Econo-Blast portables are compact pressure blasters that share many features with their big brother, SuperBlast. Available in three sizes with grit capacities of 1, 1.5 and 3 cubic feet, these portables include ASME vessel certification for safety, flexible air hose for ease of maintenance, wheels for portability and a pressure gauge. Less grit capacity and smaller nozzles make these units ideal for spot blasting and detail work, particularly on a limited budget.
Larger Econo-Blast models can be equipped with Empire’s patented Sure-Flo grit valve and 680 or 780 remote controls, described on page 9, for safety. With these controls, blasting stops when the nozzle is released.
Complete packages are available to protect the operator from blasting and potentially hazardous dust per OSHA requirements. Further, these packages include all the blasting equipment and accessories necessary to get you up and running safely.
XL Packages offered with 150 and 300 models containthe following items:
When stripping operations involve delicate surfaces or require precise removal of old coatings, nothing beats FaStrip machines for speed, quality, safety or economy.
By delivering plastics, wheat starch or other soft media at low pressures, FaStrip makes it possible to strip delicate metallic or composite materials quickly and thoroughly without damaging the substrate.
Compared to alternative stripping methods, Empire's FaStrip process offers a number of major benefits. When chemical agents are used to remove coatings, for example, rubber components, windows and other vulnerable areas must be thoroughly protected. Otherwise, those materials, plus underlying structures and controls, may be damaged. Also, residual caustics can later damage fresh paint.
With FaStrip, most of this prep work is unnecessary. For instance, masking does not have to be extended beyond the windows on to the paint, so a great amount of manual detailing is eliminated.
Because the FaStrip process does not employ toxic chemicals, it is safer for workers and the environment. In addition, less time is required for cleanup and the high costs for disposal of hazardous chemicals are reduced or eliminated.
In short, Empire's FaStrip process offers three compelling advantages over alternative methods. It's faster, safer and more efficient, which all adds up to better results and higher profits when you're stripping expensive equipment.
FaStrip machines are available in cabinet models as well as portable units similar in configuration to the pneumatic blast and recovery systems shown above.
Gentle on Work Surfaces and the Environment
Empire SafeStrip™ portables are designed specifically to handle fine, light media used in the cleaning and stripping of delicate substrates. SafeStrip portables quickly and safely remove old coatings, dirt, oil, corrosion and other unwanted residues from soft metals, rubber, plastics and other sensitive surfaces. They are ideal for work on statues, monuments, machinery and molds, and in many other applications requiring a "light touch."
SafeStrip portables assure even flow of light media by creating a pressure differential between the pressure vessel and blast pressure. This pressure differential, which can be adjusted precisely with a manual valve, prevents bridging and produces consistent feed rates.
When used with non-toxic abrasives, such as bicarbonate of soda or wheat starch, SafeStrip portables are environmentally safe, as long as materials being removed from the work surface are also non-toxic.
Reduce Operating Costs & Improve Finishes
Using "economical" blast media, such as slag, for industrial blasting can be very costly indeed. Because these low-cost abrasives break down so quickly, reusing them is impractical. As a result, you're constantly paying for replacement media, disposal of spent media, and manhours to move this material around - all of which can put a big drain on your profits.
With Empire's pneumatic Blast & Recovery System (PRS), you can tap the cost-saving advantages of more durable media for only a modest investment. Empire's PRS lets you move up to recyclable media, such as aluminum oxide, chilled iron and steel grit, which can be used effectively over and over - from 6 to 200 times. The result is usually a very attractive return on investment in media savings alone.
Reusable media are also faster acting and less dusty, meaning you get the additional advantages of increased productivity and a cleaner working environment. With the PRS, you can move blasting operations into enclosures to comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations. And, because the PRS recycles good media while removing dust and fines, blasting results are more consistent.
Simple blast controls and convenient media-loading procedures make Empire’s PRS very easy to operate. A built-in access ladder and viewing window in the system’s storage hopper are just two examples of the PRS’s many friendly features. And, with heavy-duty duct, an Ultrawear-lined reclaimer, and a silicone carbide nozzle, you know the system is designed to last.
Skid chassis is standard.
All models available with optional dolly chassis for mobility.
As environmental codes become more stringent, the demand for contained blasting rises. By enabling media recovery at the nozzle, Empire's Blast N' Vac® product line virtually eliminates the need to collect media manually, resulting in safer, cleaner blasting.
If you have been blasting with a single-pass abrasive, moving up to one of these self-contained units will save you time and money while eliminating many environmental headaches. The economic advantages of reusable media alone are enormous. Aluminum oxide, chilled iron and steel grit, for example, can be recycled from 6 to 200 times. Recyclable media are also more efficient and less dusty, resulting in greater productivity and a cleaner working environment.
Simple controls and easy media loading procedures make operating Empire Blast N' Vac® machines effortless. The combination storage hopper/reclaimer automatically separates fines and dust from good media, and holds it until the pressure vessel is recharged. These systems are equipped with a hose manifold for quick set up and breakdown and three different Blast N' Vac® heads as well as mufflers to attenuate sound.
Even if your application does not require containment at the nozzle, our Blast N' Vac® packages and components will save you hours of back-breaking manual labor. The Vacutrans® media transfer tool, included with these units, can be used in conjunction with other accessories to vacuum up blasting abrasives, evacuate tanks, load hoppers, or recover chips from hand tools.