Grinding Wheels

Automating the “Feel” in Deburring and Edge Finishing

Quantifying and adapting the “feel” of the abrasive against the part is a critical step toward successfully automating this labor intensive offhand operation.
Grinding Wheels: Articles

Determining Actual Grinding Productivity & Cost

Though abrasives comprise, on average, less than two percent of the total cost of a fabricating operation, most shops fail to realize that 10 to 15 percent of their labor is consumed in metal-fabrication and finishing operations. A more accurate measure of productivity looks at the true total process cost, or the total work to be performed with abrasives.
By evaluating and tracking abrasive performance, combined with taking the time to select the best abrasive for a particular application, job shops and production operations can identify opportunities to significantly decrease grinding costs and increase productivity.

Osborn Acquired by Quinpario

No management changes are planned as Osborn’s parent company, Jason Incorporated, combines with Quinpario Acquisition.

How Advancements in Non-Woven Technology Streamline Metal Fabrication Applications

As the demands for improved finishes increase, and companies like Ford announce the F-150 is moving to aluminum as the primary material, fabricators need abrasives solutions that streamline their operations.  Non-woven abrasives can provide an excellent solution. 
Innovative design and non-woven materials science have increased productivity while keeping costs down with a new generation of durable, flexible and easy-to-use high-performance surface conditioning products. Shops should utilize new non-woven technology to help them remain competitive in unstable economic times.

Tri-State Tool Grinding Becomes Licensed Partner of KOMET

Jim Dinkelacker, the president of Tri-State Tool Grinding (center) and KOMET executives.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
Already active in the automotive and aerospace industries, this strategic partnership will enable the tool house to grow by using the extreme precision of their new computerized measuring and inspection equipment to acquire customers and penetrate the medical industry, especially in Indiana.

Precision-Shaped Grains: Faster Cutting, Longer Lasting, Easier to Use

The controlled geometry of these precision-shaped grains makes their distribution onto the backing more consistent. During use they continuously fracture to form new sharp edges and points in a “self-sharpening” effect that slices through metal, as opposed to the plowing action of conventional abrasives.(Click on illustration to enlarge it)
Erik Vanstrum of 3M Abrasives explains why this structural innovation represents one of the most important changes in the abrasives industry in decades. With a grinding wheel that lasts this long, shops now have a new easy-to-use abrasive that is not only good for workers, it’s good for business.


Grinding Wheels: Products

Superior ID Surface Finishing and Deburring

The Flex-Hone® tool from Brush Research Manufacturing optimizes flexible honing lubrication, blends edges, and removes burrs – even from cross-drilled holes. 

Nylon Abrasive Brushes for OD Deburring, Surface Finishing

NamPower technology from Brush Research Manufacturing is ideal for CNC machines, robotic arms, drill presses, lathes, and milling machinery.

Uniform Surface Finishes in Faster Time

Walter Quick-Step in action
These time-saving surface finishing tools from Walter Surface Technologies are ideal for finishing ultra-clean stainless steel surfaces in industries such as food prep, nuclear, pharmaceutical, construction and others.