BlastOne

Midwest Wind Tower Manufacturer - Robotic Blast Room

Overview

A leading manufacturer of structural wind towers in Mid-western North America had a problem and needed help with a high production blast room for surface treatment of wind tower sections.

Strong growth in the wind industry meant that demand outstripped their production, and, coupled with the fact that good blasters are getting harder and harder to find, the blasting process soon became the production bottleneck.

Robotics seemed the obvious solution, but production couldn’t be halted for installation of a new booth that could fit the robots.

Solution

BlastOne worked with the customer to carefully plan and design extensions to the existing blast room and integrate blasting robots into the existing facility.

existing booth
Existing booth prior to modifications
booth blueprint
Booth extension to existing booth to accommodate robotics and larger wind tower sections
 

Results

Blasting is now no longer the bottle neck for the plant. The blasting process results in a consistent even finish and record-breaking cycle times for each wind tower section produced.

booth extension 1
Extension to booth complete
booth extension 2
Extension to booth complete
 
robot design
Robot Design Rendering
robot installed
Robotic installation in booth