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COATINGSPRO SURFACE PREP 2018 19 through the pipe and blasts the sponge abrasives via two blast arms with nozzles. e system controls nozzle speed, travel speed, and travel direction, while operations can be monitored from outside of the pipe. According to the company, the complete system creates ultra-clean, uniformly abraded pipe substrates, and the system blasts 6.5 to 8.5 times faster than manual blasting with mineral slags. "e sponge matrix component in each media particle removes surface contaminants like soluble salts, which have been found to prematurely reduce the lifespan of protective coatings — while the abrasive component profiles to specifica- tion," said Tony Anni, marketing director at Sponge-Jet, Inc. Abrasives Inc. also manufacturers a full range of blast media, ranging from its flagship Black Magic line of coal slag abrasives all the way through to aluminum oxide, crushed glass, garnet, plastic, steel grit, steel shot, and more. For Raad, having the flexibility to shift between various blast media is critical in today's evolving marketplace. "e trends in the industry are how to do it bigger, faster, or more completely," Raad said. "We end up having to be more of a consultant, sometimes, in different jobs." Recycling spent abrasive materials is another factor to consider when selecting blast media, since reusing the abrasives can make for a more efficient operation. e Vacmaster 15T Tier III diesel abrasive vacuum from Marco and the V T5200 vacuum from ARS Recycling Systems are among the leading options that can assist contractors in picking up spent abrasives. ese vacuums can be used in combination with dust shrouds to assist with PEL compliance. Sizes Big and Small Some profiling projects will likely be significantly larger or smaller than the norm. For those, specialized equipment solutions are available. On large-scale projects, contractors are continually striving to simplify and increase efficiency. To address this, Clemco has begun offering the SABRE A lpha 1, the world 's first autonomous blasting robot. e A lpha 1 incorporates a six-degrees-of-freedom robotic arm equipped with 3D sensor scans, maps, and blasts in complex spaces. e robot removes the blast operator from the blast environment, thereby reduc- ing the risk of operator injury or exposure to contamination from coating removal processes. "It is well suited for use on bridges, tanks, large marine projects, and other confined space environments," said Clemco's Patti Roman. Clemco represents the Australia-based SABRE Autonomous Solutions in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. BlastOne also offers a line of Robotic Internal Pipe Technology (RIPT) options to ensure consistency in prepar- ing large pipe or tunnel interiors. e technology ensures consistency and efficiency in internal surface preparation operations without requiring the blaster to work in a difficult Succeed at Surface Prep continued on page 24 Succeed at Surface Prep VENDOR TEAM Doosan Infracore Portable Power Equipment manufacturer 1293 Glenway Dr. Statesville, NC 28625 (704) 883-3500 Equipment Development Co., Inc. (EDCO) Equipment manufacturer 100 Thomas Johnson Dr. Frederick, MD 21702 (800) 638-3326 Extech Instruments by FLIR Equipment manufacturer 9 Townsend West Nashua, NH 03063 (877) 239-8324 General Equipment Equipment manufacturer 620 Alexander Dr. SW Owatonna, MN 55060 (800) 533-0524 GMA Garnet (USA) Corporation Material manufacturer 1800 Hughes Landing Blvd. #350 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (832) 243-9300 HoldTight Material manufacturer 3100 Timmons Ln. #390 Houston, TX 77227 (800) 319-8802 Hotsy by Kärcher North America Equipment manufacturer 4275 NW Pacific Rim Blvd. Camas, WA 98607 (800) 525-1976 Industrial Vacuum Equipment manufacturer N7959 Birch Rd. Ixonia, WI 53036 (800) 331-4832 International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) Education 1000 Westgate Dr., Ste. 252 St. Paul, MN 5514 (651) 366-6095 Jenny Products, Inc. Equipment manufacturer 850 N Pleasant Ave. Somerset, PA 15501 (814) 445-3400 Jetstream of Houston, LLP by Federal Signal Corp. Equipment manufacturer 5905 Thomas Rd. Houston, TX 77041 (800) 231-8192 Kleen Blast Abrasive Equipment manufacturer 30028 Industrial Pkwy. SW Hayward, CA 94544 (800) 553-3625 Major Gloves and Safety Inc. Safety equipment manufacturer 250 Turnbull Canyon Rd. City of Industry, CA 91745 (866) 858-9888 Makinex Construction Products Equipment manufacturer 811 N Catalina Ave., Ste. 1310 Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (855) 625-4639 Marco Equipment manufacturer 3425 E Locust St. Davenport, IA 52803 (800) 252-7848

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