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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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The best of both worlds

August 24, 2015

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Typically, fabricators have had to choose between an aggressive cutting disc that is thrown away at the end of each shift or a long-lived disc that usually doesn't cut as well and causes the operator to push more while handling the power tool. Weiler Corp. has developed its X3 technology to bridge that gap.

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Deburring: A standard operation?

July 27, 2015

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According to LaRoux K. Gillespie, author of SME's Deburring and Edge Finishing Handbook, a shop can establish its own deburring standard, with the absence of one official standard in U.S. industry. It’s just a matter of communicating the specifics of the final edge finish.

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Ag equipment manufacturer switches to corrosion-free, worry-free, couplings

July 15, 2015

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Horsch Maschinen GmbH, an agriculture implements manufacturer, experienced corrosion problems related to the tubular couplers used for its hydraulic systems. It switched to couplers manufactured by Voss Fluid GmbH, which are much better at standing up to the corrosive effects of common fertilizers.

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Right resources + enough time = safe finishing

May 6, 2015

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A shop’s finishing team has the time and resources it needs to work safely. Time comes from proper scheduling and incentives that promote safe work practices. The resources come from five key areas: working environment, personal protection, fixturing and ergonomics, tools and abrasives, and power sources.

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Using continuous plasma for cleaning, surface activation of tube, pipe

January 21, 2015

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When fabricators need to remove lubricants or corrosion inhibitors from tube or pipe, they have no shortage of choices, both mechanical and chemical. However, they have a third option: Thermal. The intense heat developed in a plasma cleaning processes makes greases, oils, and contaminants inert.

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Safety and regulatory overview for powder coating

January 8, 2015

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Like any manufacturing process, powder coating has the potential to be dangerous if the right safety precautions haven’t been taken. By referencing a few key standards, a manufacturer can keep the powder coating line going and the operators safe.

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Putting the finish first

October 16, 2014

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R & B Wagner, Milwaukee, has had a primary role in the construction industry for more than 100 years. From its early days as a blacksmith shop, the company has grown to become a designer and manufacturer of handrail components and systems; a contract manufacturer for OEMs; and a first-rate finishing company, providing top-notch polishing services for other fabricators and manufacturers. Manufacturing Operations Manager Kane Behling and President Rick Kettler shared the company’s story with Editor Eric Lundin.

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Want to take up powder coating?

September 15, 2014

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As more metal fabricators look to increase value-added activities, they are considering adding a powder coating line. Before they do that, however, they need to know what's involved. They need to select a system that fits a specific footprint, can deliver the customers’ surface appearance and corrosion protection requirements, and meets budget constraints. In other words, they really need to do their homework.

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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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