Aquablast® 1515

Designed by Vixen to simultaneously degrease and blast multiple components

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This Wet Blasting Machine is top-of-the-range amongst the standard Aquablast® products.

The process cleans by flow to produce a 'soft' finish, while eliminating impact. With water acting as a lubricant, media impregnation is avoided and the life of the blast media consequently extended.

The full process is detailed below:

  • The water/media slurry is contained within the wet blasting cabinet sump
  • Delivery of the slurry to the manual blast nozzle is via a glandless polyurethane pump and associated hoses located inside the wet blasting machine
  • Compressed air is added at the blast nozzle to accelerate the slurry and provide the cleaning effect
  • After contact with the component, the slurry then drains back into the sump creating a re-circulating system
  • Fine broken down media and other contaminants are fed via an overflow to a sedimentation filter located at the rear of the wet blasting machine.
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aquablast 1515

Testimonials

This machine has improved the surface finish, safety, cleanliness levels and ease of use for the operator. Everything from delivery to installation went smoothly and the support from Vixen has been brilliant. The surface finish is of a much higher quality than what we were achieving before, and the engine overhaul time has decreased rapidly by over 50%. The methods of changing the media is a lot easier and faster due to the excellent filtration system that is in place on the machine.
Addisu
Ethiopian Airlines
  • Dust-free process
  • Blast and degrease
  • Cleans by flow
  • 'Soft' finish appearance
  • Longer media life
  • 100% stainless steel
  • Large side door
  • Rubber lining
  • Windscreen wiper
  • Tungsten Carbide nozzle
  • Width - 1500mm
  • Depth - 1350mm
  • Height - 1023mm

Trolley and turntable with external loading

Trolley turntableWhere heavy items are to be processed it is often easier to load these items externally to the blast cabinet using an overhead crane or perhaps a fork lift truck. Vixen offer this facility on all the Aquablast range with standard and special load capacities where required. The turntable can be moved outside of the chamber, loaded and wheeled back in. In some cases where needed, the turntables can be linked to an electric drive inside the cabinet for operator ease.

Fixed turntable inside blast chamber

Fixed turntableTurntables are a very popular option. A fixed turntable inside the machine enables easy manoeuvrability of the components to be blasted. These turntables can also be electrically gear-driven if required, but in most cases can be manipulated by hand with loads of up to 50kg.

Automatic media concentration monitor

Media concentration monitorWhere the integrity of the abrasive is critical and the concentration must be absolutely constant, it is often easier to use the media concentration monitor which enables the operator to check the abrasive mix periodically by simply pressing a button.

Closed loop system

Closed loop bucketVixen’s closed loop system allows the machine to operate without the need of a mains water supply or drain nearby. This system is a large sedimentation filter unit that filters the liquid sufficiently and uses a heavy-duty air operated diaphragm pump to recycle water for the rinse gun and window wash.

The closed loop sedimentation tank is supplied with a series of Vixen designed containers which have an overlap feature. These are Vixen’s tooling and are fitted with weirs to allow water to cascade from one container to allow fine particles of debris or broken abrasive to settle in the containers. These containers can easily be removed for cleaning individually and make maintenance of the closed loop system quick and easy.

Free standing hydro cyclone

Free standing hydrocloneThis item comes complete on a stainless steel frame and is very light it can easily be lifted into the cabinet. Once inside the cabinet, a bucket is placed under the cyclone and the blast gun is connected to the cyclone. The operator simply depresses the foot pedal and the abrasive begins filling the bucket which enables easy emptying of the machine of abrasive.

Fixed blast gun holder

Fixed blast gun holderWith small components it is often easier for the gun to be locked into a holder and the operator simply manipulates the small part in the blast stream.

Wet cyclonic media clarification

Wet cyclonic media clarificationThe wet cyclones are designed to automatically remove broken down abrasive and sediment from the blasting process. These are normally specified where the blasting process is critical such as aerospace applications. The benefits of the wet cyclone are that any spent abrasive is removed and the finish integrity does not deteriorate in any way as the abrasive remains consistent.

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