In order to lead the way with new developments and technology,
Wheelabrator completes trial runs of the equipment and examines all
blast processes in laboratory facilities across the globe. These
specialised centres drive the research to ensure blast
repeatability in realistic work settings and to deliver the highest
quality in surface preparation results.
We house some of our latest laboratory equipment, and provide
expertise at our newest test facility in the Wheelabrator
Technology Centre in Metelen, Germany. Our precision cutting
methods accurately measure and optimise the blast process to ensure
that neither underblasting nor overblasting occurs.
Internal stresses on the surface can be identified by the new
x-ray diffractometer that analyses the structure of the material.
This unique capability is of huge value, especially for automotive
applications, providing you with accurate information on how
precision shot peening processes help achieve higher strengths,
longer part life and improved performance.
Wheelblast testing is primarily managed in the test centre in
Schaffhausen, Switzerland. With a focus on heavy duty applications,
the tests conducted include blast trial runs for unique equipment
design, a comprehensive measurement of wheelblast characteristics,
calculation of the life cycle for wear parts and quality
The laboratory in Schaffhausen conducts metallographic
investigations, which involves the qualitative and quantitative
description of the structure of metallic materials. With set
chemical compositions, the structural conditions can be viewed in
microscopic and macroscopic form in order to work out the
properties and resultant behaviour of materials. The connections
between technology, structure and properties and the behaviour of
metallic materials when used provide us with important information
for analysis and further development. This is an important tool for
quality assurance during everyday production and integral to the
detection of processing errors and damage analysis.
LaGrange, GA, USA
In order to validate the proposed engineered designs, demo tests
help us replicate wheel positions to ensure that they effectively
do what the customer wants or needs. In LaGrange, GA, USA, we have
over 10,000 sq ft of dedicated floor space with more than eight
standard style machines for testing and one specialised machine
that can replicate numerous types of surface preparation