Abrasive Blasting 101
Most abrasive cabinet upkeep is related to the dust collector maintenance. The dust collector, a critical component of the machine, stores the dust and spent abrasive as well as the material being removed from the part. Purchasing a dust collector that cannot scale with the production model is one of the biggest pain points customers express.
ProTip: You can never have too much dust collector, if you have more budget spend it on a dust collector optional upgrade or more dust collector features like automatic cleaning cycles.
Real Life Example:
Years ago, a potential customer complained that no attached dust collector was large enough to store all the material being removed from one day’s operation. Media Blast’s team asked the customer how much volume of shell was being removed daily and, with a little math, they realized the customer was trying to store five cubic feet of casting shell dust inside a dust collector that only held 2 cubic feet of dust. The capacity and maintenance of your dust collector is not a place to cut costs if you want to run an efficient business! Try and calculate the amount of dust being removed from your parts if you have a real industrial application. Remember, some applications are only removing heat discolorization caused by welding or peening a part to make it stronger. If you are removing rust, carbon or rubber flash materials don’t short the dust collector or possible upgrades.