Humidifier improves process control

With paper being susceptible to changes in relative humidity, low levels can cause a build-up of static. JS Humidifiers offers a simple but very effective solution

When the oldest printing company in Scotland John Watson & Co was seeking to enhance its process control by improving the humidity of its print room, JS Humidifiers specified and installed its JetSpray air and water atomising humidifier developed especially for the printing industry. Paper is a hygroscopic material that is very susceptible to changes in relative humidity (RH). For optimum printing and paper storage conditions, the humidity should be kept between 40-60% RH. The heat generated by print machinery and heaters in enclosed conditions can cause the air to dry and subsequently the paper.

Controlling humidity

In winter RH can fall as low as 15-20% resulting in a build-up of static and printing issues including misregister, web breaks,paper curl and paper cracking when folded. Humidifying the atmosphere around printing presses, reel-stand areas and paper stores can dramatically reduce these issues.

“When paper loses moisture, ink will not adhere properly which could cause a problem for our printing company whose reputation for quality is high,” explains Chris Fyfe, quality assurance manager at John Watson. “Not only has the JetSpray been proven in our industry, it is also uncomplicated, energy efficient and extremely hygienic in operation. Due to the conditions in our print room, the humidifier has been running 99% of the day since installation, keeping RH at a perfect 50%.”

The JetSpray which controls humidity to ±2.5%RH was designed specifically for the printing industry as it needs minimal maintenance, has low running costs and is very hygienic. It consists of a control panel feeding compressed air and water to rows of nozzles. The nozzle design ensures that water can only be introduced when compressed air is flowing through the system, guaranteeing drip-free sprays.

The spray released from the nozzles has a tiny droplet size of 7.5_m which rapidly evaporates in the air, raising its humidity.

A PureFlo Ag+ silver ion dosing system is incorporated in the incoming water supply to combat microbial build-up. A powerful antibacterial element, silver provides a strong residual effect throughout the water pipework. In addition, automatic flush and purge cycles prevent water from remaining in the system, further controlling microbial growth and ensuring hygienic operation. These features have helped the JetSpray achieve the independently verified VDI6022 hygiene standard.

Energy efficient

The atomising humidifier uses 90% less energy than electric steam humidifiers. Not only are there considerable cost savings but for a system producing 100kg of moisture per hour, this equates to a reduction in CO2 emissions of around 260 tonnes over five years. The JetSpray is very easy to install, can run on mains, demineralised or softened water and due to a self-clean pin in the nozzle, requires little maintenance. The internal components of the JetSpray control panel are easily accessible with all electronic elements being enclosed in a separate compartment above the water pipes.

JS Humidifiers supplies a wide range of products along with advice, design, installation and maintenance; and spares both for JS equipment and manufacturers’ products, mostly  available ex-stock.

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