Sponge-Jet Abrasive Approved by NAVSEA

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Naval Sea System Command released its latest Standard Specification for Ship and Alteration. The publication includes Standard Item 009-32 for "Cleaning and Painting Requirements..." Section 3.1.3.2 of the report lists the Sponge-Jet technology as an effective alternative to other conventional abrasive technologies. As published in the report, the "Sponge-Jet media and process may be used as an alternative to obtain SSPC-SP-10 or SSPC-SP-11 cleanliness."

Naval Sea System Command (or NAVSEA) has released its latest Standard Specification for Ship and Alteration. The FY-08 publication includes Standard Item 009-32 for "Cleaning and Painting Requirements; Accomplish." Section 3.1.3.2 of the report lists the Sponge-Jet technology as an effective alternative to other conventional abrasive technologies. Military shipyards have the option of using dry, low dust, reusable Sponge Mediaâ„¢ abrasives in place of other dust and rebound excessive solutions.

As published in the report, the "Sponge-Jet media and process may be used as an alternative to obtain SSPC-SP-10 or SSPC-SP-11 cleanliness." "This is important news for government shipyards,' stated Michael Merritt, President of Sponge-Jet, Inc, 'now engineers have an effective solution for preparing erection weld seams, ballast tanks or other areas where abrasive blasting is prohibited or problematic; this will extend coating life and thus ship readiness, while lowering future maintenance costs."

Copies of the new standard are available at the National Surface Treatment Center (or NST Center) at http://www.supship.navy.mil/ssrac4/nsi/08nsi/009-32_FY08.pdf
Sponge-Jet is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH. They are the world's leading manufacturer of dry, low dust abrasive blasting media and equipment. For more information, contact your local Sponge-Jet representative, visit http://www.spongejet.com or call 1-603-610-7950 (in Europe call +44(0)1253390731).

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