The removal of static from surfaces and products can be important in many production settings. Static charge can attract dust and impede successful product cleaning.
One method of static reduction is to use ionised air stream to eliminate the built-up charge. The basic operating principle is that an air stream is passed through an ionising strip. The strip as an high voltage alternating current which either strips electrons from the passing molecules or gives additional electrons to them depending on which part of the AC cycle it is on. In this way the air stream now consists of both positive and negative ions.
When this ionised air hits a charged surface one set of ions will be deflected as like charges repel each other but the oppositely charged ions will be attracted. When they come into contact with the surface the ions with either release or absorb an electron and become a normal air molecule. In this way, regardless of whether the static is positive or negative in nature, it will be removed by the ionised air stream.
All ionised air static control products rely on the air being delivered to the target that needs treating. As such the addition of ionising strips to our compressed air enhancement product lines make a lot of sense. The static removal effects of ionised air streams can be an application in its own right or can be combined with an air blow off, drying or cooling function.