Novel blasting machines

PBS wants to show marinas that they can provide an in-house anti-foul removal service themselves PBS wants to show marinas that they can provide an in-house anti-foul removal service themselves

Precision Blast Systems will bring its compact new abrasive blasting machines to Seawork which offer a new approach to surface preparation and anti-foul removal.

The Mini DFU is a small, portable completely dust free vacuum blaster, particularly suited for coatings removal and surface prep on small areas where space is limited and no dust can be tolerated.

“There isn’t another small dust-free recycling version on the market,” Ian Simmonds, director, Precision Blast Systems told Maritime Journal.

“This machine is fully air powered and recycles the abrasive from the blast head which reduces waste, it is relatively small and lightweight compared to standard machines. It is well suited for small areas on modules, pipelines, fabrications and machinery where good surface preparation is required with no dust."

The BlastMate-ECO is a precision blast cleaning system that can operate both dry and wet with a range of abrasives, its accurate control means it is well suited to anti-foul removal especially on GRP and aluminium vessels without the dust and waste associated with conventional blasting

The system will be on the company’s stand at Seawork International this year, where Mr Simmons said the company will particularly be targeting harbours and marinas where anti-foul removal is generally seen as a problem with contractors brought in who often provide an unsatisfactory service.

Mr Simmonds told MJ: “We want to show marinas that they can provide an in-house anti-foul removal service themselves providing a profit opportunity whilst removing the problems often associated with outside contractors.”

“This is a job that has to be done regularly,” Mr Simmonds said. “We can provide the way to do it efficiently including equipment and training. Jeremy Rogers Ltd has already set up this service in Lymington Yacht Haven and others are looking to follow its lead."

By Anne-Marie Causer

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