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CS Wind Inc.

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

COMPANY BACKGROUND

CS Wind Corporation is a wind tower manufacturer with global expertise, reliability, and quality. Their mission is: “We create a bright future for humans and nature.”

WHY CS WIND CHOSE BLASTING ROBOTICS

CS Wind searched for an effective method to abrasive blast the externals of new wind tower sections.

Other options considered for this project included wheel blasting technology. However, as a result of the high standards for surface cleanliness and roughness, wheel blasting was no longer an option. CS Wind chose Blastman Robotics as the partner for blasting automation.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Abrasive blast wind tower sections, fast, consistently and with minimum human labor intervention while maintaining the required specifications cleanliness and roughness that allowed the subsequent coating system to last for years.

Advantages of Automated

  • Considerable savings in production costs

  • Increased production capacity

  • Remarkable healthy and safety implications

  • Freedom to use any abrasive material

  • Desired surface cleanliness and roughness

  • Slight surface shaping by controlling the blast pressure

  • Working lifts and platforms are not needed

  • Increased fatigue strength of specific welded joints

Wind towers in field at sunset

SOLUTION

CS Wind Corporation blast room blueprint

CS Wind installed three surface treatment lines comprised of an abrasive blasting chamber and a painting room. Subsequently, each abrasive blasting chamber has one Blastman B12 robot with two ¾” nozzles.

The Blastman B12 Blasting Robot is mounted to tracks on the wall and has a 4-axis arm that can extend and swivel easily. Meanwhile, each arm supports two large blast nozzles. Typically, this robot works best on simple structures like wind towers.

Firstly, we considered material handling. We used specialized product carts. This system contains in-ground tracks and purpose-built rollers to position the tower section precisely.

Moreover, the robot is programmed to coordinate the rolling of the tower in conjunction with the blast nozzle. In this facility, blasting is done sector by sector: the robot moves from one end to the other, where the roller bed rotates the tower element. This leaves a slight overlap on the blasted sector before the robot returns. Concurrently, the tower element rotates around.

RESULTS

Markedly, CS Wind’s facility is a highly productive wind tower finishing facility in North America. Their blast cleaning capacity with the robots is over 2500 ft2/hr. Chiefly, this is 10x the speed of typical manual blasting.

The resulting surface cleanliness and profile met the required standards using steel grit. However, CS Wind can switch abrasives quite easily if needed. Generally, this flexibility gives CS Wind more long-term versatility for their facility.

Overall, robot programming gives degrees of freedom with five operational modes, including the roller bed rotation parametric and point-to-point Automatic or joystick drive for manual touch-up or programming.

Project Summary by the Numbers
1. Three complete blasting and painting lines
2. 3x 4-Axis B12 Blastman Robots
3. Blast Cleaning Speed of 2,500ft2/hr per robot
4. Purpose built material handling carts with tower rolling capability
CS Wind Corporation
CS Wind Corporation
CS Wind Corporation

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