Fine atomized abrasives are the enemy of machinery and equipment as well as those responsible for keeping them operating. Micron-sized abrasive particles travel freely throughout a plant and can penetrate deep into every component, damaging shafts, cylinders, electronics, switches, sensors, bearings, mechanical seals and all rotating or moving parts. Thermal, electrical and corrosive properties of abrasives can also take a toll on electronics.
Uncontained dust from abrasive blasting can destroy valuable machinery like:
Sponge-Jet’s MicroContainment™ technology allows for abrasive blasting directly adjacent to sensitive equipment – with an 98% reduction in dust; it also nearly eliminates the damaging ricochet commonly associated with ordinary abrasives.
This liquid gas plant in Argentina blasts with Sponge-Jet on live, pressurized lines during plant operations. This change in process allows maintenance painting to occur continuously without waiting for shut down. By eliminating these critical path interruptions during shut downs their schedule is greatly simplified and shut downs are shortened, increasing production and saving money.
Interior and Exterior compressor overhaul at a Pemex Refinery in Mexico. The challenge was to remove oil residue, corrosion and profile for recoating on the exterior and to remove all oil residue and seal adhesive without substrate damage on the interior.
Process chemicals, grease and oil (and other) spills can be easily removed with the dry process using the Blue and Green Sponge Media™ products. By avoiding the use of liquids (e.g. water, steam, solvents and harsh chemicals) the risks of contaminating the plant's waste water system are nonexistent. Dry-cleaning with Sponge Media avoids corrosion, mold and keeps workers at a safe distance, avoiding direct contact or splash exposure.
In this food plant, the support frame under the newly installed oven needed to be cleaned and prepared. By using the dry, low ricochet technology of Sponge Blasting, the facility was able to complete the project quickly with no damage or contamination to surrounding equipment.
Structural steel, machinery frames (supports) and conveyors all suffer from corrosion in most industries. This USA steel manufacturer found Sponge-Jet blasting the ideal solution to achieve excellent surface preparation without damaging the nearby equipment or the thousands of conveyor bearings and seals.
Clean and rejuvenate industrial molds used in the manufacturing of tires, instrument panels, formed body panels and other large components. The delicate, surgical like control the Sponge-Jet Feed Units™ combined with the gentle cleaning power of sensitive Sponge Media™ products provide a precise and efficient tool to protect costly industrial molds.
Pumps, valves and other process piping components are being prepared (while operating) at this Repsol fuel distribution plant. Normally dust and fugitive emissions would penetrate mechanical seals, bearings and other rotating items – causing future reliability issues. Not with Sponge-Jet... the plant maintains quality coatings systems without compromise or fear of damaging sensitive equipment.
The delicate, precise control of Sponge Blasting allows contractors, owners and OEMs to repair or recoat machinery while maintaining like-new integrity of the sealed rotating components. This low ricochet and low dust technology allows for high-quality surface preparation without damage to adjacent bearings and seals.
Large mechanical equipment is subject to degradation from dust and ricochet from nearby abrasive blasting. Sponge-jet composite media virtually eliminates these issues and allows efficient, high quality coating maintenance on and adjacent to valuable machinery and equipment.