Light and flexible: a new type of LBS Mesh Belt Blast Machine from Wheelabrator

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Wheelabrator has launched a new, lighter version of its trusted LBS mesh belt shot blast machine range. The mesh belt concept allows the efficient blasting of parts from all sides within a relatively compact space and without tumbling.

Designed at and delivered through the Wheelabrator Centre for Product Innovation in Metelen, Germany, the new LBS models (LBS 1000) offer high flexibility and process reliability for light to medium applications from rust and heat scale removal through to surface finishing. They are particularly suited to the processing of aluminium parts.

Fits right in

The new machines, available with four or eight blast wheels, offer a pitless and compact design for faster installation, an optimised blast pattern and a more ergonomic loading height compared to other LBS machines. This means the new models can be fitted into tight layouts, can be moved more easily and enable flexible integration into existing processes with less need for additional handling equipment.

All Wheelabrator mesh belt shot blast machines efficiently blast flat as well as more complex parts in a pass-through process. Typical parts suitable for the LBS range include small fabricated parts, flat cast parts like gear wheel flanges and more complex pieces like gearbox housings. To achieve complete coverage and excellent blast results, blast wheels are arranged in optimal position, inclined to face the belt direction.

Enhanced ergonomics

Both the four-wheel and the eight-wheel version of the new type come with highly efficient 11kW TITAN blast wheels and feature ergonomic belt heights (i.e., loading heights) of 1000 (four wheels) and 1100mm (eight wheels). They can accommodate workpieces of up to 1000mm width and 500mm height, with a standard belt load of 80kg/m and an optional extended belt load of 200kg/m. 

The first two of the new-generation LBS machines have already been sold to customers in Hungary and China. Visitors to Metal China in May will be able to see the new LBS up close at the Wheelabrator stand (booth F06, hall E1). It will be the first time ever that Wheelabrator has showcased an LBS model at a trade show.

Heinrich Dropmann, Vice President at Wheelabrator in Metelen, explains: “This new, lighter type of LBS machine responds to changing production environments at our customers – with a greater focus on ergonomics and flexibility. The pitless design means faster, less complex installation, while the compact through-feed design saves space and can process a broad range of workpieces.”