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Farrow Heats Up Coatings Removal

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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“What I wanted to be was the first man to clean the surface of an object without damaging it.”

That goal, says Nigel Farrow, drove development of the Farrow System 650MAX, a self-contained coatings removal machine that uses heat and green media to remove corrosion-control coatings.

In a video demonstration and discussion, filmed at SSPC 2011, Farrow, president of The Farrow System, discussed his new equipment’s capabilities with PaintSquare News.

Heat Energy, Cold Blast

“What I did a number of years ago was to incorporate heat into the system,” says Farrow. “Heat gives you energy. … Heat is the secret to the whole system.”

The 650MAX is designed for industrial-scale cleaning and coatings removal in shipyards and other applications, Farrow says. The substrate profile can be infinitely adjusted, or the surface can be cleaned without profiling. The unit also cleans surfaces underwater.

The blast medium is cold when it leaves the nozzle “literally at the speed of sound … but it’s gentle,” says Farrow.

Green Solutions

Disintegration of the medium upon surface impact means more cleaning with less media, making the equipment a green coatings removal solution for industrial projects, Farrow says.

The company’s patented “Green Clean media” contains no chemicals or hazardous materials and has very low dispersal characteristics, simplifying disposal issues, Farrow says.

Read more about the Farrow System.

   

Tagged categories: Air abrasive blast cleaning; Corrosion control coatings; Equipment; Paint and coatings removal; Surface preparation

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