VortexAir

Compressed Air Productivity Tools for Cleaning

Energy Saving Nozzles and Air Jets

Features & Benefits

Drastically reduces compressed air consumption

Provides a precise airflow

Range of styles and thrust performance

Quickly mount on machines, manifolds and blow guns

Nozzles mounted on flexible hose or copper tube

Adjustable and stainless steel models

Meet OSHA noise and dead-end pressure specs

Energy Saving NozzlesITW Vortec's patented blowoff nozzles and air jets are all designed to substantially reduce compressed air consumption, compared to open jets. Using an air amplification principle, the design allows air to accelerate, entraining free surrounding air as it exits. The result is a powerful and precise airflow that consumes less compressed air and saves energy costs.

Applications:
Energy Saving Nozzles at workAll air nozzles and jets are not the same. ITW Vortec's Nozzles and Jets amplify airflow volume up to 25 times more than the compressed air supplied. The result is less compressed air usage to deliver the same or greater thrust performance. Perfect for all types of blowoff, cooling and drying applications, these Nozzles and Jets are available in a variety of low and high thrust models. Use them to meet OSHA compliance as they meet OSHA specifications for noise and dead-end pressure. Additionally, Vortec Nozzles and Jets deliver a very precise airflow making them ideal for parts movement and ejection.

ITW Vortec's Energy Saving Nozzles and Jets are used for:
Blowoff of chips, powders, dust, trim scrap
Cooling or drying parts and assemblies
Cleaning debris or stripping water and solvents
Parts ejection and movement
Replacing open copper tube jets
Replacing headers with drilled holes
Energy conservation
programs
OSHA compliance

Energy Saving Nozzles

BLOWOFF TECHNICAL BULLETIN

Models and Specifications

Nozzle with Adjustable Micrometer Dial          Model 1200 specifications

1200 Nozzle with Adjustable Flow and Thrust Dimensions

Model #: 1200 Nozzle w/Adjustable Micrometer Dial
adjustable micrometer dial (set airflow & thrust), 1/8"NPT(M) input,  aluminum body.  Sold in (5) pc. package only, price is total for  (5) pc. package
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  3 to 21
Air Consumption:  8 SCFM - 26 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  5/8”
Airstream size 12-inches from nozzle: 3.5”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $76.00  ORDER NOW


Stainless Steel Nozzle with Adjustable Micrometer Dial     Model 1200SS specifications

1200SS Nozzle with Adjustable Flow and Thrust Dimensions

Model #: 1200SS Nozzle, Stainless Steel with Adjustable Micrometer Dial
adjustable micrometer dial (set airflow & thrust), 1/8"NPT(M) inlet,  stainless steel body sold in (5) pc. package only
price is total for (5) pc. package
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  3 to 21
Air Consumption:  8 SCFM - 26 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  5/8”
Airstream size 12-inches from nozzle: 3.5”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $203.00  ORDER NOW


Nozzle mounted on 1/4" copper tube          Model 1201 specifications

1201 Nozzle mounted on 1/4 Copper Tube Dimensions

Model #: 1201  Nozzle mounted on 1/4" copper tube sold  in (5) pc. package only.
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  6
Air Consumption:  9 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  3/16”
Airstream size 12 “ from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $127.00  ORDER NOW


Nozzle mounted on 12” Long 3/8" rubber shaft          Model 1201F-12 specifications

1201F-12 Nozzle mounted on 3/8 Flexible Rubber Shaft

 

Model #: 1201F-12  Nozzle mounted on 3/8" flexible rubver shaft sold  in (5) pc. package only.
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  6
Air Consumption:  9 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  3/16”
Airstream size 12 “ from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $190.00  ORDER NOW


Nozzle mounted on 3/8" copper tube          Model 1203 specifications

1203 nozzle mounted on 3/8 Copper Tube Dimensions

Model #: 1203  Nozzle mounted on 3/8" copper tube sold in 5 pc. package only
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  9
Air Consumption:  13 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  1/4”
Airstream size 12-inches from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $177.00  ORDER NOW


Nozzle mounted on 3/8" "stay put" flexible hose          Model 1204 specifications

1204 Nozzle mounted on 3/8 Flexible Shaft Dimensions

Model #: 1204 Nozzle mounted on 1/2" "stay put" flexible hose
1/8" NPT(M) fitting on 3/8" "stay put" rubber hose sold in (5) pc. package  only
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  9
Air Consumption:  13 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  1/4”
Airstream size 12-inches from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $164.00  ORDER NOW


Blowoff Nozzles, Energy Saving High Thrust Air Amplifiers

Save energy dollars and help reduce  air-related noise levels when powerful 25X High Thrust Amplifier Nozzles are used for parts  ejection / rejection from conveyor lines, single or multiple cavity molds or  other time-sensitive indexing-type operations.
 

Nozzle mounted on 1/4" copper tube (high thrust)          Model 1202 specifications

1202 High Thrust Nozzle mounted on 1/4 Copper Tube Dimensions

Model #: 1202 Nozzle mounted on 1/4" copper tube (high  thrust)
sold in 5 pc. package only
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  20
Air Consumption:  23 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  3/16”
Airstream size 12 “ from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $141.00  ORDER NOW


Nozzle mounted on 3/8" copper tube (high thrust)          Model 1205 specifications

1205 High Thrust mounted on 3/8 Copper Tube Dimensions

Model #: 1205 Nozzle mounted on 3/8" copper tube (high  thrust)
sold in 5 pc. package only
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  28
Air Consumption:  31 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  1/4”
Airstream size 12-inches from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List Price: $176.00  ORDER NOW


Nozzle mounted on 3/8" flexible (stay-put) rubber shaft (high  thrust)
                                                                  
Model 1206 specifications

1206 High Thrust Nozzle mounted on 3/8 Flexible Shaft Dimensions

Model #: 1206 Nozzle mounted on 11/16" flexible (stay-put)  rubber shaft (high thrust)
sold in (5) pc.  package only
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  28
Air Consumption:  31 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  1/4”
Airstream size 12-inches from nozzle: 3.25”
All at 100 PSIG

List  Price: $198.00  ORDER NOW


Maximum Thrust Nozzle                    Model 1220 specifications

1220-Dimensions

 

Model #: 1220 Maximum Thrust Nozzle
sold individually
Thrust (power) in oz. at 12-inch:  72
Air Consumption:  120 SCFM
Airstream size at nozzle:  1”
All at 100 PSIG

List  Price: $197.00   ORDER NOW

 

DESCRIPTION

Vortec Transvector Blowoff products use the proven Transvector impulse principle to reduce noise and compressed air consumption while delivering the same results as open air jets.  Amplification ratios of up to 25 times greater than the compressed air consumption enable Transvector Blowoff products to produce enormous energy savings.  Plant wide conversion can result in reduced capital expenditures for additional compressors.  For example, a 1/4” diameter open jet can consume the entire SCFM of a 10 HP compressor at 100 PSIG.  Conversely, Transvector Blowoff products considerably less SCFM than open air jets and meet OSHA requirements.

IMPULSE PRINCIPLE AT WORK

Transvector Jets and Blowoff Nozzles use the same impulse principle described in the Round Transvector section.  Compressed air is released at sonic velocity through an annular orifice 0.002”.  As the air passes through the orifice, it collides with surrounding air inducing and entraining a much larger mass of air.  Blowoff nozzles are designed to maximize the speed of compressed air enabling it to move large masses of secondary air.

TRANSVECTOR BLOWOFF PRODUCTS

Transvector Blowoff products are available as Jets or Nozzles to meet the needs of different applications.  Transvector Jets have a round throat design which is similar to the larger Transvectors.  Transvector Nozzles provide greater flow amplification with slightly less thrust.  Nozzles are ideal for clustering in tight spaces, close to a target because the inlet and outlet are on the same center line. 

The high thrust versions provide identical flow amplification with higher thrust.  High Thrust Nozzles are ideal to blow away chips, powders, dust and trim scrap in metalworking, woodworking, textile and printing applications, while minimizing air use and cost.

Features

 

1201
Nozzle

1202
Nozzle

1203
Nozzle

1204
Nozzle

1205
Nozzle

1206
Nozzle

1200
Nozzle

Amplification Ratio

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

Airstream Size at Nozzle

3/16”

3/16”

1/4”

1/4”

1/4”

1/4”

5/8”

Airstream Size at 12”

3-1/4”

3-1/4”

3-1/4”

3-1/4”

3-1/4”

3-1/4”

3-1/2”

Adjustable

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Blowoff Force (ozs.) at 12”

PSIG

1201
Nozzle

1202
Nozzle

1203
Nozzle

1204
Nozzle

1205
Nozzle

1206
Nozzle

1200 Nozzle set at:

0.006”

0.008”

0.010”

40

3.1

 

4.4

4.4

9.5

 

3.4

4.6

5.6

60

4.9

 

6.7

6.7

15.5

 

5.8

8.0

9.1

80

6.8

 

10.2

10.2

20

 

8.6

11.4

12.8

100

8.4

20

12.8

12.8

27

28

10.8

14.8

16.9

Air Consumption (SCFM)

PSIG

1201
Nozzle

1202
Nozzle

1203
Nozzle

1204
Nozzle

1205
Nozzle

1206
Nozzle

1200 Nozzle set at:

0.006”

0.008”

0.010”

30

3.4

 

5.1

5.1

10.5

 

5.2

6.6

7.4

40

4.0

 

6.0

6.0

13.6

 

6.4

8.2

9.1

60

5.4

 

8.1

8.1

18.8

 

8.7

11.0

12.3

80

6.8

 

10.2

10.2

23.0

 

11.0

13.0

15.7

100

8.3

23.0

12.5

12.5

28.4

31.0

13.4

16.9

19.0

BASIC PHILOSOPHY

Transvector Jets and Nozzles are airflow amplifiers capable of using a small amount of compressed air to create an airflow several times larger.   Basic operating concepts concerning Transvector Jets and Nozzles have been covered in on our pages Round Transvector and Nozzles.   Whether noise reduction or energy conservation is the basic aim, blowoff applications of compressed air can be converted to airflow amplification easily using me same philosophies and techniques.

AIR PREPARATION

Filtration

Transvectors incorporate annular openings through which the compressed air escapes.   The open areas can be as narrow as .002".   It is essential to filter the compressed air before supplying it to an airflow amplifier.   Five micron filtration with automatic draining is recommended.   Our Model 701S-36A is an example of an acceptable filter.   The cleanliness of the air as it enters the compressor does not indicate its condition at the point of use.   Water generated in compression rusts compressed air pipes, and compressor lubricants find their way into the air.  Unfiltered air is guaranteed to clog airflow amplifiers, sometimes after only a few minutes of operation.

Regulation

Regulating provides still other advantages.  If a nonadjustable blowoff jet is used in different ways (as in an automated machine processing more than one kind of part), the adjustable feature of a pressure regulator will allow setting at the optimum flow for each kind of part.   Furthermore, the pressure gauge on the regulator is a convenient way to indicate proper settings and re-establish them for other adjustments.   When using Transvectors, there is no reason to limit air supply pressure to 30 PSIG.   It is not possible to stop up or block the flow of air, thus, 30 PSIG could never be indicated by a test gauge at the outlet of a Transvector.   In fact, Transvectors work better at higher pressures and are often used at 80 PSIG or more without effect on their energy savings and noise reduction capabilities.

Other Air Preparation Equipment

Dryers, lubricators, oil removal filters, and other sophisticated compressed air preparation equipment are not required for Transvectors.

DESIGNING TRANSVECTOR BLOWOFF OPERATIONS

Selecting the Number of Amplifiers

Many open jet blowoffs are 1/4" diameter or smaller.   These often can be fitted with one Transvector Jet or Nozzle and produce good results.   Occasionally it is necessary to install more than one Transvector amplifier.   It is easy to install a Transvector Jet or Nozzle on a blowgun hose and move it around by hand to experiment for the desired effect.   Before testing this way, however, consider the techniques of positioning and aiming discussed below.   Multiple installations of ampilfiers give you a chance to design the shape of the blowoff stream and tailor it to the target shape.  It may be desirable to install more than one amplifier and operate them at lower pressure even though one amplifier at higher pressure might work.

Positioning and Aiming

The total available blowoff force is diminished if the target is too close or too far from the amplifier.   Optimum distance for maximum total force is 9" to 12" for all models.

There is a correlation between air consumption and total available force.   The force experienced by the target is not necessarily the total available force.    A 1" circular target would experience only a small part of the available force if it is placed in a stream 4" or 5" in diameter.   Amplifiers should be placed closer to smaller targets to try to match stream size with target.   "Target," in the case of chip removal and similar operations, is the area to be cleaned.

Regulator Considerations

The regulator is an important element in attaining maximum efficiency.  Nonadjustable products such as the Model 901 Transvector Jet should be adjusted by setting the regulator to the lowest pressure that will provide the desired blowoff effect.  This assures minimum air consumption and noise.

The adjustable Models 900 and 909, however, are not the same.   For the Flo-gain Nozzle and Set Jet, adjust the regulator output pressure to the lowest expected plant air pressure at the blowoff location.   For example, if pressure varies from 75 to 95 PSIG, adjust the regulator to 75 PSIG.

This will isolate nozzle performance from plant air pressure variations.   Adjust the Flo-gain’s Nozzle's or Set Jet's micrometer adjustment dial for desired blowoff effect.   This technique provides the highest operating pressure possible without variation.

Studies have shown that the highest possible pressure associated with the smallest metering gap (dial adjustment) produces the least noise and consumes less air.

Intermittent Operation

Blowoff Jets are often controlled with solenoid valves (example Our 721T-55) to operate only during certain portions of a cycle.   When controlling noise or conserving energy, attention to the length of the "on" cycle is important.   Although individual installations vary, the "on" cycle should be closely timed to match the stationary time of the target.   "On" cycles shorter than this require more air per second and are, therefore, noisier.   Longer cycles waste air and add to total plant noise.   Short bursts of old style unregulated open jets are not the proper "on" cycle for Transvector blowoff.   This is particularly true in part ejection from stamping operations.

CALCULATING COMPRESSED AIR SAVINGS

After Transvectors have been installed and the regulator setting and amplifier dial setting needed to do the job have been determined, the following air consumption data can be used for before-and-after consumption comparisons.

AIR CONSUMPTION (SCFM) CONVENTIONAL BLOWOFF

Pressure
 (PSIG)

2” Long Pipe Nipples nom. pipe size

 

1’ Long Copper Tubes
nom. tube size

 

Holes in Pipe
 Hole Diameter

 

1/8”

1/4”

3/8”

 

3/16”

1/4”

3/8”

1/2”

 

1/16”

1/8’

3/16”

1/4”

30

39

68

135

 

5.6

16.5

45

92

 

1.8

8.4

18.7

33

40

48

83

165

 

6.8

20.0

55

113

 

2.2

10.2

23.0

40

60

65

113

225

 

9.3

27.5

75

153

 

3.0

14.0

31.1

54

80

83

144

285

 

11.7

35.0

95

195

 

3.8

17.7

39.5

69

100

100

174

345

 

14.2

42.2

115

236

 

4.6

21.3

48.0

84

PSIG /14.5 = Bar:  SCFM x 28.3 = SLPM

 

AIR CONSUMPTION (SCFM) TRANSVECTOR JETS AND NOZZLES

PSIG

1201

1202

1203

1204

1205

1206

1200 Nozzle Set at

901 Jet

901B Jet

901D Jet

909 Jet Set at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.006

.008

.010

 

 

 

.003

.006

.009

30

3.4

 

5.1

5.1

10.5

10.5

5.2

6.6

7.4

3.5

3.5

5.8

2.6

5.6

8.4

40

4.0

 

6.0

6.0

13.6

13.6

6.4

8.2

9.1

4.4

4.4

7.2

3.1

6.8

10.3

60

5.4

 

8.1

8.1

18.8

18.8

8.7

11.0

12.3

5.8

5.8

9.7

4.3

9.4

14.1

80

6.8

 

10.2

10.2

23.0

23.0

11.0

13.0

15.7

7.5

7.5

12.4

5.4

11.8

16.9

100

8.3

23.0

12.5

12.5

28.4

28.4

13.4

16.9

19.0

9.1

9.1

15.0

6.6

14.3

21.7

PSIG /14.5 = Bar:  SCFM x 28.3 = SLPM

PLANNING A PLANT-WIDE CONVERSION

The Method

After an initial experiment with Transvector Jets and Nozzles, the decision to make a plant-wide conversion to upgrade all blowoffs is still a major one involving careful planning and justification.   Use of the following pilot study method will allow projection of plant-wide costs and savings after converting a relatively small portion of the blowoff jets in a plant.

1. Make a complete survey of blowoff jets used in the plant.
2. Calculate blowoff air usage for each jet.
3. Select a representative sample of jets for the pilot study.   Five percent of the total blowoff air usage would be appropriate.   This selection should be made carefully to ensure the blowoffs picked are representative of most blowoff jets in the plant.
4. Outfit the pilot study jets with Transvector Jets and Nozzles and adjust for proper function.
5. Compare before and after air usage for the pilot study and adjust to full plant air savings potential (multiply by 20 if a 5% pilot study was made).
6. Determine the approximate number of airflow amplifiers, regulators, and filters needed and the approximate maintenance time for plant~wide conversion by scaling up pilot study usages.
7. Justify the project using one of the techniques in the following section.

 

Current Method

Proposed Method

Product

1/4” x 1’ length copper tube

Model 1200 Flo-gain Nozzle at .006”

Air Pressure

100 PSIG

100 PSIG

Duty Cycle

100%

100%

Consumption

42 SCFM

13 SCFM

Annual Operating
Cost

42 SCFM x 60min. = 2520 SCFH
2520 SCFH x 16 hrs. (2 shifts) = 40,320 st.cu.ft./day
40,320 SCFD x 250 days = 10,080,000 st.cu.ft./year
10,080,000 SCFYx.26/1000SCF =
$ 2,620.80 / year

13 SCFM X 60 Min = 780 SCFH
780 SCFH x 16 hrs. (2 shifts) = 12,480 st.cu.ft. / day
12,480 SCFD x 250 days = 3,120,000 st.cu.ft./year
3,120,000 SCFY x .26/1000SCF = $ 811.10 / year

 

Annual Cost Savings = $ 1,809.60 / year

 

Pay Out Analysis

Cost of 1200 Flo-gain nozzle     $14.60
Installation Cost (est.)              $ 30.00
Total                                       $ 44.60
Installed cost / annual savings = .017 pay-out factor
.017 x 365 days = 6.205 days pay-out

 

Justification

The most common means of justifying is based on compressed air savings.   Compressed air costs between 20 and 30 cents per 1000 cubic feet.   If you haven't developed costs specifically for your plant, use $ 0.26 per 1000 ft3   Take total projected CFM savings times minutes plant works per year times $ 0.26 per 1000 ft3 for annual savings.   Compare with nozzle costs and installation costs to get payback time, return on investment, etc.

It is also possible to justify adding Transvector blowoff by showing that new compressors will not be required.   Any capital savings of this type are in addition to the compressed air savings mentioned above.

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