Subjected to the most rigorous environments, military equipment is expected to operate at top performance at all times. Corrosion prevention is a priority to maintain equipment; naval vessels, aircraft, vehicles, heavy equipment and armament. Sponge Media™ blasting can prepare most surfaces, including:
Selectively strip coatings, remove contaminants and hazardous materials from substrates without generating the excessive dust environments or ricochet damage normally encountered when rehabilitating assets. Sponge-Jet prepared surfaces optimize coating life and asset readiness.
Newport News Shipbuilding used Sponge Media™ abrasives during a maintenance overhaul to conduct bilge space repair on the Nimitz class Super Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70); the choice was made based on the technology’s ability to protect adjacent coatings from abrasive ricochet, which is known to cause pinhole corrosion.
Sponge-Jet wins out over ordinary abrasives on the exterior overhaul of Australian Navy barges; cost of dust (abrasive cleaning/collection labor, inability to work nearby blasting and inability to reuse abrasives) all cut by Sponge-Jet - savings calculated to $120,000 per barge.
Aggressive grades of Silver Sponge Media™ abrasives make easy work of removing chemical agent resistant coatings like those used on the surface of this Middle East Army vehicle.
Thai navy turns to Sponge-Jet to remove non-skid coating from perimeter deck of aircraft carrier; the process achieved specified Near White Metal Blast Cleaning Sa2.5 (NACE 2 / SSPC SP-10).
Blasting gun turret on US Navy ship; chose Sponge-Jet to limit grit intrusion of the rotating parts (e.g. bearings and seals)
NAVSEA directive turns to Sponge-Jet to obtain 15-20 year lifespan on new coating systems in the bilge tank of this USN LHD 6 amphibious assault ship; With greatly enhanced visibility and low rebound, blasters are able to strictly adhere to the specified Sa3 (NACE 1 / SSPC SP-5) White Metal Blast Cleaning finish.
Sponge-Jet abrasives are used for restoring pressure hull and outer shell mounts (removing tile adhesive and corrosion); Canadian Department of National Defense and NAVSEA have approved the use of Sponge-Jet as a replacement for ordinary abrasives.
Military restoration contractor blasts hummer with Sponge-Jet; Silver 80 Sponge media™ abrasive removes coating and imparts 65 micron (2.5mil) profile.
Selective coating removal, carefully exposes chromate primer on aircraft; Sponge-Jet was the perfect solution to selectively strip and expose harmful hexavalent chromium-based primer because it’s controlled abrasion and extreme dust-suppressing properties.
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