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The VertiDrive Industrial Blasting Robot

Perhaps the most revolutionary product to be introduced in the last 25 years, the VertiDrive blasting robot keeps your crew both out of harm’s way, and the billowing dust, while offering productivity 2.5-3X that of a standard blaster.

VertiDrive M7 Magnetic Blasting Robot Crawler

Use up to 3 Nozzles
Accommodates up to three (3) #8 nozzles

Animated VertiBlasting Long shot

Automate timing and speed
Set the reach, pace, and crawl of the robot.

Animated VertiBlasting close shot

Walls. Floors.  Even Ceilings.
Powerful enough to hang upside down.

Vertidrive robot on side of storage tanke

Keeps Operator Out of Harm’s Way
Heights, noise, dust, back-thrust – all avoided.

Vertidrive in operation

VertiDrive Overview

VertiDrive Tank Blasting
VertiDrive Tank Blasting
VertiDrive Tank Blasting

3 Reasons contractors love the Vertidrive remote-controlled blasting robot.

  • 3X faster than a single blaster with production rates up to 350 sqft per hour.
  • Save money by eliminating cost of scaffolding for high surfaces.
  • Safety is improved by distancing the operator from the nozzle as well as eliminating the need for elevated blasting

Below are 7 insights to help the operator maximize production rates when driving the VertiDrive unit:

1. Optimize the DRIVING speed

The speed of the VertiDrive is an important factor in productivity.  Too fast, and there will be bands of the surface that are under blasted.  Too slow and there will be overlapping swings of the arm where you are effectively blasting the surface twice.

2. optimize the swingarm speed

Alongside the speed of the robot, the speed of the swingarm is also crucial. If the swingarm is too slow the robot is basically over blasting the surface. If the swingarm is set too fast, it may under blast and not achieve the necessary profile. Setting the optimal swingarm pace can accomplish the necessary profile in a single swing.

3. AUTOMATE WITH the step time function

The VertiDrive robot will automatically advance itself after each swing is finished.

4. Improve your visibility

Oftentimes, the VertiDrive will be quite a distance from the operator below and due to this distance and blast dust, it’s difficult to determine if the speed of the swing arm and robot are optimally blasting the surface.  Two ways to counter this visual impairment is by using a low dust media like GMA Garnet as well setting the robots speeds at an eye-level view to test for optimal setup.  If the robot’s pacing is found to be optimal at the lower level you can see, you can trust the same is occurring at distant heights or beneath the dust cloud.

5. Ensure proper equipment maintenance

Proper maintenance will ensure the VertiDrive experiences minimal downtime as well as performs safely during operation. If you don’t schedule your maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you.

6.  Train your operators

A properly trained operator will understand which situations, surfaces, curvatures, etc are problematic, unsafe, or outside the capabilities of the robot.  Trained personnel help to promote productivity and safety on job sites.

7. Connect to your blast pot

Consider connecting the VertiDrive robot to the blast pot.  Doing so allows remote activation and termination of the blast pot so you don’t have to scream at your colleague.  It also improves safety by allowing operators to remotely shut off the pressure if something goes wrong.

Is the Vertidrive right for my project?

The following are key indicators in determining whether the Vertidrive is a solution for your project.

  1.  Project Size – due to the rental cost and one week minimum, renting the Vertidrive becomes cost effective on projects 10,000 ft2 and greater.

  2.  We recommend a 1600 cfm compressor to utilize a 3-nozzle set-up.

  3.  As the robot adheres to the wall via a magnet, the substrate needs to be magnetic, with a plate thickness of 3/8″ minimum.  1/4″ steel is not recommended.

  4.  Being magnetic, you cannot use steel grit or shot.  It will quickly coat the magnet and eventually cause it to dislodge from the surface.

  5.   Storage Tanks need a minimum 15ft diameter to allow the robot to run sideways.

Valuable Considerations

  1.  The Vertidrive will typically blast approximately 85%-90% of a storage tank.  Hand blasting will still be required to touch up difficult areas, stairs, rails, or welds possibly under-blasted due to the angle of the nozzles.

  2.  The Vertidrive can effectively traverse welds or plate laps up to 5/8″ high.  Anything greater can cause the robot to detach from the surface.

  3.  The Vertridrive is safe-guarded on vertical surfaces by a safety retractable line.  It requires 3 SRL’s to operate upside down on the underside of a floating roof tank or bottom of a ship.

  4.  The estimated minimal damage caused to the robot should it fall without it’s SRL is $10,000.  The frame, wheels, and gear box will all likely be damaged requiring replacement plus labor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you offer jobsite demonstrations?

    Due to supply and demand and the freight cost of shipping the robot with its container, this is typically not possible.  We invite all those interested to attend our next Demo Day where we exhibit all the latest and greatest blasting innovations and can let your team get hands on the equipment and see it in action.  Here is the link to our Demo Day info and calendar.
  • What size compressor do I need?

    We recommend a 1600 cfm to fully utilize all three nozzles.  Smaller compressors can work, however we cannot guarantee production numbers.

  • Do you offer training with rental/purchase?

    Yes.  For first time rentals or purchase we provide training.  This is a two (2) day hands-on training which covers the requisite set-up needed to achieve the production outputs.  We cover the VertiDrive,  blasting equipment, compressors, and air dryers.  During this time, the tech support doesn’t run the robot, but oversees your team handling the controls.  They are taught how to blast, start, stop, and basic trouble-shooting.

    There is a fee for this training. Estimate between $5,000 – $7,500.

  • Can the robot blast upside down?

    Yes.  The VertiDrive can blast vertically, horizontally, and even upside down.
  • How does the robot adhere to the surface?

    The robot has 2 strong magnets on the underside carriage.  These are earth magnets – not powered by electricity.  Therefore, should you lose power to the jobsite, the robot will not detach from the wall.
  • Is this hung by a cable?

    No, it uses a safety retractable line, to protect it from falling.

    You can use a winch system to hold the hoses when you are blasting over 40ft high.

  • What happens if the robot detaches from the wall while blasting?

    The robot has a proximity switch monitoring its distance from the surface… so if it comes loose, the system will shut down, preventing the nozzles from indiscriminately blasting abrasive should it swing or fall.

    The robot also needs to have a tie-off point, like a clamp – utilizing a safety retractable line, positioned no greater than thirty (30) feet from the working area.  As the robot cleans the surface and moves to the next work area, this tie-off point should be adjusted accordingly.  This distance is a safety measure and prevents the robot from swinging like a wild pendulum should it detach from the wall.

  • Can it drive over patches and overlaps?

    The machine will drive over 5/8″ welds or laps.  Greater heights can affect both the proximity sensor and magnetic adhesion.
  • How many operators does it take to run the robot?

    One worker can monitor and operate the blasting robot, we would typically recommend having another person onsite to be with the blasting equipment to ensure that all 3 nozzles stay supplied with abrasive and free airflow while blasting.

    You will always need to do some manual blasting, so if your bulk bot has 4 outlets you can always keep another busy doing the cutting in.

  • What is the daily / weekly maintenance involved?

    Maintenance on the Vertidrive is very minimal, just keep the magnets clean. There is nothing to lube as it has all-sealed bearings.

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