Case Study

Why John McKenna Chose TIG Brush for his 33-foot Stainless Steel Sculpture

Faced with having to clean and passivate thousands of spot welds, John chose an electric weld cleaning machine that was simpler, faster, safer and guaranteed the highest quality of passivation compared to pickling paste.

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How award-winning South African sculptor, Jean Theron Louw used TIG Brush to simplify her passivating process and save costly maintenance time.

Jean Theron Louw is an architect whose true passion lies in sculpting. She is also passionate about changing the unsustainable way in which we all live and, in her work, highlights the environmental crises we will all face.

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Kono Kogs Inc. Revolutionizes Metal Finishing with the TIG Brush

Two and a half years ago, Kono Kogs took a significant step by vertically integrating and adding fabrication capabilities. This move allowed them to have better control over quality and meet customer lead times more effectively. One of the main components of their oxidizer systems are Diverter Tee Dampers, which they began to produce in-house. Some applications required the use of stainless-steel materials due to the corrosive nature of the processes. Initially, these dampers were passivated manually using a clean stainless steel wire brush or a hazardous pickling paste.

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Why Dryce® uses the TIG Brush in their Preservation Process

Experts in automotive dry ice preservation. Dryce® cleaning gives us the ability to clean any surface on a vehicle without damaging important components and leaving factory paint mark/stickers. Dryce® is a community where members contribute both funding and time to pool knowledge and resources to ensure new dry ice cleaning businesses are effective and successful. We collectively advertise and participate in social media to bring information to the public about dry ice and feature our members who are fully trained and knowledgeable about proper dry ice cleaning techniques.

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Why Systems Fab & Machine use TIG Brush to replace pickling and grinding.

As an AISC Certified Fabricator, Systems Fab & Machine have the experience and capabilities to handle all types of fabrication projects. In the past, their finishing process was time consuming and laborious. With labor costs and availability at a premium, Elizabeth Nations, Vice President and General Manager of Systems Fab and Machine started looking for a faster and safer way to clean and passivate welds while maintaining their customers high quality standards.

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Why East Oklahoma Fabrication Inc. use TIG Brush to replace sand blasting.

The particular challenge at this facility is that they fabricate carbon, as well as stainless steel vessels, in a limited space. Even though all vessels are sand blasted, before they leave the facility, the owner, Ray Finchum, wanted assurance that his end user would not have problems with iron contamination, leading to corrosion in the stainless weldments of the products they produced.

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Rust Reversal & Passivation Project with TRJ Engineering

Mirvac had contractors fit the balustrading to the jetty at the Docklands, located in Melbourne, Australia. During installation, the contractors used mild steel tools to secure the bolts/nuts to the structure. This resulted in deep scratches that over time caused rusting on all nuts and bolts, as well as surrounding stainless steel. Damage to the passive layer also left the stainless vulnerable to contaminants in the environment, accelerating the corrosion of the stainless steel.

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How Biltrite Sign Service uses the TIG Brush to Fabricate Stainless Steel Signs

Biltrite faced a number of challenges when taking on this project; the use of stainless steel to manufacture signage was a new process for them; the signs would be located on the sidewalks of the downtown area, under scrutiny from the public so it was important the finish was aesthetically pleasing as well. They also had to ensure the signs were visually interesting and in keeping with the historic landmarks and agricultural district location.

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Why VGas replaced their pickling and acid bath process with the TIG Brush

VGas specialize in Modular Skid Packaging, Pressure Vessels and Gas Turbine Inlet/Exhaust Systems. Sandeep Ramachandran, President of VGas explained: “before using the TIG Brush our process was to clean welds using pickling paste. Small quantities were cleaned inhouse but when we had large quantities, we outsourced this process to a stainless steel treatment facility. This solution however, added time in transit and time to the cleaning process because the whole part would be dipped, the whole pipe would be pickled.

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