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Notable Project – Columbia River

 

Columbia River, State of Washington. Grand Coulee Dam is concrete . Constructed between 1933 and 1942, The dam supplies four power stations with an installed capacity of 6,809 MW. As the center-piece of the Columbia Basin Project, the dam’s reservoir supplies water for the irrigation of 671,000 acres. Hundreds of tons of crushed glass 30/50 have been used on various maintenance projects over the years.

Notable Project – Walmart

Wal-Mart, required the removal of a urethane paint from the outside of 20  stores. The challenge for the contractor was Wal-Mart did not want the base material to be affected by the sandblasting. A consistent profile was important. Crushed Glass 40/70 was the choice for the blast media.

Notable Project – Oceanside, CA

Oceanside, California.  One of the largest subdivisions required paint and stucco removal from 7 miles of 6” high block walls.  The walls were located in a high density residential area which made this project very challenging . The residents were concerned about the dust but a dustless sandblasting system and 20/40 crushed glass which has no free silica was a perfect solution. The San Diego Air Quality Management Department was called to the project by the residents and there were found to be no issues that would create an air quality issue.

 

 

 

Notable Project – Moffet Federal Airfield

Moffett Federal Airfield, San Francisco bay area also known as Moffett Field, is a joint civil-military airport located in an unincorporated part of Santa Clara County. Crush glass 20/40 was the media of choice for a Dustless Blast system to use for the lead paint removal.

Notable Projects – Spruce Goose Hughes

The Spruce Goose was one of the largest planes ever built with a wingspan of 320’ and length of 219’ it required a huge building to construct. The original factory for wooden structure was converted to a Google office building and the original walls were stripped of the lead paint then finished in clear varnish. EcoQuip equipment and 40/70 rushed glass was used in the sandblasting. The combination left a perfect finish that the owners wanted. Production rates were comparable to garnet and disposal was less expensive.

Notable Project – Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport in Alameda County, California. 124 concrete columns 4 foot in diameter had to be sandblasted for an architectural finish. The concrete columns support the Bart Connection Tram from the Oakland Airport to the transfer station. Sandblasting was a challenge for the contractor. The 3-mile system transports passengers above street-level traffic.

Notable Project – Levi’s Stadium


Levi’s Stadium is a football stadium located in Santa Clara, California, just across the bay from KleenBlast warehouse in Hayward, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. It now serves as the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Crushed glass was used to prepare the railings for paint. Due to the performance and cost vs garnet it was the perfect choice for this new bay area arena.

Notable Project – Studebaker Factory

Studebaker suttled manufacturing facility based in South Bend, Indiana. The factory ceased operations in 1967. In 2014 the factory was being converted to mixed use. Crushed glass was used to remove the lead paint from steel and wood. The contractor used a Eco Quip dustless system . This is one of the most popular uses of crush glass in sandblasting.

 

Notable Project – San Clemente Beach Trail

The San Clemente Beach Trail, 3500 feet of raised steel bridge that was starting to show signs of rust and severe corrosion. Crushed glass 20/40 was used with a DB machine and flash rust preventer as the preparation of the corroded surface. Hold Blast were added to the sandblasting water to prevent flash rusting.The crushed glass 20/40 and the flash rust preventers are both environmentally inert and have been used on previous over the water projects in San Clemente, San Francisco, and many other coastal cities. Over water projects have been reviewed by the California Coastal Commission, EPA and City building departments. Using a dustless blasting system eliminated 95% of the dust.

4-Gallon Tumble-Basket Blast Cabinet Boosts Productivity 400% for Firearm-Accessory Manufacturer—In One Week

4-Gallon Tumble-Basket Blast Cabinet Boosts Productivity 400% for Firearm-Accessory Manufacturer—In One Week

Owner of ACCU-TAC says manual blasting jobs that took five hours now only take one hour.

“I’ve been looking a long time for a solution like this,” says Felipe Salazar, owner of ACCU-TAC, about his new Clemco 4-Gallon Tumble-Basket Blast Cabinet. ACCU-TAC manufacturers high-end firearm bipods, scope rings, and other firearm accessories. “We had been running two Raptor manual blast cabinets with two operators, with overtime and even nightshifts” Felipe explains. “But now with our new Clemco cabinet, it’s so efficient that most days we run out of parts to put in it. It won’t be long until the machine pays for itself.”

Felipe goes on to explain that blasting that would take five hours with two operators each working one of the Raptor manual cabinets now takes one hour in ACCU-TAC’s new 4-Gallon Clemco Cabinet. “That’s a 400% increase in productivity!” Felipe exclaims. “And we’ve had the machine only a little over a week!”


A Huge Savings in Labor Costs

ACCU-TAC’s 4-Gallon Tumble-Basket Blast Cabinet arrived the first week of August. It uses fine glass bead to finish batches of parts usually less than an inch long, many of the parts the size of marbles. The parts are components in rifle bipods, the bread and butter of ACCU-TAC’s business. Typically, ACCU-TAC’s shop runs six 10-minute batches or four 15-minute batches of these parts per hour to remove machine marks and create a matte finish, for a total of about 1,300 parts an hour.

“We are still experimenting with the process,” Felipe shares,” but it’s important that we do everything in house so that we maintain control over quality and delivery time, and blasting is essential to our process. Blasting with our Clemco cabinet is a huge savings in labor costs, and the quality of the cabinet’s construction and output are outstanding. I’m loving it.”

A State-of-the-Art Shop

“Felipe runs a state-of the art shop with a CAD/CAM system and 12 Haas CNC machines” says Sean Jewett, who has worked for 15 years at Kleen Blast and currently works at its location in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where ACCU-TAC also is located. Kleen Blast is a Clemco distributor and one of the West Coast’s largest distributors of abrasive blasting media and equipment, and it has four other locations on the West Coast. “I showed Felipe videos Clemco has on its website on how to operate and set up the 4-Gallon Tumble Cabinet in addition to Clemco’s print literature,” Sean explains. “I knew the machine would be a great fit for Felipe because his business is growing so fast, and he is dedicated to using automation.”

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I Felt I Could Make Better Equipment

ACCU-TAC’s firearm accessories now are sold across the United States and in 28 countries around the globe, as far away as Australia. But it wasn’t always that way.

“I’ve always been a gun enthusiast,” Felipe says, “but shooting gear can get so expensive, and sometimes the quality isn’t there. In my twenties I worked in machine shops, and I felt I could make better equipment for myself, so I made my own bipod. People at the shooting range I went to asked me about it. They ended up being my first customers.”

Felipe went on to sell his bipods on eBay, began cold calling local gun shops, and then renting booths at weekend gun shows. Sales grew. In 2015, Felipe formally incorporated ACCU-TAC, and now ACCU-TAC has 15 employees.

I Still Work in the Shop

“I still work in the shop when I can,” Felipe says. “Because machining was my first profession, I knew I could make high-quality firearm accessories people would want. I’m grateful to the people who have supported me along the way and to Clemco and Sean at Kleen Blast for helping me jump to the next level. I will be buying several bigger Clemco cabinets soon.”