Robotics Created for Abrasive Blasting


Air-powered abrasive blast equipment manufacturer Clemco Industries Corp. (Washington, MO) has entered into a long-term distribution agreement with SABRE Autonomous Solutions of Revesby, New South Wales, Australia.

SABRE is responsible for developing the Alpha1, said to be the world’s first autonomous blasting robot.

The agreement enables SABRE to extend its global reach, as Clemco will represent SABRE in the North and South American, European and Asian markets. Sabre will continue to engineer and produce the product.

Autonomous Coating Removal

Removing the blast operator from the blast environment, the company says, reduces the risk of operator injury and exposure to contamination associated with coating removal on bridges, tanks, large marine projects and in other confined space environments.

The Alpha1 can also be used in blast rooms for applications with repetitive processes, it adds. The autonomous robot, by definition, uses 3D scans or CAD files to program itself.

“We at Clemco are proud to partner with SABRE to commercialize their cutting-edge technology,” said Clemco President Arnie Sallaberry.

“Protecting the blast operator is one of Clemco’s core values, and automation, a strategic focus,” he added. “Removing the operator from the blast environment, while enhancing productivity, represents an important step forward in our industry.”

The technology represents the culmination of six years of collaborative research and development together with the University of Technology (Sydney, Australia) and the New South Wales Roads & Maritime Services, according to SABRE.

Today, two fully operational Alpha1 systems are in place on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the company says.

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Air abrasive blast cleaning; Asia Pacific; Clemco; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Robotics; Surface Preparation; Surface preparation

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