When I first started writing about blowers, it was a revelation to me that fluids like air move only from areas of high pressure to low pressure. To someone without a background in physics, fluid dynamics can be confusing and counterintuitive. But if you think about blowers and Continue reading
Air blower manufacturers play a key role in multiple sectors of modern economies. Every building that makes use of a forced air heating system makes use of some variety of fan or blower. If you take just a moment to imagine how many buildings there are just in the city where you live, it should be Continue reading
One of the most common applications for blowers is in ventilation systems. Just think for a moment about how many buildings there are in the United States. How many of those buildings have at least one air conditioning or heating system installed? How many fans and blowers does it take to keep all of those systems running? Blowers are just one aspect of our very important heating and cooling infrastructure that we can sometimes overlook. Blower manufactures play an Continue reading
There seem to be diverging accounts within industry about what constitutes a “blower” vs. what constitutes a “fan.” If there is a consensus to be found, it seems that “blowers” are often referred to as such when they are arranged in a centrifuge or when they are regenerative. On the other hand, “fans” tend to be called “fans” when they are arranged radially, feature visible blades and are used for comparatively lighter-duty purposes. But the term “blower fans” just messes up Continue reading
When I was in college, I worked as a custodian between classes. I worked the day shift, which meant that I was told to be minimally disruptive during the execution of my duties, which involved cleaning restrooms, emptying garbage cans, changing light bulbs and attending to random, unscheduled messes as they presented themselves. Frequently, vacuuming would be a necessary part of Continue reading
A lot of research has been done towards mitigating the harmful effects of exposure to industrial processes for workers. Of particular concern to researchers is air quality in industrial environments. As researchers’ knowledge of how humans respond to contact with the byproducts of industrial products and processes becomes more complete, the importance of limiting that contact becomes more Continue reading
Blower image courtesy of National Turbine Corporation.
Blowers make an important contribution to the quality of American manufactured products. Does that seem like a stretch? Consider the following. One of the reasons why the United States has come to distinguish itself as a manufacturing superpower is the quality of its products. Products manufactured in the United States have a reputation for quality craftsmanship, and they set the standard against which manufactured products from other countries are measured. There are many reasons why Continue reading
Regenerative blower image courtesy of Ametek.
There are a lot of reasons why regenerative blowers are valuable utilities for their users. No one benefit is necessarily more meaningful or significant than another, but one of the most easily recognizable benefits of these blowers is their low level of required monitoring and Continue reading
Air blower image courtesy of Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems.
If you were to drive through an industrial park in any given city, it’s likely that eventually you’d see a collection of one or two inverted silos suspended above a loading bay. Those silos would be connected to a few metal tubes, which would run away from the inverted silo and either into a building or into other silos. Nearby the tangle of tubing and the silos would be some rectangular equipment and maybe a control panel. What you’re looking at is a pneumatic conveyor system, a conveyance system that uses pressurized air to move powdered objects, granulated materials and Continue reading