Glass bead blasting

GLASS BEAD BLASTING

Glass bead blasting is a highly effective method for removing surface deposits and achieving a smooth finish on a variety of materials. This process involves propelling fine glass beads at high pressure onto a surface to clean, polish, or deburr it. The gentle abrasiveness of the glass beads allows for precise control over the amount of material being removed, making it an ideal choice for delicate or intricate workpieces. Commonly used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing, glass bead blasting effectively removes rust, paint, and other contaminants without causing damage to the underlying material. Whether you need to restore a vintage car, prepare a metal component for coating, or simply want to restore a piece to its original luster, glass bead blasting offers a versatile and efficient solution.

WHAT IS GLASS BEAD BLASTING

When it comes to removing paint, rust, or other surface contaminants from materials such as metal, glass bead blasting is a popular method used in various industries. This process involves propelling small glass beads at high pressure onto the surface, effectively stripping away unwanted substances without causing damage to the underlying material. Glass bead blasting is known for its ability to create a smooth and uniform finish, making it ideal for applications where a clean and polished surface is desired. Additionally, this method is environmentally friendly as the beads can be recycled and reused multiple times, reducing waste and overall cost.

ADVANTAGES OF GLASS BEAD BLASTING

Glass bead blasting is a widely used surface treatment method that provides numerous advantages across various applications. One of its key benefits is the ability to achieve a smooth, even finish without damaging the underlying material, making it ideal for delicate surfaces or components that require precise cleaning.

DISADVANTAGES OF GLASS BEAD BLASTING

Glass bead blasting may be a popular surface preparation method, but it does have its drawbacks. One major disadvantage is that the process can create a lot of dust, which can be harmful to workers if proper safety measures are not taken. Additionally, glass bead blasting can be expensive compared to other methods, as the beads themselves can be costly and have a limited lifespan. Another issue is that the process is not as effective at removing heavy rust or thick coatings, which may require additional time and resources to properly clean the surface. Overall, while glass bead blasting can produce a clean and smooth surface finish, it is important to weigh the disadvantages before deciding if it is the right method for your project.

SURFACE PREPARATION WITHOUT DUST 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 THE DUSTLESS SANDBLASTER: 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 DUSTLESS SANDBLASTER  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

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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Centrifugal blasting

Centrifugal blasting

Centrifugal blasting is a highly effective surface preparation technique that involves the use of centrifugal force to propel abrasive media onto a workpiece. This process is commonly used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing to remove rust, paint, scale, and other surface contaminants. The key advantage of centrifugal blasting is its ability to achieve consistent and uniform results across complex geometries and hard-to-reach areas. By harnessing the power of centrifugal force, this blasting method ensures thorough and efficient cleaning, resulting in a pristine surface ready for coating or finishing.

What is Centrifugal blasting

Centrifugal blasting is a surface preparation method that utilizes centrifugal force to propel abrasive media at high speeds onto the surface of a workpiece. By harnessing the power of centrifugal force, this blasting technique is able to achieve a more uniform and efficient clean compared to traditional blasting methods. Additionally, centrifugal blasting is known for its ability to reach tight corners and crevices that may be difficult to access using other methods. Overall, centrifugal blasting is a powerful tool for achieving a smooth and clean surface finish in a variety of industrial applications.

How does Centrifugal blasting work?

Centrifugal blasting works by using centrifugal force to propel abrasive media onto a surface for cleaning, peening, or preparing it for coating. This process involves a motor-driven wheel that accelerates the abrasive particles outward, creating a high-velocity stream of abrasive material. As the wheel spins, the centrifugal force pushes the particles towards the center of the wheel, where they are ejected through a nozzle and directed towards the workpiece. This method allows for efficient and uniform coverage on complex shapes and hard-to-reach areas, making it a popular choice for industries such as aerospace, automotive, and metal fabrication.

Advantages of Centrifugal blasting

One key benefit of centrifugal blasting is its ability to achieve a more even and consistent surface finish, thanks to the centrifugal forces that propel the abrasive materials outward in a controlled manner. This results in a smoother and more uniform surface, leading to higher quality finished products.

Disadvantages of Centrifugal blasting

Centrifugal blasting may be an effective surface preparation method, but it comes with its fair share of disadvantages. One major drawback is the potential for material wastage, as the centrifugal force can cause abrasive particles to be flung off target or missed completely. This not only leads to higher costs due to the need for more abrasive material, but also results in uneven surface coverage and potential rework. Additionally, the high-speed rotation involved in centrifugal blasting can generate a significant amount of noise and vibration, posing safety risks to operators and nearby personnel. Overall, while centrifugal blasting can achieve desirable results, its disadvantages should be carefully considered before choosing it as a surface preparation method.

Common tools for Centrifugal blasting

There are several common tools that are essential for achieving the best results. One of the most important tools for this process is the centrifugal blasting machine itself, which utilizes centrifugal force to propel abrasive material at high speeds onto the surface being cleaned. Additionally, a supply of abrasive material, such as steel shot or grit, is necessary to ensure the proper cleaning of the surface. Another essential tool is the dust collection system, which helps to contain and remove any debris or contaminants produced during the blasting process. Lastly, proper protective gear, such as safety goggles and ear protection, is crucial to ensure the safety of the operator. Overall, having these common tools for centrifugal blasting is essential for achieving efficient and high-quality results.

Centrifugal blasting requires specialized equipment such as high pressure cleaners, blasting wand and safety equipment. This makes it less flexible in comparison to our Bristle Blaster® and MBX®.  This means that the cost for equipment used for centrifugal blasting is high so this is a huge disadvantage.

What media is used for Centrifugal blasting

The media used for this process plays a crucial role in achieving the desired results. Common media materials utilized for centrifugal blasting include steel shot, aluminum oxide, glass beads, and ceramic beads. Each type of media offers unique properties that make them suitable for different applications. Steel shot, for example, is ideal for removing tough coatings and rust, while glass beads are gentle enough for delicate surfaces. Understanding the characteristics of different media is essential in selecting the right one for your centrifugal blasting needs.

Alternative tools for Centrifugal blasting The Bristle Blaster® and MBX®

The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower are the new developments in the field of surface preparation. Due to the specially developed technology with patented brushes, the power tools are the perfect alternatives for the existing blasting equipment.

With the use of the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower, blasting with different types of loose abrasives is a thing of the past for smaller areas and difficult to access areas. The tools are easy to use, are – unlike blasting – completely safe and very effective. Not only in cleaning surfaces, but also in processing them.

With their impact, the brushes of the power tools create a profile on the surface that can be compared to the surface profile that is created after blasting. In this way, MontiPower tools are the ideal alternative to sandblasting.

How do Montipower abrasive brushes work?

The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower are hand-operated tools, which are equipped with a rotating brush. These specially designed brushes are characterized by their sharpened flexible tips with kneed ends.

By rotating the brushes at a low RPM, the different types of surfaces are processed and cleaned easily, quickly and effectively. The kneed tips of the brushes play an important role in this. These points are held back for a very short time during the rotation of the Bristle Blaster Brush by the so-called ‘accelerator bar’. Due to this short interruption, the points – partly due to the high speed at which the brush rotates – are released with great power from behind the accelerator bar. This technique ensures that the curved tips of the brushes are immediately retracted upon contact with the surface, effectively cleaning the surface and also providing it with the characteristic micro-structure. It makes MontiPower tools the ideal surface preparation method for many sectors, and a great alternative to blasting with abrasives.

Alternative to blasting with abrasives in different sectors

With their many advantages, our power tools ensure that they are the ideal alternative to cleaning with abrasives for many markets. As mentioned, the traditional ways of blasting can be harmful to humans and animals, but also damaging to the environment. It makes the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower, among other things, an excellent alternative for surface preparation in the maritime and industrial sector.

In addition, the convenience and effectiveness of the various power tools play an important role in many sectors. A good example of this is the work in public infrastructure. The blasting of bridges, tracks and highways, among other things, is a very time-consuming and labor-intensive job, which is subject to a lot of pressure because of the time. When blasting these objects, workers are also exposed to various small particles and possible chemicals. With the use of the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower, abrasive blasting is a thing of the past.

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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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Alternative to bead blasting

Alternative to bead blasting

If you’re looking for a more environmentally-friendly and efficient alternative to bead blasting, Bristle Blasting may be the solution you’ve been searching for. The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® from MontiPower are hand-operated tools, which are equipped with a rotating brush. These specially designed brushes are characterized by their sharpened flexible tips with kneed ends. Not only is Bristle Blasting gentle enough to use on delicate surfaces like chrome and glass, but it also leaves behind a smoother finish compared to traditional bead blasting methods.

What is bead blasting

Bead blasting is a type of surface finishing process that uses small glass beads to clean, smooth, or remove surface deposits from a material. The beads are blasted onto the surface at high pressure to achieve the desired results. This process is commonly used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing to prepare surfaces for painting or coating.

Why use an alternative to bead blasting?

One compelling reason to consider using an alternative to bead blasting is the potential for damage to delicate surfaces. While bead blasting is effective for removing rust, paint, and other surface imperfections, it can also be too abrasive for certain materials. Using a gentler alternative such as Bristle Blasting or vapor can help prevent unwanted scratching or pitting on sensitive surfaces. This alternative method allows for more precise control and can achieve excellent results without risking damage.

The alternative to bead blasting 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 bead blasting 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.

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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Dustless blasting machine

Dustless blasting machine

The dustless blasting machine is an innovative device that can be effectively used to remove paint, rust, dirt and other coatings from various surfaces. Using water and environmentally friendly blasting agents, this machine can be used without creating dust clouds, making it a safe and clean option for different types of projects. The dustless blasting machine offers a quick and thorough way of cleaning and restoring surfaces, making it a worthwhile investment for professionals in various industries.

How does dustless blasting work?

Dustless blasting is an efficient and cost-effective method of stripping a variety of surfaces without leaving behind excessive dust and other contaminants. This blasting process is faster and takes far less time than traditional methods, as it removes impurities from the surface in a more efficient manner. The process is also much safer, as there is minimal cleanup required after job completion, limiting the amount of time and money spent on the cleanup process.

Dustless blasting equipment

Dustless blasting equipment is becoming increasingly popular because of its efficiency and environmental friendliness. This technology uses brushes to remove paint, rust and dirt from surfaces without producing dust. This provides a cleaner workplace and minimizes the impact on the environment. Companies in various industries, such as automotive and construction, are using this innovative method of dustless blasting for their projects. With dustless blasting equipment from Montipower, they can achieve quick and effective results without the drawbacks of traditional blasting.

Bristle Blaster® the ultimate dustless blasting machine

The Bristle Blaster® is MontiPower’s dustless blasting machine. 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 dustless blasting machines work?

MontiPower’s dustless 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

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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