There are many compressed air operated blow guns on the market with the vast majority being ¼” or 1/8” meant for light to medium use in production and cleaning applications. They vary greatly in design and quality of manufacture. Most are simple design that do not take into consideration efficient air flows and many do not even meet OSHA or equivalent standards in safety. Many of these blow guns in the market also do not offer ergonomic design. Obviously these lower quality units are sold primarily on price. For the ones that are well designed, they may be higher in cost but will last much longer and is more comfortable to use.
For this higher quality range Nex Flow has the Easy Grip and Easy Grip Light Air Gun range to offer.
For more heavy duty applications, where more powerful energy is required, a much larger capacity air gun is required. For this reason, Nex Flow developed the Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun. It is one of the few compressed air operated blow guns on the market with a ½” outlet connection. The gun is specially designed for those applications where traditional air guns are just not adequate in rugged industrial environments. The gun itself is cast zinc with properly engineered internal design to handle a larger volume of compressed air flow than a traditional, smaller air gun with minimal energy loss. It has a good ergonometric design so that when you hold the gun, it remains comfortable for any blow off and cleaning application which is especially important for safety guns of this size. Even the angle of the handle is carefully placed so operators can easily aim the gun. The rugged casting is meant to ensure a long lifetime of the product even under heavy use.
But the secret of a good air gun is not just the gun itself. It is also the air nozzle used alongside the gun. Very small air guns may only have a tapered outlet ignoring the OSHA safety standards for dead end pressure. Larger standard air guns will sometimes utilize nozzles with a side hole to release some pressure to keep the air outlet under the dead end pressure levels specified by OSHA. However, these designs are not efficient for saving energy and can also still be quite noisy. It is far better to use an engineered nozzle which primarily uses the “Coanda Effect” to convert pressure normally lost as pressure drop and noise into a high flow, high velocity and high kinetic energy output. This is what is used on all Nex Flow air guns. For the Nex Flow X-Stream Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun, the air nozzles used is either the powerful patented Nex Flow Model 47006AMF cast zinc air nozzle or the Model 47006AMFS stainless steel ½” air nozzle. These units are of course also available for use as standalone for production blow off and cleaning applications as well.
Nex Flow’s nozzles are very powerful and yet safe and energy efficient. Most High capacity air guns comes with up to 3/8” outlets, but very few offer outlets of up to ½”. This larger outlet combined with internal and external designs makes the Nex Flow X-Stream Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun the most powerful with highest flow available. The Heavy Duty gun comes with a composite rubber grip and tailored handle to provide an optimal grip for the user. The force created is 5 to 7 times more than traditional air guns.
There are sometimes hard to reach areas where the Nex Flow “Heavy Duty” Safety Air Gun may be too short. In these situations, Nex Flow has three different extensions available depending on the reach one needs: 6” long, 500 mm and 1000 mm long. They are manufactured of light-weight anodized aluminum. The 500 and 1000 mm long extensions have a quality rubber grip along its length to be able to comfortably support the extension and the nozzle which would be placed at the end of the extension. This allows for the air gun to be used to get into hard to reach areas. For more flexibility, you can insert a swivel in between the extension and the air nozzle. The swivel can be locked into place at the desired angle. This feature combined with the power of the air gun size and safety nozzle makes it extremely flexible to address many different and even difficult to reach applications including cleaning.
Industries that require the Nex Flow X-Stream Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun, are heavy industries such as steel, casting, and pulp and paper plants. While other competitive models (of which there are very few), tend to be costly, our well-designed Heavy Duty Air Gun is relatively low cost yet, efficient and easy to handle.