Manufacturing is a vast field across multiple industries such as automobiles, machine tools, metallurgy, chemicals, steel etc and can range from small scale to huge complex machinery involving the use of expensive industrial equipment and infrastructure. Manufacturing companies aim to minimize unit production costs and cut down on capital expenditure by running their machinery as long as possible and as high capacity as demand permits. However, this results in a significant amount of wear and tear of equipment. Therefore, companies must conduct frequent maintenance and keep the equipment in good condition to increase asset longevity. Most machinery is built from metal which requires surface preparation prior to installation as well as regular maintenance to keep in good condition. This could involve surface cleaning, surface preparation for painting or powder coating, stripping of corrosion, stripping of mill scales on the metal surface, removing burrs and sharp corners from machined components, and similar works.
This article will provide insight into asset maintenance, asset remediation and extending asset longevity in the manufacturing industry. This will include details on the current types of problems faced in this industry, such as corrosion, oil spills, dirt, and oxidation.. Wet abrasive blasting could be an optimal environmentally solution to asset maintenance in many cases.