J. Oskam Steel Fabricators is located in Port Colborne, Ontario, approximately 20 minutes from Niagara Falls. J Oskam operates out of around 100,000 square feet production area with direct access to Canadian and U.S. markets.
Two years ago, J. Oskam realized that its surface preparation and coatings facilities did not deliver the same quality and performance levels as the other parts of its production services.
At that time, they were using silica sand. And despite being in Southern Canada, J. Oskam only had a converted storage area for blasting projects. In addition, they were subcontracting up to 40% of their painting projects.
As part of their strategic plan, J. Oskam wanted to bring their blast and paint fabrication process inside, improve production speed and delivered project quality.
BlastOne was one of several companies approached to provide potential solutions but was the only company to make a site visit. We gained a better understanding of the facilities, operating environment and strategic plans by doing so. As a result, we could recommend the following solutions:
Expand the footprint of both booths from 15’x40’ to 20’x40’.This increase would handle all planned production requirements.
A monorail system to bring equipment in and out of the booths.This reduces handling time and improves worker safety.
Switch from silica to garnet abrasive.Garnet would improve product quality and reduce production time. Additionally, it would lower our total project costs and improve the safety for their blasting team.
Improve visibility with a new light system and less dust on-site.
J. Oskam selected BlastOne to lead this project. We delivered results quickly and installed a turnkey solution that well exceeded expectations.
Within the first year of using BlastOne’s custom blast booth, J. Oskam increased total production. They could operate with half as many operators. The new paint cure system lowered cure time. Cure time went from 12 hours to 3-4 hours. There was now more time available for final assembly. Overall product quality improved.
The biggest beneficiaries of the new facilities are the blasters and painters themselves. We improved visibility, ventilation, and work handling. This created a stress-free, reliable operation. Happy employees are better employees.
J. Oskam achieved peace-of-mind knowing we have become long-term partners. BlastOne is committed to helping J. Oskam maintain cost-effective corrosion control.