Aquasub equipment was fitted with SRD 380 wheels from the old BMD range.
They gave an average wear part life of 400 blast hours (including blades, control cage, impeller and side liners), casting cleaning capacity was approx. 500 T/M and vast service and maintenance support was needed.
After discussing the problems and the potential benefits of a wheel upgrade, Aquasub decided to trial a SATURN HD wheel upgrade to one of the shot blast machines, replacing two SRD 380 wheels.
Benefits of the SATURN HD wheel Upgrade at Aquasub:
- Increase in productivity by more than 50%
- Higher wear part life by approx. 1.5 times
- Better machine uptime
- Reduced maintenance
- Machine reliability
- Minimum downtime
Mr. N. Purushottama, General Manager, Foundry Division Aquasub Engineering comments: "We implemented an equipment modernisation programme (EMP) on our VP-14 machine with SATURN HD wheels after seeing the wheels at IFEX 2011 at Chandigarh.
Our shot blast machines were running on SRD wheels, giving a casting cleaning capacity of 500 T/M with an average wear part life of 400 blast hours."
Mr. N. Purushottama concludes: "The overall capacity has now increased to 750 T/M and the average wear part life has also increased significantly to 750 blast hours. This result helped us in reducing maintenance and service costs and we will soon be implementing EMP on our other existing shot blast machines.”