Shotblasting is a technological process which enables impurities of metal parts to be removed from a wide variety of surfaces, through the medium of abrasion. Shotblasting can be used as a preparation method performed before other processes, such as welding, colouring, painting, where imperfections must be eradicated to gain a perfect finish, join or seal. It can also be used as a method of surface protection. The end result of a cleaned metal surface depends on multiple characteristics. These can be examples, such as the mass size of the abrasive particle, its shape, density, coverage of strokes (kg/m²), the particle impactor angle and the particle velocity.
The shotblasting process can be undertaken for multiple reasons – the cleaning, strengthening or polishing of metal. These processes are used in almost every single industry which uses metal, including that of the aerospace, automotive, construction and transportation. In order for shotblasting to take place, two technological processes can be undertaken – wheelblasting or airblasting.
Wheelblasting for the Shotblasting Process
Wheelblasting is the direct conversion of electric motor energy into kinetic abrasive energy through the use of a rotating turbine wheel. Each wheel has a capacity starting from 60kg per minute and maximising at 1200kg per minute. Companies need wheelblast machines where large parts or great areas have been derusted, descaled, deburred, desanded or if they need cleaning in some way. Often the way to work out how to choose which process your business needs is based upon the size of the metal part that needs work doing to it – the ease of its transportation is the deciding factor.
Shotblasting and the Airblasting Process
Airblast machines are pneumatically accelerated machines which are air powered, with projected nozzles angled on to the component – the process, quite literally, is all in the name! Airblasting can occur in two ways, either in a blastroom or a blastcabinet. If special applications are needed, water mix can be used which is known as wet blasting. Whether you need airblasting or wet blasting, the blast nozzles can be installed in to unique positions to target problem areas. They can be operated manually or automatically or even by robots.
Shotblasting at NiTEC UK
Shotblasting at NiTEC can occur for component parts which weigh up to 20 tonnes. Usually, the shotblasting process is required prior to our electroless nickel plating process, as a surface preparation, in order for you to gain the best finish and your metal components to get the best protection. The better the abrasive finish from the shotblasting process, the better the electroless nickel plating, the better your component part will work and the longer it will last for you. Shotblasting is an important process.
Contact Us Today at NiTEC UK
If you or your business are interested in the shotblasting process or electroless nickel plating, then why not get in touch with NiTEC UK? A Derbyshire based company, we are leading specialists in the plating industry offering a wide range of well-developed, tried and tested techniques which are high-end whilst also being cost effective. We have experience of working for many different industries, including the aerospace, medical, military and automotive industries, to name but a few. We offer our services to the whole of the UK, Germany, France, Brazil and Holland. Call us today on 0845 224 3571 or alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org