Guyson Installs Robotic Blasting Cell

Saratoga Springs, NY - Guyson Corporation has expanded its engineering test laboratory with the addition of a robotic blast system to support application development work on customers' automated blasting projects as well as the company's contract finishing and surface preparation services.

Steve Byrnes, President of the blast machinery manufacturing company, unveiled the new
equipment at an employee orientation event in the finishing job-shop area of Guyson's
80,000 square foot plant in Saratoga Springs, NY.

"This investment, together with our advanced CAD/CAM-based software for off-line robot
motion programming, will extend our lead in supplying engineered-to-order robotic blast
systems to manufacturers of medical, aerospace and other components that require the highest degree of precision and repeatability in surface treatment," Byrnes told the group.

The addition of the robot blasting cell to the test lab enables on-demand demonstration of robotic surface finishing and shot peening processes, as well as measurable results under actual production conditions. As an asset available for certain types of contract finishing work, the robotic blasting cell offers great flexibility, since the programmed process routine for a particular component can be stored, recalled and exactly repeated at any time.

The system combines a rotary table pressure-blast cabinet with a 6-axis robot that
manipulates the blast nozzle. Rotation of the turntable can be controlled as a seventh axis of robotic motion. The versatile blast machine makes it possible to constantly maintain a specified offset, angle of impingement and surface speed while exactly following the contours of complex-shaped components.

In his remarks, Steve Donohue, Guyson's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stressed
the value of the new robotic blasting cell for process development in partnership with

"Many of our customers are in regulated industries or have rigid quality system requirements, for example, shot peening of aerospace components to stringent specifications such as AMS-2432 to meet NADCAP AC-7117 audit criteria, or medical components processed in accordance with FDA guidelines in an ISO-13485 certified operation. A fully functioning robotic blasting cell enables us to assist our partners with blast process validation, the elimination of non-conformities and the achievement of repeatable Six Sigma quality."

Prospective users of automated and robotic blast systems or contract finishing services are invited to attend Guyson's 2009 Open House on April 28 and April 29 at their design and manufacturing facility in northeastern New York State.

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