Dyson Airblade Tap Combines Hand Washing and Drying
With the new Dyson Airblade Tap, the company has once again reinvented how we think about protecting our health, combining both hand washing and hand drying into one touch-free unit. This technology not only means faster, more hygienic, and easier handwashing for your customers, but it can also mean big savings for you from construction through daily operation.
The Dyson Airblade Tap – available in models Dyson AB09, Dyson AB10, and Dyson AB11 – has a central column with embedded, hands-free infrared sensors that automatically provide users with water to wash their hands. The brushed stainless steel body also includes sleek wings that branch off from the main column. These wings dry the users' hands with hygienic air to complete the handwashing process.
The Tap's speedy hand-washing process all starts in the unit's self-contained base, where 1.06 gallons of water per minute are brought in through the faucet's inlet and then dispensed through the 0.5-gallon-per-minute aerator. The aerator, flow control, and automatic shutoff are designed to provide guests and employees a quick way to wash their hands. Since the unit is designed to provide efficiency in water usage, it can save you money on your annual water, energy, and sewer bills over traditional hand washing stations.
The base of the Tap also includes the well-known Dyson hand dryer system, a product of the company's continual engineering innovations that offers huge savings over traditional warm-air hand dryers and paper towels. The dryer is powered by one of the world’s smallest motors capable of this level of power, with a switching rate of 6,100 times per second and the capability to achieve 92,000 RPM. Those specs allow it to pull in 29 liters of air per second, drawing it through a HEPA filter that removes 99.97 percent of bacteria from the air and filters debris as small as 0.3 microns. To put that in perspective, spider silk averages 3 to 8 microns wide.
When the user triggers the dryer's infrared sensors, that clean air is forced through two narrow, linear apertures along the length of the tap's metal wings. As with other Dyson Airblade hand dryer models, the air is discharged in super-fast, narrow streams that scrape water off the user's hands in very much the same way that windshield wipers scrape water from glass. That method allows the Dyson Airblade Tap to dry hands in as little as 14 seconds, much faster than traditional warm air hand dryers. It also limits the noise produced by the air being expelled. Those low-noise apertures combine with the fact that the dryer's motor is enclosed in an ABS case below the sink deck to guarantee quieter overall operation compared to traditional dryer technology.
Thanks to its quick performance and the fact that it uses no air-heating elements, the Airblade Tap can save you as much as 69 percent on operating costs over warm-air hand dryers and as much as 97 percent of the cost of paper towels over a year.
Savings from Construction to Maintenance, and Even in Reduced Slip Risk
By confining both activities to the sink, the Dyson Tap eliminates the need to install separate stations for hand washing and drying. That could save you during construction by cutting the square footage needed for your restrooms. Alternatively, smaller locations could use the free space for additional toilet cubicles.
That one-location process also keeps patrons from dripping water on the floor as they move between the sink and hand dryer or paper towel dispenser. Water on floors is both a slip risk to guests and a potential breeding ground for bacteria that could spread to food prep areas via employees’ shoes. A person who slips in your bathroom isn’t just unlikely to come back to dine with you; he may be injured seriously enough that he decides to pursue legal action. Eliminating those issues traditionally has meant regular trips to the bathroom with a mop and bucket for a staff member, which costs you money in both cleaning water and employee hours. Having a hand dryer that eliminates that potential could help you avoid plenty of headaches and costs.
The Details on the Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Dryer Models
The Dyson Tap is available in three models, each designed to fit the available space in a different type of bathroom. The Dyson Airblade Tap AB09 mounts on the counter with a short, 6.25-inch column, making it perfect for in-counter basins. The Dyson AB10 also mounts on the counter, but has a longer, 12.12-inch height, so it works well with countertop basins. Finally, the Dyson AB11 mounts directly to the wall, making it the perfect addition to most any hand washing station and allowing for a narrower counter width.
If you’re interested in installing a Tap in your establishment, here are some technical specifications you need to be aware of:
- Power requirements: 110-120 V, 60 Hz, 1400 W, hard-wired
- Standby power consumption: Less than 0.5 W
- Required water pressure: 14.5-116 psi
- Water temperature control: Thermostatic mixer available (not included)
- Minimum sink width: 13.75 inches
- Minimum front-to-back sink measurement: 11.75 inches
- Minimum sink depth: 4 inches
- Maximum sink depth (AB10 only): 7.87 inches (external measurement of vessel sink)
- Avoid sinks with highly polished surfaces like shiny chrome and those with plugs