Surface Preparation ‘Bible’

Surface Preparation & Coating Application

In cooperation with Mr. Fitzsimmons and Corrodere UK, we are proud to show you our surface preparation book. This book is available on request and an absolute must-have. Grinding, chipping, sanding, scraping, gritblasting, waterjetting and bristle Blasting are covered topics in this book. Mr. Fitzsimmons is also famous for the Coating Atlas

Hempel Coating Workshop in Argentina

Hempel Coating Workshop in Argentina

Education is key to make sure there is no disagreement over quality of surface preparation and coating. MontiPower Brasil, Mr. Dirk Pohlmann and his team trained more than 22 companies with people from different backgrounds such  coating contracting, coating application companies, surface preparation firms and Hempel sales partners.  We thank Hempel for this opportunity. The feedback was amazing. For optimal quality, preparation and coating go hand in hand.
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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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The different tools for surface conditioning

The different tools for surface conditioning

Conditioning, machining and cleaning metal surfaces exists in many ways. All these forms of surface preparation have one and the same purpose: to remove coatings, mill scale, rust and other dirt, in order to extend the life of a steel object. Often this is done prior to the application of a (possibly new) coating. To do this properly, it is important that the surface is cleaned and prepared so that an adhesive layer is created in the surface. There are various surface conditioning tools to accomplish this. But what are these tools, how do they work, and how do MontiPower power tools play a role in this?

Sandblasting as a surface conditioning tool

One of the best known and most widely used tools for surface conditioning is abrasive blasting. There are different ways of abrasive blasting, which are broadly the same way of working. In surface conditioning with abrasive blasting, an abrasive combined with air is applied at very high pressure to the surface. Because of the high speed at which this happens, the impact of the abrasive causes coatings and dirt to easily come off the object. Originally, the most widely used method of abrasive blasting was sandblasting. The grain of sand had such a good abrasive effect that sandblasting was used in many industries. Over time, however, several disadvantages of sandblasting came to light. For example, sandblasting not only proved to be very harsh on the surface, but also very harmful to human health. It caused sandblasting to be banned in many countries worldwide.

Surface conditioning with other blasting media

After sandblasting was banned in many countries, alternative abrasives for surface conditioning had to be sought, such as bead blasting, wheel blasting and vacuum blasting. These alternatives were found in blasting with glass, corundum and plastic, among others. To this day, these materials are still used as tools for surface conditioning. Yet, despite the fact that these methods of abrasive blasting do not have the dangers of sandblasting, they themselves have their drawbacks. First of all, abrasive blasting is a difficult job to perform as an individual. To ensure the best possible surface finish, it is therefore recommended that this always be done by a professional, which makes abrasive blasting relatively expensive. Also, with abrasive blasting, the abrasive has a very aggressive effect on the surface. This removes coatings, dirt, rust and mill scale in a very effective way, but because of the high speed at which the abrasive is applied to the surface, damage to the object can easily occur. Because of this, vapor blasting, in which water is added to the abrasive, is often used when preparing more fragile surfaces. However, this method of abrasive blasting is not powerful enough when there is heavy soiling.

The tools for surface conditioning from MontiPower

MontiPower’s Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are the revolutionary tools in the field of surface conditioning. The power tools combine all the good things of abrasive blasting with a patented technique, which responds to all the disadvantages they bring. For example, the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are hand-held tools that are easy to use yourself. In this way, you are no longer dependent on external parties for the conditioning of surfaces and can easily remove coatings, paint, rust and mill scale yourself. Due to the effective operation of the tools, surface conditioning will be a piece of cake from now on. Moreover, the specially designed technology of the tools not only ensures thorough removal of dirt; it also creates a surface profile, which is comparable to the adhesion layer created by the various blasting methods. With our wide range of rotary brushes, you will always find a suitable method of surface conditioning for your own specific situation at MontiPower. It makes the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® the perfect alternative to sandblasting and other methods of abrasive blasting.

How do MontiPower’s surface conditioning tools work?

MontiPowers powertools for surface conditioning work with a rotating brush, which features specially designed curved tips. The rotation of the brush and its points ensures that different types of metal surfaces can be cleaned and prepared quickly and easily. In this rotation of the brush, the bent points are briefly stopped by the so-called “accelerator bar”. This causes a small hiccup in the rotation, so that the bent brush tips – partly due to the high speed – are released with extra large force into the surface. Due to this high force, the brush tips of the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are immediately released upon contact with the surface. This initially ensures highly effective and precise removal of coatings, rust, mill scale and other dirt, but this is not the only thing. The violent impact of the brush tips into the surface also creates the profile that can be used as an adhesion layer for a new coating.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MontiPower: the solution in the field of surface preparation

Surface preparation solutions

Surface preparation exists in many different forms. Whenever a metal surface needs to be stripped of rust, coatings, mill scale or other dirt, there are various possibilities for this. The traditionally best known form of surface preparation is abrasive blasting, such as grit blasting, bead blastingwheel blasting and vacuum blasting. The surface is cleaned and prepared by applying an abrasive under high pressure. A common form, which has been used for many years, but nevertheless also has the necessary disadvantages. MontiPower, with the Bristle Blaster® and MBX®, responds to these disadvantages and offers the solution for surface preparation with a revolutionary technique.

The disadvantages and solutions for surface preparation

Despite the fact that abrasive blasting has been done for quite some time, several disadvantages of this method of surface preparation have come to light over the years. But what are these disadvantages really? And in what way do MontiPower power tools offer the solution for surface preparation?

Disadvantage 1: abrasive blasting can be dangerous

One of the biggest disadvantages of traditional forms of surface preparation is that they can be very dangerous. Not only are they often hard on the surface, but people, animals and the environment can also be damaged by frequent abrasive blasting. The best-known example of this is sandblasting, which is one of the first forms of abrasive blasting developed and has been the most widely used for many years. This involved the use of quartz sand, which falls apart into very small particles during the blasting process. Research showed that inhaling the particles could have very harmful effects on human health, and in the worst case even fatal consequences. It caused sandblasting to be banned worldwide in numerous countries.

Not only sandblasting; other forms of surface preparation can also be very harmful. Another good example, chemical surface preparation, in which the metal surface is cleaned using an acid solution. This acid – usually hydrochloric acid – is a very aggressive agent, which, when coming into contact with it, can have the necessary harmful effects. Moreover, when using this acid, harmful fumes can be created, which can affect not only people, but also the nearby environment.

How does MontiPower offer the solution for surface preparation?

MontiPower attaches great importance to safety and health. The various power tools are therefore developed in such a way that they are considered safer than the traditional forms of surface preparation. For instance, no processing under high pressure takes place, no abrasives or other (harmful) substances are used and in the design of the Bristle Blaster® and MBX®, ergonomics have also been taken into account. In this way, surface preparation is made easier in a safe and healthy way.

Disadvantage 2: surface preparation is difficult to carry out

Preparing different types of surfaces is a job that needs to be done accurately. On the one hand, it is important that the surface is removed from rust, coatings and dirt as effectively as possible, but when the impact of the abrasive is too strong, damage to the object may occur. The balance in this is difficult to determine when using blasting machines. For this reason, surface preparation is not an easy job for private individuals to perform. For this reason, it is advisable to have the surface preparation with abrasive blasting carried out by a professional company at all times. This will always make you dependent on an external party, and the surface preparation will also be a relatively expensive job.

How does MontiPower offer the solution for surface preparation?

MontiPower’s Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are the only manually operated power tools in the world that can be used for surface preparation. Because the devices are hand-operated and very easy to use, the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® can be easily operated by yourself. The revolutionary technology with which the power tools are equipped ensures that surfaces are prepared and cleaned thoroughly yet accurately, so you do not have to worry about any damage to the object. Because the tools are easily operated by yourself, you are no longer dependent on an outside party.

Disadvantage 3: surface preparation is harmful to the environment and nature

Earlier, we mentioned the fact that the traditional forms of surface preparation can have very negative effects on human health. But not only human beings; also on the environment and the surrounding nature, the different forms of abrasive blasting can have very harmful effects. For example, the environment can be polluted with released abrasives and chemical substances can affect the environment and nature.

How does MontiPower provide the solution for surface preparation?

MontiPower’s Bristle Blaster® and MBX® responds in several ways to the disadvantages of abrasive blasting in terms of environmental and natural pollution. First, MontiPower’s power tools do not use loose abrasives. Also, chemical agents that can be harmful to the environment and nature are not used with the Bristle Blaster® and MBX®. Moreover, the brush belts of MontiPower’s tools can be returned for recycling after use. It makes the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® the solution in the field of surface preparation.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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What is corrosion?

What is corrosion?

Corrosion can be defined as deterioration of metal as a result of a chemical reaction with factors from the environment. This reaction can be caused by various factors, which is why many different types of corrosion can be distinguished. One of the best known forms of corrosion is rust. A brown layer forms on the metal as a result of a chemical reaction between oxygen and damp. Both terms – corrosion and rust – are often used interchangeably. However, the use of both terms is incorrect. Whereas corrosion can be defined as the umbrella term for the deterioration of metal, rust is only one example of this. And although rust is indeed one of the best known forms of corrosion, other forms of corrosion can also be distinguished. But which other forms of corrosion do we know? And how can you best remove corrosion?

Types of corrosion

As said, there are several types of corrosion. Corrosion is caused by a chemical reaction between different factors. In case of rust this is oxygen and damp, but corrosion can also be caused by acid, electrical tension or bacteria. We can differentiate the following ten different types of corrosion:

  • Oxygen corrosion
  • Uniform corrosion
  • Acid corrosion
  • Galvanic corrosion
  • Stress corrosion cracking
  • Stray current corrosion
  • Pothole corrosion
  • Crevice corrosion
  • Intercrystalline corrosion
  • Microbacterial corrosion

Would you like to know more about corrosion and its origins? Then read more about the different types of corrosion.

Removing corrosion

There are several ways to remove corrosion. Traditionally, this was mainly done by abrasive blasting. With this method of surface preparation, an abrasive is applied to the surface at high pressure in combination with air, which removes corrosion, but also other dirt such as mill scale and coatings. A well-known example of abrasive blasting is sandblasting. Over time, however, several disadvantages of blasting came to light. For example, several dangers of sandblasting were discovered, and blasting is also a time-consuming and expensive activity.

With the Bristle Blaster® and MBX®, MontiPower offers the revolutionary techniques in the field of surface preparation. The electrically driven tools are easy to operate and have a very fast and effective operation. The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are characterized by a rotating brush with patented curved brush tips. These brush tips not only ensure effective corrosion removal, but also create a surface profile that can be used as an adhesion layer for a new coating. This makes the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® the perfect alternative to sandblasting and other abrasive blasting techniques.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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What is welding and what techniques are used?

What is welding and what techniques are used?

Welding is a joining technique used to make two materials into one. When materials are welded, they are joined together under very high temperatures, combined with high pressure. In the process, a small portion of the material is liquefied to allow for the attachment of both objects. By using two virtually identical materials, continuity is created between the two objects. Welding is mainly used when joining steel objects, but can also be applied to stainless steel, aluminum and some plastics, for example. For the welding process to be successful, the materials must at least be fusible.

Different welding techniques

Although in most cases, welding is done in the same way, there are different welding techniques. Which welding technique can best be used in which situation depends on the situation and the purpose of the materials. In order to explain the differences between the various welding techniques, we will take a closer look at the three most common methods of welding.

Electrode Welding

Electrode welding is also known in the world of welding as clad electrode welding or arc welding. This method of welding is mainly used when welding steel and stainless steel. It is unsuitable to use for aluminum. In electrode welding, you use a welding machine in combination with a package of covered electrodes. These electrodes are intended as an additive material in the welding process and will melt to the object as the process progresses. This melting process will then produce slag on the steel object. Slag is a brittle material that, in most cases, is created because the steel material has not been sufficiently cleaned of dirt, rust, paint or other coatings beforehand. This slag can be removed after the welding process is completed. Because the electrodes are coated, the use of a shielding gas, which is often required in other welding methods, is not necessary in this case. This makes electrode welding one of the few blasting methods that can be carried out outdoors. Another advantage of electrode welding is that it is relatively inexpensive and easy to carry out. This makes electrode welding the most suitable welding technique for home improvement projects and quick welding jobs where the appearance of the end result is relatively unimportant.

TIG welding

Another commonly used method of welding is TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas). Whereas electrode is mostly used by home handymen and relatively quick, easy welding jobs, TIG welding is generally labeled as the most difficult welding technique. This is due to the fact that in TIG welding, when adding the filler metal, two hands are required throughout the welding process. While one hand is holding the welding torch, the other is adding the filler metal. This makes TIG welding more difficult to perform and also takes a relatively long time. On the other hand, TIG welding, when performed properly, gives the most beautiful result in terms of appearance. When detailed welding jobs have to be carried out, where appearance is an important factor, TIG welding is the preferred technique. In addition, TIG welding is a very clean way of welding, where slag and other debris will not readily form.

MIG/MAG welding

The welding technique that is generally considered the easiest is MIG/MAG welding. MIG-welding (Metal Inert Gas) and MAG-welding (Metal Active Gas) differ only in the type of gas used, but otherwise they work in exactly the same way. The welding technique is characterized by the use of a constant voltage, which creates an arc between the welding wire and the material. The welding wire serves primarily as an electrode, but when it melts it also serves as a filler material, making MIG/MAG welding a relatively much faster welding technique than the other methods of welding. As a result, MIG/MAG is one of the most widely used welding techniques in the welding industry and at large companies. However, given the fact that MIG/MAG is not allowed to be used outdoors and the material is also relatively expensive, this is not a technique that will be quickly employed by a home handyman. In addition, the amount of dirt is also relatively high compared to, for example, TIG welding.

Welding: the advantages and disadvantages

Welding is not the only way to attach two materials together. A connection with a bolt and a nut, for example, is also a possibility. Nevertheless, a welded joint has several advantages compared to other ways of joining.

First of all, a welded joint is very strong. Because there is continuity in both objects, the connection is hardly noticeable and one can rightly speak of a solid whole. In addition, a welded joint is relatively easy to apply. Whereas, when creating a connection using bolts and nuts, holes first need to be made in the material, this is not necessary when welding.

Although welding has many advantages, there are also disadvantages. A welded joint is permanent and cannot be disassembled. On the one hand, this can be seen as a great advantage, but when the various parts have to be disassembled after some time, it can still turn out to be a disadvantage. In addition, welding is not possible with all materials. As mentioned, welding is mainly carried out with steel, stainless steel and aluminum, but it is only possible when two more or less the same materials are used. When two different materials have to be joined together, welding is not an option. Also, as mentioned earlier, different welding techniques can produce slag and other debris, which must be cleaned after the welding process. Fortunately, MontiPower’s power tools offer the solution.

Welding cleaning with the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® MontiPower

The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower are the revolutionary tools in the field of surface preparation and cleaning. The hand-held tools are not only suitable for removing rust, coatings and dirt, but can also be used in weld cleaning, for removing slag and other residue. The precise and effective action of the rotating brush of the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® ensure thorough contamination without damaging the material. Not only after the welding process has been completed; cleaning of the metal may also be required before welding begins. When the object is covered with mill scale, rust or other dirt, its removal is necessary to achieve a perfect result. The power tools provide, both before and after the welding process, a fast, effective and also very easy cleaning.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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What is vapor blasting?

VAPOR BLASTING

Vapor blasting is a type of abrasive blasting that combines water with an abrasive material like glass beads, aluminum oxide, or crushed glass to prepare and clean surfaces.

WHAT IS VAPOR BLASTING

Different techniques are possible for preparing and cleaning different types of surfaces. One of the techniques most commonly used for this is abrasive blasting. Vapor blasting is similar to other abrasive blasting methods, but has one important difference: while abrasive blasting  uses abrasive media in combination with air (e.g. sandblasting), water is added in the case of vapor blasting. Because of the relatively low force involved, vapor blasting is mainly used to remove light pollution from, for example, facades and walls, but water blasting can in most cases also be used to remove rust, mill scale, copper slag, coatings and other dirt.

HOW DOES A VAPOR BLASTING MACHINE WORK?

Two elements are required to use a vapor blasting machine: water and an abrasive. In most cases, sand is added to the water, but nowadays there are also special abrasives that can be used in this process. The water and the abrasive are mixed inside the blast machine and the mixture is then applied to the surface. The pressure of the machine can be adjusted, but will at all times be much lower than with other blasting methods. Because of the low pressure used, there is no powerful jet directly on the surface, but the abrasive material gradually slides over the surface. This makes vapor blasting especially suitable for preparing more vulnerable surfaces and for removing light pollution.

VAPOR BLASTING VS. DRY BLASTING

Vapor blasting and the dry variants of abrasive blasting can be compared in many ways. The main difference lies in the fact that with vapor blasting, water is added to the abrasive. The water has, as it were, an attenuating effect on the abrasive and therefore a much less aggressive effect on the surface than dry blasting. With coarser pollution, dry blasting is often preferred over vapor blasting. For more delicate materials, however, vapor blasting is an excellent  alternative to sandblasting . Another major advantage of vapor blasting over dry blasting is the minimal amount of dust that is released during preparation of the surface. With dry blasting, the abrasive hits the surface harder, breaking up the material into small pieces and can create a lot of dust. Due to the low force plus the fact that water is added, the amount of dust is kept to a minimum with vapor blasting.

ADVANTAGES OF VAPOR BLASTING

Vapor blasting creates a powerful combination of steam and abrasive material to clean, erase, and smooth any surface it comes in contact with. It produces less dust and therefore provides a much cleaner working environment. Vapor blasting is less risky to use and also reduces the amount of energy needed to operate the machine.

DISADVANTAGES OF VAPOR BLASTING

Vapor blasting has a number of major advantages. For example, the use of vapor blasting machines is extremely suitable for use on fragile surfaces and dirt can be removed very precisely. Nevertheless, vapor blasting also has a number of disadvantages compared to other methods of surface preparation. For example, is a surface heavily stained with rust, paint or other coatings? Then, due to the relatively low power, this is often not completely removed when using vapor blasting. In line with this, there is another disadvantage of vapor blasting. When a steel surface is stripped of dirt and coatings by means of a dry blasting technique, the relatively hard impact of the abrasive creates a surface profile in the prepared material. This profile can then serve as an adhesion layer for the coating to be applied. Because the force of this impact is much lower with vapor blasting, this profile will be created to a much lesser extent. This is why dry blasting is preferred in many cases, although it also has its disadvantages.

ALTERNATIVE TOOLS FOR VAPOR BLASTING

When it comes to fragile surfaces, vapor blasting is an excellent option. When there is more severe soiling, dry blasting is often preferred. However, there are also disadvantages to both vapor blasting and dry blasting. Dry blasting is often too aggressive, which can cause damage, and both blasting methods are also difficult to carry out yourself. Therefore, it is always advised to let a professional do it, which makes blasting a relatively expensive job.

With MontiPower’s Bristle Blaster® and MBX®, the  alternative tools  for vapor blasting and dry blasting are now on the market. The manually operated tools offer all the advantages of both blasting methods, excluding all the disadvantages that come with it. The machines are easy to operate by themselves, have an effective and powerful operation and, moreover, do not contain any harmful abrasives. Both vapor blasting and dry blasting are therefore forever a thing of the past with the arrival of the Bristle Blaster® and MBX®.

SURFACE PREPARATION WITHOUT VAPOR BLASTING WITH MONTIPOWER’S POWER TOOLS

Certain standards apply to the surface preparation of steel. Normally, the use of industrial coatings requires a surface cleanliness of Sa 2.5 (or SSPC-SP10 or NACE 2) and a specific roughness based on the surface preparation standards. In most cases, abrasive grit blasting is used for this purpose. ‘Sand blasting’ has traditionally been the best known method of grit blasting, but nowadays, grit blasting can also be done with other materials. But how does surface preparation with grit blasting actually work? What types of grit blasting are there, what are the advantages and disadvantages, and how are MontiPower’s power tools a good alternative for this?

ALTERNATIVE FOR VAPOR BLASTING: THE BRISTLE BLASTER®

The Bristle Blaster® is MontiPower’s alternative to grit blasting. The grit-free patented Bristle Blaster® is able to produce a surface quality comparable to grit blasting both in cleaning of the object and in roughness capacity:

– surface cleanliness of Sa 2.5 or SSPC-SP 10

– roughness capacity up to 120 μm Rz (ca. average 65-83 μm Rz on API 5L steel)

The major advantages of the power tools over traditional blasting methods are their simplicity in use and their relatively low cost. This is because the surface is prepared with a light, handheld machine. Other alternatives to grit blasting that are used to work smaller areas are also unable to prepare a surface profile suitable for industrial coating. In addition, these other alternatives to grit blasting usually cannot meet the surface cleanliness and roughness requirements, which is possible with the Bristle Blaster®.

Bristle Blasting is ideally suited for portable usage as no protective suits with closed system respiratory equipment are required and no complex machinery or other grit media recovery equipment is needed. Only the application of standard personal protective equipment (PPE) is recommended for the eyes, face, hands and respiratory. Apart from the materials removed, no other additional or environmentally harmful waste products are produced.

HOW DO THE ALTERNATIVE VAPOR BLASTING TOOLS WORK?

MontiPower’s alternative grit blasting tools are manually operated tools equipped with a rotating brush. Due to the specially designed curved brush tips, the surface is cleaned quickly and easily, with similar results to traditional grit blasting. Because the tips are released with a great deal of force from behind the tools’ accelerator bar, they immediately retract from the surface, providing the same roughness as with grit blasting. In this way, the Bristle Blaster® offers all the advantages of grit blasting, including the high-quality result. This makes MontiPower power tools for many markets the relatively cheap, easy to operate and effective alternative to the traditional grit blasting machine.

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Frits Doddema

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Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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Tools for surface preparation

Tools for surface preparation

MontiPower’s Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are the revolutionary tools in the field of surface preparation. For example, it is the only hand-held power tool in the world that can “sandblast”. The patented technology removes corrosion and coatings quickly and thoroughly, but that’s not all. The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® also create surface preparation grades comparable to Sa2½ (SSPC-SP 10/NACE No. 2) to Sa3 (SSPC-SP 5/NACE No. 1) and roughness levels as high as 120 µm Rz.

Mechanical tools for surface preparation

MontiPower’s tools for surface preparation have a number of major advantages over traditional, expensive, time-consuming and also dangerous techniques. For example, the patented Bristle Blaster® is the first portable brush belt system in the world that produces a surface roughness and end result that is qualitatively comparable to that of ‘sand blasting’. MontiPower’s surface preparation tools actually work in two ways. Firstly, the Bristle Blaster® and the MBX® ensure that paint, coatings, mill scale, copper slag, and other dirt are quickly and easily removed from metal surfaces. Moreover, during the removal of such coatings and dirt, a roughness profile is generated by using a specially designed rotary brush system. This mechanical tool consists of forward-curved steel wire brush tips dynamically tuned for use in portable power tools operating at approximately 2,500 rpm.

How do surface preparation tools work?

MontiPower’s surface preparation tools are characterized by a number of unique features. The basis of the Bristle Blaster® and the MBX® is a rotating, electrically driven brush. This brush is equipped with specially developed curved brush tips. In this way, the brush tips are designed to work the surface with kinetic energy equivalent to the impact of abrasive in sandblasting. Immediately after the brush tips hit the steel surface, they retreat from the surface (so-called “recoil”), resulting in both corrosion removal and a microprint that leaves a clean surface. As a result, surface preparation with the tool have a texture and visual cleanliness consistent with that of the traditional sandblasting process.

Tools for surface preparation without blasting

MontiPower®’s various power tools are a phenomenal breakthrough when it comes to “blasting without abrasive“. Partly because of this, the power tools are seen as the perfect alternative to sandblasting. Despite the fact that sandblasting has been practiced for many years, several disadvantages to this method of surface preparation have come to light over the years. For example, sandblasting is not easy to perform yourself, making it a relatively expensive and time-consuming job to outsource to a professional. In addition, sandblasting is very persistent. Not only for the surface to be prepared – which can damage it – but also for the health of people, animals and the environment. The dangers of sandblasting have even led to a ban on sandblasting in many countries, so other blasting media are now mostly used. With the arrival of MontiPower’s surface preparation tools, sandblasting will soon be a thing of the past. The patented properties of the Bristle Blaster® and the MBX® have formed the basis for new product series for surface preparation.

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Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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Preparing steel with MontiPower’s power tools

What is steel preparation?

Steel is used in various industries for numerous reasons. In order to keep the quality of the steel as high as possible, it is necessary to clean and prepare steel products regularly. Moreover, the preparation of steel is essential before applying any new paint or other type of coating. Before this can be done properly and accurately, you must first remove any mill scale and thoroughly clean and prepare the current steel surface. In this way, the steel object is not only cleaned of rust and other dirt, but an adhesion layer for the new paint or coating is created. This steel preparation can have a major impact on the durability and condition of the steel surface.

Ways to prepare steel

Preparing and cleaning steel consists of several elements. First, steel preparation involves removing rust, mill scale and other dirt that may have developed. Not only dirt, but also any previously applied coating can be removed when preparing steel. There are different methods to achieve this result, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The best known way of preparing steel is through blasting. This blasting is done with a combination of an abrasive and air under high pressure. The best known form of blasting is sandblasting, where sand is used as an abrasive, but over the years many other ways of grit blasting have been developed. You can think of blasting with glass or corundum, but also wet blasting by means of water. All methods of grit blasting have essentially the same effect. By applying a combination of air and the abrasive with great force on the steel object, an abrasive effect is created on the surface. The high force with which this happens not only removes the coating, mill scale, rust and other dirt from the steel, but also creates a profile on the surface, which serves as an adhesion layer for a new coating.

Disadvantages of steel preparation

Preparing and cleaning steel has been performed in the same ways for quite some time. Despite the fact that this has been done for many years, over the years more and more disadvantages have been encountered with the preparation of steel surfaces. These disadvantages are found in a number of factors. First, cleaning steel with grit blasting could be very damaging. This makes this method of cleaning unsuitable for more vulnerable surfaces. Partly for this reason, grit blasting is not easy to perform as an individual. The advice is to always let a professional do the preparation and cleaning of steel, to be guaranteed of a good result. However, this makes grit blasting a relatively time-consuming and also very expensive job.

Another disadvantage of grit blasting, is that it is not only hard on the steel surface, but also on the health of humans and animals. This is especially true of blasting with sand as the abrasive. As mentioned earlier, the abrasive is applied to the steel with great force. Because this is done with such force, the sand grains disintegrate into small particles. These particles can easily be inhaled by people and animals, causing unpleasant health and respiratory complaints. Partly because of this, blasting with sand has been prohibited in many countries for decades.

Preparing steel with the power tools MontiPower

With the arrival of MontiPower power tools, an alternative to sandblasting and other methods of cleaning and preparing steel is finally on the market. The Bristle Blaster® and MBX®, with their specially developed technology, provide a clean steel surface with also roughness profile comparable to the surface created after grit blasting. In this way, the power tools from MontiPower offer all the advantages of the traditional techniques for the preparation of steel, excluding all the previously mentioned disadvantages that they entail. For example, the manually operated Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are easy to use yourself, so you are not dependent on external parties. Moreover, the operation of the power tools is highly effective and precise, saving you not only money, but also time.

How do the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® work?

Powertools Bristle Blaster® and MBX® work through a patented technology. The power tools are equipped with a rotating brush, which in turn are equipped with specially designed curved brush tips. Through these curved points, the steel is prepared and cleaned with the same effect as with traditional techniques. This works as follows: during the rapid rotation of the brush, the curved brush tips are obstructed by a so-called ‘accelerator bar’. Because of this obstruction, the points are released with an extra large force behind the bar. Due to the great force involved in this process, the steel is accurately and quickly stripped of mill scale, rust, paint and other dirt. In addition, the heavy impact of the bent brush tips creates a new adhesive layer for a new coating.

Cleaning steel before painting

Before a new coat of paint can be applied to a steel surface, it must first be stripped of the old coat of paint. In addition, over time rust and other dirt may have formed on the steel, which will also have to be removed. The question then becomes: with what and how should rusty steel be cleaned before painting? The answer to this question has become a lot simpler with the MontiPower power tools. The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are the tools for cleaning steel before applying paint, since they create the prefect adhesion layer for a new coating.

Preparing stainless steel before painting

Due to the many advantages that it brings, stainless steel is increasingly being chosen in many industries. A characteristic of stainless steel is that it often has a smoother structure than in comparison with regular steel surfaces. Before applying a (new) coat of paint, it is therefore of great importance to prepare the stainless steel, to allow the new coating to adhere as well as possible. This is where MontiPower comes into play. Stainless steel surfaces can easily be prepared to achieve a surface roughness of at least 50 microns and a minimum cleanliness of grade 2, in accordance with BS 7079:Part 1A. MBX® offers a finer roughness Ra of approximately 10-30 microns. In this way, the stainless steel is easily and quickly prepared for the new coat of paint and also made ready for welding.

Preparing galvanized steel for painting

Galvanized steel is steel that has a layer of metal on the outside. In most cases, zinc, nickel or chromium is used to protect the steel from corrosion and to improve its appearance. Galvanized also needs to be prepared before painting, because the new coat of paint will most likely come off over time. As with regular steel and stainless steel, MontiPower’s power tools offer a solution here as well. Preparing the galvanized steel with the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® effectively prepares the surface for a new coating or paint.

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Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MONTIPOWER joined the CAS-ALLIANCE

Cordless, a contractor’s delight

During the Press Conference of 8th of December 2020, Frits Doddema, CEO of the Monti Group, for MontiPower explained to the press the motivation to join the alliance.

For surface preparation at heights and at difficult to access objects cordless means double freedom. Freedom to contractors to use batteries of other CAS members and freedom without the hassle of loose cables or hozes. MontiPower offers 5,5Amp and 8Amp/18V batteries to power their new Bristle Blaster Cordless and the new wearless Vinyl Zapper Ultimate based on the new MontiPower patented adaptor system.

You can read the whole statement of CAS here.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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Bristle Blaster® is used on the Slovakia to Poland Interconnector pipeline

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The big project in Slovakia and Poland goes on with our colleague Martin Durcik on set.

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Our Bristle Blaster® is being applied for field joint coating surface preparation on the Slovakia to Poland Interconnector pipeline.

The Bristle Blasting technology was preferred to traditional grit blasting due to great savings through simple, fast and effective application. The necessary equipment was prepared and mobilised in record time despite the challenges of difficult access areas, such as steep hills and swamps demonstrating clear advantages of the Bristle Blasting technology over the heavy grit blasting equipment.

Field joint cleaned with Bristle Blaster      Field Joint corrosion free with Bristle blaster technology

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Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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World of Pipelines coverstory April 2020

Cover Story World of Pipelines

Cover Story World of Pipelines

MontiPower had the cover story in the April 2020 edition of the World of Pipelines magazine, ‘From blast off to landing’, in which we detail the pipe surface preparation of a field joint coating project in Europe.

You can read the full article here

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Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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DNV Offshore hydro unit

DNV Offshore hydro unit

This is a DNV Offshore hydro unit for powering up to five Subsea Bristle Blaster® simultaneously. The possibility for feeding the MontiPower® Subsea Bristle Blaster®, Caviblast, drill or grinder makes this unit the ultimate offshore structural repair and maintenance kit!

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Frits Doddema

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Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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PRESS RELEASE: PRESERVATION HOLDING AS AND MONTI – WERKZEUGE GMBH HAVE JOINED FORCES IN STEEL SURFACE PREPARATION

Preservation Holding AS and MONTI – Werkzeuge GmbH have joined forces

Preservation Holding AS and MONTI – Werkzeuge GmbH have joined forces

Preservation Holding AS (“Presserv”), majority owned by Norvestor VII, L.P. (“Norvestor”) and MONTI – Werkzeuge GmbH (“MONTI”), have joined forces. Presserv and MONTI will continue their operations under their well-known brand names with their complementary preservation solutions.

Reed te complete press release here

 

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Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MONTIPOWER SUBSEA BRISTLE BLASTER HYDRAULIC DEVICE

New Subsea leaves the factory

The first series of the MontiPower® waterdriven Bristle Blaster® Subsea technology units are ready to leave the factory. We’re looking forward to their deployment in the field!

 

The first series of Subsea

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MontiPower® Australia wins Best Exhibition Booth at the Corrosion & Prevention Conference

MontiPower® Australia wins award for ‘Best Exhibition Booth’

Great news from Australia: MontiPower® Australia wins the award for ‘Best Exhibition Booth’ at the Corrosion & Prevention Conference, which is a testament to the new MontiPower® branding.

This was MontiPower® Australia’s 12th exhibition at the Corrosion & Prevention Conference and certainly one of the more successful. Apart from winning the award, there was a lot of interest to our technology! Congratulations to Phil Chester and the Australian team and thank you for your great job!

the award of Corrosion and Prevention Conference

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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New hydraulic underwater device

The Subsea Bristle Blaster® is MontiPower®’s new hydraulic underwater device with a unique water drive, fully self-served unit in operation. Pump unit with 600ltr water tank, 50mtr hose, plug and play!

 

 

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MontiPower®UK contracted to maintain Royal Navy submarines

Great news from our partner in the UK: Cactus Industrial ltd. has won a significant contract to supply our Bristle Blasting® technology to the Ministry of Defence. Having gone through extensive trials at Her Majesty’s Naval Base at Portsmouth, the Royal Navy will use the Bristle Blaster® to treat metal surfaces exposed to sea water for both its surface vessels and its submarine fleet.

Our colleagues from Cactus Industrial gave training to Navy personnel and contractors on the effective use of the Bristle Blaster® in preparing surfaces affected by the marine environment. The purchase order was placed and more orders are expected to come.

Royal Navy personnek in the Bristle Blasting training

Quoting Jamie Gallagher, Chief Executive of Cactus Industrial, “We have now trained and educated Royal Navy personnel in how to use the Bristle Blaster® for optimal surface preparation for maintaining the UK’s sea-going fleet. Blasting without grit technology is one of the most effective ways to ensure that Royal Navy ships and submarines are prepared to face the harsh marine environment with as little downtime as possible.”

Also Paul Waugh, Warrant Officer Class 1, Royal Navy, claimed that the Bristle Blasting Technology will considerably reduce time and make preservation efforts during a base maintenance period (BMP) more effective.

Cactus Industrial Ltd. is the sole licensed UK and Ireland distributor for the Bristle Blasting Technology. The company already deploys the technology and coatings in a range of sectors, particularly in the upstream oil and gas industry. The contract with the British Ministry of Defence marks a significant move into military application of the Bristle Blaster®.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MontiPower® joins businesses into Montipower®Americas, inc.

Monti Werkzeuge GmbH, the innovator and manufacturer of unique surface preparation technologies including the patented Bristle Blaster®, is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with its US distributor MontiPower® Inc. and its owner Charles “Chuck” Lockard to combine MontiPower®’s business with the business of Monti Tools Inc. (“MTI”), the US subsidiary of Monti Werkzeuge.

The combined business will be renamed MontiPower® Americas Inc. and will trade under the name “MontiPower”. It be located at the current premises of Montipower® in Manassas, Virginia. Chuck Lockard will lead the new MontiPower® business as General Manager for the United States and Canada, reporting to JF (Frits) Doddema, CEO of MontiPower® America’s Inc., and CEO of Monti Werkzeuge Gmbh.

MTI’s present offices in Houston will be closed after a brief transition period. Nevertheless, MontiPower® will continue to service the SouthWest US area from the offices of M-Test, a division of MontiPower®, in Humble Texas.

Commenting on the new organization, newly installed Monti Werkzeuge Gmbh CEO Frits Doddema said: “The long-term presence of two separate entities representing Monti in the US and Canada and competing against each other makes little sense. When I joined Monti, it was clear to me that this situation had to be resolved and I’m pleased that we have been able to reach agreement with Chuck to move forward as a joined business under his leadership.

The combined MontiPower® entity will be larger and stronger and provide us with the foundation we need for future growth in these important markets”.

Chuck Lockard commented: “I am very pleased that we are able to take this step today and create a combined MontiPower®. I have long argued the former situation undermined our ability to compete and caused needless confusion in the market. I appreciate very much the vision of the new Monti management and I look forward to working closely with them to bring new and innovative surface preparation products to the market and grow our business in the US and Canada”.

Come meet the new MontiPower® team and see what’s new in surface preparation as SSPC Orlando, Feb 11-14.

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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MontiPower power tools: the alternative to sandblasting

Alternative to sandblasting

Preparing and cleaning surfaces can be a difficult and time-consuming job. Consider, for example, the removal of corrosion, paint or other types of coatings. Often such layers are removed from the surface using sandblasting. Blasting with sand is a cleaning method that has been used for many years, but it also has its drawbacks. Fortunately, there are now alternatives to sandblasting that are just as good in quality; and even considered better.

What is sandblasting?

Sandblasting is the cleaning and preparation of surfaces to remove rust, paint, copper slag, millscale or other dirt. It is the most well know form of abrasive blasting or grit blasting. By blasting a mixture of sand and air on an object at high altitude, an abrasive effect is created, causing the layer to peel off from the surface. In addition to the cleaning effect, sandblasting also adds structure to the surface. As a result, sandblasting is not only used for cleaning, but also for processing surfaces. Due to the high pressure of sand that is blasted onto the object creating a structure on the surface, the object gets an ideal bonding layer for a possible new coating. For example, sandblasting is often used to prepare steel.

Why use an alternative to sandblasting?

Although sandblasting has been done for quite some time, over the years more and more dangers of sandblasting have been discovered. Firstly, sandblasting is not suitable for cleaning or treating every surface. The sand has a very persistent effect, which means that objects can be damaged quickly and easily. This is one of the reasons why sandblasting requires a lot of preparation, and why it is recommended to always have it carried out by a professional. But that’s not all. Blasting with sand is not only damaging for the surface, but also harmful for your health. Due to the high pressure of which the sand hits the surface, the grains break up into small particles. Inhaling these particles can cause various health problems. For this reason, in many countries it is prohibited to blast with sand and an alternative blasting tool is therefore used. But that is no longer the only alternative to sandblasting these days.

Is soda blasting better than sand blasting?

One of the alternative blasting techniques to sand blasting is soda blasting. Soda blasting does not use sand but soda granules, made from sodium bicarbonate. But is soda blasting better than sand blasting? To answer this question, we list the various advantages and disadvantages of soda blasting. First of all, soda blasting is 100% safe, unlike working with grains of sand. In addition: given that the soda granules can be completely dissolved in water, there will be no dust generated. In contrast, blasting with sand is a lot faster and more effective, especially for industrial applications. So soda blasting has its advantages, but also its disadvantages compared to sand blasting. Fortunately, MontiPower offers with its Bristle Blaster® and MBX® the revolutionary technique in the field of surface preparation, which combines all the advantages of sand blasting, soda blasting and other abrasive blasting techniques.

The alternative to sandblasting: Bristle Blaster® and MBX®

With the power tools from MontiPower, sandblasting is a thing of the past. No sand and no blasting tools; With the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® you can quickly and easily clean surfaces from corrosion and other layers of dirt. Not just cleaning; the patented technology of the power tools also ensures that the surface can be easily processed. It makes Bristle Blaster® and MBX® the only power tool in the world that can ‘sandblast’ with a comparable quality of the original blasting method.

How do the alternative sandblasting tools work?

The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are hand-operated tools, equipped with a rotating brush. Due to the special designed curved appearance of the tips of the brush, the surface is cleaned quickly and easily with a comparable kinetic energy to traditional sandblasting. Because the tips are released with great force from behind the accelerator bar of the tools, the tips immediately retract from the surface, providing the same micro-structure in the surface as sandblasting. In this way, the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® offer all the benefits of sandblasting, including the high-quality result. This makes MontiPower’s power tools the perfect alternative to sandblasting. An alternative that can be used for many purposes.

Alternative to sandblasting metal and rust

For starters, the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are the ideal alternative to sandblasting metal and rust. In the metal industry, sandblasting has been the standard for preparing metal products for decades. However, sandblasting is no longer the only and best way to clean metal. In addition to the previously mentioned disadvantages, sandblasting metal is slightly more complex than that of other materials. This is partly due to the type of sand grain that is used when blasting metal. Because sandblasting metal is more difficult than cleaning other materials, it requires a larger grain of sand and therefore more intensive work. It makes sandblasting metal relatively expensive. MontiPower’s power tools does the same job better, faster and more effective. An investment in this alternative for sandblasting metal and rust therefore saves considerable time and money in the short term.

Alternative to sandblasting cars

Sandblasting is a widely used cleaning technique in the automotive industry. By sandblasting a car, the paint is removed from the body of the vehicle, after which a new layer of paint can be applied if necessary. However, the sandblasting of cars involves the necessary risks. When sandblasting a car is not done properly, severe, sometimes irreparable damage to the surface can occur. But what is the alternative to sandblasting cars?

MontiPower has been active in the automotive industry since 1987. Needless to say, we are therefore aware of the vulnerability of the car and the dangers that the processing and surface preparation of the car entails. With our power tools for surface preparation, we have an extensive set of electrical tools as the alternative to sandblasting cars. The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® provide the best possible result in a simple and effective way. Not just for removing the paint; also for the adhesion performance after removal. It ensures a more effective process, less rework after completion and ultimately higher customer satisfaction. A win-win situation.

How do I remove paint without sandblasting?

Not just in the automotive industry; In other markets too, the removal of paint and other lacquer layers is a delicate job that must be done with great precision. This is often done using sandblasting, although this is not possible on every surface. In many cases, the paint layer is so well absorbed into the surface that removing paint with sandblasting often requires a persistent approach. If this is not done correctly, it can lead to damage to the object. But how do you remove paint without sandblasting?

With the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® removing paint and other lacquers is a piece of cake. The MontiPower power tools ensure that the object is made paint-free with the utmost care using the rotating brush with its characteristic curved points. This ensures that the surface gets clean without getting damaged. In addition, the impact and rebound of the brushes create an ideal bonding layer for a possible new layer of paint. It makes MontiPower’s power tools not only suitable for removing paint, but also for other layers such as signage.

The power tools from MontiPower are also used in other markets such as the welding industry, industrial sector, or the marine sector.

Passive corrosion protection is essential to pipeline safety. During construction and repairs, the pipe surface needs to be prepared before the passive corrosion protection system can be applied to ensure long-term protection. This is usually done by sandblasting the surfaces. 3R magazine talked to André Prytamannyi, project director at Augel GmbH, and Uwe Boensch, National Sales Manager at MONTI – Werkzeuge GmbH about experiences with using this technology and its technical details.

3R: Mr. Boensch, MONTI – Werkzeuge GmbH is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. How did everything start and what led to developing the Bristle Blaster?

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Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.

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