Grinding Wheels

Tips for Choosing the Right Product for Welding and Fabrication Surface Finishing

Here are some insights on how to address the varying levels of surface finishing requirements that depend on industry demands and the eventual end use of the finished product.
Grinding Wheels: Articles

Why Cotton Fiber Abrasive Wheels Rule the Automotive World

Robots braze the car body of an Audi A5 at the production line on in Ingolstadt, Germany. Once finished, laser brazed seams become virtually undetectable and are used to build previously difficult – if not impossible – car shapes. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
A revolution is taking place in automotive braze removal, where Type 1 cotton fiber wheels are exponentially impacting smooth operations, shrinking costs and negating operating downtime. 

Deburring with Black Ceramic Filament Brushes

Burrs differ in size, shape and attachment due to many variables. Nylon abrasive brushes – and black ceramic brushes specifically – can help provide a competitive edge for automotive component manufacturers by increasing throughput when removing burrs and producing higher quality finished parts.
Shops that produce engine blocks, heads, cam shafts and crank shafts for powertrains were once plagued with the challenge of removing burrs created by machining. Not anymore.  

Grinding Gamma Titanium Aluminide

Titanium aluminides possess many characteristics that make them very attractive for high-temperature structural applications in aerospace industries. For example, their high specific strength, high-temperature stability and oxidation resistance relative to conventional titanium and nickel alloys, make them beneficial for use in low-pressure turbine blades for aerospace engines.
New grinding technology is being researched on this intermetallic to help lower the costs of manufacturing aerospace engine components, develop grinding expertise, and design custom-bonded abrasive and superabrasive grinding solutions that are ideal for efficient and damage-free grinding of components made of titanium aluminides.

Documented Cost Savings for Abrasives

Manufacturers usually focus on cost per unit when presenting their abrasive products, rather than on how many total units are used or how those costs can tie up more time in labor-intensive operations. When shops accept the value proposition that time equals money, hard numbers to help them make the best decision can be found in structured documented cost savings programs that compare the abrasive or tooling costs, time, and the labor shop rate related to a variety of abrasive products.
Rather than focusing only on energy savings or reducing costs associated with large equipment, manufacturers that are looking for potential savings in their plants should take the time to investigate just how much money they could save by switching out an abrasive. In doing so, they should evaluate fully how labor costs tie into the equation.

New Weld Brushes Make Flipping Easy

Periodically switching the mounting position of weld cleaning brushes benefits the speed and effectiveness of the brushes, which also improves operator safety. Some newer weld cleaning brushes are designed with a dual-hex nut, to allow for easy flipping of the wheel and elimination of interference issues that pose a safety hazard.
Thanks to new technology that increases wire life and operator safety as the brush wears, flipping your wire brush during surface cleaning has never been easier.  


Grinding Wheels: Industry News

Jason Industries Names New President and CEO

Brian K. Kobylinski succeeds Jeffry N. Quinn, who remains chairman of their board.

PFERD Appoints Technical Sales Specialist

Tim Lee, PFERD“I’m excited about this opportunity. I hope to use my knowledge and experience to provide customers with sound advice on their large diameter cutoff wheel needs. I look forward to that challenge."
Tim Lee is responsible for working with customers on their cutting requirements, particularly large diameter cutoff wheels.

PFERD Hosts Career Fair

Company representatives from the Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and Logistics departments talked to the students and visitors not only about the manufacturing process, but about career opportunities within the industry.  There was a lively give-and-take as the students asked meaningful questions and were interested to learn about these different areas. (first view)
Students and visitors tour their manufacturing facility and learn about various career opportunities within manufacturing.


Grinding Wheels: Products

New Brushes, Abrasives, Discs for Surface Conditioning

Booth N-2704: New products, upgraded lines and expanded offerings of abrasives, power brushes, and maintenance products for surface conditioning will be showcased by Weiler.
Advanced abrasives, power brushes, and maintenance products from Weiler address the most demanding grinding and cutting needs.

Cut-Off Disc Cuts Faster, Cooler Through Steel and Stainless Steel

Booth N-2704: The newly redesigned Zip Wheel cut-off disc from Walter Surface Technologies is constructed with a proprietary grain blend and patented reinforced rib design on each side for faster, cooler cutting through steel and stainless steel.
The reinforced rib on the redesigned Zip Wheel cut-off disc from Walter Surface Technologies is more rigid for consistently straighter cuts and more durability to withstand even the toughest materials.

Re-Engineered Abrasive Flap Discs Offer Maximum Cut Rates and Extended Life

Booth N-3704: Upgraded Wolverine flap discs from Weiler feature a self-sharpening Zirconia Alumina grain that delivers aggressive grinding from start to finish, along with an improved cloth design that provides a 25 percent longer life compared to previous Vortec Pro products.
Vortec Pro abrasive flap discs from Weiler have been re-engineered under the Wolverine family of discs to deliver exceptional value.