Empire always looks for ways—both large and small—to enhance the value of its products. Scheduled modifications to our Pro-Finish® line, for example, will improve system performance and simplify the installation of space-saving vertical doors.
This old Beatles’ lyric serves as an apt description of a business destined for a brighter future. And continuing product improvement represents just one way Empire follows the tune. Recent examples of our product improvements start with the PF-6060-RS. This piece of equipment benefits from the following modifications:
A new series of Pro-Finish® cabinets, dubbed the Pro-Lifter Style, helps operators work more effectively by eliminating the stresses caused by stooping or reaching to an uncomfortable glove height. Available in a variety of sizes, these modified Empire cabinets move up or down by five inches from our standard Pro-Finish® glove height of 44 inches.
Tales conflict about which First Lady put the damper on reflections from overhead electrical cables. Some sources point to Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the US’s only four-time President. She allegedly complained about the glare from aluminum cables interfering with her watching the beautiful birds perched atop. Others claim Lyndon Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird, took the initiative for reducing cable reflectivity during congressional horse trading surrounding the Highway Beautification Act.
The vertical door, a new factory-installed option on BB2 & BB4-3K basket blasters, makes these small-parts workhorses more attractive in tight production areas. Beyond conserving operating space and improving access for loading parts, the vertical door’s up-down path contributes to a cleaner production environment by minimizing media “fallout” during door openings.
The vertical door represents just one more step in the evolution of Pro-Finish® basket blasters. But the key appeal of these third-generation machines remains the same: No other cleaning, peening or finishing method can compete in terms of speed, quality and return on investment in many small-parts jobs.