The following series of commentaries will highlight areas where air knives can be used in the current processes to help minimize scrap, improve safety and reduce chemical consumption. The goal, as always, is for IRMCO to provide options to customers looking for innovative approaches to their production goals. The use of air knives certainly is not new...but the reasoning for their use just might make you look again.
The Benefits of Using Air Knives
Air knives have been used in the metal-stamping industry for decades for various applications. Like many other technological advances, their use ebbs and flows and they are often relegated to niche areas of manufacturing or very problematic, isolated parts. The argument can be made, however, that with the current trends in automotive light-weighting and increasing environmental restrictions and ISO 14001 goals, air knives can be used to great effect and benefit.