The 5 benefits of vapour abrasive blasting compared to UHP waterjetting

The benefits of the EcoQuip abrasive blaster compared to Ultra-high pressure waterjetting.


UHP waterjetting is quickly gaining in popularity, because it can clean surfaces efficiently while using less water and generating less dust than traditional abrasive blasting methods. For many applications, however, this method has several significant flaws.
  • No profile or anchor pattern
    In many cases, UHP waterjetting is not suited for surface preparation, as it does not provide profiles or anchor patterns for coatings or linings to adhere to. It can even lead to de-profiling by causing the peaks of the profile to rust off.

  • High operation, insurance and maintenance cost
    UHP waterjetting is expensive, as it uses more water than vapour abrasive blasting. Additional costs include insurance, since working with extremely high pressure is a liability, and regular maintenance of the equipment and breakdown of parts.

  • Dangerous process
    UHP waterjetting is a very dangerous process that requires a lot of PPE, as it uses pressure values between 10,000 and 50,000 PSI. Most companies are now using robots or special attachments for mini-excavators to minimise the risk associated with pressures, and the stress caused on fittings, lances and hoses that, if compromised, can lead to grievous injury. 

  • Noise pollution
    UHP waterjetting is a very noisy technique, causing discomfort and potentially impacting the health of colleagues or bystanders. Noise pollution also negatively affects productivity.

  • Unsuitable for hard-to-reach areas
    UHP waterjetting is only effective for surfaces that are directly exposed to the water jet. Many corners or crevices cannot be easily accessed using waterjetting.

EcoQuip vapour abrasive blasting

The innovative technology used for the EcoQuip vapour abrasive blaster eliminates the drawbacks of traditional abrasive blasting methods and offers significant benefits when compared to UHP waterjetting:

  • Excellent choice for surface preparation
    The EcoQuip vapour abrasive blaster can adapt to any context with customised pressure values and abrasives. From softer substrates to heavy industrial applications, it can create the exact profile you need in order to ensure perfect adherence conditions for any coating or lining of your choice.

  • Low operation and maintenance cost
    Thanks to its green and efficient technique, the EcoQuip vapour abrasive blaster uses far less water, media and energy than other surface preparation methods. Its innovative design ensures low maintenance costs.

  • Safe to use
    The EcoQuip vapour abrasive blaster uses relatively low pressure, which means you can save on PPE and there is no need for expensive insurance contracts.

  • Quiet
    As pressure is kept to a minimum, the EcoQuip vapour abrasive blaster is quieter than Ultra-high pressure equipment.

  • Can easily access any kind of surface
    The media used by the EcoQuip vapour abrasive blaster can be ricocheted into all kinds of corners and areas that are hard to reach using water without abrasives.

UHP waterjetting

EcoQuip vapour abrasive blasting

Provides no profile or anchor pattern

Creates profile for surface preparation

High operation, insurance and maintenance cost

Low operation and maintenance cost

Dangerous process due to high pressure

Safe to use without extreme pressure

Noise pollution

Limited noise

Unsuitable for hard-to-reach areas

Can easily access any kind of surface

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