United Surface Preparation has a long-standing relationship with a large national precision components manufacturer. When the customer was looking to improve efficiency in one of their plants, United Surface Preparation performed a thorough evaluation of their blasting operations and offered recommendations for improved quality and performance.
A Faster Process to Improve Surface Finish, Reduce Downtime to Achieve the Lowest Cost-Per-Part
Category: Large Stainless Steel Medical Parts
Industry: Precision Engineered Metal Component Manufacturer
Cost Savings: $60,750
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The manufacturer wanted to eliminate bottlenecks and increase production in their blasting operations, specifically on large medical components. They also wanted to reduce downtime resulting from frequent media change-outs due to inconsistent finishes.
After performing a process evaluation, United Surface Preparation suggested they move from a suction blast cabinet system to an Empire Pro-Finish Pressure Blast Cabinet. The new pressure blast cabinet utilizes a pressure vessel and media reclamation system that:
- Consistently removes dust and undersized particles
- Eliminated the need for complete media change-out
- Ensured consistent surface finish
The installation of the new Empire Pro-Finish Pressure Blast Cabinet reduced blast time per part from 24 minutes to 7 minutes. This reduced the finishing cost from $27.50 per part to just $7.25 per part — for an annual savings of $60,750. As a result of the process improvement, the manufacturer also experienced:
- Higher production output
- Superior surface finish
- Less machine downtime
- Less time spent on maintenance and media change-outs
- Lower cost-per-part
United Surface Preparation is a leading specialty industrial distributor with a national reach, headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota. Known for unparalleled service, we provide quality surface preparation products, manual and automated processes and innovative solutions to metalworking, woodworking and concrete customers nationwide.