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The art of powerful cleaning...

Abrasive blast rooms

Airblast has developed a powerful reputation
throughout the world for our reliable, durable
and sophisticated surface preparation and
coating solutions which make our customers
more efficient, productive and profitable.
This brochure gives a short outline of the
blast booths, abrasive recovery, recycling,
and ventilation products offered by Airblast.

Marketed directly in the UK and through a

network of distributors worldwide, Airblast
equipment sets industry standards and as a
result our products are being used with great
success in many markets, ranging from multi-
million pound full aircraft stripping hangars,
to booths for preparing rolling stock, to an
array of smaller industrial enclosures.
Opposite: Three axis
wall mounted unit
brings the blaster to
the work piece.

Below: Modular
blast booths provide
versatile design.

Blast rooms

Bottom: Modular booth Opposite bottom left: Opposite bottom right:
A modular design incorporating slotted Cold rolled portal frame Blast booth panels
roof and overhead replaces the steel work fixed to the internal
for cost effective, cranes. of an internal modular face and external
booth. cladding to the outer.
quick-delivery solutions. Opposite top: A typical
externalised modular

Booth construction

Our modular style booth enclosure is based its intended integrity (shown here in blue). We utilise sophisticated design software,
on a 3m x 1m galvanised tray interspaced One of our unique features is the ease which when used in conjunction with the
with structural steel to provide rigidity. at which our booths can be installed as a UK postcode for the area where the blast
This concept has proved to be a popular waterproof option. Rather than relying on room is to be located, allows us to design a
industry-wide choice and by producing in the flat roof, container type booth offered cold rolled galvanised portal steel structure
volume, we are able to keep our production by many of our competitors, we prefer to that replaces the standard diaphragm
costs low and offer much faster lead times incorporate our modular booth into a portal system discussed earlier. The software also
than our competitors. framed cold rolled steel building. Booths recognises national and local building codes.
based on mass produced shipping containers By installing standard blast room panels to
Booths based on this design meet the have their place in the market as a budgetary the inside of the structure and cladding to
majority of our customers’ requirements solution as they can be converted into a the exterior, a cost effective weatherproof
but if a bespoke enclosure is required for reasonable enclosure for blasting. However, blast bay is produced.
a particular project we will design and their flat roof and single skin construction
manufacture made-to-measure panels. inevitably lead to a number of problems
Connecting these panels by a diaphragm ranging from a short working life to ongoing
plate means that the structure will maintain condensation within the work area.

Sound attenuation for
limiting environmental

Sound Attenuation Doors Lighting
Sound attenuation for improved working Designed for value, quality and performance. Dust and impact resistant high intensity lights.
conditions external to the booth and
limiting environmental impact. Our cargo doors stand testament to our Airblast has perfected the ability to replace
belief in organic design. Many blast room fluorescent blast room lights with high
All of our blast booth panels and doors are doors fail as a result of their structural intensity 400W metal halid units. Ignored
designed to accept sound attenuating foam. weakness - large doors hanging off by our industry because of the problems
In the case of an external booth, the cavity proprietary hinges in a blast booth often associated with extreme heat and the
between the blast booth and the external leading to problems. Our design capabilities percussive effect of abrasive on the light
building also provide an ideal space for and non-reliance on outsourced components glass resulting in the glass shattering. These
compressed rockwool. mean that we always provide a superior door light units are a standard feature on most
hinge of such strength that enables us to of our facilities. With the correctly sourced
hang doors up to 6m high x 6m wide. glass diffuser we are able to withstand the
rigours of the blast booth environment.
Our design ensures that our doors will be
used over many years without the need for By utilising these units the lux achieved
rubber curtains which can be trapped in the is superior to other products. Each unit is
door or its hinges. positioned outside the booth shining light
through the glass which sits on a seal fitted
to an aperture in the roof. This ensures that
there is no build up of dust which can be
Opposite top: Sound found when light systems are fitted to the
attenuation foam booth itself.
applied to a modular

Opposite bottom:
Externalised modular

Top: Metal halid

lighting provides
optimum visibility.

Opposite top: A motor Opposite bottom:
This scraper floor has many features and reducing gear box Abrasive is moved
in conjunction with the through the blast room.
that separate it from those offered by frame of scrapers turns
a rotary motion into a
our competitors. reciprocating one.

Media recovery floor

The most specified product in our range. The depth of the recovery channel is
This scraper floor has many features that only 130mm ensuring that in many
separate it from those offered by our instances, ie. Those where objects being
competitors. The scrapers comprise of taken into the booth may be carried by
a natural rubber flap set against a steel hand, it can be located directly onto an
comb, multiples of which are set in 3m existing factory floor. When a flush finish
long frames. This assembly is then adjoined is required between the factory floor and
to others to form a corridor running the the blast room, only minor excavation is
length of the blast booth. required. The scraper system is covered
by a pedestrian grating (C) on which
Available in six standard widths, each the operator stands and through which
corridor moves in a reciprocating back the abrasive falls. In certain applications
and forth motion. Because the distance when heavy items are being processed,
between the scrapers is less than the this grating can be increased in strength
distance of travel, each scraper moves to provide greater loading capacities. An
abrasive forward, as the rubber flap in this alternative method of supporting a heavier
direction is locked against the steel comb item is to incorporate rails into the floor,
behind it, to the next (A) in a shunting positioned conveniently between the
motion. On the reverse stroke the rubber recovery corridors on which a bogie can be
scraper blade, unhindered in this direction mounted.
by the steel comb, is free to pass over the
previous scrappers deposit of abrasive (B).
The abrasive is pushed forward to a final
corridor positioned at right angles to the
booth where it conveys the abrasive to an
elevator and is recycled.



Opposite: Abrasive Below right: Twin
Our method of grit reclassification reclassification for Vaculift recovery.
blast machines.
is proven to extend the life of dust
Below left: Steel floor
extraction filter cartridges. recovery guide rail and
hose storage.

Abrasive Elevators Large capacity elevator Non-recovery

As with the recovery floor the Airblast elevator and abrasive recycle floor-steel floor detail
requires no pit. Designed to allow abrasive
to be picked up as it is pushed into its base In those instances where an abrasive Where a recovery floor is not installed in a
from the recovery floor, the abrasive passes recovery floor is not required or cannot be large booth Airblast will incorporate a detail
up through a vibrating sieve which discharges justified, we offer two ’sweep to’ systems. into the 5mm steel plate floor. This provides
oversized contaminants to a collection bin at The most advanced of these systems is an a guide rail against which a plough can be run
floor level. Smaller particles of abrasive then adaptation of our elevator which allows for pushed by a fork lift or something similar.
pass through a dynamic air wash where dust is a much larger capacity for storing abrasive. This robust feature allows for rapid recovery
discharged into the dust collector. This system can provide for up to 8 hours of abrasive to the elevator.
continuous blasting.
Undersized abrasive is also eliminated.
Rather than being conveyed with the dust to
the dust extractor, in our system undersized
abrasive is also delivered to the collection Vaculift
bin at floor level. When undersized abrasive
is taken to the dust collector, its mass A cheaper and simpler grit elevator and
causes it to travel faster than the maximum recycler is the Airblast Vaculift unit. Rather
filter velocity dictated by the filter medium than physically vacuuming the abrasive the
manufacturer. This results in premature wear Vaculift system blows the abrasive vertically.
to the filter media. As fast as the abrasive can be swept to the
Vaculift hopper it is delivered by a micro
Our method of grit cleaning is proven to venturi at its base, through a ceramic and
significantly extend the life of filter cartridges steel pipe into a ventilated air plenum where
or bags. This is very important as changing dust is extracted to the dust collection unit.
the dust extraction filters is the single most
costly maintenance issue associated with any
blast booth.

Providing market leading standards Below: Dust extractor Below inset bottom:
Outlet positioned to
of visibility with the blast booth for Below inset top: Inlet the front of the booth,
positioned to the front low level.
optimum safety and production. of the booth, high level.

Dust extraction

Our booths provide market leading Our dust extraction units are not only
standards for operator visibility and dust calculated to provide booth through
extraction. Very often the environment drafts at 50ft per minute but our carefully
within our booth differs very little in terms designed replacement air inlets and outlets
of visibility from that of the environment ensure that there is no turbulence within the
in which you are probably reading this booth maintaining optimum conditions.
brochure. To see this for yourself please view
our product demos at
Top Left: Only
re-classified media
is returned to the
blast machine.

Top Right: Dense

particle separation
ensures that no heavy
non-magnetic particles
make it through to the
blast machine.

Bottom: Airblast has

supplied several multi-
million pound turnkey
projects to the RAF
and others.

Plastic media stripping

Plastic Media Blasting (PMB) is a dry abrasive pressure and relatively soft plastic medium as part of the reclamation system. The
blasting process, designed to replace have minimal effect on the surfaces beneath denser particles, such as paint chips, are
chemical paint stripping operations and the paint. separated from the reusable blast media,
conventional sand blasting. This process uses and the reusable media is returned to the
soft, angular plastic particles as the blasting After blasting, the media is passed through a blast machine.
medium. The process blasts the plastic media sophisticated reclamation system that
at a much lower pressure (less than 40 psi) consists of cyclone centrifuges, air wash, Below is one of the turnkey projects
than conventional blasting. PMB is well multiple vibrating classifier screen decks, and incorporating PMB that Airblast has built
suited for stripping paints on substrates that a magnetic separator. In addition, some for the Royal Air force.
require to be left undamaged, since the low instances call for dense particle separators
Containerised booths

When an item to be blasted can be processed be situated outside in the elements. Airblast
within the constraints of a standard shipping purchases new containers and re-engineers
container a containerised booth may be them to incorporate features described earlier
considered. This versatile mass manufactured in this literature. Options range from booths
watertight box is an ideal starting point for simply ventilated with media reclaimed by
a blast room particularly when the booth use of a Vaculift to the incorporation of full
may be relocated at some point or if it is to recovery floors.

Top Left: Products and services Contact us

Transportability is one
of the advantages of Blast rooms Design and build For further information on how our products
this type of booth. Abrasive blast cabinets Servicing and services could benefit your company, please
Portable blast systems Reconditioning contact us by any of the means below.
Top Right: Sweeping to Blast accessories Pressure testing
a Vaculift recovery unit Lighting systems Training Airblast Ltd
is a popular choice for Compressors Sample processing King Street Industrial Est
grit recovery. Dust recovery equip. Equipment hire Langtoft, Peterborough
Paint spray booths Cambs, PE6 9NF
Right: This container Coating systems
boasts a full recovery Coating accessories Tel 01778 560650
floor and overhead Personal Protective Equip. Fax 01778 560724
conveyer Media
Testing equip.