How To Maintain an Efficient Blast Media Work Mix
Signs of A Bad Work Mix
Process is moving slowly.
There is a lot of dust in your process.
Inconsistent surface finish.
Benefits of Using A Healthy Blast Media Mix
There are many benefits to utilizing a blend of sizes in your blasting operation. Some of those benefits include:
- Reduce waste of your blast media by ensuring it is working as efficiently as possible, ultimately saving you money.
- Produce high quality finishes on a consistent basis.
- Increase productivity through a quicker blasting operation. An efficient work mix will achieve the desired finish faster than an inconsistent mix.
How To Achieve & Maintain An Efficient Work Mix
Monitor your work mix through regular screening
Regularly add new media to the mix
Frequently adding small media additions will keep larger particles fed into the system to replace the spent media that is being removed. The amount of blasting you do per day will help determine how frequently you should add new media.
Adding a large amount of new media at the end of the current media cycle will throw off your work mix. This creates an inconsistent mix and results.
Check your dust collector
If you find usable media in the dust collector, make adjustments to the reclaimer and/or dust collector that will dampen the system and stop pulling good media through.
Is there dust in your work mix?
Then it’s time to adjust the reclaim/dust collector system the opposite way and pull spent media and other dusts out of the system.