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Low-Dust Abrasive Benefits

Many Blast & Paint Contractors or Fabricators have decided to move away from using the relatively inexpensive silica sand (Meramec Sand, Flint, Ottawa, River Sand,Beach Sand, etc.).  Historically, silica sand has been the abrasive of choice due to lowest cost per ton,accessibility and marginal effectiveness. However, current OSHA Airborne Silica Exposure Standards along with airborne silica…

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Media Selection for Slurry Blast Operations

The low-dust Slurry Blast machines have gained popularity due to their inherent lack of dust – while maintaining a portion of the Production speed compared to dry blasting operations. Slurry Blast unit manufacturers (think EcoQuip from Graco, Dustless Blasting, Greener Blast, Clemco Wetblast Flex) have typically recommended Crushed Glass Abrasive as the media of choice…

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Nozzle Pressure a primary factor for any Abrasive Blast operation

Nozzle Pressure is the primary ingredient in efficiency for any Abrasive Blast operation. When visiting a Blast Shop operation for the first time, our first measurement taken is the Nozzle Pressure. Turns out that Nozzle Pressure is the primary indicator whether a Blast Shop will benefit from the use of High Performance Abrasives – or,…

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The revised Beryllium Regulation Standard

OSHA recently enacted the revised Beryllium Standard for airborne exposure to trace amounts of Be (Beryllium).  The original intent was to regulate airborne exposures of Be present in Be production facilities where levels are necessarily quite high.  At the last minute of the OSHA Be revision process included the Blast Abrasives industry in the revised…

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Blast Abrasive Delivery Cost Increase

Blast Abrasives delivered costs are shooting up! 2018 is turning out to be an exceptional year – in terms of cost increases for Abrasives. Not necessarily the cost of the Abrasive itself, but coupled with the Delivery cost, we are experiencing increases anywhere from 20% to 40% in landed cost compared to 2017. Why the…

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Utilize Silica Sand? Time to Upgrade

“We will keep using it until we get caught”. This is a typical response we get when approaching Blast Operations that still utilize silica sand (beach sand, Ottawa flint, river sand, Meramec sand, etc.).  At issue with any of the silica sands chosen as a blast abrasive is the inevitable elevated level of Airborne Silica…

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Selecting The Right Abrasive

What is my cost per ton? What is my cost per bag? This is typically the first question asked when approached with the offering of another Abrasive option for Blast Operations. TCR Blast Abrasives contends the more relevant question is: What is my cost per square foot? The lowest cost per square foot Abrasives are…

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OSHA Silica Dust Rule Final

The final rule is now in force per OSHA Standard for Silica Dust Exposure. Below is an excerpt that will be the main issues for Abrasive Blast operations. “The final rule also includes key provisions that require employers to: Use engineering controls (such as water, ventilation, or non-silica substitute) and work practices to limit worker…

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Pivotal Ruling on Coal Handling Coming Soon

The current state of the handling of spent coal slag (CCR – Coal Combustion Residue) may be changing soon (Dec. 19, 2014 ruling). A federal judge mandated regulation ruling by the Federal EPA is coming soon, after over four years past the original proposal. The EPA has until Dec 19th, based on a court order, to…

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Silica Plan gains backing from American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has released a new study that millions could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure. “New studies have also shown that excess lung mortality occurs in silica-exposed workers who do not have silicosis and who do not smoke,” says the article, by Kyle Steenland, PhD, and Elizabeth Ward, PhD.…

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