The natural effects of sand and water propelled by the wind or by gravity were the first sources of inspiration used to design abrasive blasting equipment. In the modern age abrasive blasting has been refined by industries over decades to become one of the most desirable surface preparation techniques.
VertiDrive, has effectively built upon this by incorporating modern technology and robotic systems to maximize effectiveness of the process. But what exactly is abrasive blasting? And how does it work?
7x more efficient
8x faster than manual
86% reduction in cost
What Is Abrasive Blasting?
Abrasive blasting is the process of applying an external abrasive material at high pressure (such as sand, air or water) to the surface of another material with the intention of changing its surface consistency or as a method of cleaning, preparing or finishing. We generally see abrasive blasting techniques used for the surface preparational works of metal, glass, stone and wood within industries such as:
- Ship Building,
- Welding and Metalworking,
- Automotive Body Construction, Repair and Maintenance,
- General Construction,
- Painting Works,
- Various Material Maintenance and Deep Cleaning,
- Glass Works,
- Industrial Cleaning,
- Engraving Services.
How does Abrasive Blasting work?
The basic operational process of abrasive blasting equipment is fairly similar throughout the variety of different types available for use. Firstly the operator must select a blasting abrasive to best suit the task at hand; as can be seen on the graph below the type of abrasive selected depends upon the desired surface finish, the characteristics of the abrasive itself and the material to be worked upon.
When the abrasive material is selected we then place it into the blasting pot. This pot is a component of the blasting machine which has been designed to withstand pressure and to securely house the abrasive material until it is ready for use. As the operator starts the blasting machine an external pressure (usually in the form of compressed air) is introduced into the blasting pot which forces the abrasive material through an outlet. This outlet is connected to a hose line for the abrasive material to travel along until it reaches the nozzle component of the hose. From here, the abrasive material is allowed to propel rapidly into the surrounding atmosphere and is directed upon the asset. As the abrasive material makes contact with the surface of the asset, the combination velocity and provoked irritation (of the abrasive material) remove small amounts of the surface material until the desired finish is achieved.
|Blasting Abrasive Type||Heavy-Duty Surface Finish||Softer Surface Finish||For Sensitive Surfaces Types||For Specialized Surface Types||Cleanliness||Adaptability||Recyclable & Reuseable|
|Glass & Ceramic
(Ceramic grit, crushed glass, glass beads, etc)
|Plastics & Metals
(plastic or steel grit, aluminum oxide, etc.)
(garnets, walnut shells, water, ground corn cobs, etc)
|✔||✔||✔||Recyclable always. Occasionally Reusable.|
(dry ice, sodium bicarbonate, etc)
VertiDrive Abrasive Blasting Solutions
The VertiDrive team are the proud designers/suppliers of the abrasive blasting robot solutions: the VertiDrive M3 and the Vertidrive M7. Robotic blasting equipment in general has proven to be a massive leap forward for the abrasive blasting industry and we like to highlight this through the tested comparisons we have made between Robotic Blasting Equipment vs Manual Blasting Equipment.
Robotic Abrasive Blasting is:
- 7x more efficient,
- 8x faster than manual methods,
- with an 86% reduction in costs.
The M3 and M7 have been designed with much consideration for maximum productivity with lower operational costs. These unique solutions act as carrying platforms for traditional hand-held blasting equipment, an operator simply needs to connect the robot to the hose line of a hand-held blaster and they are ready to blast. The M3 and M7 will then convert the single hose-line of this hand-held system into 3 separate blasting nozzles which spread the blasting abrasive with triple efficiency across the desired surface. The M3 and M7 are free to move across the face of metallic structures through the usage of permanently attached, powerful magnets. Horizontal, verticial, curvetures, corners and overhead surfaces are all a breeze for these solutions. On top of this the robot’s operator will always be based safely on the ground and far away from any health and safety hazards such as working at height or inhalation of microscopic debris.
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