Air Blasting

Engineered Field-Erected Blast Rooms


Empire provides industry with high quality, dependable blast room equipment

Blast room equipment is used in a wide variety of industries that require surface preparation prior to the application of a protective coating. The surface of the work piece is cleaned by a mixture of abrasive and high pressure compressed air being directed at the work piece by a blast operator. The operator holds a venturi nozzle tipped hose in his hands and controls the abrasive/air mixtyre generated at the blast machine with an "on the hose" operator switch.

The blast room contains the abrasive being shot at the work piece as well as providing lighting and ventilation for the operator's safety. The abrasive and surface particle mix (i.e. paint chips, surface rust, mill scale, etc.) are collected by the floor reclamation system and brought back to the classifier to separate reusable abrasive from waste. The reusable abrasive is stored in a bin above the blast machine and is ready for the cycle to start again.

Industries that require this process include:

  • Steel Fabricators
  • Construction Equipment
  • Railcars
  • Steel Tanks
  • Trailers
  • Oil Field Equipment
  • Ship Building

Empire offers a variety of reclaim floor designs and room configurations which allow us to design a blast room facility uniquely tailored to meet the economic production, safety and environmental concerns of each customer.

Environmentally Safe

Environmentally Safe

Air-blasting eliminates many of the environmental problems and costs associated with chemical stripping because you don't have to manage or dispose of hazardous liquids.

An Empire blast room provides even greater potential for improving safety and reducing operating costs when you're cleaning, finishing or surface-profiling large workpieces. With the process contained in a specially designed enclosure, blast media and debris are isolated from the external environment. And the operator, equipped with Empire safety gear, is fully protected.

Enclosure Configuration

 Reclamation Floor Designs

 Standard Options

Optional Features

Overhead Material Handling
Monorail cranes and overhead bridge cranes with manual or tractor-driven trolleys can be designed as a material handling device in a blast room.

Brush Seal Assembly
Brush seals provide and abrasive tight seal around chain from the overhead material handling hoist. Assembly includes guide rails to center the hoist chain and adjustment bolts for the brushes.

Paint Filter Bank Assembly
Assembly includes filter housing, filter elements, fan, pressure differential gauge, exhaust stack and weather cap. A combination blast and prime facility includes 10-gauge steel door to protect the filters during the blast operation.

Work Car Assembly
We offer a wide range of sizes and load capacities in work cars. The cars can be manually or pneumatically driven.

Side-Entry Door Assembly
Side-entry sliding doors can provide a material handling solution in tight work spaces or work flow directional changes.

Rubber Roll-Up Door
The powered rubber door is constructed of 3-ply neoprene. The pre-assembled door is ideal for tight work spaces.

Dust Collectors
High efficiency cartridge dust collectors provides a cleaning efficiency of 99.999% down to a particle size of .5 micron. These collectors meet the stringent guidelines set on particle emissions.
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