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Applications for dry and wet / vapour blasting machines

To understand what dry and wet / vapour blasting is please see our blog: Blast Surface Preparation and Finishing – What Is It And Why Should We Consider Using It?

Introduction

Blast finishing and surface preparation are very widely accepted processes within manufacturing and service industries. Each application has its own unique reason for and why a specific treatment is required, level of performance and economic justification. Applications range from the most delicate to the most arduous and exist in almost all manufacturing industries.

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Other manufacturing industries range from small newly formed entrepreneurial engineering companies with just a few employees to national and multi-national corporates, employing thousands of personnel.

Here are just a few of the many industries that justifiably employ dry and wet blast processes.

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Base Metal and Fabrication
  • Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Maintaining and Cleaning
  • Utilities

 

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Automotive Applications – for dry and wet / vapour blasting

To understand what dry and wet / vapour blasting is please see our blog: Blast Surface Preparation and Finishing – What Is It And Why Should We Consider Using It?

Another major industry that justifiably employ dry and wet /vapour blast processes:

Automotive industry

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It Aint What You Do … It’s The Way That You Do It!

process sheetWhenever you are operating any kind of a mass finishing, surface preparation, shot blasting or shot peening machine the only way you can achieve a consistent result is by operating the machine and process the same way each time. Sounds obvious, and yet too often we find people operating machines that don’t have a process sheet or standard operating procedure!  Instead processes are run on the basis that the people using them are ‘in the know’; that is at least until something goes disastrously amiss!  Please don’t let me send the message though; it isn’t that it can’t be done with a skilled, knowledgeable and (expert) experienced operator … it can.  The question is though, what happens when they don’t come in for work (sickness / holidays, etc…) or worse still when that person leaves and/or moves on?  Invariably that expert knowledge goes missing too!

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Blast Surface Preparation and Finishing- What Is It And Why Should We Consider Using It?

 

Blast Surface Preparation and Finishing equipment is offered in many variations according to the desired process requirements.

A Blast process can be found to be the most commercial process in terms of high achievement, speed of process, environmental considerations and economics.

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Wet / Vapour Blasting – What Is It And Why Should You Consider Using It?

Wet or Vapour blasting is a mechanical method of cleaning and preparing a surface. It employs a water/ media mix, a pump together with added pressurised air. The process is widely used for a range of applications from general cleaning through to highly technical and accepted standards for industries including; aerospace, nuclear, the food industry, medical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, utilities, powertrain, motorsport and automotive. The process is a very economical, versatile and efficient cleaning and finishing process and is used in a wide range of both general and specialised surface preparation work.

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Shot Blasting Tip 9 – Check Your Component Starting Condition Is The Same

 

Sometimes things change … including the starting condition of your component parts to be blasted. Worn tooling, changes in materials or investment in new manufacturing methods can result in you no longer getting the result from your shot blasting machine.

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Shot Blast Tip 8 – Check Your Blast Wheel Amp Efficiency

 

A number of factors can affect blast wheel operating efficiently, some of which may not be obvious until your shot blast machine is stripped down and/or serviced. Monitoring the amps the blast wheels are pulling can allow you to see that something needs attention.

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Shot Blast Tip 7 – Check Your Blast Pattern

 

Every time you use your shot blast machine, wear will take place on Blast Patternanything the abrasive comes into contact with. In the blast wheel itself, over a given period this will result in changes that will affect your blast pattern (how and where the abrasive is thrown).

 

 

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Shot Blast Tip 6 – Regularly Check Your Wear Parts In Your Shot Blast Machine

Wear parts in your shot blast machine are the: blades/vanes, control cage, impellor and side / top wear plates in the blast wheel(s) themselves and the wear protection plates in the blast zone (in the area calculated to have the most impact from the abrasive when it is thrown from the wheel).

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