Nozzle Maintenance Tips

Steps you can take for longer-lasting nozzle quality.
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Maintaining spray nozzles is crucial to ensure their optimal performance and longevity. By following these maintenance tips, you can prolong the life of your spray nozzles and maintain consistent, efficient performance.

Clean Nozzles Properly

  • Soaking or washing with appropriate cleaning fluids is the best method to clean without damaging the nozzle.
  • Always clean tips with a soft instrument such as a cleaning brush.
  • Never use sharp instruments such as probes or picks. Even a tiny nick in the orifice will result in degradation or spray performance.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning baths can help clean small nozzles and orifices

Add a Line Strainer or Filter

Particulates, dirt, or other minerals are often found in the source of the fluid being supplied, which may clog the orifice and eventually cause premature deterioration. For this reason, a line strainer, or built-in nozzle strainer (if available) is recommended with a screen mesh size that will prevent the particulates from entering the nozzle.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Nozzles should be inspected on a regular basis and be a part of your standard operating procedure. The Most common routine nozzle maintenance procedures include:

  1. Check nozzle alignment
  2. Inspect nozzle damage
  3. Check spray pattern quality
  4. Monitor changes in flow rate and pressure

Assess Nozzle Material Compatibility

It is important to consider the compatibility of your nozzle material with various environmental conditions to ensure optimal spray performance. Exposure to extreme temperatures, harsh surroundings, or corrosive liquids can impact spray performance. Nozzle materials with superior abrasion resistance, such as cobalt alloy 6, generally exhibit extended operational lifespan. Additionally, materials like PTFE or PVDF are suitable for applications involving corrosive substances and can extend a nozzle’s life. For expert guidance in selecting the most appropriate nozzle material, please get in touch with one of our Application Engineers.
Contact our spray experts for maintenance guidance or ordering replacement nozzles.