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What is Nuclear Decommissioning?

Nuclear decommissioning is the process of permanently shutting down the operations of a nuclear power plant. This process must be done safely, and is strictly regulated by government agencies. For example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the U.S. agency responsible for making and enforcing the rules, regulations, and procedures that govern nuclear power plant decommissioning. In the United Kingdom, it is the Office of Nuclear Regulation that oversees, regulates and monitors nuclear decommissioning.

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How Sponge Media Is Being Used in Rebuild Facilities

Many advanced Certified Rebuild Centers (CRCs) and Heavy Equipment Refurbishment facilities are turning away from regular abrasive blasting and/or high pressure washing during their re-manufacturing process. Increasingly, these centers are focusing on cleaning the equipment using Sponge-Jet blasting prior to disassembly.

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Steel Mill Chooses Sponge-Jet for Scrubber and Demister Surface Prep

Building production capacity at Russia's largest steel and steel-related mining companies doesn’t happen without planning, staging, careful product selection and execution. PAO Severstal announced their plans to add a third blast furnace to the company’s Cherepovets Steel Mill in the Vologda Region, Russia. Corresponding with the install was construction of a wet cleaning scrubber and demister.

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Sponge Media and Robotic Abrasive Blasting

Now more than ever, Contractors are looking for ways to save money, increase worker safety, and reduce waste. For abrasive blasting projects like cleaning tanks, prepping pipe internals, or blasting walls and floors, robotic abrasive blasting is often a better choice than manual blasting.

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Air Compressor Requirements for Sandblasting

Abrasive blasters who have properly sized air compressors have the best chance for maximizing productivity and efficiency. Contractors and others who blast with mismatched air volume can suffer lost productivity and profits.

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4 Key Benefits of Robotic Abrasive Blasting

As contractors and facility managers look for ways to save money, reduce waste, and increase worker safety on abrasive blasting projects, robotic abrasive blasting is becoming more prevalent. Robotic blasting allows for precise control, high productivity rates and reduced abrasive media consumption compared to manual blasting. In addition, robotic abrasive blasting is a safer alternative to manual blasting.

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Why Pre and Post Project Surveys are Critical for Lead Jobs

Imagine for a moment that ACME Coatings Contractor has recently completed an important water tank exterior coatings project. The job, which involved removing lead-based paint from the 40 meter (135-ft) tall, 3.7-million liter,legged tank, went well from start to finish. The owners are happy, final payment has been rendered, and the project manager is filing the last bit of paperwork when the owner’s representative calls and asks, “Out of curiosity, how can we be sure that ACME didn’t leave lead dust under or around the tank?”

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Abrasive Nozzles: A Short History

B. C. Tilghman: The Father of Sandblasting and Abrasive Nozzles

The process of sandblasting as we know it today started around 1870 with a man named Benjamin Chew Tilghman, who observed abrasive wear on wind-blown desert windows. Tilghman also noticed the effect that high-velocity sand could have on hard material and began designing a machine that could propel sand at speeds much faster than the wind - and could concentrate this flow into a small stream.

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Lead Removal May Reduce Owner’s Cost and Risk

When making decisions regarding lead abatement, facility managers naturally consider a whole host of complex variables. Their recommendations will be used to ultimately decide whether lead-coated surfaces be enclosed and encapsulated, replaced—or removed altogether.

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Sandblasting Equipment for Contractors

Sandblasting (or abrasive blasting as it’s more properly known) was invented in the late 19th century. The simple process of introducing abrasive into a stream of air and propelling it at high velocity onto a surface has grown with the advancement of technology. Equipment can be as basic or as specialized as desired.

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