-bracket system is the mounting cleat which can be secured to any location along the body of the XE air knife with four self-tapping screws. The cleat design accommodates flat and radius air knife profiles of 2-, 3- and 4-inch sizes. The single bracket system can be mounted to the equipment frame at whichever point is the most accessible. The standard bracket kit includes three 1-inch diameter stainless steel connecting tubes of 9-, 12- and 24-inch lengths. The 1-inch pipe unions, the mounting base and the air knife cleat are all-aluminum construction with electroless nickel plating. The nickel offers corrosion protection, a hard scratch-resistant surface, a 400° temperature rating and an easy-to-clean finish. The brackets can upgrade any existing air knife installation, including other manufacturers’ air knives.