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Blast Off 2, Abrasive Blasting Safety Practices, and 3 Tips for Avoiding Poor Blast Machine Performance.

Blast Off 2

For nearly 60 years, Clemco’s Blast Off and then Blast Off 2 have been the gold-standard, pocketbook, reference manuals for the abrasive blasting industry. That’s why more than 1 million copies have circulated around the globe in numerous languages. Clemco first published Blast Off in 1963, but as the abrasive blasting industry evolved, so did Blast Off. It went through several revisions, and the current edition is now titled Blast Off 2. It covers everything from how to position a blast machine, how to choose the best nozzle for a job, how to use safety equipment and to identify potential safety hazards, an overview of the elements of a complete blasting system, and every other imaginable topic in between.

Abrasive Blasting Safety Practices

In 1997, Clemco published the first edition of Abrasive Blasting Safety Practices, which expanded on safety advice originally discussed in Blast Off 2. Subsequent editions of Abrasive Blasting Safety Practices have become as popular as Blast Off 2.

En español

Blast Off 2 and Abrasive Blasting Safety Practices also are available in Spanish.

3 Tips for Avoiding Poor Blast Machine Performance

Poor performance on your blast machines isn’t normal, which is why in 2020 Clemco wrote the eBook 3 Tips for Avoiding Poor Blast Machine Performance. The eBook explains straightforward solutions for three common abrasive blasting mistakes that kill productivity and increase downtime.

 

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Blast from the Past

Before Blast Off

In the 1950s, Clemco (sometimes under the Clementina name) began publishing information about the abrasive blasting industry. Two notable booklets were Sandblasting with Clemco and Sandblasting from a Practical Standpoint, which on Page 1 describes the “Similarity of a Shotgun with Sandblasting.”* Several colorful comparisons were made between hunting with a shotgun and blasting with a Clemco machine, such as:

• Length of barrel
—A long barrel for ducks
—A short barrel for doves

• Length of sandblast nozzle
—A long nozzle for hard hitting
—A short nozzle for close in, or easy cutting

16 mm Films—In Color!

Shortly after Clemco published the first edition of Blast Off, it produced two films that illustrated the book’s content: Blast Off  the movie and the The ABC’s of Surface Preparation. Clemco literature at the time proudly advertised free showings of these two 16 mm color films.

Double Feature

Through the magic of modern technology, Clemco has converted these 16 mm films into digital format. Before viewing these films, remember that Clemco was originally a division of Clementina, a contractor equipment-rental business headquartered in San Francisco, which is why San Francisco backdrops prominently appear in these films. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a bit of blasting industry nostalgia. (In color!)

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Blast Off--A 1960s Training Film
A nostalgic look back at a Clemco training video from the early 1960s.
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ABC's of Surface Preparation--A 1960s Training Film
A nostalgic look back at a Clemco training video from the early 1960s.

*Today the abrasive blasting industry recognizes that sand should NEVER be used in abrasive blasting operations because of the respiratory hazards associated with the use of abrasive containing free silica. Breathing abrasive containing crystalline (free) silica can lead to serious or fatal lung disease.