The Airflex Recovery Floor has a series of flexible scraper blades at intervals in each corridor. The blades rest against galvanised steel combs, which give them enough strength to push the abrasive. On the alternate stroke the comb passes through the abrasive and the scraper blade passes over it. This back-and-forth motion transports the abrasive to a transversal corridor running at right angles to the rest of the floor. This transfers the abrasive to the elevator and grit wash.
The grit wash includes a primary vibrator sieve and air wash. From here, dust is transported to a dust collector, while spent abrasive and large contaminants are sent to a collection bin. Diverting spent abrasive away from the dust collector in this way prevents premature wear of the collector elements, increasing value in the long term.
The operator can control the minimum size of particle that remains in the system by adjusting the power of the vacuum placed on the abrasive; the higher the power the larger the removed particle.
Clean abrasive is deposited in a silo equal in capacity to the volume of the blast machine. Once all the abrasive in the blast machine has been delivered, or when the operator releases the activation handle, the blast machine is automatically charged with fresh abrasive from the silo above.