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What is DryGuide Technology, and How Does It Compare to a Regular Air Knife?

DryGuide technology is a revolutionary advancement in drying systems, offering…

What is DryGuide Technology, and How Does It Compare to a Regular Air Knife?

DryGuide technology is a revolutionary advancement in drying systems, offering optimised efficiency and precision compared to traditional air knives. While standard air knife systems are renowned for their effectiveness in removing surface moisture or debris, DryGuide technology enhances this process. But what is DryGuide technology, and how does it compare to regular air knives?

DryGuide technology incorporates the air delivery system within the product guidance system, fixing the angle at which air escapes the air knife blower into the optimum position. This not only offers unrivalled performance for the specific application’s requirements, it also fixes this into place so that technicians cannot tamper with it to get sub-optimal results.

Through improved air guidance, energy efficiency, and adaptable configurations, DryGuide technology truly optimises air knife systems. Understanding the distinctions between DryGuide technology and conventional air knife blowers is essential for industries prioritising energy savings, operational efficiency, and superior drying performance. Let’s examine it more closely.

Innovative Drying: An Overview of DryGuide Technology

Secomak DryGuide uses Airknives with High Velocity Air and Compressed Air as a Centrifugal Blower

DryGuide is a culmination of over 70 years of experience in drying cans and bottles, coupled with advanced computational fluid dynamics. At its core, a DryGuide is where the air knife has been seamlessly integrated into the product guides (or guidance system), forming a unique drying fixture with several notable advantages.

First, it ensures the optimal angle for the air to leave the air knife blower, calculated according to the product and the fluid’s properties, leading to faster drying times and more efficient operation.

Another standout feature is the fixed angle of the air exit. We know operators and technicians like to make adjustments to settings, of course with only the best intentions. Unfortunately, the results aren’t always optimal and could significantly impact the drying time and productivity. This is not ideal, and that’s one of

DryGuide’s most significant advantages.

Unlike traditional air knife blowers, where operators might adjust the angle, DryGuide technology eliminates this variable. The fixed angle ensures optimal drying performance, reducing the risk of substandard settings that could hinder efficiency and impact your bottom line.

Energy Efficiency: How DryGuide Reduces Operational Costs

Air pressure is the critical player in removing moisture from surfaces. Regular air knife systems rely on more air to increase drying times, which necessitates the use of more energy and power.

DryGuide technology brings the airflow closer to the bottle. By minimising the distance between the air knife and the surface, DryGuide achieves more effective and energy-efficient drying. This is a significant departure from typical air knife systems, where the inherent design may compromise drying efficiency.

Considering the demands of modern production lines, often handling a variety of container sizes, DryGuide’s fixed nature becomes a strategic advantage. You can execute quick and tool-free format changes between sizes in seconds, ensuring seamless transitions without sacrificing precious production time.

Precision Drying: Comparing DryGuide’s Accuracy to Traditional Air Knives

Secomak Compressed Air Knife System using Air Flow and Pressurised Air for Exit Air Velocity

In the realm of industrial drying, precision is more than a desirable feature—it’s a fundamental necessity. The “Precision Drying” capability of DryGuide technology stands as a beacon in achieving meticulous drying outcomes that go beyond what traditional air knife systems can deliver.

Targeted Airflow

One of the primary contributors to DryGuide’s precision is its ability to deliver targeted airflow with unwavering accuracy. The fixed angle of the air exit ensures that the airflow is directed precisely where it’s needed, eliminating any guesswork. This level of control is particularly crucial in industries where maintaining the integrity of the product surface is paramount.

Surface Contact Optimisation

Traditional air knife systems often struggle to maintain consistent contact with the surface of irregularly shaped containers. In contrast, DryGuide’s product guide integration ensures optimal and constant contact between the airflow and the container’s surface.

This design minimises the chances of moisture or debris being left behind in hard-to-reach areas, ensuring a thorough and uniform drying process.

Contour Adaptability

Containers come in various shapes and sizes, presenting a challenge for standard air knife systems to adapt effectively. DryGuide excels at adapting to different container contours with its fixed configuration and guide integration. This adaptability guarantees that the drying process is not compromised, regardless of the shape of the container, leading to consistent, high-quality results.

Elimination of Interference

The interference of conveyor and product guides in traditional air knife systems can disrupt the uniformity of the drying process. DryGuide technology addresses this issue by seamlessly integrating with product guides, eliminating potential obstructions.

This streamlined design ensures that the drying airflow can maintain its precision without any external interference, contributing to a flawless drying experience.

Optimal Pressure Distribution

The close proximity of the airflow in DryGuide technology not only enhances energy efficiency but also ensures optimal pressure distribution across the container’s surface. This uniform pressure distribution is a key factor in achieving precision in drying, as it prevents areas of uneven drying or potential damage to delicate surfaces.
In essence, precision drying with DryGuide technology goes beyond simply removing moisture; it encompasses a commitment to achieving excellence in every aspect of the drying process. By elevating quality standards through precision drying, industries can confidently embrace DryGuide technology as a cornerstone for achieving consistent, high-quality results.

Adaptability in Action: DryGuide’s Configurable Solutions for Diverse Industries

Secomak Compressed Air Knife System using Air Flow and Pressurised Air for Exit Air Velocity

The adaptability of DryGuide technology shines in its configurable solutions for diverse industries.

Tool-Free Format Changes

One of the standout features of DryGuide technology is its ability to facilitate rapid and tool-free format changes. In traditional air knife systems, adjusting configurations for different container sizes often involves complex procedures and tool requirements. DryGuide eliminates this hassle by allowing operators to make changes without needing any tools.

Instantaneous Configuration Changes

Production lines in 2024 often handle a variety of container sizes to meet market demands. With DryGuide technology, instantaneous configuration changes between different sizes become a reality. This capability is particularly valuable in industries where flexibility is paramount, enabling manufacturers to respond swiftly to changes in product specifications or market trends.

Fixed Nature for Quick Adjustments

The fixed nature of DryGuide technology offers a distinct advantage in terms of operational adjustments. While operators may be inclined to experiment with settings in traditional air knife systems, the fixed angle of the air exit in DryGuide eliminates the risk of errors. This fixed configuration not only enhances efficiency but also ensures that adjustments are precise.

Integration of Product Guides

The conveyor and product guides are separate entities in a typical air knife system. However, DryGuide seamlessly integrates product guides into its design. This integrated approach simplifies the system and eliminates potential sources of interference that could compromise drying effectiveness. The result is a more adaptable and streamlined drying process.

Enhanced Operational Efficiency

The adaptability of DryGuide extends beyond its ability to handle different container sizes. Its streamlined design and fixed configuration contribute to overall operational efficiency. The reduction in downtime during format changes translates to increased production output, allowing industries to meet higher demand without compromising on quality.

Future of Drying: Why Industries are Shifting Towards DryGuide Technology

Air Knife Slots and Air Curtains using Centrifugal Blowers and an Air Curtain in Stainless Steel

Adopting DryGuide technology marks a strategic investment in the future of industrial drying solutions. Its unparalleled precision, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness outperform traditional air knives on multiple fronts. As industries worldwide prioritise sustainability, operational efficiency, and performance excellence, DryGuide stands as a beacon for meeting these evolving demands.

The fixed angle, close proximity airflow, and product guide integration make DryGuide technology not just an upgrade but a transformative solution for industries seeking to stay ahead in a competitive landscape.


DryGuide technology marks a significant leap forward in industrial drying, providing unparalleled precision, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness, outperforming traditional air knives in various aspects. The adoption of DryGuide is not just an upgrade but a strategic investment, empowering industries to meet the evolving demands for sustainability, efficiency, and performance.

As the future unfolds, DryGuide technology is poised to redefine the standards for industrial drying, setting a new benchmark for success in diverse and dynamic industries. If you are curious about how DryGuide technology can help streamline your industrial processes, Secomak has the answers you need!

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