Abrasive Blasting 101
Sandblasting cabinets shouldn’t leak abrasive into the surrounding workspace. It may sound like an impossible task, but only machines purchased beyond their Daily Duty Cycle (DDC) get messy. Most often, this is often caused by someone buying a sandblasting cabinet from a company that does not understand or care about DDC, only how much money they can make selling a blaster.
ProTip: Instead of asking what does this mediablaster® cost, a better question is, “what is the Daily Duty Cycle for this machine configuration?”
Avoiding a Blasting Cabinet Mess comes down to three things: cabinet configuration, quality of construction, and performing some regular maintenance. The following lists five critical things you should do to avoid machine mess:
Not paying attention to the maintenance required on a sandblasting cabinet is a recipe for disaster. Not cleaning the dust collector and not purging the abrasive can lead to lower blower cfm air movement in the dust collector, a dusty cabinet, and dust simply following the opening of the door to settle around the area around the cabinet. If we assume you’re using a well-constructed cabinet, then it is often not the sandblasting cabinet but the lack of proper maintenance that leads to a messy workspace.
If you have a well-made cabinet and regularly perform maintenance, check out how to reduce poor cabinet visibility here.
Many variables affect the amount of sandblasting cabinet maintenance required. Some of these variables are the type of abrasive being used, blasting pressure, blasting gun cfm being used, hardness of the part, hardness of the blast media, and more. If you are buying a Media Blast® Abrasive Blasting Cabinet we will extensively discuss any optional features that can be added to your machine configuration to meet normal operation for your application.
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