Tried, Tested and Brand-new: Wheelabrator’s Continuous Evolution of Blast Wheel Technology

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Wheelabrator is launching a brand-new blast wheel for North American customers. The pioneering EZX model is engineered to help foundries ramp up production while saving time and costs.

Designed as a successor to the longstanding, much-loved EZEFIT fit which is known and trusted by customers in the USA, Canada and Mexico – EZX incorporates cutting-edge engineering for the same price.

Taking what customers loved about the EZEFIT, Wheelabrator has combined it with technology pioneered in Europe to deliver an optimally engineered wheel that will be available in EZEFIT sizes to enable direct replacement. The result is a unique proposition, specifically designed to meet the needs of our North American customers and to help them save time, resource and money. 

Built to solve complex production challenges, EZX can be used for a variety of applications including tumblast equipment, table machines, hanger-type machines, horizontal belt machines, plate machines, wire mesh belt machines. 

The EZX features two major innovations on EZEFIT:

  • blade life – where EZEFIT blades have provided exceptional performance over previous generations, EZX has given results showing a 30% increase in operational lifespan over and above EZEFIT in the same application. By working with Wheelabrator to implement a focused maintenance program, blade life can be increased further, unlocking considerable savings.
  • impeller performance – following intensive R&D efforts and systematic testing of impeller designs, Wheelabrator has been able to optimise the geometry of the impeller to minimise shot loss and smooth the journey of the abrasive inside the wheel. The new impeller is designed to reduce abrasive consumption without compromising performance- helping customers save time and money.

Further benefits of the new blasting solution include dynamic balancing of the bare wheel using internal weights, optimisation of the control cage outer diameter and back face which are machined for proper seating and centering of parts, and precision machining of the hub seal to assure proper alignment and keep abrasive from exiting between the housing and motor interface. Speaking about the launch, Shawn Horton, Director of Product Development at Wheelabrator North America said: “For decades, foundries in North America have trusted Wheelabrator to help them strengthen and finish products with shot blast machinery that excels.

“Working with Wheelabrator’s international development teams to incorporate the very latest innovations, the EZX wheel features a number of engineering advances to create a model that is market ready for North America. It’s the same great wheel everyone fell in love with – but it’s much better. It’s cheaper to run, requires less shot, fewer engineer interactions and will very simply free up time, capacity and cash that companies can use to invest in development or improve bottom line. The product will be of great interest to current and prospective customers and could also be of interest to owners of imperial machines in Europe.”