Steel is the foundation of buildings, structures and manufacturing plants; its maintenance is critical to safety, asset longevity and reduction in total costs. The gradual corrosion of steel structures eventually leads to expensive asset maintenance or the replacement of:
Sponge-Jet technology allows for the protection of these assets with less cost and fewer business interruptions, while providing extended coating life and extended maintenance intervals.
From parking garages to industrial buildings - from stadiums to churches - Sponge-Jet blasting is used to prepare structural beams for coatings and fire insulation.
Forty stories above Boston, the roof top sculpture and support structure of this skyscraper were stripped of prematurely failing paint. Very minimal containment was required due to Sponge-Jet's low dust and rebound suppressing characteristics; Sponge-Jet's MicroContainment™ technology hindered job-site fugitive emissions and exposure to the passersby and neighborhood below.
This US paper mill choose Sponge-Jet to prepare the building's structure for a new coating system. Composite Sponge Media™ abrasives allowed surface preparation in close proximity to rotating equipment. Containment was minor and utilized primarily to recover the sponge media for reuse.
Highway Bridges are always a challenge with limited staging areas, a desire to minimize traffic closures and to remove salt and other contaminates while preparing the steel. Sponge-Jet technology excels in these areas and allows for rapid deployment especially on small remote bridges with small staging areas.
In this marine terminal at a refinery in Mexico they used Silver 30 Sponge Media™ abrasives to prepare structural steel beams for a high-performance coating, which assures long life of the valuable building structure.
After 50 years of service on the Panama Canal this TITAN crane required complete removal the corrosion and paint so that it could be recoated - for its next 50 years of Service. Sponge-Jet allowed many technicians from multiple trades to work while multiple blasters prepared the surface without damage or interruption.
Toa Baja Water Tank managers (Puerto Rico) specified Silver 16 Sponge Media™ abrasives for surface preparation because of the structure’s proximity to the ocean, a public library, school and local church. They were concerned with the high risk of environmental contamination.
Structural columns near a play center prepared using Sponge-Jet Silver 30 Sponge Media™ abrasive and painted at night before guests arrive. This famous park never wants to close an area and maintenance is paramount to maintain safety and so guests areas are always clean.
Within an operating building it is difficult to contain the effects of abrasive blasting. As a result, power tools or water blasting are often specified, but don’t result in the same long-term coating performance. In these cases the use of composite Sponge Media™ abrasives is ideal to achieve quality results without the mess.