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The finishing technology area has information on blast cleaning machines, cleaning and degreasing machines, deburring machines, drying systems, grinders, ovens, polishing and sanding machines, painting equipment, powder coating equipment, and vibratory finishing machines.

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Two-coat powder process fights corrosion

September 3, 2014

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A powder-on-powder process developed by Hartford Finishing in Wisconsin is providing customers with corrosion protection that they weren't getting with e-coat or other powder finishes.

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Stainless steel weld finishing by the numbers

July 7, 2014

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As the demand for stainless steel increases, welders and metal fabricators need to understand how to obtain the proper finish.

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From looms to thermal spray to laser cladding

June 30, 2014

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Hayden Corp. has persevered over a century of change. It began as a supplier of wire cloth sold to the papermaking industry. Now it makes use of some of the most advanced surfacing technologies available.

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CUTCO Corp. uses engineered abrasives to create a new finish

June 2, 2014

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After several decades of operating large "cut-down" machines in search of the perfect finish for its cutlery, CUTCO Corp. decided to look for a new cutting-edge way to deliver the same results, but more efficiently. It found an answer with engineered abrasives and new finishing machines.

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Beveling plate without the HAZ

April 28, 2014

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To avoid a heat affected zone and improve accuracy and throughput, fabricators can turn to nonthermal beveling options, incluiding milling, nibbling, and automated grinding

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Automating an abrasive process

April 3, 2014

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Automating a manual operation can pose several unique difficulties, based on the incoming workpiece and its finish and geometric requirements, but the benefits of reduced costs and increased safety for operators may be worth it.

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Better brushes, better technique, better cleaning

March 14, 2014

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Most fabricators don’t think much about deburring or finishing a metal surface, but they should considering how much time is spent on the activity. The first step is to understand how a wire brush actually cleans and deburrs.

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3 short stories about deburring - TheFabricator.com

3 short stories about deburring

January 2, 2014

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Deburring is a time-consuming but necessary fabricating operation. Metal fabricators that can minimize the time spent on finishing have a competitive advantage because they are getting parts out quicker to customers.

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The basics of liquid and powder coatings - TheFabricator.com

The basics of liquid and powder coatings

November 5, 2013

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Metal fabricators know that once a metal product leaves its doors that it has lost its ability to guarantee delivery. The fab shop is at the mercy of its subcontractors. That scenario has more fabricators considering in-house finishing capabilities. This guide is designed to help that decision-making

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A deburred edge that everyone accepts - TheFabricator.com

A deburred edge that everyone accepts

October 9, 2013

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Laitram Machinery, Harahan, La., has been battling inconsistent edge preparation for years. It was simply a case of having no universally accepted standard to model a quality edge and having mutiple individuals deburr edges as they saw fit. New part finishing equipment has changed all of that, however.

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Blast cleaning tube, pipe, assemblies to remove corrosion, surface contaminants - TheFabricator.com

Blast cleaning tube, pipe, assemblies to remove corrosion, surface contaminants

September 5, 2013

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Blasting cleaning can be done by either a rotating wheel or an air nozzle, with a variety of abrasive media depending on the surface finish needed. The machines come in five formats: skew roll, multibar, upblast, downblast, and airblast. Understanding the types of machine available and how they work is the first step in deciding which type is needed for your particular applications.

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The basics of wheel blasting - TheFabricator.com

The basics of wheel blasting

August 1, 2013

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Blast cleaning can be an extremely effective way to prepare a part for coating. But if the machine isn’t set up, maintained, or monitored properly, the operation can go awry.

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Eight tips for effective grinding - TheFabricator.com

Eight tips for effective grinding

June 3, 2013

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It doesn’t matter how mind-bogglingly fast upstream processes are if it takes forever and a day for parts to make it through the grinding department.

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Nonwoven right angle

The finishing touch—selecting and using nonwoven abrasives

May 22, 2013

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Nonwoven abrasives come in different types and compositions. It’s important to choose the right product for optimal finishing.

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Grinding, polishing, blending in hard-to-reach areas - TheFabricator.com

Grinding, polishing, blending in hard-to-reach areas

December 3, 2012

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Interviews with several tool and accessory manufacturers provide a broad perspective on capabilities for finishing in hard-to-reach areas.

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