You May Need Sample Processing If...
Many customers ask what criteria I use to determine if an application could benefit from sample processing. Customers surprise me all the time with unique applications, but a few common characteristics usually indicate a need for sample processing.
ZERO's sample processing technicians test blast or shot peen representative parts, provided by the customer, while modifying the variables to get the best results.
These variables include -
- suction or pressure blasting
- number and size of nozzles or guns
- position of nozzles or guns (distance, angle, spacing)
- blast pressure
- nozzle oscillation speed
- part movement
- media composition and size.
Their goal -- design an automated system to get the desired finish, consistently, and economically.
The simplest automation applications take parts of relatively consistent size, shape, and condition, and apply a predetermined process to produce nearly identical results over a long production run. With the help of quick-change fixtures and programmable controllers, however, ZERO can build machines to handle an assortment of parts over short or long production runs.
So how do you know if sample processing will help you? If you have one or more of the following, call for processing today.
- Two or more employees spend more than half of each day cleaning parts.
- Surface preparation - chemical processes, hand sanding, or manual blasting -- has become a bottleneck in your production line.
- Your surface preparation involves toxic chemicals. (When you factor in the health and safety issues, environmental compliance requirements, and disposal costs for chemicals, an automated blast system can usually pay for itself in less than a year.)
- Your current process produces inconsistent results or causes excessive rework. This is especially true for shot peening, where verifiable and repeatable results are critical to part performance.
- Your current process takes too long. Or, drying the parts after chemical processing takes too long.
- In the past year, you have worn out a manual blast cabinet or have spent more than half the cost of a new manual cabinet keeping your old one running. In the past year, you have worn out one or more employees who prep parts.
- You, your mother, your brother, and your children have grown tired of working nights and weekends hand prepping parts for the next day's production runs.
Ask your Distributor to help you evaluate your current process. He or she can arrange for free sample processing in the ZERO lab, and provide a firm quotation on the equipment you need.