Category Archives: Airblast

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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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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‘Smart’ machines make Aerospace peening a precision art

By Ron Wright Automated Airblast & Peening Manager at Wheelabrator There’s a clear reason why Aerospace engineering is driving innovation and development in shot peening – put simply, if something goes wrong in Aerospace, people’s lives are on the line. A … Continue reading

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Shot blasting as keyhole surgery

By Bernd Busskamp Sales Director, OEM Air Germany, Wheelabrator Part geometries in Automotive are getting more and more complex – to cut overall vehicle weight and optimise the performance of each and every component. The latest trend we’re seeing is the … Continue reading

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Shot peening – a ‘must’ where safety is paramount

By Alain Portebois Sales & Marketing Manager, Charleville Technology Centre, Wheelabrator Shot peening makes parts stronger to improve their resistance to fatigue failure – that’s the simple conclusion of a highly complex story about residual tensile and compressive stresses. It’s also … Continue reading

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How airblast conquered Automotive

By Alain Portebois Sales & Marketing Manager, Charleville Technology Centre, Wheelabrator While airblast peening has been widely and successfully applied for decades in Aerospace for improving or restoring the fatigue resistance of all critical components such as jet engine parts, landing … Continue reading

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