Improving material flow

The BIG BLASTER® ­CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE Air Cannon System from Martin Engineering is a multi-valve air cannon solution that provides up to five application points utilizing a single 60-gallon reservoir (Fig. 1). The air cannon system helps protect components and workers from hazardous environments (Fig. 2) and improves flow efficiency, delivering unsurpassed flexibility and durability. Thanks to the fact that the five independent valves are housed within a single tank, fewer parts and less maintenance are required. If one valve requires service, the multiple-valve air cannon system continues to function in nearly all cases, improving reliability. The centralized location of working components away from the point of application allows for shelter from exposure to high temperature environments and process dust. The single-tank solution also eliminates the need to hang numerous heavy individual tanks on vessel walls. This is advantageous where space is limited, where safety concerns may be a factor, or in locations where access is difficult or hazardous.

The unit has an operating range of 40-150 psi. Output force and duration range are adjustable through the integration of urethane bumpers to fine-tune the length of the piston stroke to reduce or increase the force of the air blast. The system is suitable for use wherever traditional single valve/tank assemblies are installed, and offers particularly in challenging applications many advantages.Blasts are delivered from the tank to the application point via a hard pipe in standard applications to reduce line loss. Flexible hose is available in maximum 36-inch sections, and valves are available in both imperial and metric measurements, with tanks manufactured to local codes.


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