Category Archives: Technology

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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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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Made in the USA – the rebirth of the North American foundry industry

By Mark Lambrix Director of North American Foundry Technology for Wheelabrator OEM Until recently, the foundry industry had been in decline in North America. Cheap labor costs in countries like China saw companies looking overseas for foundry requirements. Demand dropped … Continue reading

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Superfast flipping of connecting rods and other new tricks

By Trevor Burns Applications Technology Manager at Wheelabrator We have a saying in the Applications team at Wheelabrator – the customer doesn’t want the machine, they want the end result. It sounds obvious, but it actually has profound implications not just for … Continue reading

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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

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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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