Technology has transformed almost every aspect of life and the shop floor is no exception. As explored in previous Automation Blog Series posts, Rosler Metal Finishing believes automation represents the new norm in mass finishing and shot blasting. In the face of increasing competition, manufacturing interests will continue to demand lower cost, higher efficiency, and greater flexibility from their chosen surface finishing partner.
Though it would appear that any downsides of automation are outweighed by its benefits, there’s a delicate balance to be struck when it comes to a symbiotic relationship with the world outside of the machine. Having previously discussed how human effort and ingenuity will work in harmony with automated processes, we now turn our attention to environmental considerations—namely, how automated machines used in mass finishing and shot blasting can impact the earth’s resources, and how manufacturers can mitigate that impact.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development notes that the rise of automation has thrust us into a “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” citing energy use, resource use, and ecosystems as the three most critical factors to watch as more automated processes are implemented.
These are important considerations, given that manufacturers often are targeted in headlines about waterway pollution and even global warming, but responsible manufacturing practices can help avoid the most egregious impacts and keep manufacturing operations in compliance.
Continue reading Automation, Part 6—Environmental Considerations of Automation
Mass finishing techniques are often used to uniformly prepare and finish work-pieces, but the compounds and liquids used to remove fines and other debris from work-pieces must be dealt with to ensure a repeatable process application. Cleaning and/or recycling waste water produced in the mass finishing process is easily achieved with centrifuge technology and provides opportunities to be more environmentally responsible and save money in the form of reduced labor and materials (cleaning agents and compounds).
How Centrifuges Work
In a centrifuge, waste materials including media and metal fines are often referred to as effluent. The effluent to be cleaned either flows directly from the mass finishing system Continue reading Waste Water Recycling – Centrifuge Technology Offers Cost, Environmental Savings
Industrial process water re-circulation is the preferred water treatment method for so many applications. Process water recycling systems can be connected to virtually any wet processing machine (and multiples of) and can make significant savings by way of reduced volumes of water (and compounds) used and their associated disposal costs.
Continue reading Process Water Recycling Systems
A question that faces many mass finishing and wet or vapour blast machine users, as well as those using machining centres and pre-painting wash plants is how do I separate process liquids and solids from each other?
Process liquid separation and recirculation provide opportunities to save, be environmentally responsible and be more economic.
Continue reading Process Liquid Separation
There are a number of ways diecast manufacturers can choose to go when looking to deburr and finish large numbers of components.
Here we look at the options of vibratory vs blast processing and bring to your attention a few facts and choices you should consider.
Continue reading Diecastings – Surface Finishing Options