In order to save money on abrasive , blasters can look into collecting and reusing their old abrasive. There are a few steps to follow to ensure you are receiving top performance from the recycled blasting media.
HOW TO GET THE BEST RESULTS WHEN RECYCLING GARNET
1. Make sure the abrasive stays dry.
In order to successfully recycle the abrasive, it cannot be wet.
2. Recycle in large quantities.
To save you time in the long run, it’s most logical for you to recycle multiple tons at once. Another option would be a recovery system that ultimately recovers the spent abrasive and automatically recycles it.
3. Get all of the dust out of the abrasive.
You will face many issues if there is a large quantity of dust left in your recycled abrasive.
WHY IS DUST SUCH A PROBLEM WHEN IT COMES TO BLASTING?
Dust lowers the production level when blasting because it lowers the visibility on the worksite. Blasting with dust ultimately creates more dust and it gets spread throughout the worksite. Your equipment, such as blast hoses, nozzles and metering valves, will also wear way quicker when
dust is present. Compared to abrasive particles, the particles in dust are more abundant and a lot finer. Due to the amount of particles in dust combined with them moving at high speed wears down equipment in a much quicker manner than abrasive. Another thing to think about is wasting compressed air with dust particles in your abrasive. You want to get the highest velocity of abrasive out of the blast nozzle. The dust particles end up using compressed air that could actually be working on the abrasive. This results in lower efficiency and wasted energy.
To successfully separate dust from the abrasive, use an air-wash with your abrasive recycler.