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Ocean Blaster: Love at First Sight

Baxter Engineering in Canberra, Australia has most of their fabricating bases covered with two separate divisions; a Structural Fab shop for all things structural and a Mechanical Fab ...  (READ MORE)

Exceeding Expectations at MBM Fabricators

ocean shot blaster - exceeding expectations

Steel may be strong but it has downsides as well, steel oxidizes very quickly when exposed to the elements, and if left out in your yard long enough it can grow some serious rust. It doesn’t matter if that steel is headed for a drill line, angle line, band saw or plasma machine that rust and scale is gonna be an issue.

CNC machines rely on laser sensors to set the zero reference for profiles to be run.  Rust and scale buildup can cause the laser to miscalculate the starting position and/or distance of the profile. This costly miscalculation can result in holes, slots, and cuts being off enough to render the profile unusable.

ocean blaster before processing

Typical rusty beam goes in…

With this in mind, MBM Fabricators in Romulus, Michigan sought out a pre-processing solution that would work with their current flow of band saw cutting profiles to length followed by a single spindle drill line. They also had to take into consideration the overhead cranes that run the length of their shop which would eliminate anything of considerable size taking up space in the shop.

Because of the Ocean Blaster’s compact footprint, MBM Fabricators was able to utilize the “dead space” against the wall of the shop, underneath the overhead crane. They are now running all their material through the Ocean Blaster before processing & painting, and recently commented “The Ocean Shot Blaster has exceeded our expectations”.

ocean blaster after processing

…Nice clean beam comes out!

For more information on how the Ocean Shot Blaster can fit into your shop CLICK HERE

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K&J Steel - Washington, UT

K&J Steel – Washington, UT

A recent visit to a formidable structural and miscellaneous steel fabricator, K&J Steel, located in Washington, Utah, reveals that their Ocean BLASTER Shot Blast System, installed eight months ago, has had an immediate payback in several key areas of their business.

Owner Jared Bolander mentioned that prior to installing the Ocean Shot Blast System, they had seven men in the paint department with five manually cleaning steel. Now this department runs more efficiently with two men and the BLASTER cleaning the steel. The machine was a “no-brainer for our operation and the price was reasonable”.

Ocean Blaster Shot Blast System

Ocean Blaster Shot Blast System

Due to the dry climate they were able to install their machine outside

Due to the dry climate they were able to install their machine outside

Ocean Shot Blast System at K&J Steel

Other benefits realized from its implementation include easier part and layout marking on “clean steel”, better adherence to paint specifications, faster turn-around of finished part profiles, and the shop associates’ satisfaction associated with pre-blasted steel. “Nobody wants to be manually cleaning steel outside during summer months here” Jared noted.

Loading steel to process with Ocean Blaster

Multi-spindle feeds directly to Ocean Blaster

Prepped steel using Ocean Blaster shot blast system

Prepped steel using Ocean Blaster shot blast system

Beautiful scenery at K&J Steel

Beautiful scenery at K&J Steel

Special thanks to Jared and K&J Steel for the courtesies extended during our visit.





Recent Shot Blaster Installations

Think your shop is too small for a shot blaster? Think again!

The new ultra-compact, fully integrated, exceptionally efficient Ocean Blaster shot blast machine will fit any steel fabricators space and budget requirements. The entire Ocean Blaster, including dust extraction unit, requires only 13′ x 23′ of floor space and has a low overall height of 14′ (4m x 7m x 4m). It is ideal for even the smallest fabricating shops! Despite its compact size the Blaster will handle all profiles up to 40” tall and 20” wide (1m x 500mm).

Below are some photos from recent shot blaster installations in relatively small fabricating shops.

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The Ocean Blaster shot blasting system after installation at a shop in California.

shot blaster for small fabrication shops

The Ocean Blaster shot blasting system after installation at a shop in California.

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Ocean Blaster shot blasting machine installed at a shop in Louisiana.

Read more about this exceptional shot blasting system for structural steel by visiting out webpage on the Ocean Blaster.