In many industrial finishing processes, blasting is the main step that leads to high-quality parts being manufactured. During this process, a certain kind of media is shot at the parts being finished in an effort to polish, clean, or otherwise ready them for distribution. The exact media that is used varies depending on the operation and type of part. Each kind of media has its use, meaning that there is no clear best choice. Silicon carbide has become a popular type of blasting media recently due to its durability, speed, and cost-effectiveness.
The main benefit of using silicon carbide as a blasting media, and the reason it is popular in many industries, lies in its durability. Silicon carbide is a strong type of material that is able to easily cut away at anomalies and corruptions on parts. Due to its ceramic properties, silicon carbide is also able to withstand great heat and speed and therefore can be used in situations where other media wouldn’t be able to. Due to its strength and density, this type of media is most commonly used to etch glass and stone, giving it a place in industries that rely on these materials.
Silicon carbide is even more desirable because it is a cost-effective option for blasting media as well. This is partially due to its low production cost, but also because it can be easily recycled. This is not only environmentally friendly, but also means that there is a much lower cost for disposal. Silicon carbide can be used many times over before it needs to be recycled, so less of it can be bought, saving even further costs. Finally, silicon carbide in finishing equipment allows the operation to be done much faster, which increases productivity and the longevity of the system.
At Mikro Industrial Finishing, we sell many different kinds of blasting media, including silicon carbide. If this type of media does not suit your facility’s particular needs, we almost certainly have a kind that does and will help you make the right selection for your business. To learn more about our variety of blasting media, as well as our finishing equipment and services, please call us at (860) 875-6357.