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Blast machine forensics – my quest for IBC efficiency

By Gerhard Puttinger Electrical Engineer at Wheelabrator A blast machine is a complex beast. Assessing its energy consumption behaviour to find room for improvement therefore isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. For my degree project in mechanical engineering, I made it … Continue reading

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Equipment upgrades: innovation by stealth

By Dante Terry EMP Warranty Coordinator at Wheelabrator Blast machines last 20, 30 years or more – a long time to wait for product innovation if your production needs change or operational challenges occur. So, are we leaving you behind the … Continue reading

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New spec for rail wheels raises peening questions

By Ron Wright Automated Airblast & Peening Manager at Wheelabrator A change in the specification of rail wheels by the American Association for Railroads (AAR) probably wouldn’t immediately strike you as a momentous event. But even if you’re not affected by … Continue reading

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A lean, mean Wheelabrator machine

By David Pless Director, Supply Chain and Lean Champion for North America, Wheelabrator Group The concepts of lean and continuous improvement are not new. Indeed, the implementation of efficient processes with minimal waste was a major driver in Japan’s rise … Continue reading

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Adding a new dimension to R&D with 3D printing

By Doug Kim Aftermarket Engineering Mechanical Designer, Wheelabrator Following Bernd’s excellent blog about the complexities of blasting 3D printed parts, I wanted to share a glimpse into how we use 3D printing here in LaGrange for our R&D. For the … Continue reading

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Keeping up with complexities: blasting 3D-printed parts

Selecting the correct abrasive medium for cleaning and peening surfaces is crucial to achieve the desired surface finish, but the process can, to the uninitiated, be both complex and confusing.

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The right abrasive for the right job

Selecting the correct abrasive medium for cleaning and peening surfaces is crucial to achieve the desired surface finish, but the process can, to the uninitiated, be both complex and confusing. Continue reading

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