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Potters Impact Glass Beads - Applications by industry sector

Automotive industry

  • non-reflective and decorative dull finish, eg windscreen wiper, lamp housing, window frames, mirror frames, steering wheel and dashboard decoration, edgings and bumpers
  • deburring of precision casting and sintered parts, eg for gears
  • preparation for brazing of electrical wires, especially of resistor wires with extremely tight tolerances. For this job the only possible method is blasting with glass beads, since no base metal must be removed
  • mould-cleaning in foundries
  • shot-peening for avoidance of stress-cracking corrosion and for prolongation of lifecycle of parts exposed to stress
  • cleaning engine parts eg valves, during overhaul
  • heat-treating shop: removal of tarnish after tempering or refining


Railway repair and maintenance

  • removal of oxidation on electric motors
  • removal of coatings
  • removal of insulation remnants
  • removal of carbon sediments from brushes
  • removal of major corrosion
  • cleaning pneumatic brake and clutch parts
  • cleaning hydraulic components
  • blasting rail truck exteriors


Oxidising and galvanising plants

  • surface preparation for galvanic, chemical and mechanic coatings with copper, zinc, nickel, cadmium etc in lieu of brushing, pickling, etching, washing. Blasting gives a clean metallic surface. Beside time-saving, a better adhesion of the coating will be achieved.
  • preparation for solid grip lustreless chrome plating


Heat-treating and polishing plants, tool-making plants

  • removal of tarnish after tempering or refining
  • removal of scale and salt crusts after hardening
  • preparation for polishing, honing, galvanising, lustreless chrome plating to follow


Machines, apparatuses, containers and pipes from stainless steel

  • surface finishing (uniform, lustreless, optical design and solid grip)
  • de-scaling of seams with decomposition of stress from welding at the same time
  • Cleaning of seams from oxide instead using pickle chemicals 


Glass container plants

  • cleaning of glass moulds from oxide layers without removal of base metal. Tiniest engravings remain, life-cycle of the mould increases substantially


Flat glass plants

  • cleaning of guide rollers and calendars from oxide skins, mostly under use of a brush-blasting head with blasting media back flow. Tremendous time and cost saving compared to brushing by hand


Aircraft industry

  • cleaning jet engines and jet blades, supply pipes and intake manifolds, aircraft engines, cylinder heads
  • removal of corrosion from wings, opening up of stress cracks
  • shot-peening of all parts of jet engines and landing gears as well as wings exposed to stress


Tyre factories, rubber boot factories and other rubber manufacturers

  • cleaning moulds, eg tyres, boots, battery housings, without removal of base material


Gear and gearing factories

  • deburring of precision castings and sintered parts eg for gearings
  • mould-cleaning in foundries
  • shot-peening for avoidance of stress crack corrosion and for prolongation of life-cycle of all parts exposed to stress
  • removal of tarnish after tempering or refining
  • removal of scale and salt crusts after hardening
  • preparation for polishing, honing, galvanising


Metal foundries

  • most gentle removal of corrosion from pressure casting and gravity die-casting, and also from knife edges, angles and corners, without removal of base material. Substantially increases life cycle of dies and moulds
  • polishing of nonferrous metal


Food and drug industries

  • cleaning baking moulds
  • surface finishing (uniform, lusterless and solid grip)
  • de-scaling of seams with decomposition of stress from welding at the same time


Oil refineries and chemical industry

  • cleaning pump components, compressors, valves, pump shafts, fan wheels, plungers, heat exchanger pipes and devices from distillation towers, electrical parts, instrument parts, fittings


Paper mills

  • overhaul of sensors of printing control instruments
  • removal of corrosion caused by chlorides on contact points


Aircraft subcontractor industry

  • deburring in the manufacture of housings for electronic parts, wing metal fittings, axle driving shafts, flat discs of stainless steel


Light bulb manufacture

  • to coat the inner surface of bulbs with a thin layer of aluminium, the bulbs are filled with glass beads and aluminium powder
  • glass-bead filled fuses for prevention of fire and explosion when bulb burns out


Shipyards and Navy

  • repair and maintenance of boiler parts
  • cleaning water tanks, radar masts, ammunition noses, gun parts, rocket launching pipes to remove corrosion


Cutting tool factories: automotive industry and mechanical engineering

  • cleaning drills, reamers, clearing broaches, mill tools etc
  • removal of thin burrs of cutting edges with shot-peening, where endurance becomes increased
  • cleaning of erosion cutting or treated metals tools


Precision mechanics and optics, office machine industry, watch industry, camera industry

  • deburring and preparation for galvanic treatment of camera parts, measurement devices etc. The clean surface, free of metallic skins, improves adhesion. Furthermore a satin-finished, non-reflective, solid-grip surface develops


Manufacture of pots and pans from steel and aluminium

  • surface finish, removal of machining marks, preparation for Teflon® coating and enamelising
  • surfaces of all materials can be furnished with ornaments by blasting with glass beads 


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