“The need for this kind of equipment came through the newly acquired customer in the food industry equipment manufacturing, and at the same time, we discovered that it also has other potential customers in the health technology side, where the surface finishing requirements are top class,” says factory manager Juha Pokela about the purchased equipment.
The purchased equipment is Italian-made Protech, which is one of the leading manufacturers of surface treatment equipment in its field. The equipment can be used to treat surfaces with glass ball blowing, which makes the surfaces especially smooth and clean, and in its large 6 x 4-meter chamber, large objects can also be treated.
In a space prone to dirt, the shine of the surfaces of the machines is a prerequisite for cleanliness. “There is a very great need for this kind of aesthetic surface in the food industry and health technology customers, but there is also potential in other customers where the surface finish must be top class,” says Jussi Mökkönen, Scanfil’s Sievi factory sales manager. “Through this investment, we will be able to offer our customers a wider selection of different surface treatments than before and serve our customers even better.”
Responsibility is part of surface treatment
Glass bead blasting is done in a partially closed space, through the floor of which the glass balls used in the blasting and the detached material are collected. Glass beads are reused and the separate steel and aluminum are collected and recycled.
“The system has special filter and recycling equipment that helps to keep the outside workspaces clean and protect employees from particles that are dangerous to health,” says production technology manager Janne Huhtala. “In addition to the good quality of the equipment and the work footprint, recycling capabilities and work safety were key in the equipment selection.”