Industrial basket fans are ideal for creating air movement and ventilation in large sheds and industrial buildings. Where conventional wall mounted fans or drum fans are too small or do not move enough air then basket fans are used. The K range of basket fans are particularly useful because they have been designed and built with livestock farming applications in mind which means that as standard they are wet and dust proof to IP55, and very resistant to corrosive gasses. Where standard drum fans would rot basket fans will not. The largest in the K range is the 50″Ø size which has perhaps the longest air throw in its class of 146m and a massive air flow of 47600m3/hr. With specifications like that it is definitely for larger buildings. In industrial applications these fans are used for moving air around a building for mixing and cooling air, or additionally for inducing fresh air into the building through open doors and louvres.
Industrial Basket Fans for Livestock Applications
Whilst industrial basket fans provide air movement and cooling for industrial applications, for agricultural sheds there is an additional benefit which is that the air movement that they create is very important for keeping airborne infections at minimal levels. With so much air moving about and with largely open ends and slated sides, the sheds which would otherwise be an ideal environment for proliferation of spores, bacteria and viruses, have enhanced volumes of fresh air flowing through the buildings, which keeps the levels of infections down. This of course minimises losses and stock husbandry costs.
The variety of applications for industrial basket fans is always surprising. We would not have guessed that penguins in more temperate climes need air movement in order to prevent mosquitos. According to Living Coasts in Devon, a uniform air velocity of at least 2m/s is needed to prevent mosquitos from settling near or on the Penguins. The significance of this is that mosquitoes carry avian malaria which is a treat to penguins in this country, and by maintaining an air velocity of over 2m/s this threat can be effectively abated. One zoo in the UK with this problem used a basket fan as the solution. It was chosen not just because its lack of casing makes a more dispersed air flow meaning it could cover a relatively wide area but also because this particular range fo basket fans is well protected against corrosive atmospheres and the salty air in seaside location of this application would quickly rot most standard fans.