Aquablast® 1515

THE AQUABLAST®  1515 WET BLASTING MACHINE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY VIXEN TO SIMULTANEOUSLY DEGREASE AND BLAST A MULTITUDE OF COMPONENTS. THIS WET BLASTING MACHINE IS TOP-OF-THE-RANGE AMONGST THE STANDARD AQUABLAST®  PRODUCTS.

The process cleans by flow to produce a 'soft' finish, while eliminating impact. With water acting as a lubricant, media impregnation is avoided and the life of the blast media consequently extended. The full process is detailed below:

The water/media slurry is contained within the wet blasting cabinet sump.

Delivery of the slurry to the manual blast nozzle is via a glandless polyurethane pump and associated hoses located inside the wet blasting machine.

Compressed air is added at the blast nozzle to accelerate the slurry and provide the cleaning effect.

After contact with the component, the slurry then drains back into the sump creating a re-circulating system.

Fine broken down media and other contaminants are fed via an overflow to a sedimentation filter located at the rear of the wet blasting machine.

  • Dust-free process
  • Blast and degrease
  • Cleans by flow
  • 'Soft' finish appearance
  • Longer media life
  • 100% stainless steel
  • Large side door
  • Rubber lining
  • Windscreen wiper
  • Tungsten Carbide nozzle
Width Depth Height
1500mm 1350mm 1023mm

Trolley and turntable with external loading

Trolley and turntable with external loading

Where heavy items are to be processed it is often easier to load these items external to the blast cabinet using an overhead crane or perhaps a fork lift truck. Vixen offer this facility on all the Aquablast range with standard and special load capacities where required. The turntable can be moved outside of the chamber, loaded and wheeled back in. In some cases where needed the turntables can be linked to an electric drive inside the cabinet for operator ease.

Free standing Hydro cyclone

Free standing Hydro cyclone

This item comes complete on a stainless steel frame and being very light it can easily be lifted into the cabinet. Once inside the cabinet a bucket is placed under the cyclone and the blast gun is connected to the cyclone. The operator simply depresses the foot pedal and the abrasive begins filling the bucket which enables easy emptying of the machine of abrasive.

Fixed Turntable inside blast chamber

Fixed Turntable inside blast chamber

Turntables are a very popular option. A fixed turntable inside the machine enables easy manoeuvrability of the components to be blasted. These turntables can also be electrically gear driven if required, but in most cases can be manipulated by hand with loads of up to 50kg.

Fixed blast gun holder

Fixed blast gun holder

With small components it is often easier for the gun to be locked into a holder and the operator simply manipulates the small part in the blast stream.

Automatic media concentration monitor

Automatic media concentration monitor

Where the integrity of the abrasive is critical and the concentration must be absolutely constant, it is often easier to use the media concentration monitor which enables the operator to check the abrasive mix periodically by simply pressing a button.

Wet Cyclonic media clarification

Wet Cyclonic media clarification

The wet cyclones are designed to automatically remove broken down abrasive and sediment from the blasting process. These are normally specified where the blasting process is critical such as aerospace applications. The benefits of the wet cyclone are that any spent abrasive is removed and the finish integrity does not deteriorate in any way as the abrasive remains consistent.

DO I NEED THE MACHINE TO BE CONNECTED TO A WATER SUPPLY OR SITED NEAR A DRAIN?

The machine can be supplied with a closed loop rinse system where the water used for the windscreen wash and rinsing after blasting is simply recycled and filtered in a sedimentation tank sited at the rear of the machine. Periodically this sedimentation tank needs emptying (usually once per week) and refilling with clean water.

 

IS THE AQUABLAST®  CABINET SUPPLIED AS A COMPLETE UNIT, WHAT ELSE DO I REQUIRE TO RUN IT?

Vixen’s Aquablast®  machines are supplied as a complete unit. You would need to source a suitable air compressor to run the machine.

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF WETBLASTING OVER DRY BLASTING?

Wetblasting produces a finer finish than dry blasting and is ideal for the cleaning of more delicate components. The Aquablast®  machines use a water and abrasive slurry to simultaneously blast and degrease which prevents impregnation of media onto the component. One of the major advantages of wetblasting is that it is a dust free process.

 

WHAT IS THE LOAD CAPACITY OF AN AQUABLAST® ?

The Aquablast’s standard load capacities are: Aquablast 915 – 80-100 kg, Aquablast 1215 – 250 kg and an Aquablast®  1515 – 250 kg. Vixen can also design an Aquablast®  machine for customers who require a larger load capacity. As well as this, trollies are also available to ease loading of larger parts and can be decided upon after further consultations with one of Vixen’s sales engineers.

 

WHERE CAN I GET SPARE PARTS OR MEDIA FOR MY AQUABLAST®  CABINET?

Vixen can supply all additional spare parts to the customer. Once a customer has purchased a machine, they will be allocated an account handler who is available to give advice and support on parts and consumables.

 

WILL MY METAL COMPONENTS RUST IF I FINISH THEM USING THE AQUABLAST?

Although the Aquablast machine uses water to blast components, rust inhibitors and other detergents can be added to the application to ensure that metal components do not rust or corrode. Call us today to find out more

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