Cube Aquablast®

Vixen’s Cube Aquablast® is the ideal machine to fit seamlessly into a busy workplace or production line, due to the cubic shape and double guillotine doors

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The Cube Aquablast® uses Vixen’s wetblasting technology like the standard Aquablast®.

The addition of the guillotine door opening, along with the fixed internal and external rails, makes the machine easier to load and blast components that are passed through a production line. The rail conveyor system that is fitted allows larger and heavier components to be loaded in and out of the machine freely and easily.

All of the controls for the Cube Aquablast® are located on the sloping panel above the large viewing window for ease of operator use. The machine is also available in the three standard Aquablast® sizes; the 915, 1215 and 1515. Alternatively, Vixen is also able to modify the machine to meet the customer’s specifications and requirements.

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Aquablast Cube
  • Dust free process
  • Blast & Degrease
  • Cleans by flow
  • 'Soft' finish appearance
  • Longer media life
  • 100% stainless steel
  • Large side door
  • Rubber lining
  • Windscreen wiper
  • Tungsten Carbide nozzle
  • Machine pictured is fitted with a double cyclone system to separate good media from fines and spent abrasive
  • Machine pictured is fitted with a heated rinse tank underneath
  • High pressure rinse guns
  • Height: 1050mm
  • Width: 1215mm
  • Depth: 1180mm

Closed loop system

Closed loop bucketVixen’s closed loop system allows the machine to operate without the need of a mains water supply or drain nearby. This system is a large sedimentation filter unit that filters the liquid sufficiently and uses a heavy-duty air operated diaphragm pump to recycle water for the rinse gun and window wash.

The closed loop sedimentation tank is supplied with a series of Vixen designed containers which have an overlap feature. These are Vixen’s tooling and are fitted with weirs to allow water to cascade from one container to allow fine particles of debris or broken abrasive to settle in the containers. These containers can easily be removed for cleaning individually and make maintenance of the closed loop system quick and easy. Read more

Trolley and turntable with external loading

Trolley turntableWhere heavy items are to be processed it is often easier to load these items externally 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.

Fixed turntable inside blast chamber

Fixed turntableTurntables 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.

Automatic media concentration monitor

Media concentration monitorWhere 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.

Free standing hydro cyclone

Free standing hydrocloneThis item comes complete on a stainless steel frame and is 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 blast gun holder

Fixed blast gun holderWith 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.

Wet cyclonic media clarification

Wet cyclonic media clarificationThe 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.

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Our Aquablast machine was tailored to suit our individual requirements and for a very reasonable price, we have achieved the desired results. The Aquablast® has also resulted in Qioptiq removing a subcontract operation for all wet blasting needs and is now achieving consistent results with vastly reduced cycle times. The machine is functioning better than expected despite being worked hard, and is providing consistent results with a cycle time that has surpassed anything that we have achieved using manual blast methods.
Peter Hewitt
Qioptiq, UK

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