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An air cannon is a device that is attached to the side of a silo, bunker, rail car, and other such storage tank. It offers a blast of air that helps materials continue to flow if they get stuck to each other, stuck to the sides of the tank, or otherwise clogged so they don't move freely. If you have any type of tank that holds materials that sometimes get stuck, you might note if an air cannon would be the right choice, versus vibration equipment that gently shakes the tank. Consider a few points to keep in mind and discuss with an air cannon supplier if needed.
1. Do you need to move all the materials in the tank to protect them?
If your silo, rail car, or other tank is located in an area with high heat, humidity, and the like, this can actually mean damage to your materials if they don't keep moving. The longer they sit in the rail car or at the top of a silo, the greater the risk of being damaged even by their own chemical reactions; some materials may harden or congeal when left inert. Vibration equipment may shake the tank but these vibrations may not reach the materials in the center of tank, allowing them to remain inert and, in turn, to break down or otherwise become damaged.
2. Would vibrations cause materials to crumble or otherwise get damaged?
Brittle and dry materials can often come apart when exposed to vibrations. Grains and cereals are an example of how this happens; the vibrations may cause them to flow more freely and to break away from the walls of your storage tank, but it can also mean causing them to simply break apart, especially as they collide with each other.
3. Does your material stick in various ways?
Some material might stick to the walls of a tank, or a top layer might stick tighter to form a bridge. Some might clog the chute where material is being emptied. An air cannon can usually be adjusted to address different issues; you can aim it at the walls of the tank to loosen materials or place it at the top of the tank to open up bridges. You can than also place it at the chute to keep it clear. This means more versatility than vibrations that often simply shake the tank itself without being directed at any one particular area of congestion.Share
8 June 2016