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Wheelabrator has installed a blast solution at the Portsmouth base of a filtration, separations and purification company.

The Portsmouth company’s technologies involve specialised stainless-steel filtration equipment that requires a high cosmetic finish, which is achieved with an airblast technique.

Wheelabrator recommended an airblast room for shot-blasting.

To minimise downtime during the replacement, a portable blast room available on hire-agreement was installed to maintain capacity and production efficiency, without compromising the quality of the blast finish.

Wheelabrator prides itself on providing excellent levels of client satisfaction, so throughout the project the two teams worked closely together, ensuring the correct solution was tailored to the client’s needs and kept the project running to time and more importantly, on budget.

The new blast machine was delivered in three modules, with the Wheelabrator team working against the clock to ensure the machine was installed and operational in one day to minimise downtime and to allow production to continue as usual.

The blasting machine is compact and smaller than the previous machine.

It allows a reduced footprint, freeing up valuable factory floor space and providing the flexibility to accommodate more machines if required.

Additionally, the machine is now significantly more environmentally responsible.

The previous machine had a dust collector (with abrasive recovery suction unit) operating on a 25kw motor, whereas the new machine has scrapers on the floor, the blades of which operate at only 1kw to push the abrasive to a collection point.

A bucket elevator collects and recycles this abrasive while a dust extractor, operating at 5.5kw, captures all the dust generated, meaning a total consumption of just 6.5kw.

This represents just a quarter of the power originally required, resulting in a leaner, greener machine with a reduced carbon footprint.

Wheelabrator owns, designs, manufactures and provides wheelblast, airblast and vibratory mass finishing equipment for surface preparation and cleaning.

It serves a variety of sectors, including the aerospace, automotive, medical and renewable energy industries.

Wheelabrator’s after-care division, Wheelabrator Plus, provides customers with regular visits from a specialist engineer, full machinery inspections, replacement of damaged or out-of-date parts and a telephone helpline.

Wheelabrator Group, the world leader in surface preparation technology has merged with DISA Group, the biggest name in moulding and casting technology, to form the world’s leading metallic parts improvement company*. The united organisation offers over 200 years expertise and experience, employs 2200 people over 5 continents, has 5 technology centres (France, Germany, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark) and a further 5 manufacturing facilities (India, Czech Republic, China, USA and Poland).

Wheelabrator has a reputation for innovation spanning 100 years and it’s surface preparation equipment is designed to clean, strengthen and polish metallic surfaces. Wheelabrator utilises airblast, wheelblast and vibratory mass finishing technologies to deliver these benefits to customers in over 100 countries and serves such diverse industries as Aerospace, Automotive Energy, Foundry, Medical Components, Rail and Marine.

Wheelabrator Plus is the aftermarket division of Wheelabrator providing spare parts, service and services. Through its services customers are able to extend the life of existing equipment via training, maintenance and equipment modernisation programmes, deferring the need to spend money on new equipment, but still stay ahead of the game in terms of innovation, first class production efficiency, output, environmental responsibility and sustainability.

*Norican Group is the parent company of Wheelabrator and DISA.

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