Innovations in Industrial Cleaning Equipment
Dustless blasting is an ingenious blasting technique that functions by blending water and eco-friendly abrasive inside a blast tank. Many dustless blasting machines are able to utilise more or less any abrasives that sink when placed in water and do not dissolve. In order to satisfy the ever growing need to be green, recycled bottle glass is a real favourite. Not only is it eco-friendly but it benefits from being clean, cheap and versatile. Vegetable abrasives are another green-friendly option. Consistent particle size is the most important variable. The addition of the aquatic element leads to an increase in mass and the output of more energy, while eliminating any dust.
In terms of what happens to the abrasive media after blasting, it settles on the ground near to the scene of the blasting. This is usually collected by laying down plastic sheeting prior to commencing any blasting work, which can then be taken away with the abrasive wrapped inside.
There are a wide range of dustless blasting machines on the market, each of which has application related benefits depending on what the machine will be used for. Let’s take a look at some of the industrial applications of dustless blasting.
Torbo dustless blasting machines gently clean and restore stone and brickwork to its pristine glory, removing paint and dirt, without damaging the original surface.
The removal of graffiti
Often a time-consuming exercise, dustless blasting enables the user to remove graffiti from a plethora of different surface types and is a great option for the likes of railway and motorway bridges.
Surface preparation (e.g. cars or boats for paintwork)
The practical applications of surface prepping are far reaching and span road lines, bridges, automobiles and more.
Asbestos is never far from the news in the UK and asbestos training is always at the forefront of the building and maintenance sectors. Of late, dustless blasting equipment has become the preferred method of asbestos removal for many owing to the sheer power of the machinery, its efficiency and low environmental footprint. ESL’s Torbo systems have been used by those in charge to remove asbestos as part of the refurbishment of the Shell Tower in London.
Another high profile asbestos removal case was handled by dustless blasting at RAF Syerston recently. “‘We have used ESL for our project at RAF Syerston – a WWII hangar requiring asbestos removal before demolition. I would highly recommend ESL for your blasting needs.” (Ben Warner, CCP (Asbestos), Senior Consultant, John F Hunt Environmental).
Flexibility in terms of financing
Dustless blasting machinery can usually be financed in a variety of ways from hiring options to leasing and purchasing. This means that there is always a way to make dustless blasting the sensible choice no matter what the specifics of the job entail and the size of the company or sector involved.
It is clear that because of its environmentally friendly application and wide range of needs it addresses, that dustless blasting has a big future.