Cleaning of Pipe for the Centrifugal Casting Industry

Cleaning of Pipe for the Centrifugal Casting Industry


Clean the OD and ID surfaces of centrifugally cast pipe to remove molding compounds, ceramic wash and other surface contaminants and produce a near white metal finish (SSPC-SP 10).


At Industrial Associates we offer a full range of metal finishing services including the manufacturing of machinery, equipment repair, and media services. We worked with this customer to design, build, and integrate a 3-axis carriage for the lance assembly that allows various sizes of pipe to be processed. For outer diameter cleaning, each section of pipe is placed on a sled so that it can pass through a Bronco 4-wheel roll conveyor machine to clean the pipe without rotation. At the exit end of the OD blast machine, we designed and manufactured an unsupported, rotating lance assembly that traverses the length of the pipe as it moves forward and cleans the inner diameter. On the withdrawal phase of the lance, air blows out the excess abrasive from inside the pipe diameter.

An OD from 7″ to 60″ and pipe length of 12′ to 14′ can be accommodated by this machinery. Turnaround time for this project was 1 year including concept phase, design, fabrication, and trials for full analysis. The equipment was fully tested for functionality and delivered to the customer in southeast Wisconsin. For more information about this centrifugally cast pipe project, or other custom surface prep solutions please see the table below or contact us directly.

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Project Highlights

Capabilities Applied/Processes Primary

  • Process Design
  • Fixture Building

Shot Blasting

  • ID Cleaning
  • OD Cleaning
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
  • Bronco 4-wheel roll conveyor machine
  • Rotating Lance Assembly
Overall Part Dimensions OD: Ø 7″ – Ø 60″
Length: 12′ – 14′
Material Finish Near White Metal Finish (SSPC-SP 10).
Features/Benefits Production Rate: 5 ft./min
ID and OD cleaned simultaneously
In process testing/inspection performed Functionality Testing
Industry for Use Heavy Duty, Minimitz
Delivery/Turnaround Time 1 Year Concept, Trial, Delivery
Delivery Location Southeast, Wisconsin
Standards Met Customer Specifications
Product Name Centrifugally Cast Pipe