Manual shot blasting cabinets
Shot blast cabinets have been around for many years and few companies have been supplying them longer or of a better quality than Odlings MCR Ltd.
Our manual blast cleaning cabinets are built to the highest quality in our factory in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Whilst our standard range of abrasive cleaning machines cover most customer needs, occasionally a special build machine is required. If you have any special shot blasting requirements please contact us and we will build a machine to suit them.
What is shot blasting?
Shot blasting (also called sand blasting, bead blasting and grit blasting) is the process of propelling a blasting media using compressed air at a surface with the desired effect of removing paint, rust, contaminant removal or achieving a specific surface finish.
Shot blasting can be carried out using various blasting medias ranging from aluminium oxide, glass bead, steel shot, garnet, Sinterball and plastic media. The use of kiln dried sand or just sand from your local beach is banned as it is can cause Silicosis.
Ordinarily shot blasting is carried out in a blasting cabinet or a large container, the size of which depends on the size of component being cleaned; sometimes it is a shipping container and sometime it is a blasting cabinet as small as 500x500mm. Odlings MCR Ltd specialise in manufacturing industrial shot blasting cabinets for surface finishing components such as alloy wheels, turbos and gearboxes. However as we build bespoke blasting machines we can accommodate much larger components.
When considering buying a shot blaster or bead blaster you must consider several factors: the size of components, the quantity of components (as well as any future production increases), what surface finish you need and any peripherals needed to stream line production (larger extractors, pressure vessels, turntables, access hatches). When you contact Odlings MCR for advice we will go over this with you to help you make an informed decision.
Benefits of shot blasting.
Traditionally surface finishing was done using pneumatic and electric rotary devices or wire brushes. These techniques are time consuming and come with health risks from vibrations and uncontained, unfiltered dust emissions. By switching to shot blasting cabinets customers have been able to contain and filter dust using extractors and cut down on cleaning times dramatically. Our blasting cabinets combined with the appropriate blasting media give our customers greater control over the desired finish, whether it be an extremely rough texture from a chilled iron grit or a shine on aluminium from cleaning with a glass bead.
As shot blasters have become more popular their uses have become increasingly varied. Primarily shot blasting cabinets are used in the manufacturing and remanufacturing industry to remove paint and corrosions from items such as turbos, gearboxes and starter motors. However, nowadays it is not uncommon to see a bead blasting cabinet in a state of the art 3D printing bureaux for surface preparation of newly created models.
What cabinet to choose
Choosing a suitable shot blasting cabinet may seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help. Sand blasting cabinets usually come in two forms (with variations) Suction Blasting Cabinets or Pressure Blasting Cabinets.
Suction Blasting Cabinets are better suited for lighter requirements, low production and gentle surface preparation. Suction shot blasters are also not suitable for some heavier blasting medias. They use less air but are not as powerful or versatile as a pressure cabinet. All hobbyist cabinets are suction cabinets.
Pressure Blasting Cabinets are a more popular choice as they can use most blasting medias and they are able to perform at a greater range of pressures. The key advantage is the volume of blasting media they are able to propel, the increased quantity over suction cabinets can improve performance up to 7 times; this cuts cleaning times dramatically when compared to a suction bead blaster. The ability to use larger and heavier blasting medias allow the operator to achieve a greater range of surface finishes, this can be vital for some companies.
All of this may seem daunting if you are new to shot blasting equipment, if you would like any advice on your current shot blaster or are looking for information on a new shot blaster then please contact us via our contact page or by phone and email.
Integrated Extractor - Keeps the cabinet dust free for perfect visibility when blasting
Rubber Lined interior - Protects the cabinet and blast media from damage. Not standard on suction cabinets.
Lighting - Provides complete coverage inside the cabinet
Quick change glass protectors - only takes a minute to change the protective screens
Filter mesh - catches debris reducing the risk of blockages
Pressure regulator - Gives the user control over desired finish
Grit compatibility - Most standard blasting medias can be used in the cabinet including, aluminium oxide, glass bead, sinter ball, stainless, steel grit and many others.
Full CE certification - meets all safety standards
Our knowledge and expertise allows us to advise our customers which type and size of blaster is best suited to them.
If you are looking for a shot blaster please contact Odlings MCR to discuss your requirements.
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