Many fields of application
Our machines can be used in many areas: automotive industry, moulds, energy, Additive Manufacturing, aviation, biomedical. A list set to grow in the years to come.
A successful method
Know-how and expertise are the starting points for every solution. But they are not enough. Norblast completes its method with a wide vision that is not limited to the characteristics and performance of a machine, but encompasses the area of application, the environment, and the people that will be involved. It is an approach that makes the difference.
FROM THE IDEA TO THE PRODUCT
3D printing is the most sensational technology to date, potentially capable of changing traditional production paradigms radically. Rather than using shapes and moulds or material removal tools, modern additive techniques make it possible to create complex objects in a single step by adding material based on a CAD model. This innovative approach allows optimising the design by abandoning current limits imposed by conventional technological processes and drastically reducing production time and costs. A fundamental role in the application of this technology is played by the surface finishing, both from an aesthetic and functional point of view.
Because of the current limits, inherent in additive processes, the products obtained have a surface quality and roughness values that, for most applications, may be unacceptable. Our surface finishing solutions are able to give the treated parts particularly pleasant aesthetic effects and roughness profiles suitable for correct operation. In case of additive manufacturing for metals, current technologies introduce residual stresses that are far from negligible and can produce deformations or poor mechanical resistance. Current researches in this specific field show substantial improvements in the fatigue performance of components through specific shot-peening treatments.
Our experience in surface engineering, combined with our constant research in surface treatments, allows us to quickly and concretely face the countless challenges required by such a dynamic sector as additive manufacturing.
THE ROLE OF PERFORMANCE
Aviation is a continuous challenge. Component materials and processes must guarantee performance with maximum durability and absolute reliability under conditions that are often extreme. The systems are highly customised, often to the point of being unique.
Machines and third-party processing ensuring high-quality shot-peening and cutting-edge finishing.
Our machines meet the needs of multiple technological processes in this field. They are designed with top-notch technology to fully satisfy the specific requirements of the aviation industry, distinguished by parts with complex shapes, strict usage conditions, and continuous material evolution. Shot-peening machines are conceived to give each single part maximum durability, while those with technological finishing are designed to obtain surfaces with particular properties. Just to note a few, a precise, controlled surface roughness improves adhesion of galvanic coatings or improves the bonding strength of any material, from metals to composites.
Our machines are fully compatible with and certified under NADCAP specifications and are compatible with the typical guidelines of industry certifications.
Depending on the case, with Peen Service, our subsidiary specialised in shot-peening, we can offer outsourcing treatment on all components of this industry, both for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
A DYNAMIC ATTITUDE
The best solutions are achieved when a supplier gains an in-depth understanding of the most peculiar, unexpressed requirements of each customer. The fast dynamics of the automotive market require ongoing innovation in terms of styling, shapes, performance and the very nature of contemporary cars. Supporting players of this complex industry and offering solutions capable of providing significant benefits in each application field is a challenge that we have always embraced with great resolve.
Our solutions cater to both aesthetic and performance requirements in a broad variety of applications. Shot peening is especially effective in lending high mechanical strength to the components of sports cars and cars at large. Parts exposed to high stress, such as drive train components, undergo specific processes aimed at increasing their life and enhancing performance. Aesthetic finishing encompasses an even broader range of applications. We design our machines considering every single quality requirement, but still up to the high-throughput demand typically associated with the automotive industry.
THE EVOLUTION CHALLENGE
Operating in the biomedical industry means talking with people for whom innovation is a way of thinking. The parts are components intended for the human body. In this industry, you need to offer a global vision.
Our high-tech sandblasting machines ensure the achievement of controlled roughness for the osseointegration of limb prostheses or dental implants. Total process control ensures reliable, consistent results for each individual part processed.
Our shot-peening machines are conceived to give each single part – no matter how lightweight – maximum mechanical strength and durability.
Having a global vision in this industry means understanding that total biocompatibility is key. To eliminate any risk of part contamination during treatment, we design our machines with certified biocompatible components.
Whatever the application field, our machines incorporate our in-depth understanding of processes and the ability to offer the highest automation and throughput levels.
SOLUTIONS AND CONSULTING
Our collaboration with customers in the energy industry is centred around the very high technology levels and complex requirements of this industry. In-depth understanding of processes, our in-house research centre and a dedication to offering solutions tailored to customer needs make us – first and foremost – a real strategic partner.
Our machines are designed and manufactured to meet the high quality demand of the industry with the utmost performance and offer total process control for guaranteed results, whether the job at hand is creating the correct surface roughness to ensure the adhesion of different coatings or improving the mechanical fatigue strength of components. Obviously enough, we also take care of all processes involved in such critical activities as component servicing in the industry.
Our engineering and our operators work side by side with our customers to design totally customised machines and implement processes specifically designed and developed for the actual application.
The foundry industry ranks among the most demanding and competitive sectors. On one hand, certain processes are extremely complex. On the other hand, the market demands require the ability to process high volumes and ensure high reliability. We develop customised machines for companies in the foundry industry, with a view to providing complete solutions that offer a competitive edge thanks to process accuracy, automation and repeatability.
Designing shot-peening and sandblasting machines and processes for the foundry industry means tackling the complex geometry of the parts to be processed and ensure perfect results. The machines need to ensure accuracy and total repeatability in the typical processes of the industry, for instance aesthetic finishing, deburring and removal of wax and sand casting residuals from parts that feature complex geometry such as the inner surfaces of the ducts of hydraulic distributors or engine heads, just to name a few. We have gathered broad expertise in this industry over the years and design each and every machine around the ideal process for the specific needs of each customer. Our machines are designed ad hoc and tailored to the needs of each individual application. This is a great advantage not only because it turns out highly efficient treatments, but also because the focus is on optimising machine operation, so as to make machines easy to operate, facilitate interaction with operators and speed up their learning progress. Each company can benefit from this in its own way.
AT THE EDGE OF INNOVATION
The typical tasks of treatments for stainless steel and alloys consist in creating spot-clean surfaces and preparing components for subsequent galvanic coatings and passivation. The slag removal, finishing and aesthetic finish results obtained through the Inox Peen® process – developed and patented through our subsidiary Peen Service – fully meet the requirements of the HACCP standard as well as the cleanability requirements for stainless steel.
Our in-depth knowledge of processes and materials enables us to design ultra-efficient machines conceived to ensure top-quality results. For stainless steel, for instance, our patented Inox Peen® treatment lends treated surfaces a particular roughness profile that achieves the same cleanability as BA polished surfaces or better. This is especially important in the food, chemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. To guarantee the quality of the Inox Peen® treatment, we developed a special technique that is very similar to shot peening treatments, turning this treatment into a truly special process. The Inox Peen® process lends surfaces excellent aesthetic appearance, high resistance to fingerprint staining and ensures the highest sanitation capability.
THE BENEFIT OF AUTOMATION
Identifying the specific needs of such broad and diverse a sector as the machining industry is no easy task. Considering that this industry encompasses so many processes, applications and specialty fields, it becomes apparent how important it is to offer versatile, customised solutions providing accuracy and great ease of use and, in some cases, a high degree of automation. Process knowledge and hands-on experience with applications enable us to support customers in this industry by developing efficient, cost-saving solutions. Deburring of inner ducts or outer surfaces, deflashing, technological or aesthetic finishing, surface preparation for the adhesion of glue or chemical coatings rank among the most common treatments in the industry.
Choosing a machine to perform many tasks that are usually done manually is supposed to bring benefits, rather than difficulties. Whether used in precision or mass production processes, machines must offer the highest level of automation to avoid wasting the time saved from manual tasks in the management of the machine. Our machines are specifically developed for the specified application, with solutions that guarantee reliable automation and the utmost ease of operation. The software installed in our machines support interaction with operators to facilitate their work and provide training. The machine tells operators what to do and alerts them to possible errors. An additional advantage, along with the training services that we offer our customers.
THE PRODUCT OF COMPETITIVENESS
Moulds are used in many different production sectors, with a great variety of processes and materials. Competition in this industry is very high and very focused on process costs. As a result, players seek to gain a competitive edge through process automation and optimisation. We are very familiar with the issues of mould machining and design our machines to provide fast, automated processes, so as to offer improved management of resources and production.
In a sector that encompasses very diverse processes and materials, you need to have a clear vision of the goals you need to achieve. We design specific solutions ranging – just to name a few – from mould cleaning to controlled roughness, and from “orange-peel finishing” through to post-EDM finishing. Our customised approach to machine design is key in achieving set goals.
THE VALUE OF DETAILS
The tooling industry is governed by dual requirements – accurate processing of components and cost control. On one hand, the task of processing such delicate components poses very high accuracy demands on treatments, which need to be highly sophisticated. On the other hand, the market is characterised by strong competition and high volume processing.
High volume processing of very delicate parts that require the utmost accuracy may seem to be too complex a challenge. Our in-depth knowledge of the requirements of this industry enables us to develop machines capable of offering the ideal solution to meet the dual requirements of performance and productivity.
Customised automation solutions with control software designed ad-hoc and in-depth knowledge of processes enable us to offer tailored solutions with machines capable of processing surfaces quickly and accurately, while ensuring safe handling of components. Typical of this industry are tool deburring applications that need to ensure reliable protection for cutting edges.