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UTLX Texarkana - Robotic Blast Room

Overview

Linings and Coatings is a large part of UTLX’s business and competitive advantage. They needed a high production blast room for refurbishment of railcars.

Facility Before Installation
UTLX Facility Prior to blast room installation

Tank car linings serve two main functions:

  1. To protect the commodity from contamination by the base metal of the tank or hopper car
  2. To prevent the base metal from corroding due to the chemical nature of the commodity being shipped

UTLX had an aging wheel machine at one of their facilities in Arkansas that needed to dramatically increase its production, but couldn't afford to be out of service for a long time.

Solution

BlastOne worked with UTLX to replace the old wheel machine—a now out-of-date way of performing surface preparation on railcars—with a new robotic blast room inside the existing facility.

To limit production downtime while waiting for the robotic components to arrive, the blast room was built initially for manual blasting with temporary access platforms for operators. These platforms were later removed once the robotic components were in operation.

Underfloor Pit
Underfloor Pit Construction process
Blast booth rendering
Rendering Blueprint of Blast Booth Installation
 

Results

Union Tank Car (UTLX) now has a state-of-the-art robotic blasting facility which gives them a substantial competitive advantage. The cycle time and subsequent cost reduction gives them excellent return on investment, and the quality and consistency of the blast process provide further key advantages.

Progress shot of under floor recovery system
Blast Room under floor recovery system assembly in progress
Dust Collector
Large high efficiency dust collectors installed outdoors
 
Access platforms
Blast room outfitted with temporary access platforms for manual blasting
Staircase
Stair case leading up to the temporary access platform
 
completed blast booth before robot
Complete Blast Room ready for action, prior to robot installation
robot install in progress
Installation of Robotics into Blast Booth
 
Installed robot
Installed, blast-ready robot
Interior of blast room with installed robot
Interior of Blast Room with built-in Robotic blasting unit
 
Robot Blaster in action
Blasting robot in action
Robotically blasted railcar
Completed Railcar robotic blasting job