With COVID-19 all over the news and social media, safe behavior is very much a concern. Fortunately, safety is the objective of many micro-abrasive blasting applications. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that micro-abrasive blasting contributes to a safer world.
The success of the surgical process depends on intense lighting in the operating room. Surgeons require enough brilliance to discern delicate tissues and perform complex procedures. However, if that light bounces off the shiny surface of the surgical equipment in use, poor visuals and life-threatening mistakes can result from the glare.
Fortunately, while stainless steel can be polished to an incredible sheen, a more appropriate surface preparation leaves a non-reflective matte or satin finish. This both eliminates the possibility of a laser reflecting accidentally and greatly reduces glare. A non-reflective surface also lessens eye fatigue.
Safe Medical Devices
A stainless-steel knee replacement or medical imaging machine looks quite different from a jet engine. However, medical devices and aircraft share a need for precision machining and careful surface preparation. For example, tiny flaws in one component of a $1 million MRI machine potentially render the device unusable, or worse, inaccurate.
Medical device manufacturers worldwide depend on micro-abrasive blasting to achieve the needed precision for delicate instruments and implants. Many local diagnostic sessions involve imaging equipment from Siemens in Germany or an electrocardiogram device from Fukuda Denshi in Japan.
Safer Environment and Worker
Some manufacturers have opted for solvent-based chemicals to clean machined parts. However, burns to the eyes, skin and throat potentially result from the use of these strong compounds. The toxic gases produced also create costly hazardous waste.
Micro-abrasive blasting is not only precise and versatile, but it also presents a much safer world alternative to caustic chemicals.
In fact, micro-abrasive blasting offers several eco-friendly choices to clean machined parts. The blasting process is conducted in a simple enclosure and releases no toxins into the air. The biodegradable and non-hazardous abrasive powders are easily discarded.
Air Passenger Safety
The production of airplanes and airplane parts forms a vital component of the world economy. Every aircraft or spacecraft depends on millions of delicate parts working together in top condition. Micro-abrasive blasting plays a key role in the precision machining and bonding processes required.
From micro hole drilling to improve internal cooling airflow to cleaning turbine blades, micro-abrasive blasting brings the precision required to meet rigorous safety standards. For the executive flying from Dubai to Paris, or the cosmonaut flying to the International Space Station, that precision helps to make the flight safe.
In numerous aerospace applications, micro-abrasive blasting helps ensure that low-tolerance parts operate at peak performance for flight. The safety of millions of passengers depends on the quality of those parts.
Micro-Abrasive Blasting in a Safer World
Whether you are manufacturing a product to change the world applying micro abrasive blasting in your hobby, safety must come first. Operators who use personal protective equipment in a well-designed work environment with the right abrasives are much less likely to experience impacts to their health.
Airbrasive offers a selection of state-of-the-art blast cabinets and dust collectors, as well as eco-friendly abrasive powders, air/oil filters and an assortment of blasting units. For 70 years, the company has set the standard for micro-abrasive blasting safety. Our micro-abrasive blasting experts design practical solutions to meet every blasting requirement and keep your operators safe and healthy.