Airblast Systems provide bit peening for mining industry.

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Using multiple-axis nozzle manipulation and part movement, Wheelabrator® Automated Airblast Systems allow for repeatability when peening ID and OD of rock drill bits. Systems feature steel blast cabinet and door-mounted rotary table that permits drill to be in shank-down position while peening face and button hole. Additional features include touchscreen interface, closed-loop feedback and process controls, and detailed diagnostics for troubleshooting.

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Wheelabrator Automated Airblast Systems Provide Peening Solutions for the Mining Industry

Burlington, ON - (May 26, 2009) - Wheelabrator® automated airblast systems have been designed specifically for peening applications within the mining industry. Using precision, multiple-axis nozzle manipulation and part movement, Wheelabrator systems allow for flexibility and repeatability to peen internal passages (ID) and outer passages (OD) of rock drill bits. Wheelabrator controls and operator interfaces allow the system operator to create techniques and program process parameters with great ease. This results in reduced operator changeover times as a result of the versatile Wheelabrator peening systems.

The blast cabinet is constructed of steel for reduced maintenance and resistance to wear. A typical design uses a Rotary table that is door mounted allowing for easy part loading and unloading. The table design permits the drill bit to be in a 'shank down position' while peening the face and button hole. The systems are adaptable for addressing changing customer process needs (i.e. shot, cut wire, etc.). Key function features also include a user-friendly touchscreen interface, closed-loop feedback and process controls, and detailed diagnostics to assist in troubleshooting. Custom cabinet designs and work handling arrangements are also tailored to suit specific requirements as per a customer basis.

Wheelabrator Group is a global provider of surface preparation and finishing solutions. Committed to offering the broadest array of technologies, products, replacement parts, services and technical know-how, the Wheelabrator Group works closely with customers to deliver the best solutions for their specific requirements.

The company's strategically located and electronically linked offices allow Wheelabrator Group to provide unrivalled customer service and support worldwide. For more information on Wheelabrator, visit the website at or e-mail

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