industrial blow dryer

the 8 best professional hair dryers of 2021, according to stylists

the 8 best professional hair dryers of 2021, according to stylists

Theres obviously no shortage of blow dryers to choose from these days, at varying price points to fit every budget. That being said, when it comes to these hot tools, you often do get what you pay for.

A professional hair dryer is designed for extended use. Youll find it has a long life expectancy, consistency in heat and air force, and tends to be lighter in weight, explains Leigh Hardges, a stylist atMaxine Salon in Chicago. They deliver a more professional-looking finish to the hair, theyre easier to use, and dry times are quicker, she adds, explaining why these are worth the investment.

In deciding if you should shell out the big bucks, consider how often you use your dryer and how skilled you are at blow-drying your own hair, suggests Derick Monroe, lead stylist for Dark & Lovely. If youre drying your hair regularly, and/or could use a little bit of assistance in terms of achieving your desired end result, opting for a pro blow dryer may be the way to go.

Both Hardges and Monroe recommend this pick. The price tag understandably elicits some sticker shock, but theres no shortage of high-tech features that make it worth every penny. (Among the most noteworthya sensor that measures the air temp every 20 seconds to help prevent heat damage.) Its a great choice for any and all hair types and comes with an array of magnetic attachmentsMonroe notes that the diffuser is especially good for curly hairand cuts dry time by 25%, according to Hardges.

Ive been nothing but impressed by this dryer. I love that it has a strong air flow but is still quiet, and is super lightweight so its easy on the arms, she adds. Stylist John Mouzakis, co-owner of 3rd Coast Salon in Chicago is also a fan and points out that the short, upright design makes it much easier to hold and use when attempting to give yourself a blow-out.

Almost every hairdresser I know has had one of these Italian-made dryers at some point in their career, or is currently using one, says Mouzakis. Monroe is also a fan; both he and Mouzakis call out how powerful it is. Also nice: There are several different models with slightly different specs (and prices), so you can choose one that best one to fit your particular needs.

If youre not quite ready to spend hundreds of dollars on a blow dryer, Monroe says this is a great affordable alternative. It boasts a professional motor, ionic technology, and comes with both a diffuser and concentrator attachment, allowing you to create a variety of styles. Monroe also notes that the cool shot button is particularly powerful, choice for helping to seal in shine and smoothness.

This tool just may be the thing that finally replaces your standing blowout appointment. The concentrator nozzle on this dryer literally pushes the water off of the hair and onto the floor for quicker dry time, says Hardges, who adds that she also loves the heat and airflow it emits. Bonus points for the convenient nine-foot-long cord, and the fact that it comes in a travel size for those looking for a more compact option.

Monroe raves about this tool for drying without stripping moisture from the hair; Hardges appreciates the ionic technology that leaves hair frizz-free and shiny. (Though you can also turn off the ionizer if you want more of a voluminous, rather than smooth, style.) There are plenty of other fun features, too. It automatically shuts off when you put it downand starts when you pick it back upplus plenty of heat and speed setting combos, as well as a comfy handle.

For portability and packability, Monroe suggests this, small, compact, and lightweight dryer. Despite a motor speed of up to 94 miles per hour, a built-in silencer ensures it stays nice and quiet, and, to the point of being light, it weighs in at less than a pound. And with a whopping 12 heat and speed settings, theres an option for every hair type.

These are the Subarus of hair dryers. They can easily last eight to 10 years and are a tried-and-true staple in hair salons worldwide, says Hardges.(When you break down the cost per use over that period of time, particularly if youre using it daily,its basically paying for itself.) The high-pressure air force and consistent heat makes drying hair a breeze, she adds. It also weighs just over one pound, so it's lightweight and portable.

Contrary to popular belief, not all ionic technology is the same; this pick lets you customize its benefits. It has an ionic intel system where you can select negative ions for a smoother and sleeker look or positive ions for more volume and texture, says Hardges, who is a big fan. She also raves about how light it is, a good choice for someone with long, thick hair and for whom blow drying can easily turn into an arm workout.

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She blow-dries her hair daily and has used many of the pro recommendations on this list, personally vouching that investing in one is well worth it.

industrial cleaning systems | air drying | product applications

industrial cleaning systems | air drying | product applications

Paxton has everything you need when looking for industrial drying systems for air drying industrial parts. Paxton blowers and air knives are more energy efficient and are guaranteed to get all your drying, coating, blowing off debris or conveying jobs done.

An electric power company wants to remove residual gypsum from their conveyors after the bulk of the gypsum has unloaded. Gypsum is a byproduct of the clean-coal burning process and is usually sent to a landfill if it cannot be used. Recently, a drywall manufacturer built a facility nearby and will use this gypsum as feedstock. By installing a blower system to blow the residual off the conveyor, the customer will be able to collect the gypsum, increase revenue and reduce the amount of gypsum deposited into landfills.

A Midwestern metal tube manufacturer must dry large metal tubes, ranging in diameter from 8 20, before printing. They are currently drying the tubes using four 2 fan nozzles, with 105 psi compressed air, but are occasionally having quality issues, despite the use of 100 cfm of air. They would like to switch to blower-driven air for the energy savings, while improving the quality of the drying.

For the Paxton Air System, a 5 hp blower will supply three 6 air knives, providing 200 cfm air at 60 of water column. The Paxton System will use only 3.3 hp compared to 22.8 hp for the existing compressed air system, resulting in an energy savings of about $1.50 per hour and yielding an ROI of less than 11 months for a 24 x 5 day operation.

A Design and Engineering service company is focused on drying 1mm prill sphere off the underside of a conveyor. Without a current blow-off system, they are having trouble removing wetness from specific crevices. The service company came to Paxton Products looking to implement their first blow-off system. Paxton proposed a PX-500 with an aluminum air knife to reduce their production time and solve their blow-off issue.

A West Coast metal injection molding/die casting company needed to blow off various products after rinsing. They have 7 lines in the facility using two 12 air knives each of unregulated compressed air at plant pressure 100 psi consuming 64 CFM. They would like to replace their compressed air drying application with an energy efficient solution that provides an ROI of 12 months or less.

The Paxton solution utilizes a 5 hp XT-500 blower with two 12 aluminum air knives which will provide the line with 250 CFM at 50 water column. Each line of compressed air replaced with a Paxton system will free up approximately 12 hp of their existing compressed air system. The system will have a wash-down enclosure so the system can be put right next to the wash-down area of each line. The ROI of the project is less than 10 months.

A Midwestern machining company needs to blow metal chips off of their conveyor after a machining process. They have three lines and are currently using one 18 and one 24 compressed air knife on each line, operating at 40 psi, to remove the chips from the conveyor, giving a total compressed air usage of 86 CFM. They would like to switch to blower-driven air in order to reduce energy consumption.

For the Paxton Air Systems, for each line, a 10 hp blower will supply two 24 air knives, providing 550 CFM at 50 of water column. The Paxton Systems will each use 7.8 hp compared to the 13 hp for each of the existing compressed air systems, a savings of over 5 hp per line. Along with the energy savings, the company is able to free up almost 40 hp (3 x 13 hp) on their compressor for operations that require compressed air operation.

An Engineering and Manufacturing Service company is looking for a solution to dry parts moving at one foot per second from an overhead conveyor. They spray clean water and blow them off with compressed air. They found when using a compressed air solution, their products were not dry to their satisfaction.

The company was looking for a custom-made system that was able to solve their drying needs. With a Paxton System put in place, including a PX-2000 blower with an aluminum air knife, the company was able to produce less rejects and obtain a ROI in energy savings in under two years.

paxton products | industrial drying, blow off & air rinsing solutions

paxton products | industrial drying, blow off & air rinsing solutions

With over 50 years of industry expertise, Paxton Products is the preferred solution for air drying, blow off, and its newest capability, air rinsing. Paxton Air Systems maximize performance for a wide variety of applications by coupling Paxton high efficiency centrifugal blowers with custom-engineered air delivery devices.

Paxton Centrifugal Blowers offer highly efficient solutions for drying, blow off, air rinsing, and process air applications. Available in sizes from 3 hp to 20 hp, Paxton has two series of belt-driven blowers.

Paxton Products designs & manufactures high performance air delivery systems, that are custom-engineered to optimize drying, blow off and cleaning of your products. No matter what configuration of air is needed, Paxton has it, from drying a single surface to 360 degree drying.

The patented PowerDry System sets the standard for a complete drying and blow off Air System, used for drying and blow off of a wide variety of cans, bottles and jars. It eliminates moisture-related issues during packaging, labeling and coding.

The Ionized Air System by Paxton Products sets the standard for a new generation of air rinsing, dissipating the static charges that cause dirt, dust and contaminants to adhere to surfaces, while dramatically reducing energy usage and eliminating water usage.

Proper installation and maintenance of your Paxton system are critical to system performance. Paxton installation & maintenance accessories have been designed to ensure maximum performance and ease of use.

As much as 80% less energy than compressed air drying and blow off and up to 50% less energy than other blowers, Paxton Air Systems are highly efficient while providing superior drying, blow off and air rinsing.

High demand for an extremely popular product resulted in higher volume production for a North Carolina craft brewery. Growth brought new challenges, however, since increased throughput made a bottle drying system necessary.

The Paxton Power Dry Drying system with adjustable spyder manifold helped remove water at faster bottling speeds. The Paxton system also resolved moisture problems created by humid weather. After comparison shopping, the brewerys facility manager concluded that Paxton Products was the most cost effective drying solution, beating compressed air and other drying technologies hands-down.

A sleeving manufacturer puts label sleeves on bottles. The manufacturer is using a competitors blower system. They are looking to replace the system because it is no longer at the original efficiency specified. The system consists of a blower and 12 compressed air knives and 3 flare nozzles. The sleeving manufacturer is needing a better solution to dry to bottles after the sleeving process and reached out to Paxton.

Paxton was be able to replace their original blower with a more efficient Paxton blower system, using less horsepower, with custom-made air knives and spyder arm air nozzles. Not only did Paxton improve the manufacturers drying problem but they also received a ROI in less than 2 years.

A food manufacturer prepares doughnuts by sending them through a production line in a bath of oil. To cook properly, the doughnuts need must be conveyed in the oil over 15 feet. Currently, the company uses four 52 lengths of pipe with 60 holes drilled in each pipe spanning the width of the fryer. Each pipe is supplied with 30 psi of compressed air in order to convey doughnuts across the 15-foot span, using a total of 607 CFM of air.

The manufacturer seeks to increase energy efficiency by switching to a blower-driven system. Paxton proposed an air delivery system comprised of four 52 air knives powered by a 20Hp blower, providing 1150 CFM at 20 of water column. The Paxton system will consume 16 hp compared to the 68 hp required for the compressed air.

A food manufacturing process involves flipping cooked pizza dough from the process line down to the lower level process line. Currently, they are using compressed air nozzles to blow off any water from the wash down process. The conveyor has four air nozzles positioned horizontally across the top of the line where four pizza crusts travel. Each air nozzle is dedicated to one target.

Each air nozzle is 2 inches away from the end of the belt while the nozzle tips are 2.5 inches from the surface of the pizza dough crust. The manufacturer reached out to Paxton Products because they are looking for a solution to replace compressed air. Paxton proposed an air delivery system comprised of a X nozzle air manifold and a 7.5hp blower. With this replacement solution, the food manufacturer was able to receive an ROI in 8 months and a more effective way to blow off left over water.

A brewery uses a water rinser for their cans in order to remove any debris from the can before filling it. Every canning company must go through this process, but this brewery company realized a significant increase in their water usage and expense. The brewery reached out to a colleague about their issue and found out about Paxton Ionized Air Rinsing solution. Paxton proposed a replacement of water rinsing to ionized air rinsing which will not only save on the cost of water and water disposal but also on the efficiency of removing debris from the can.

An Engineering and Manufacturing Service company is looking for a solution to dry parts moving at one foot per second from an overhead conveyor. They spray clean water and blow them off with compressed air. They found when using a compressed air solution, their products were not dry to their satisfaction.

The company was looking for a custom-made system that was able to solve their drying needs. With a Paxton System put in place, including a PX-2000 blower with an aluminum air knife, the company was able to produce less rejects and obtain a ROI in energy savings in under two years.

A Design and Engineering service company is focused on drying 1mm prill sphere off the underside of a conveyor. Without a current blow-off system, they are having trouble removing wetness from specific crevices. The service company came to Paxton Products looking to implement their first blow-off system. Paxton proposed a PX-500 with an aluminum air knife to reduce their production time and solve their blow-off issue.

Not only does this cause quality issues, but the cost of the lost cleaning solution is expensive. They have improvised a crude system of crimped pipes and compressed air along with mechanical wipers to reduce the carry over of the solution. The compressed air nozzles they use require approximately 150 CFM @ 60 PSI.

Their improved solution carries a high price tag in energy costs, requiring 25 hp of compressed air. The compressed air also takes a toll on air pressure in the plant, causing their compressor to run continuously. This in turn drives up their maintenance costs and it puts on strain on the rest of the plants operations.

Paxton will engineer a system that delivers 850 CFM @ 2.2 PSI that will have an estimated ROI of around 2 years based on energy savings alone. In addition to this, the wire manufacturer will save money due to reduced compressed air expense.

An electric power company wants to remove residual gypsum from their conveyors after the bulk of the gypsum has unloaded. Gypsum is a byproduct of the clean-coal burning process and is usually sent to a landfill if it cannot be used. Recently, a drywall manufacturer built a facility nearby and will use this gypsum as feedstock. By installing a blower system to blow the residual off the conveyor, the customer will be able to collect the gypsum, increase revenue and reduce the amount of gypsum deposited into landfills.

Machining Company blows a light layer of oil off a two-inch-tall machined cylindrical part. The cycle time process takes about 1 minute per part and they also use an AC drive to slow down the process to prevent start and stopping the motor every minute.

The Machining Company was originally using compressed air nozzles for their blow off. They were looking for a solution that would prevent the line from stopping and starting constantly. The Machining Company came to Paxton Products requesting the use of a XT-300 in hopes of solving its drying issue. Paxton was able to provide a better solution with a PX-300 with stainless steel air manifolds, to increase the companys efficiency by approximately 13%.

A Midwestern machining company needs to blow metal chips off of their conveyor after a machining process. They have three lines and are currently using one 18 and one 24 compressed air knife on each line, operating at 40 psi, to remove the chips from the conveyor, giving a total compressed air usage of 86 CFM. They would like to switch to blower-driven air in order to reduce energy consumption.

For the Paxton Air Systems, for each line, a 10 hp blower will supply two 24 air knives, providing 550 CFM at 50 of water column. The Paxton Systems will each use 7.8 hp compared to the 13 hp for each of the existing compressed air systems, a savings of over 5 hp per line. Along with the energy savings, the company is able to free up almost 40 hp (3 x 13 hp) on their compressor for operations that require compressed air operation.

A food manufacturer is looking for a solution to dry off okra on a 32 conveyor moving at 200 piece per minute. Right now, the manufacturer is using a fan as its main source of drying, and because it is ineffective, they are experiencing many rejects. With the drying process not working, the food manufacturer has to double its drying time to get the okra dry.

The food manufacturer contacted Paxton to find a replacement solution. Paxton proposed the use of a 20hp blower and 3 air knives at different angles in order to dry all parts of the okra. With this new system in place, the food manufacturer has seen a huge reduction in rejects.

A Bottle manufacturer dries the tops of PET bottles ranging in size from 6 12 oz. The bottles are already labeled and dated coded. Similar to other bottling manufacturers, this manufacturer main focus is to remove water from the top and the center of the bottles before labeling. Currently, the manufacturer is using compressed air and off brand sypder arm solution.

The Paxton team was able to replace their compressed air usage with a 15hp blower running the CapDryer System, which has an adjustable mounting arm to cater to the different bottle sizes. With this solution in place the manufacturer will see fewer rejects and increased production speeds.

A Midwestern metal tube manufacturer must dry large metal tubes, ranging in diameter from 8 20, before printing. They are currently drying the tubes using four 2 fan nozzles, with 105 psi compressed air, but are occasionally having quality issues, despite the use of 100 cfm of air. They would like to switch to blower-driven air for the energy savings, while improving the quality of the drying.

For the Paxton Air System, a 5 hp blower will supply three 6 air knives, providing 200 cfm air at 60 of water column. The Paxton System will use only 3.3 hp compared to 22.8 hp for the existing compressed air system, resulting in an energy savings of about $1.50 per hour and yielding an ROI of less than 11 months for a 24 x 5 day operation.

A West Coast metal injection molding/die casting company needed to blow off various products after rinsing. They have 7 lines in the facility using two 12 air knives each of unregulated compressed air at plant pressure 100 psi consuming 64 CFM. They would like to replace their compressed air drying application with an energy efficient solution that provides an ROI of 12 months or less.

The Paxton solution utilizes a 5 hp XT-500 blower with two 12 aluminum air knives which will provide the line with 250 CFM at 50 water column. Each line of compressed air replaced with a Paxton system will free up approximately 12 hp of their existing compressed air system. The system will have a wash-down enclosure so the system can be put right next to the wash-down area of each line. The ROI of the project is less than 10 months.

A major beverage manufacturer in drought-ridden California was looking to replace its water rinsing system prior to the filler with one of Paxtons Ionizing Can Rinser systems. The system provided needed to be able to rinse up to 900 cans per minute with the two lines merging together before the filler.

The Paxton solution included two x 3 hp XT-300 Blowers each complete with NANO filtration for the outlet air, an 8 nozzle air manifold with internal ionizing bar, and failsafe controls. The installed Paxton system not only dramatically reduced the companys water usage, but also maintained the high standards of product quality, as demonstrated by thorough QC testing.

The Paxton Ionizing Air Rinser has been in operation in the Buena Park plant for 5 months. There have been no quality or mechanical issues during this time, and we are very satisfied with the performance. On several occasions we have had a few follow up questions and our Paxton rep, Patrick Donovan, has come to the plant to answer all questions and verify the operation of the unit and did some extra training. So far Pepsi Buena Park is very happy with Paxton.

I cant believe how well the Paxton system operates. We should have gotten this system a long time ago. Every month we remained with the old equipment, its like we were throwing money down the drain in wasted energy costs.

A lot of times, when you get more technology in a plant, you have to pay for it with more work keeping the system running. But the PowerDry doesnt create any extra hassles like that. This system is great, even better than we expected.

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