Abrasive blast rooms offer a lot of advantages when blasting large parts and when using a re-usable media such as Aluminum Oxide or Steel Shot. These rooms provide an area that can collect the media, send it to a recycling and separating system and then be re-blasted. Blast rooms can also be equipped with exhaust and dust collection systems. The major drawback is the cost typically in excess of $100,000.
An alternative to a blast room is to perform the abrasive blasting in either an outdoor area that is ‘closed’ in or to blast in a separate room such as a garage or shipping container. These areas can be set up to contain the media and dust but will limit the media choices to consumable, less expensive blasting media such as Crushed Glass Grit.
In order to use a re-usable media, a system such as the Blast Room Package is needed to collect, separate, clean and blast the media. Simply sweeping the used media, dust, dirt, paint chips, etc. into a feed hopper will transfer the recycled material to the abrasive separator, clean out large pieces, remove the dust and send the good media to the pressure pot for re-blasting. The Blast Room Package can simulate nearly all the benefits of a full-fledged blast room but at a fraction of the cost.