8 Things To Consider When Selecting An Industrial Parts Washer

8 Things To Consider When Selecting An Industrial Parts Washer

8 Things To Consider When Selecting an Industrial Parts Washer

8 Things to Consider When Selecting an Industrial Parts Washer

Aqueous parts washers are grouped into two classifications of parts washing equipment: spray parts washers, and immersion parts washers. Each method of cleaning is effective for different applications and types of parts. Understanding how each type of parts washer works is an important part of the equipment selection process. Now, let’s dive into how each one works.

Main Types of Parts Washers

Spray Parts Washers

A spray parts washer utilizes high pressure spray nozzles to remove contaminants. While water is the main cleaning agent, aqueous cleaners can be added within the process. Spray washers have built-in blowoff options to help remove moisture after the cleaning process. Spray washers come in many types of systems including cabinets, conveyor, monorail, and more. The cleaning processing time is usually quick.

conveyor parts washer

Immersion Parts Washers

The immersion parts washing process utilizes a basket holding the parts that are then dipped into the tank of water and solution. The chemical energy of the solutions works with the mechanical energy of the equipment to remove the contaminants. Agitation and ultrasonics can be added for extra cleaning power. This is ideal for parts with a lot of small cavities. The cleaning processing time usually takes longer.

agitation parts washer

Considerations for Selecting an Industrial Parts Washer

Now that we have a base knowledge of how each type of parts washer functions. Let’s address some things you need to consider when selecting what type of parts washer equipment is best for your cleaning application.

    1. Cleaning Chemistry

    Prior to selecting the parts cleaning equipment, the chemistry needs to be addressed by asking whether aqueous or solvent based cleaning best for your application. The contaminants that you are cleaning are the key factor in this decision. Tough oils require a different process than other contaminants. Therefore, knowing what will be cleaned off the parts is an important process in determining your cleaning chemistry.

    Here is a breakdown of aqueous and solvent solutions:

    Benefits of Solvent

    • Cleans oil better and faster than aqueous.
    • Best material compatibility (multi-metal compatibility).
    • Water free process = no flash rust and quicker drying time.
    • Can clean at lower temperatures.
    • Has a longer bath life and can be distilled/re-used for overall cost reduction.
    • Allows for adjusting time.
    • Best fit: applications with precise cleaning specifications.

    Benefits of Aqueous

    • Can clean a variety of contaminants (oil, water-soluble coolants, rust, carbon).
    • Allows for adjustment of time, concentration, and temperature.
    • Environmentally safe.
    • Easy and economic disposal.
    • Low cost per gallon.
    • Best fit: remanufacturing and tough-to-clean applications.

    When selecting your chemistry, you need to think about the solution concentration, temperature needed requirements, exposure period, and waste management. It’s suggested to have your parts test cleaned to find the best chemistry for your application.  Learn more about cleaning chemistry here.

      2. Cleaning Parameters and Specifications

      The four main components to cleaning parameters and specifications for consideration are temperature, concentration, duration, and dryness. Parts washers vary in the options they can provide to meet these parameters. Depending on the needs of the cleanliness specs, you may need multiple cleaning stages or blow-off/drying stages.

      When your parts have cleanliness specifications that need to be met, make sure that the equipment can meet them. You can request a test on the parts to ensure that it meets your standards. There are multiple methods of testing we provide in our lab including white glove/cotton swab, dyne, millipore, and gravimetric testing.

        3. Part Geometry

        Complex parts with multiple or long cavities require extra consideration when selecting a washer. Immersion with vertical agitation and/or ultrasonics is often the best fit for these cavities, but other times strategically aimed spray nozzles is the best method.

        custom industrial parts washer

          4. Batch Processing vs Continuous Processing

          The overall processing needs of your parts manufacturing will help determine the type of parts cleaning system you select. Will you be washing parts in batches, or will you need a continuous cleaning process?

          The batch cleaning process allows for greater flexibility in the shape and quantity of parts you clean at a time. The continuous cleaning process does offer some flexibility. However, they are designed to process similar shapes and quantities of parts at a high rate to keep the overall manufacturing process running quickly and without interruption.

          parts washer basket

          Batch Processing

          monorail parts washer

          Continuous Flow

            5. Material Handling

            One aspect of part flow that needs to be considered with your equipment plans is material handling. The most common method is manual loading the parts onto a conveyor, table or into a basket. Auto-loading or robotics increase reliability in the parts handling process by removing the operator from the position and allowing them to focus on other duties. Determining how the parts will get to and from the parts cleaning equipment will play a factor in the long-term floor space needed for the project.

              6. Production Volume

              Some parts washers are ideal for small batches of cleaning per cycle, while others are ideal for large batches in an ongoing process. Identify your batch size and the number of batches that need to be cleaned per shift.

                7. Facility Layout

                Facility layout and flow can factor into the type of equipment you select for your parts washing process. We all know that floorspace is a premium and can be hard to come by. Matching the parts cleaning parameters with the available floorspace is a vital step in selecting a parts cleaning system.

                If your production line runs on an in-line and automated system, then you’ll want to look at a parts washer that can be integrated into that system. The other item to look at is speed. Ask yourself, “how quickly do the parts need to be washed before continuing with production?”

                  8. Budget

                  Now comes the part of the discussion no one really wants to talk about, budget. As with most industrial equipment solutions, the more options there are, the higher the cost. Knowing the required specifications, expected volume, and desired outcomes will help you determine the size of budget you should invest into parts washing equipment.

                  There are often other costs associated with a parts cleaning application that can be forgotten in the planning process such as:

                  • Utility costs
                  • Regular bath maintenance – draining, cleaning and re-filling the solution/water mixture
                  • Waste water management and disposal

                  Don’t be caught off guard by these expenses when planning your budget.

                  Now You’re Ready to Research Your Parts Cleaning Needs

                  When selecting a parts washer, there are many things to consider. However, the most important consideration is your part(s) and the contaminant(s) that you will be cleaning. In simple terms, if the parts surface is mostly visible with simple shapes, spray washing is usually ideal. If your part needs to soak or has non-visible surfaces, immersion is typically ideal. There will be exceptions, so it is best to talk to a trained cleaning consultant about your needs first, then request a lab test.

                  Remember that everything covered here can help confirm whether or not a specific parts washer system is right you.

                  Ready To Test Your Parts?

                  Take advantage of our processing labs to test chemistry and parts cleaning processes to ensure you have the best process for your applicaiont. Talk to our team today!

                  OSHA Compliance for Cleaning Solvents

                  OSHA Compliance for Cleaning Solvents

                  osha compliance for cleaning solvents

                  OSHA Compliance for Cleaning Solvents

                  How to prepare your cleaning process to be compliant for future regulations

                  Update (May 3, 2024): The EPA has finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chlorida. It will be fully phased out for all consumer use and most industrial and commerical uses within a year. Exempt companies will have up to 18 months to establish a clear employee protection plan.

                  Parts cleaning is an important part of the manufacturing industry. For a long time, chemicals and solvents have been a staple in these processes. These solvents provide many benefits to the cleaning application. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are seeking to establish new regulations regarding the use of chemicals, both old and new, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In an effort to increase worker safety, the EPA has been working to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals in industrial process.

                  Many harmful cleaning solvents contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are sizable collections of carbon-based chemicals that evaporate into the air. This can compromise worker safety due to the harmful effects of inhaling certain chemicals in the work area. This article serves to help manufacturers maintain OSHA compliance on cleaning solvents regulations.

                  Common symptoms of short-term exposure to high levels of chemicals are:

                  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
                  • Headaches
                  • Nausea / Vomiting
                  • Dizziness
                  • Worsening of asthma symptoms
                  • Chemical burns

                  Common symptoms for long-term exposure to high levels of chemicals are:

                  • Cancer
                  • Liver Damage
                  • Kidney Damage
                  • Central Nervous System Damage

                  In June of 2018, EPA published documents that detail the risks of commonly used and harmful chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In 2020, the EPA issued the “Final Chemical Risk Evaluations” for various solvents. Most evaluated chemical assessments contain direct statements that the EPA has determined, “use of these substances presents unreasonable risk to human health”. Several commonly used degreasing solvents were listed in the report:

                  • 1 Bromopropane (nPB)
                  • Methylene Chloride (MC)
                  • N-Methyl pyrrolidone (NMP)
                  • Perchloroethylene (PERC)
                  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)

                  In January 2022, the EPA released a proposed screening method for public comment and peer review. This was done with intentions to evaluate the potential exposures and associated risks with surrounding communities. The next steps required by the TCSA is to develop a plan to reduce and/or eliminate the risks associated with these solvents. A final rule is expected in the near future, but there are some states that are taking matters into their own hands and banning certain chemicals. Being proactive will save companies in the long run.

                  Planning Ahead for Regulations

                  While in a waiting period for a pending solution to these harmful chemicals, the suggestion is to take action now. Not only are the solvents in question harmful to the environment and people, they may soon come with a hefty fine for their use. It’s vital to be diligent in preparing a plan for compliance. If no plan is put in place for the pending regulations, then you’ll be left scrambling to make fast and expensive changes without the luxury of time to plan accordingly. There are multiple options that you can consider when looking into compliance including:

                  Aqueous Cleaning Process

                  Aqueous cleaning provides a great cleaning option for a variety of processes. But can often be limited by the types of metal and contaminants each unit can clean. This can increase the floor space being used in cleaning processes.

                    • No need for solvents that can be harmful to the environment or workers. Capabale of effectively cleaning using less harmful detergents, inhibitors and other solutions.
                    • Very effective with water soluble contaminants.
                    • Can plug into a facility to allow parts to continuously flow throughout processing.
                    • Types of equipment include cabinet, conveyor, indexing, monorail, rotary, or drum parts washers.

                  View our selection of aqueous cleaning solutions here.

                  conveyor parts washer

                  Convert to Alternate Solvent

                  Partner with your solvent or chemistry supplier, or utilize our lab, to test various solvents that can work in your process.

                  Convert to Vacuum Degreasing Technology

                  Vacuum degreasing technology is quickly growing as one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly processes for cleaning parts. Learn more about vacuum vapor degreasing here.

                  vacuum vapor degreaser

                  Benefits to the Vacuum Degreasing Process

                  Degreasing cleaning systems are ideal for applications where oil has been used in the machining of the parts. Water-soluble coolants aren’t as effective as the oil-based solvents when cleaning these machined components. Here are some other benefits of degreasing cleaning systems:

                  • Low Emissions
                  • Low Chemical Consumption
                  • Reduced energy use
                  • Fully enclosed cleaning chamber – reducing EHS concerns
                  • Parts are dried in the cleaning chamber, no separate stage needed
                  • Greatly reduced operator exposure
                  • Reduced maintenance and downtime
                  • Reclaim clean and dry chips and fines
                  • Reclaim cutting oils for reuse

                  Recommended Replacement Solvents

                  • Modified Alcohols
                  • HFOs
                  • HFEs
                  • Refined Hydrocarbons
                  • Trans Blends

                  Benefits to these solvents:

                      • Highest PEL Limits for Personnel Safety
                      • Lowest Global Warming Potential
                      • Lowest Surface Tension
                      • VOC FREE or Very Low Rating
                      • Non-flammable
                        • Carbon Footprint Contribution
                        • Operation Temperature
                        • Multi-metals / Lubes Compatibility
                        • Rapid Drying – Generally Residue Free
                        • Stability

                        Things you should consider when looking at compliance:

                        Staying compliant with OSHA and EPA standards will help avoid forced shutdowns, fines, and health concerns of employees. There are a lot of factors you need to consider when looking to make a change in your cleaning processes. Here is a breakdown of some of the things you need to take into consideration to plan your transition.

                        EHS Concerns – What changes do you need to ensure all operators and employees near the operations remain safe before, during, and after the change in application.

                        Production Flow – What is the current production flow of parts through the cleaning process and how will a new piece of equipment affect the flow? What is the current cycle time compared to the new cycle time post-conversion?

                        Production Shutdown – A transition will most likely cause a production shutdown. This will be affected by a number a factors including the amount of time to remove and install new equipment, set up time, and calibration. If just switching chemistry, shutdowns will most likely be shorter, but knowing how long you’ll be down is important for planning production goals.

                        Total cost – The cost involved in transitioning your cleaning process has a lot of components including the cost of new equipment, change in cost of the chemistry and transportation, change in energy usage for the new process, and waste disposal for different solvents.

                        Are You Still Using TCA, nPB, or Other Harmful Chemicals?

                        If you’re still using harmful chemicals iny our cleaning process, contact our team today and discuss OSHA compliance and worker safety. Our team will find the best process for your cleaning requirements.

                        Maintenance Tips for Abrasive Blasting

                        Maintenance Tips for Abrasive Blasting

                        Maintenance Tips for Abrasive Blasting

                        Maintenance Tips for Abrasive Blasting

                        Abrasive blasting operations rely on equipment to complete the job. Ensuring the blast equipment is running efficiently and not breaking down is an important part of any blast operation. These maintenance tips will help keep your blasting operation running efficiently and limit any shutdowns.

                        Commonly Replaced Blast Parts

                        With the use of abrasives, metal components, seals and gaskets will start to wear down. Regular replacement of these part is important to ensure that equipment runs at peak performance, avoiding a potential job shutdown.

                        Here is a list of the most commonly replaced items on blast equipment:

                        • Pop-Up Valve Seat & Seal
                        • Grit Valve and its Components
                        • Exhaust Muffler
                        • Blast Hose
                        • Blast Nozzle
                        • Nozzle Holder
                        • Remote Control Handle and Hoses
                        • Remote Control Valve Kits

                        We have replacement blast parts in stock. View our blast parts here.

                        blast pot diagram
                        blast pot diagram

                        Negative Effects of Nozzle Wear

                        An abrasive blast nozzle naturally wears down with use. The type of nozzle material, blast media, air pressure, and work time all play a role in just how quickly this happens. Keeping a nozzle gauge handy will assist in monitoring the rate of wear on your nozzle to know when to replace it.

                        Negative effects of nozzle wear:

                        Increased Air Consumption

                        • Reduces the life of your compressor
                        • Increases energy use of maintenance costs

                        Irregular Blast Pattern

                        • This increases time (labor hours) spent on part(s) as the blast pattern is uneven and erratic.
                        • Inconsistent end product, lowering the quality of work
                        abrasive blast pattern

                        Commonly Replaced Safety & PPE Parts

                        Operator safety is a vital part of the abrasive blasting process. Blasting creates dust that can be dangerous when inhaled, as well as creates physical dangers by way of sharp pieces of media, high air pressures, and obstacles in the blast environment. There are components of the breathing air respirator and filter that need to be replaced regularly.

                        Here is a list of the most commonly replaced items on personal protection equipment:

                        • Tear Away Lenses
                        • Replacement Lens & Gasket
                        • Helmet Suspension
                        • Hygiene Pads
                        • Air Filter Cartridge
                        • Breathing Tube

                        We carry safety equipment and replacement parts in stock. View our safety & PPE items here.

                        RPB Nova 3 blast hood

                        Tips & Tools to Keep Up with Maintenance

                        Maintenance is about regular up-keep to equipment rather than just repairing equipment after it breaks down. Knowing the ins and outs of your operation is key to planning your maintenance, as there are many factors that affect the rate of wear.

                        Here are some tools you can utilize to help navigate your blast equipment maintenance:

                        • Grit Valve Selection – Selecting the appropriate grit valve and components to withstand the type of media used for the blasting application. Having the correct components will limit how quickly they wear down with use.
                        • Needle Gauge – Provides an accurate reading of air pressure at the nozzle to ensure you are blasting at the appropriate psi.
                        • Nozzle Gauge – Measures the inside diameter of the nozzle to check if the nozzle has worn down below the requirement for the blasting operation.
                        blast nozzle gauge

                        Maintenance and Repair Services

                        Through an experienced technician, Midvale offers maintenance and repair services on blast equipment. Contact our team about your equipment’s regular maintenance, repairs, and replacement parts.

                        What You Need to Know About the 2022 Chemical Excise Tax

                        What You Need to Know About the 2022 Chemical Excise Tax

                        chemical excise tax

                        What You Need to Know About the 2022 Chemical Excise Tax

                        And How It Affects the Manufacturing Industries


                        The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has re-instated a previous chemical tax after a hiatus for over 25 years. This ‘new’ chemical tax has amendments including updated tax rates on chemicals and chemical substances. The taxable items are broken up as “taxable chemicals” and “taxable substances”.

                        When does the Chemical Excise Tax go into effect?

                        As of July 1st, 2022 the Chemical Excise Tax is in full effect. The first return is due by October 31st, 2022 for the calendar quarter that ends on September 30th, 2022.

                        What is the tax rate?

                        The tax rate varies based on the type of chemical or substance. The rates range from as low as $0.44 per ton up to $9.74 per ton.

                        Which chemicals are included in the Chemical Excise Tax?

                        The IRS has compiled a list of “taxable chemicals” and “taxable chemical substances” that are to be taxed, which is subject to change. The “taxable substances” is considered as a substance that is comprised of more than 20% of one of the taxable chemicals, by weight or volume.

                        Scroll to the bottom for full list of chemicals and substances.

                        Who is responsible for paying the tax?

                        As stated by the IRS, “the manufacturer, producer, or importer of the taxable chemical is responsible for reporting and paying the section 4661 tax to the IRS. For taxable substances, the importer of the taxable substance is responsible for reporting and paying the section 4671 tax to the IRS.”

                        The taxes are to be reporting quarterly and payments be semimonthly. Those responsible for paying these chemical taxes must report them on IRS Form 720 and Form 6627.

                        How does this affect manufacturing industries?

                        Many chemicals in the excise tax are commonly used in many products throughout various industries, including foundry and parts cleaning applications. As this tax takes effect, price increases are likely from the manufacturers and importers of these products.

                        This tax affects such a wide range of chemicals that most industries will be affected. If you have any processes that use chemicals, you’ll be affected. Most of the affect as a use within your applications will come as prices increase long term from manufacturers and importers. Below are some specific items/processes that will be affected.

                        Foundry Industry

                        Some key items affected by this chemical tax will be sand binders, flux, adhesives, release agents, alloys, chromite sand, and more.

                        Parts Cleaning

                        Parts cleaning involves the use of various chemicals to aid in the cleaning of contaminants. Some of these chemicals may include the taxable items, driving a future increase in price on these items.

                        Have questions on how this affects you?

                        Contact our team and discuss potential proactive measures to prepare for this ‘new’ tax.

                        List of “taxable chemicals”:

                        • Acetylene
                        • Benzene
                        • Butane
                        • Butylene
                        • Butadiene
                        • Ethylene
                        • Methane
                        • Naphthalene
                        • Propylene
                        • Toluene
                        • Xylene
                        • Ammonia
                        • Antimony
                        • Antimony trioxide
                        • Arsenic
                        • Arsenic trioxide
                        • Barium sulfide
                        • Bromine
                        • Cadmium
                        • Chlorine
                        • Chromium
                        • Chromite
                        • Potassium dichromate
                        • Sodium dichromate
                        • Cobalt
                        • Cupric sulfate
                        • Cupric oxide
                        • Cuprous oxide
                        • Hydrochloric acid
                        • Hydrogen fluoride
                        • Lead oxide
                        • Mercury
                        • Nickel
                        • Phosphorus
                        • Stannous chloride
                        • Stannic chloride
                        • Zinc chloride
                        • Zinc sulfate
                        • Potassium hydroxide
                        • Sodium hydroxide
                        • Sulfuric acid
                        • Nitric acid

                        List of “taxable substances”:

                        • 1,4 butanediol
                        • 1,3-butylene glycol
                        • 1,5,9-cyclododecatriene
                        • 2-ethyl hexanol
                        • 2-ethylhexyl acrylate
                        • 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,3-pentanediol diisobutyrate
                        • 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,3-pentanediol monoisobutyrate
                        • acetic acid
                        • acetylene black
                        • adipic acid
                        • adiponitrile
                        • allyl chloride
                        • alpha-methylstyrene
                        • aniline
                        • benzaldehyde
                        • benzoic acid
                        • bisphenol-A
                        • butanol
                        • butyl acrylate
                        • butyl benzyl phthalate
                        • chlorinated polyethylene
                        • cyclododecanol
                        • decabromodiphenyl oxide
                        • di-2 ethyl hexyl phthalate
                        • di-n-hexyl adipate
                        • diethanolamine
                        • diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A
                        • diisopropanolamine
                        • dimethyl terephthalate
                        • dimethyl-2, 6-naphthalene dicarboxylate
                        • diphenyl oxide
                        • diphenylamine
                        • epichlorohydrin
                        • ethyl acetate
                        • ethyl acrylate
                        • ethyl chloride
                        • ethylene dibromide
                        • ethylenebistetrabromophthalimide
                        • formic acid
                        • glycerine
                        • hexabromocyclododecane
                        • hexamethylenediamine
                        • isobutyl acetate
                        • isopropyl acetate
                        • linear alpha olefins
                        • methyl acrylate
                        • methyl chloroform
                        • methyl isobutyl ketone
                        • methyl methacrylate
                        • monochlorobenzene
                        • monoethanolamine
                        • monoisopropanolamine
                        • normal butyl acetate
                        • normal propyl acetate
                        • nylon 6/6
                        • ortho-dichlorobenzene
                        • ortho-nitrochlorobenzene
                        • paraformaldehyde
                        • para-dichlorobenzene
                        • para-nitrochlorobenzene
                        • para-nitrophenol
                        • pentaerythritol
                        • perchloroethylene
                        • phenol
                        • phosphorous pentasulfide
                        • phosphorous trichloride
                        • poly 1,4 butyleneterephthalate
                        • poly (69/31 ethylene/cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate)
                        • poly (96.5/3.5 ethylene/cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate)
                        • poly (98.5/1.5 ethylene/cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate)
                        • poly(ethyleneoxy)glycerol
                        • poly(propylene)glycol
                        • poly(propylene/ethylene)glycol
                        • poly(propyleneoxy)glycerol
                        • poly(propyleneoxy)sucrose
                        • poly(propyleneoxy/ethyleneoxy)benzenediamine
                        • poly(propyleneoxy/ethyleneoxy)diamine
                        • poly(propyleneoxy/ethyleneoxy)glycerol
                        • poly(propyleneoxy/ethyleneoxy)sucrose
                        • polyalphaolefins
                        • polybutene
                        • polybutylene
                        • polybutylene/ethylene
                        • polycarbonate
                        • polyethylene terephthalate pellets
                        • propanol
                        • sodium nitriolotriacetate monohydrate
                        • synthetic linear fatty alcohols
                        • synthetic linear fatty alcohol ethoxylates
                        • terephthalic acid
                        • tetrabromobisphenol-A
                        • tetrachlorophthalic anhydride
                        • tetrahydrofuran
                        • texanol benzyl phthalate
                        • toluene diisocyanate
                        • toluenediamine
                        • trichloroethylene
                        • triethanolamine
                        • triisopropanolamine
                        • trimethylolpropane
                        • vinyl acetate

                        7 Things You Should Be Doing When Sandblasting

                        7 Things You Should Be Doing When Sandblasting

                        tips for sandblasting

                        7 Things You Should Be Doing When Sandblasting

                        Every project requires a it’s own blasting process, equipment and media selection, but here are a few general sandblasting tips to help guide you in the process.

                        1.)  Never Blast With Silica Sand

                        Besides new stricter laws addressing Silica PEL Limits, crystaline silica leads to a deadly disease known as silicosis.  Never use  silica sand (also known river sand and sugar sand) for abrasive blasting.  Consider using other low cost alternatives such as Black Beauty Coal Slag, Green Diamond Sand, Starblast

                        2.)  Reclaim Your Media

                        If you want to save money, find a way to reclaim your media.  There are several ways to reclaim media, one way is to use a blast cabinet or blast room with a reclamation system.  In open blasting situations outdoors pneumatic blast and recovery systems are a great option as well as blast and vac systems.

                        blast recovery system

                        3.) Choosing A Blasting Abrasive

                        Selecting your blast media is an important part of the overall process. You need to ensure that the media is safe to use on your substrate, whether or not you can reclaim and recycle, and the desired outcome. Ask your media supplier for an estimate on blast bycles for the media you think will fit best. (See Below)

                        abrasive blasting media guide

                        4.) Make Sure You Are Using The Right Sized Compressor For Your Nozzle

                        Larger Blast Nozzle typically equals more production, that being said it also requires more CFM and Horsepower from your compressor. The chart above illustrates what is required from compressor based on nozzle and pressure at the nozzle. Tip: It is a good practice to base your compressor size requirements based on the next nozzle size up, to accommodate for nozzle wear especially when blasting with aggressive media.

                        There are several types of blast nozzles to choose from. They very in size, shape and material.

                        sandblast hose sizing
                        sandblasting abrasive consumption chart

                        5.)  Choose The Correct Blast Hose

                        Choosing the correct size and type of blast hose will not only ensure a longer life of the hose based ont he type of media you are using, but will also help reduce operator fatigue. Ensuring your operators are working at the highest level will increase production and efficiency. There are several types of blast hose to choose from, some factors to consider include weight, durability, flexibility, and is it static dissipating.

                        sandblast hose

                        6.)  Wear Proper PPE With Protective Clothing

                        If you are not sure what personal protection equipment you should wear when abrasive blasting, contact your media supplier or you can call reach out to a Midvale Technical Rep.  Typical protective equipment includes a blast helmet, blast helmet lenses, blast suit and cape, blast gloves, air supply line, breathing air hose, CO monitor, CPF Filter, and sometimes an ambient air pump.

                        sandblasting hood

                        7.)  Cheap Abrasives May Not Be That Cheap

                        There are a number of factors that determine the “true cost” of an abrasive: The dollar amount per pound, the number of cycles, and your reclaim system.

                        As mentioned in tip number 3 reusability is important, blast media that initially seems very expensive such as steel shot/grit (reusability 200+ cycles) versus a cheaper abrasive such as coal slag (reusability 1 – 3 cycles).  While steel media is superior in reusability it is not cheaper if you cannot reclaim it effectively (see tip #2).

                        Start Sandblasting Today

                        Interested in learning more about how to make your sandblasting operation efficient and productive? Or starting your blasting operation from the ground up? Talk to our team of technically trained reps today.