Category Archives: R&D

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

Posted in 3D Printing, Engineering, Innovation, R&D, Technology | Leave a comment

Evolution holds the key to reinventing the wheel

By Lawson Pryke European Equipment Modernisation Director and COMET Engineering Team Leader  at Wheelabrator Two years ago I was charged with developing the best blast wheel ever made – we like to set the bar high at Wheelabrator! Now, as we … Continue reading

Posted in Engineering, Equipment upgrade, Manufacturing, R&D, Technology, Uncategorized, Wheelblast | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Under the spell of the prototype

By Stanislav Venclik Engineering Manager at Wheelabrator When I was little, one morning every fortnight started earlier than usual – I had to get up quickly and wait in line for “ABC”, the most famous Czech magazine for “young engineers and … Continue reading

Posted in Engineering, R&D, Wheelabrator Plus | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Automotive is booming. But what’s next for Mexico?

By Pierre Tanguay Senior VP OEM Operations for North America at Wheelabrator Mexico’s history as an important hub for the global automotive industry goes back almost 100 years: to 1925, when Ford established a manufacturing base in the country. It has … Continue reading

Posted in Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Manufacturing, R&D | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How to make mean machines go lean

By Jake Higley, Guest blogger Lean Manufacturing Manager, Titan Steel Wheels, Kidderminster, UK When we started our lean journey here at Titan Steel Wheels, everyone thought our shot blast machines were basically incorrigible. The downtime caused by these four old troopers was … Continue reading

Posted in Guest blogger, R&D, Service Technician, Technology | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Aerospace in China – The next frontier: machine maintenance

By Lily Jin Sales Director, Aerospace China, Wheelabrator The last ten years have been a great success for Aerospace here in China. The sector is going from strength to strength, boosted by the Chinese government’s vision of building its own large … Continue reading

Posted in Aerospace, Economics, International, Politics, R&D, Service Technician, Technology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Airblast, R&D, Technology | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Aerospace, Airblast, Automotive, International, R&D, Safety | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Test it, accelerate it, integrate it – blast processes for automotive

By Heinrich Dropmann Sales Director, OEM Wheel Germany, Wheelabrator If you ask me what the trends are in Automotive that impact our day-to-day work as a blast equipment manufacturer, it’s not new materials or radically new processes that spring to … Continue reading

Posted in Automotive, R&D, Technology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How many engineers does it take to reinvent the wheel?

By Ray Bitzel Global Development Director, Wheelabrator Group The answer to the question is: in my experience, a handful of the best. But the important thing is not the number, but the mix of people. That’s a departure from how we … Continue reading

Posted in R&D, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment