Air Control Industries (ACI) is an established designer and manufacturer of industrial air movement products, supplying a Global audience either directly or through our extensive network of Distributors.

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What Is An ATEX Fan?

What Is An ATEX Fan?

Exploring the realm of hazardous environments, understanding the pivotal role of ATEX fans in safety becomes paramount. ACI brings an insightful dive into the world of ATEX, elucidating its significance across diverse industries. Delve deeper into the intricacies of explosion-proof fans and how ACI meticulously ensures compliance with rigorous safety standards, catering to multifaceted application needs.

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Process Drying – Testing for the Best

Process Drying – Testing for the Best

If your supplier can’t test your process drying system before installation, how do you know whether you are paying too much for an over-engineered solution or worse for something that will not do the job? The trick is to find the best value solution that effectively...

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ACI: Our Year in Review

ACI: Our Year in Review

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, both on the personal and commercial level. Like our customers, we have needed to be vigilant and dynamic. As a business, we have had to adapt our operations and our plans swiftly. We've also needed to transform the way in...

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ATEX vs IECEx – A Question of Standards

ATEX vs IECEx – A Question of Standards

It  is easy to get lost in the detail when you specify explosion-proof equipment. Do you find yourself pondering over ATEX and IECEx and what certification you need for each? Before explaining the differences, it’s worth recognising that all the standards and...

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COVID-19 – Advisory Notice

COVID-19 – Advisory Notice

Air Control Industries is closely monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus situation and liaising with suppliers critical to the running of our business.

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ACI reflects on a decade of achievements

ACI reflects on a decade of achievements

As a worldwide designer and manufacturer of industrial blower-driven air systems, ACI has over the last decade not only developed some truly innovative solutions but has also celebrated some important milestones. EV Fans – launched following customers' request, this...

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HSE dust-related inspections – are you ready?

HSE dust-related inspections – are you ready?

This week, the Health and Safety Executive have started to roll out UK-wide dust-related inspections, with HSE inspectors visiting construction sites to assess how they are controlling dust in the workplace.
The inspections, which began on 17th June, are mainly focussed on workers’ health, and this means monitoring the control measures that companies have put in place to minimise the risk of dust exposure, as this can lead to a variety of short and long-term occupational health problems.

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Hillhead 2018: Another Successful Year

Hillhead 2018: Another Successful Year

We have just returned from what we would consider to be our best Hillhead event yet! It was only our second year exhibiting, but already we are building on the success of our first show back in 2016. It was great to see familiar faces return to see us from the previous year, and to also have the opportunity to introduce so many new people to our range of personnel cleaning products…

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We’re Exhibiting: BevExpo 2018

We’re Exhibiting: BevExpo 2018

Following the success of exhibiting at this year’s DRINKTEC EXPO, and having continued to attract orders from many of the leading global beverage companies, Air Control Industries (ACI) will be present at the BEVEXPO event in January 2018. Visit us on stand 25…

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Hinged Filler Caps

Hinged Filler Caps

Ergonomical locking design and cast aluminium construction, ACI’s magnetic hinged filler caps are designed specifically for traction motor gearcases. With internal diameter dimension of 57.2mm, and external diameter of 82.6mm, the filler caps are designed to keep out debris and water.

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Addressing Drying Challenges in the Cable & Wire Industries

Addressing Drying Challenges in the Cable & Wire Industries

Driving productivity in wire and cable products requires consideration of best practise in process drying. As an innovative provider of blower-driven equipment for industrial surface drying applications, ACI is assisting some of the World’s leading cable and wire manufacturers and earning a solid reputation for producing quality, engineered drying process units…

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The Vital Role of Clean Industrial Fan Filters

The Vital Role of Clean Industrial Fan Filters

Whether you religiously clean or change a fan filter every two months or barely remember to do it once a year, you may not know just how critical the cleanliness of the filter can be to be to your fan and the process it is performing.  In fact, the role of the filter is often under-appreciated.  They don’t just filter out air contaminated such as dust, oil and mist particulates, but they also provide a first line of defence against larger objects being pulled through the fan itself where they could cause much more serious damage…

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Walk On Through – New Two-Door Booth Design

Walk On Through – New Two-Door Booth Design

Following on from the success of the Personnel Cleaning Booth with its integrated JetBlack Cleaning Station, ACI has now added a two-door walk-through version to the options available. The additional exit/entry point allows the Cleaning Booth to be installed in walls as a pass-through portal where workers can go from a dirty area to a clean one in just seconds…

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New JetPlates for Curved Conveyors

New JetPlates for Curved Conveyors

Since their official product launch at Munich’s Drinktec Expo in 2005, ACI’s JetPlates have proven to be a highly successful method of drying bottles of all different shapes and sizes prior to labelling processes.  They remain…

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We’re Exhibiting, Drinktec 2017

We’re Exhibiting, Drinktec 2017

Following the success of the last show in 2013, and having continued to attract orders from many of the leading global beverage companies, Air Control Industries (ACI) will again be present at this year’s DRINKTEC 2017 – the world’s biggest fair dedicated to drink and liquid food process, bottling and packaging solutions…

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Is compressed air really safe?

Is compressed air really safe?

When production and factory personnel are at work, it can often be tempting for them to find the easiest, or in their opinion, the fastest way of doing certain things. This is all well and good, but shortcuts can lead to individuals and companies running into major problems, and even falling foul of regulations that may be in place….

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ACI’s Craft Brewery Can Drying Systems

ACI’s Craft Brewery Can Drying Systems

ACI’s latest drying solutions for the food and beverage industries, includes the development of a low cost systems specifically designed for both bottling and canning applications within the Craft and Micro-Brewery environments.

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Turnkey Conveying Systems: Pet Food Containers Benefit

Turnkey Conveying Systems: Pet Food Containers Benefit

Within the last 12 months, ACI has supplied numerous turnkey conveyor systems with integrated air knife solutions to companies within the food, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. For example, most recently we have supplied a leading pet-food supplier with a turn-key unit designed to effectively remove any excess water from plastic pet food containers before further processing.

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ACI improve design of their Blower Enclosures

ACI improve design of their Blower Enclosures

Enclosures protect blowers from water, dirt and other environmental factors during oper, and during wash down processes; while reducing noise level significantly. ACI has been developing a new range of its own – constructed from a series of acoustic panels retained within an aluminium frame, three standard enclosure sizes are initially being offered which will be capable of housing the most commonly used blowers.

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High Speed Cable Dryer launched

High Speed Cable Dryer launched

ACI’s latest addition to its arsenal of cable and wire drying systems, is capable of effectively drying product well in excess of 500m/min. The Double HIgh Speed Cable Dryer has been developed with…

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ACI exhibiting at Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo 2017

ACI exhibiting at Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo 2017

For the first time ACI will be exhibiting at this year’s 2017 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, an event that is considered to be the largest brewing conference and trade show in the United States. This year’s event is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on April 10-13, 2017.

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Value Added: ACI offering complete fan solutions

Value Added: ACI offering complete fan solutions

As well as being a worldwide supplier of high quality industrial fans and air delivery system solutions, ACI has a number of customers who have asked us to help take the strain out of managing their own products. For example…

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JetBlack in a Box Enclosed Cleaning System Revealed

JetBlack in a Box Enclosed Cleaning System Revealed

A parts blow-off / cleaning unit which incorporates ACI’s blower-powered JetBlack Cleaning Station mounted within an acoustic glove box enclosure, is being delivered this week. Although ACI has been supplying its JetBlack for personnel cleaning applications for well over a decade, this is the first time an enclosure design of this type has been manufactured for delicate parts cleaning operations. Up until now ACI’s customer has been using…

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What makes ACI’s EP10A so reliable?

What makes ACI’s EP10A so reliable?

Our Belt-Driven Compact Blower, or more specifically the models EP10A and EP10AH, continues to be a success story. Launched in 1999, and with a failure rate (within the 12 month warranty period) of less than 0.5%, ACI now has over 5000 units in the field…

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How do you prolong the life of a cherry?

How do you prolong the life of a cherry?

Scientists at Washington State University (WSU) are currently testing a three-prong approach to reducing splitting of fresh cherries during storage, which can be a significant problem for the industry. Packaged cherries absorb moisture during storage. As the cherries go through physiological changes and the pressure inside the fruit increases, the fruit’s skin becomes thinner and the fruit tends to crack…

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NEW Tool: Industrial Fan Selector

NEW Tool: Industrial Fan Selector

We are pleased to announce the introduction of our new industrial fan selection tool available now on our website. Once you have identified your fan, you have the option to…

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Conveyor Systems Now In Full Swing.

Conveyor Systems Now In Full Swing.

We have recently launched Complete Turnkey Solutions to clients who are looking for a fully integrated Conveyor / Air Knife Drying or Cooling Systems. In this instance, the customer was looking for an integrated conveyor system that could remove water from small polymer sheet…

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Effective Pouch Drying – How We Did It

Effective Pouch Drying – How We Did It

Liberty Process Ltd both supply & install quality food processing equipment mainly to the UK market. Their primary focus is to assist specialist food producers to increase batch sizes and improve efficiency, without detriment to, and on many occasions, enhance the quality of their product. They recently approached us with a requirement for drying food pouches and pre-packed food products before labelling and packaging…

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In The Lab with Magnox – Drying Waste Metal

In The Lab with Magnox – Drying Waste Metal

Last week some of the engineers from the Magnox team based at Hinkley Point A visited our testing facility in Axminster, Devon. Magnox are an operations contractor responsible for managing nuclear power sites through their lifecycles, overseeing all aspects of electricity generation, defueling, and decommissioning. They were looking to find a way to dry some non-uniform scrap metal and a spot of research had led them to ACI’s Spiral Drum Dryer – a system designed specifically for loose component drying….

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NEW – Square Bladed Air Knives

NEW – Square Bladed Air Knives

Following the introduction of ‘ring’ air knives, Air Control Industries has the additional capability of supplying square and multi-bladed air knives to industry…

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Ring Air Knife Technology Optimisation

Ring Air Knife Technology Optimisation

The ring air knife development is a great demonstration of ACI’s customised/ bespoke design capabilities. Because this air knife is a circular design, it has the capability of drying continuously extruded product around the entire circumference of the product….

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Axial Fans For Forced Ventilation

Axial Fans For Forced Ventilation

We have recently supplied a number of large Euroventilatori EVF 1120/B Axial units for use in forced air applications within construction sites in and around London…

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Guide to Industrial Fan Selection

Guide to Industrial Fan Selection

There are several intrinsically different fan types and each offers different performance characteristics. Many questions need to be answered in order to determine the correct fan shape selection. This post will give an overview of the different fan types available, and the questions you need to consider when selecting a fan.

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ACI increases its fan testing capabilities…

ACI increases its fan testing capabilities…

Our test facility comprises three discharge side test ducts and an inlet side test chamber specially engineered for measurement of fan performance designed to BS EN ISO 5801:2008 previously BS 848-1:2007. By matching the fan size to the appropriate test duct performance can be measured from the smallest fans right up to…

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Fresh From Success at PackExpo 2014!

Fresh From Success at PackExpo 2014!

Pack Expo has confirmed its significance as a packaging and labelling technology platform and industry meeting spot. It provided us with the possibility to present our Surface Drying, Cleaning and System Solutions together at one trade fair. We were especially pleased about…

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How to clean & replace your EP10A filter

How to clean & replace your EP10A filter

ACI EP10A belt driven compact blower is designed to be a minimum maintenance device. Nevertheless, following some basic maintenance operations will extend the life of the blower’s mechanical components and ensure continued efficiency and longevity…

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New “Heights” for Can Drying Tunnel

New “Heights” for Can Drying Tunnel

ACI’s Can Drying Tunnel can now be offered with a precise height adjusting feature that is “stepless”. This new feature enables operators to set specific heights of the air delivery plenum to accommodate different can sizes…

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Coming Soon: Side Channel Blowers

Coming Soon: Side Channel Blowers

ACI have been appointed as sole distributor for italBLOWERS side channel compressors/exhausters. In recent weeks we have been busy getting ready for the impending arrival of our new range of side channel blowers from Italian manufacturer italBLOWERS….

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Drying Seam Welded Steel Tube – How We Did It

Drying Seam Welded Steel Tube – How We Did It

The challenge here was to find a way to dry water/coolant from seam welded steel tube prior to the printing process. Sounds easy, right? Think again… The steel tube currently has swarf on it as a result of the welding & trimming process… space is limited… we needed to find a way to dry the tube without pushing water and swarf back up the process line. Find out how we did it…

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Space Re-Booked at the NSC Congress & Expo in 2015

Space Re-Booked at the NSC Congress & Expo in 2015

Following the success of last years NSC Health & Safety Expo, we have comitted to the event again and rebooked our space for 2015. The NSC Congress & Expo is the worlds largest annual event for safety, health and environmental professionals…

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Drinktec 2013 – A Huge Success

Drinktec 2013 – A Huge Success

We are pleased to report that we had another successful year at Drinktec. This was our fourth time exhibiting at the show and it did not disappoint. Drinktec 2013, which was recently held at the Trade Fair Centre in Munich, was not only a great chance for us to…

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