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Suction Blast Cabinets

Blast Cabinets – Pro-Finish™ suction cabinets cost less and are more straightforward than pressure cabinets. They also blast continuously without stopping for media refills, and they simplify the use of multiple nozzles. The results are usually comparable to those achieved with a pressure system, although production rates are low. The suction system is a good choice when initial cost and maintenance are primary concerns.

Pro-Finish suction systems come in five sizes and can be specified with a collector or dust bag on smaller units. A media reclaimer is optional. Nevertheless, a reclaimer is advisable when using media that can be recovered because it usually pays for itself quickly in terms of reduced waste and high-quality, repeatable results. Also, see Abrasive Blast Systems.

Pro-Finish suction cabinets have many factory options contributing to ease of operation, reduced maintenance, and greater productivity. Pro-Finish’s modular design lets you upgrade to a pressure system in the field anytime, enabling you to build on your original investment.

Pressure Blast Cabinets

Because pressure cabinets deliver blast media at higher velocities than suction systems, a Pro-Finish™ pressure cabinet is ideal for turning out work fast. In many applications, these pressure cabinets will perform jobs four times faster than suction systems. In addition, they use compressed air more efficiently and provide more precise blasting control at high and low operating pressures. A pressure system is usually the only practical choice for demanding tasks, like removing tight mill scales or finishing hard-to-reach surfaces.

Pro-Finish™ pressure cabinets come in six sizes, with dust collectors and media reclaimers as standard equipment. (Less expensive dust bags can be specified with some models.)

With Empire reclaimers, Pro-Finish pressure cabinets reduce operating costs associated with purchasing and disposing of media and assure consistent results shift after shift. Plus, they are available with options designed to meet almost any
production need.

Ergo-Blast™ Cabinets

Empire® offers several standard Pro-Finish™ variations for specialized air-blasting jobs. Ergo-Blast systems, for instance, increase productivity by improving operator performance during extended periods of continuous blasting. These cabinets are ergonomically designed for sit-down operation and include other features to reduce fatigue. As a result, machine operators concentrate on the job at hand when working for hours of repetitive tasks rather than trying to find the best position to relieve a sore back. By removing everyday distractions, Ergo-Blast cabinets maximize production.

FaStrip™ Cabinets

Empire® offers several standard Pro-Finish™ variations for specialized air-blasting Pro-finish™ FaStrip™ cabinets designed explicitly for low-density media, such as plastics, that provide fast coverage without eroding substrates. Paint stripping, for example, can be performed quickly and economically without hazardous chemicals. FaStrip cabinets deliver plastic or organic media from a large venturi nozzle coupled to a grounded, flexible blast hose. A large, vibrating screen within the reclaimer and Empire’s exclusive automatic Sure-Flo media regulator, working with the MG-78 CR exhaust valve, keep light media flowing smoothly. The system also includes a magnetic separator to extract ferrous particles that can damage delicate substrates.

Rotary Head for Blasting Complex Geometries

In many applications, parts that require cleaning will have complex geometries in the design. Achieving a clean part becomes challenging due to the many angles and areas that can trap contaminants.

An example of a typical application with complex geometries is cleaning airfoils. These airfoils are typically 3-4 vanes made into a single fabricated piece. The pitch of the blades and the proximity to each other makes it difficult to access all of the different faces.

The leading blast-cleaning technologies used in this application include linear oscillators and swing arm oscillators. In a linear oscillator, the part gets hit only one time. With swing arm oscillators, the arm travels in an arc and goes left and right, only getting one pass and shooting at one angle.

However, using a rotary head, you get two passes; one on the leading edge and one on the trailing edge. This doubles the exposure time and the number of angles, and the rotary head rotates to achieve complete 360-degree coverage.

JH Norton Company, Inc.
(formerly Norton Sandblasting Equipment)
We sell industrial blast equipment and replacement parts from industry leaders such as RPB® Nova™Schmidt® AxxiomEmpire®Clemco®, Monti® MBX™Sponge-Jet®Nederman®, and Adapt Laser®

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