Air Cannon vs AirSweep
Air Cannon vs AirSweep

Air Cannon

AIRSWEEP®

Functionality

Air Cannon

  • Designed to shoot large volumes of air into the vessel to displace stalled material, break bridging and restore flow

AIRSWEEP®

  • Directs smaller, equally powerful bursts of air along the bin wall, lifting material off the wall and back into the flow stream
  • Eliminates bridging, ratholing, or sticking problems
  • Stimulates up to a 2.44 m (8 foot) diameter circle of material around each nozzle

EFFICIENCY

Air Cannon

  • Air tends to “channel” through holes in the material, greatly diminishing effectiveness
  • Danger of immediate release of a large plug of material, which can cause silo collapse
  • Cannot control feed rates

AIRSWEEP®

  • Fully clears each batch from the bin, ensuring smooth and safe first-in/first-out material flow
  • Controllable feed rates

Maintenance

Air Cannon

  • Open nozzle extends into bin and material; dust can enter the nozzle and solenoid, resulting in frequent shutdowns for cleaning and costly replacements
  • Large recoil when fired; flexes the vessel walls, leading to long-term metal fatigue and damage
  • High energy cost

AIRSWEEP®

  • Patented nozzle immediately reseals after quarter-second pulse, eliminating material feedback
  • Only needs inspection every 6 months, and replacement of parts after 1,000,000 cycles
  • No damage, vibration, stress or wear to vessel walls
  • Uses as little as 10 CFM of compressed air or gas
  • Industry’s longest warranty of 7 years

WORKER SAFETY & CONVENIENCE

Air Cannon

  • Extremely noisy! The noise transmits through entire production area, adding to worker stress
  • Even if bridging is controlled, material build-up on bin walls requires periodic shutdowns for cleaning

AIRSWEEP®

  • Makes a quick, ear-friendly “psst” or “pop”
  • Reduces workload: can be used to provide on-demand flow or automatic cleaning/flushing of vessels

Material Control

Air Cannon

  • Wet, sticky material can still cling to vessel walls
  • Not suitable for food and sanitary applications

AIRSWEEP®

  • Effective for all materials, including moist, sticky and heavy powders and bulk solids
  • USDA-accepted models available
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