TechnoAlpin has added a new feature to its V3 and V3ee snow lances: nucleators with a machine-generated ruby insert. The insert is designed to supply the nucleators with the correct amount of water for the air and water mixture during snowmaking.
The nucleators are used to generate a mixture of water and compressed air in snow guns. This produces so-called nuclides by expansion into the atmosphere, and is therefore an essential component of the snow production process. Each nucleator has a hole that allows the correct amount of water into the compressed air. This opening has now been reinforced with a ruby insert on the lances in the V3 series. The ruby guarantees maximum wear resistance even in aggressive water, e.g. with glacier shale and at high operating pressures.
This nucleator guarantees the optimum air and water mixture and enables the lances in the V3 range to produce snow of consistently high quality over many years, as the hard-wearing ruby inserts significantly reduce the need to replace the nucleators.
The snow lances in the V3 series have good energy efficiency and feature a round head with an optimised ratio of interior to exterior surface. There is a special rib system inside the head, allowing the energy of the water to be used and the heat generated by friction to be transferred from the inner surface of the head to the outer surface. The sunken nozzles in the head also play a part in keeping the head free of ice, even in extreme weather conditions. In addition, the V3ee lance consumes small amounts of air even at maximum output.
The new nucleators with ruby insert will already be installed in all V3 and V3ee lances as standard in 2018. It is also possible to order the new nucleators from the spare parts store and insert them into the lance models in the V range.
Read the article online at: https://www.mountaintechnologymagazine.com/snowmaking/04062018/technoalpin-adds-ruby-inserts-to-v3-and-v3ee-snow-lances/