What are Guillotine Dampers?

Posted: June 30, 2022 | Category: Industrial Dampers

If you have a piping or ducting system that needs to be shut down occasionally for routine inspections, cleaning, or material changeovers, it is worth investigating what guillotine dampers are and determining if they would be a good fit for your needs. Guillotine dampers are a type of single-bladed obstruction that can completely cut off the flow of a piping or venting system, allowing operators to safely inspect or maintain them as needed. These dampers are used in operations where complete flow isolation is a necessity and operate by sliding a panel across the inside of a pipe or vent to form a wall that materials cannot pass.

As a leading provider of flexible hoses, expansion joints, and dampers, the team at Flextech Industries knows how important it is to choose the right products for your piping and ducting systems. That is why we have compiled some information on the benefits of guillotine dampers and outlined what they can be used for to help you determine if they are right for you.

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Benefits of Guillotine Dampers

Unlike many other types of dampers, guillotine dampers do not cause any kind of a drop in pressure when they are not in use as they remain completely out of the material’s path when fully retracted. Guillotine dampers are also able to completely isolate sections of the system quickly and more efficiently than other dampers, increasing safety.

In addition to these benefits, they are cost-effective and require little to no maintenance, making them a high-value solution for various applications. While they occupy a little more space than some other types of dampers, guillotine dampers still require only a small amount of room to operate.

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What Can Guillotine Dampers be Used for?

Guillotine dampers are commonly seen in clean gas streams, but some designs of these dampers—such as the Bellowseal® design—can be used to form a seal in systems where ash and other types of solids can be present. Different types of guillotine dampers offer varying levels of seals, so you will need to know how important complete isolation of materials is in your application when selecting one.

What kind of dampers can be used in HVAC systems?

These dampers are used in precipitators, oxidizers, incinerators, heaters, boilers, and burners to isolate certain aspects of the systems. Guillotine dampers can be made from various materials to suit different applications, provide stability in fluctuating temperatures, and isolate a variety of substances. To ensure that you are choosing the ideal solution for your operation, it is best to speak with a professional.

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If you would like to learn more about our selection of guillotine dampers or if you are interested in learning more about the other products that Flextech Industries offers, get in touch with our team. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products or your operation.