Not checking your blast machine before start-up can be seriously dangerous
If machines – wheel blast equipment in particular - are left switched off for long periods of time, corroded shot, dust and abrasive left in the system can form solid clumps. If not cleared before start-up, these clumps can destroy the machine as well as posing a serious health and safety risk.
The following checks cover the biggest areas of concern when restarting shot blast equipment after a longer production break. Contact the Wheelabrator team for a more detailed check list and expert advice.
In general, make sure to always check safety features like emergency stop buttons, light barriers, etc., as well checking the PLC for loss of blast programmes due to empty batteries.
After carrying out below checks and once the machine is running again, pay special attention to any unusual noises, error messages or incorrect settings when monitoring operation.
For wheel blast machines:
For airblast machines: