While shot-blasting machines can be used as standalone facilities, they can also be designed to fit into autonomous production lines. Shot-blasting machines are specialist pieces of equipment, with many varieties to choose from.
These machines exclusively process round springs. Springs are placed onto a rolling belt, move through the machine, and exit the other end for collection. Inside the blasting chamber, the machine rotates the springs while they are being abraded, to ensure an even finish.
A pitless cabinet system, spinner hangers are used to deflash, deburr, and clean metal forgings and moulds. Normally selected for components that cannot be passed through a tumbler because of their shape, these machines can also be fitted with a robot to function in an automated production line.
Mesh belt shot-blasting machines provide variable blasting for delicate components. The mesh belt holds components in place for blasting. Typical operations for these machines are cleaning and finishing small castings and forgings. These systems are ideal for automatic production lines.
Trolley-type machines operate using a rotating trolley that can roll in and out of the blast chamber. These facilities are normally reserved for shot blasting medium to heavy workpieces.
Another machine that uses an overhead rail system, hanger pass-through machines are automated shot-blasting facilities suited for the production line. Reserved for heavy industrial processing, they cater towards processing industrial components for the agriculture, automotive, and construction sectors. Like rotating point machines, hanger pass-through machines can also be installed with a paint treatment booth.
These shot-blasting machines are automated solutions to treat a variety of objects such as plates, angles, pipe, and post-fab structural components. They are used in several industries, including shipbuilding, steel structure companies, and machine builders. Some conveyor machines can also be fitted with spray painting treatment facilities to coat components immediately after processing. Fitted with a conveyor, parts are placed onto the rollers and begin their passage into the self-contained shot-blasting chamber. Once there, the components are treated by four parallel rotary blasters, two above and two below, for complete coverage. After processing is complete, components exit the machine at the other end for collection.
Tumbler machines use either internal through belts or rotary tumblers to “tumble” small industrial forgings and moulds. A rotary wheel blaster is mounted on top of the internal belt or tumbler chamber and sprays abrasive onto the components. These machines are especially effective for hard-to-clean parts, non-fragile parts, and non-core castings. These machines are usually used to descale castings, deburr, clean, and shot peen.
A turning plate solution ideal for small to medium pieces, these systems are used to treat castings, forgings, and alloys. Components are placed onto a rotary pedestal inside the machines internal blast chamber then treated.
These machines utilise an overhead rail transportation system. Typical processing includes small and light industrial components and mechanical parts. Items due for treatment are hooked onto the overhead rail and transported to the blast chamber. Upon exiting the blast chamber, components are removed from their hooks. Rotating point shot blasting machines can also be fitted with paint treatment facilities to coat parts after processing. In an industrial setting, these machines are typically in continuous operation.