Case Study: Baghouse Upgrade & Media Change

American Metaseal is a premier finishing services provider for military and commercial projects on an international level. Recently, the company needed to upgrade the Clemco baghouse in the production facility. The owner, Steve D’Alfonzo, contacted Precision Finishing Inc. for an on-site consultation to discuss replacement possibilities.

After a review by Bob Stansbury, Precision’s sales engineer they found that Clemco had discontinued selling the baghouse model currently in use. Also, the facility layout was really suited to a left-handed orientation setup. The cost to change the orientation was researched and found to be higher than anticipated. Precision worked with Clemco and the customer to find a design solution that would work. Clemco was able to incorporate the left-handed setup and keep the cost in-line with the capital equipment budget.

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Additionally, the finishing processes were reviewed, and it was discovered that the silicon carbide media that was in use was too aggressive for the process and was causing rejects and part damage. PFI recommend ceramic media. After Metaseal changed to ceramic media they were able to clean the parts without damage and realized an immediate reduction in processing time. The company still uses silicon carbide for other parts and processes. The dust collector can handle all the media dust in their processes.

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Precision Finishing Inc. improved the processes and now the customer has a cleaner operation with a reclaimer in the dust collection system.

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