Cleaning of Complex Fabrications for the Military Industry

Cleaning of Complex Fabrications


Clean complex fabrications for military vehicles to a near white metal finish (SSPC-SP 10) at a high production rate.


To design an effective surface treatment process, Industrial Associates conducted numerous test runs in our demonstration and R&D lab. We designed and manufactured a custom fixture that would simultaneously hold four of the 84″ long by 48″ high parts for optimal efficiency. Parts were held in a star configuration, which enabled 100% of the surface to be cleaned while allowing the drainage of the steel abrasive from the pockets of the part. The fixture was mounted on a Bronco 7′ diameter fixed table blast. The parts were rotated through the blast area and exposed to the blast pattern created by two 20 HP, 16″ diameter, 3600 RPM Bronco direct drive blast wheels.

A production rate of 3 pieces per 5 minute blast cycle was achieved, and the parts were shot blasted to customer specifications with a turnaround time of 6 weeks from conceptual design to installation. The complex parts were cleaned and delivered to our customer in Central Wisconsin. Industrial Associates is a leading supplier of premium blast equipment, able to develop surface prep solutions for demanding applications. For more information about this military blasting project, or any of our metal finishing capabilities please see the table below or contact us directly.

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Project Highlights

Product Description This service was used to clean complex fabrications for military vehicles. It will return the surface to a near white metal finish.
Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Process Designing
  • Fixture Building
  • Cleaning – Shot Blasting
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part (2) 20 HP, 16″ Diameter, 3600 RPM Bronco Direct Drive Blast Wheels
Bronco 7′ Diameter Fixed Table Blast
Overall Part Dimensions 84″ x 48″ H
Material Finish Near White Metal Finish (SSPC-SP 10)
Features/Benefits Holds 3 parts at a time in a “star” configuration
Allows 100% of the surface to be cleaned
Allows the steel abrasive to drain out of the complex pockets
Components Mounted on a Bronco 7′ diameter fixed table blast
Bronco direct drive blast wheels (2)

  • 20 HP, 16″ diameter, 3600 RPM
In process testing/inspection performed Tested in Demonstration and R&D Labs
Industry for Use Military Industry
Production Rate 3 pieces in a 5 minute blast cycle
Delivery/Turnaround Time 6 months
Delivery Location Central Wisconsin
Standards Met Customer Specifications
Product Name Complex Fabrications