The transportation industry is highly competitive, Lean manufacturers can cost-effectively increase production by reducing rework and eliminating unnecessary, time-consuming steps.
Consider safety, integrity and corporate appearance as important factors. Corrosion mitigation programs and processes can be disruptive to operations when poorly managed and can cause rejects, delays and premature coating failure. Sponge-Jet’s non-disruptive, dry, low dust abrasive blasting allows preparation in-situ with minimal disruption to other processes – while achieving optimum surface preparation, which helps maximize cost efficiency.
Sponge blaster removes product residue and corrosion inside tank; note the great visibility despite the confining nature of this tank car.
Logo removal on exterior surfaces of a Norfolk Southern locomotive using Sponge-Jet; despite blast and paint operations being contained in the maintenance depot, the real issue during blasting is protecting the locomotive’s sensitive, bottom-side wiring, rotating parts and seals.
Automobile bumper manufacturer now recycles rejected bumpers (from coating imperfections) because Sponge-Jet provides highly controllable micro-abrasion and the ability to selectively remove erroneously cured top-coat while leaving the primer intact.
Sponge-Jet is the perfect solution for internal tank truck maintenance; Schlumberger personnel safely remove chemically-induced peeling paint, made possible by Sponge-Jet’s MicroContainment™ dust and rebounding suppressing technology. This bundle of benefits is designed to improve the working environment, promoting a safe, more consistent and productive abrasive blasting environment.
Sponge-Jet is used to carefully strip coatings and corrosion from high-end antique muscle cars like this one; restoration contractors and painters are loyal to the process because of the precision which they abrasive can blast thin and susceptible substrates.
This fire truck tank was completely refurbished; before painting the exterior of the substrate it was cleaned and prepared using Sponge-Jet - to the specified NACE 2 (Sa2.5, SP-10) Near White Metal Cleaning finish.
Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding and Sponge-Jet help thousands get to and from work each day; Sponge-Jet is used to prepare aluminum substrates of every New York Water Taxi for coating; Reasons are Gladding-Hearn has desire to recycle and reduce abrasive disposal volume/weight and blast in-doors with multiple ships in process during blasting - and without interruption.
Restorers of the Pennsylvania Railroad E6s Atlantic No. 460 are employing green Sponge-Jet technology to remove lead paint which they say "would have been released into the air in a gaseous form when the painted surfaces were heated by activities such as cutting, grinding and welding, placing unprotected restoration workers at a risk of exposure to toxic levels of lead."