Abrasive blast manipulators were first developed in the early 1980s by Tammec a subsidiary of Tampella, a large and successful Finnish engineering company. The first installation was carried out in Tampella’s workshop in 1982.
The very first robot, featuring an automated, control system which can be taught, was proudly delivered to Valmet in Jyväskylä, Finland in 1985.
Exports soon followed in 1986 with the delivery of the first manipulator to the Tudor workshop in Sweden. In 1988 Tammec’s robot branch was aquired by Rautaruukki Ltd in Oulu.
In 1997 Rautaruukki decided to concentrate on its core business, steel production, and Blastman Robotics Ltd became an independent company continuing the development, construction and marketing of its robots.
Today the range of services provided by Blastman Robotics Ltd has grown to include entire abrasive blast and surface treatment lines. Blastman robots and manipulators are now in use worldwide, and with over 30 years of first-hand experience, Blastman is now firmly established as the world’s leading manufacturer of abrasive blast-cleaning robots and manipulators.