Shot blasting is a key factor in the fabrication process. It is essential so that a clean finish can be provided in order for welding to be undertaken. It also enables a keyed surface to be produced so that paint can be accepted by the prepared façade.
The Process of Shot Blasting
Shot blasting is undertaken by shot being fired or ‘blasted’ directly at steel, yes, the process is all in the name. The force of the shot being blasted at the surface of the steel displaces dirt and scale, therefore cleaning the steel and preparing it for the welding process. This is due to the indentations caused by the shot repeatedly hitting the steel surface, creating a rough texture, which is approximately 70 microns deeps. Due to this abrasion, it enables paint to stick properly and long term to the steel surface, which creates protection and aids longevity to a component part.
Shot Blasting and Electroless Nickel Plating
The shot blasting preparation is often performed prior to the electroless nickel plating process, but for this to happen the surface preparation must be high quality and thorough, which is why shot blasting is used. To achieve the ultimate final surface finish, chemical cleaning and activation processes, such as aluminium oxide 180-220 grit are used. By choosing NiTEC UK to undertake your shot blasting and electroless nickel plating solutions, you know that the standards met will be the highest every time. At NiTEC UK, the stainless steel shot blasting booth has the capacity to take 216m³. This minimises the particles which settle on the component parts during their shot blasting or heat treatment processes.
Contact Us Today at NiTEC UK
If you or your business are interested in the shot blasting process, electroless nickel plating or heat treatment which may require specialist assistance, then 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 as well as also being cost effective. We have experience of working for many different industries, including the aerospace, medical, army 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 email@example.com if you need more information.