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Company Profile: Graco Inc. Graco Helps NILES Industrial Coatings Reduce Dust Exposure for Employees One way companies are protecting their workers is by making a sw itch from dr y blasting to Vapor Abrasive blasting. Vapor Abrasive blasting is similar to dr y blast- ing except the blast media is moistened in the pot prior to impacting the surface, resulting in a significant reduction in dust exposure. NILES Industrial Coatings, in search of a solution for reducing its employees' exposure to silica, found recent success w ith Graco's EcoQuip. One Machine – Many Applications NILES uses the EcoQuip Vapor Abrasive® blasting equip- ment for a variety of applications across several industries including oil terminals, dams, automotive facility mainte- nance, petrochemical, power, structural steel, and tank linings. T hey also work w ith large farm and construction equipment companies. T heir clients often look to them for best practices in the latest technolog y and many of them have been pleased w ith the results they've seen from EcoQuip. Reduced Air Containment Problems A key advantage that NILES discovered while using vapor abrasive blasting was less air containment issues. Firstly, there is less of a need to require the use of full fresh air supplied suits for the blasters when the majority of airborne dust is suppressed. Secondly, it is far easier to contain dust w ith Vapor Abrasive blasting since the water/media mi xture stays nearby and falls to the ground more easily. T hirdly, job cleanup is also reduced and simplified. Less Maintenance NILES also discovered there is less maintenance on Graco's Vapor Abrasive equipment versus dr y blasting machin- er y. T he controls and valves on dr y blasters wear out more quick ly because hot air from the compressor is f low ing through all the control points and dr y media easily abrades the media control valve, whereas vapor abrasive blasting machines only rely on air for the blast power and blast on/ off control. Blast hoses can ty pically last tw ice as long when using vapor abrasive blasters because the wet media is cooler and reduces friction in the hose compared to dr y blasters. Easier Mobilization of Equipment W hen using EcoQuip on the jobsite, NILES employees can mobilize and demobilize their equipment a lot more efficiently since the machine uses a 2-ply hose, which is lighter and easier to maneuver than the larger 4 -ply hose ty pically used w ith their dr y blast equipment. T his is a big advantage for their employees operating at heights, such as working off scaffolding. Mobilization is also easier because of the reduced need to set up containment before each project. Large air dr yers are also not needed when using vapor abrasive blast equip- ment because the media is already wet in the pot. As a result of using si x EcoQuip units regularly, NILES has seen a successful reduction in water and media usage, fewer air containment issues, and significantly lower cleanup costs. T hey also cite fewer delays due to weather, when compared w ith the dr y blasting process, because of the ability to blast in wet or rainy conditions. " W hen we sw itched over to EcoQuip we found our media usage reduced by 50 percent," said Craig Brooks, Key Accounts Operations Manager, NILES Industrial Coatings. "A nother big advantage is the amount of water we save since we're no longer using a more traditional halo nozzle. We ty pically use half the water we'd regularly use when using a halo nozzle. On average our overall containment costs w ith EcoQuip are reduced by 90 percent, and our cleanup costs are reduced by 30 to 40 percent." To learn more, visit Graco Inc. 866-361-5959

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