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Corporate Profile: Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives

All the Right Options for The Best Finish.

Posted: March 31, 2022


Saint-Gobain Abrasives offers powerful, precise, user-friendly solutions, which enable customers to cut, shape and finish all materials in the most challenging applications. Norton is a brand of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, and has been a leader in abrasives for over 130 years, offering the widest portfolio of grinding, cutting, blending, finishing and polishing solutions for all markets, materials and applications with advanced and affordable technology. Saint-Gobain Abrasives designs and provides customized solutions to secure the best option for performance, cost and safety. 

Simplify Right Angle Grinding Abrasives Selection with Norton

Norton abrasives are classified in BEST, BETTER, and GOOD performance/ price tiers to help users choose the right product for a specific application. A newly introduced Norton Right Angle Grinding Product Guide simplifies proper abrasives selection for varying process steps and materials, including the most complex and challenging right angle grinding applications. The product guide is color coded for the eight key application processes found in metal fabrication including cutting, heavy-duty grinding, stock removal, blending/ refining, deburring, surface preparation/ cleaning, finishing, and polishing. A “BEST product” solution is referenced for each application. In addition, an application matrix provides a product selection guide divided by material and cost requirement, whether by performance or economy criteria. 

The guide also has a grit application table which shows the grit overlap for each product type and every stage of the application process. Process-to-product recommendations are provided based on material including mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Fourteen pages of the product guide detail technical tips for application steps and recommended products. Application steps for various materials include weld preparation and removal in carbon steel, cut-off to commercial finish in stainless steel, weld removal to a bright finish in stainless steel, aluminum and non-ferrous metal preparation for paint/ coatings, paint coating and corrosion removal, scale removal/ cleaning, sharp edge removal after laser cutting in carbon steel, and final finish polishing in carbon steel and stainless steel.

Wide Range of Right Angle Grinding AbrasivesNorton Right Angle Grinding Product Guide

Norton grinding and cut-off wheels are designed to handle the most challenging metal fabrication, welding and maintenance grinding applications, from heavy stock removal to rough blending. For example, Norton has introduced newly upgraded Norton Gemini® Grinding and Combination/ Pipeline Wheels which offer the best performance in the aluminum oxide wheel market today. Enhanced Norton Gemini wheels feature a new premium alumina grain for a 15% faster cut rate. Advanced bond technology and wheel hardness are designed for making fast cuts and provide up to 60% longer life and metal removal per wheel compared to previous generation products.

Norton Quantum3 RightCut Wheels, which add cut-off capability to the Norton Quantum3™ (NQ3) line including Depressed Center Grinding Wheels and Combination Wheels, are designed with the operator in mind. The wheels feature a more rounded grain than precision-shaped ceramic grains found in the market today. Being rounded allows for faster cutting action, with less vibration, which is instrumental in reducing operator fatigue when cutting metal all day.

Norton Blaze Rapid Strip Non-Woven Depressed Center Discs featuring a high-performance ceramic grain are over 2X faster, providing a consistent cut rate and longer life than silicon carbide discs. Blaze Rapid Strip Discs leave a thoroughly cleaned surface, ensuring excellent adhesion in subsequent processes such as painting and soldering. The discs have an open web construction for minimal loading, and do not shed or snag on rusty pieces preventing gouging and rework.

View the Norton Right Angle Grinding Product Guide here.

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