CASE STUDY: GENERAL DYNAMICS - USA

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General Dynamics is a market leader in the manufacturing of combat vehicles, weapons systems, marine systems and business aviation.

The company uses Vixen’s Aquablast to finish parts of machinery that are used in the military, including parts of aeroplane wings and actuators. These parts and others are made from a range of metals such as aluminium, stainless steel and titanium, and it is important for these to look impressive. General Dynamics use their Aquablast in the last stages of the production process, to deburr the components and remove any unwanted edges and ridges created during manufacturing.

To aid the vapor blasting process, staff at General Dynamics add a 120 grit Silicone Carbide media to the application which is very effective at deburring parts to create a cosmetic finish. It is important for the components being finished to look impressive on the eye,

Before purchasing their Vixen Aquablast, General Dynamics used another vapor blasting machine manufactured by a different company. John Clausen, purchasing supervisor at General Dynamics, said: “Our previous machine was old and run down, meaning the finish was far from superior. We were spending lots of money on repairing our old machine, until we decided to invest in a Vixen Aquablast, and we are immensely happy with our new results.”

The new Aquablast now means that the finishing process is up to 50 per cent quicker than with the company’s old machine, meaning that productions times have been reduced significantly. John added: “Our new Aquablast doesn’t tumble the parts that we need finishing – meaning that they are not damaged in any way. As well as performing fantastically, the machine looks great too. It’s far more modern and advanced than anything we have used before.”

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