Abrasive recovery on-site solutions

Cleaning up the job site after blasting can be the most time consuming part of the blasting process. If you have to remove the abrasive out of the area manually with a broom and shovel you will spend many hours on labor which is quite costly. All that spent abrasive must be removed from the job site before you can move on to the next stage of the project. Any residue left can spoil the coating being applied.

This problem requires an efficient vacuum system that can suck up all the abrasive and collect it at a central point ready for recycling or disposal.

Basic system components for on-site recovery.

Pickup or collection tool, a manually operated unit that functions much like a vacuum cleaner for the home. The entire solution effectively emulates the same process as home cleaning by the operator moving the pick-up tool across the work area and 'sucking' up the spent abrasive.

The VacuLoad units is the source of the vacuum suction power being produced for the pick-up tool. The module uses compressed air through ha venturi jet for containment of the vacuum. Larger models have positive displacement blowers to generate higher rates of flow and a more powerful vacuum. Integrated into the VacuLoad system will typically include a dust collector with cartridge type filters and pulse cleaning systems. the interceptor acts as a storage unit depending on the model currently in use.

Several units incorporate reclamation systems for the storage of several tons of abrasive media and a reduction in overall handling process.

VacuLoad Recovery systems proccess.

All Vacuload™ System models work using the same operating principle.

  1. The operator sucks up spent abrasive and the abrasive and air mixture travels along the vacuum hose or pipe to the Interceptor Storage Module.
  2. The Interceptor slows the air/abrasive mixture down such that all particles and heavy dusts drop out of the air stream and are stored for recycling or disposal. Light dusts remain entrained in the air stream and are carried along a hose to the Vacuload™ Module.
  3. At the Vacuload™ Module all dusts are removed by final filtration cartridges in the dust collector (the cake of dust which builds up on the cartridges is dislodged by an automatic reverse pulse and is collected in a hopper awaiting disposal). Clean air carries on through to the vacuum pump and then discharged to atmosphere.
John Smith