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Industrial Air Blower Misconceptions

Posted by Kasey Kessler on Jan 10, 2019, 9:00:00 AM

regenerative air blowerIf your business relies on the products from industrial blower manufacturers, you might think you already know everything about these machines. But in reality, there's always something new to learn. In today's post, we'll be discussing a few of the most common myths about air blowers so that you can feel truly informed when discussing these components with colleagues or suppliers in the future.

MISCONCEPTION: There's no difference between blowers, fans, and compressors.

Truth: These terms are often used interchangeably, but there is technically a difference between them. A fan will move larger volumes of gases with only a slight increase in pressure, while blowers move moderate volumes of gases with a moderate increase in pressure and compressors use pressure differential to move gases at very low volume. While all these machines move air, they do operate quite differently. Understanding the differences between these three machines can allow you to choose the best option for a given application.


MISCONCEPTION: Regenerative air blowers can be used in almost any application.

Truth: We already know that blowers are used to move gases with a moderate amount of pressure. But regenerative air blowers, in particular, are often used for applications that require a moderate airflow combined with higher pressure. They use what's known as non-positive displacement, meaning that these machines will allow air to pass over one blade and push it forward with another. Typically, regenerative air blowers are used to convey products, with nearly 70% of the market being devoted to food industry applications. They are, however, also used to remove dust or smoke to improve air quality, aerate wastewater, or other jobs that require the use of air moved at pressure/vacuum. In addition to being used in the food industry, they're also commonly found in industries that involve chemical work and manufacturing or environmental processes.


MISCONCEPTION: Air knife blower systems are used only to remove solids or liquids from products  in manufacturing.

Truth: Air knife systems are commonly used for this purpose, which comes in handy when trying to dry bottles for packaging or remove excess materials from printed circuit boards. They can, however, also be used to deliver air of any temperature to certain surfaces and even create air barriers required in industrial and commercial applications. Air knife blowers can also be used to contain dust during room cleaning. They can remove foreign particles and liquids, control liquid thickness, and create a force that aids in the mechanical bonding process. In other words, these machines are probably more versatile than you'd think.


Understanding the truth behind these industrial blower misconceptions can allow you to choose the right mechanical type for a given application. If you need further assistance making that determination, we're here to guide you. For more information, contact us today.