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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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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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Automated deburring basics - TheFabricator.com

Automated deburring basics

May 1, 2012

Integrating the right automated deburring system requires a comprehensive look at application requirements, including part sizes and profiles, material grades, thicknesses, and required finishes. But once a shop has examined all of the variables of automated deburring, it can reap the benefits and, perhaps most important, make the primary cutting operation much more consistent.

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Finishing stainless steel for food-grade applications - TheFabricator.com

Finishing stainless steel for food-grade applications

March 5, 2012

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Finishing stainless steel assemblies for handling food and beverage applications is more complicated than non-sanitary applications. Knowledge of the tools, consumables, and techniques is critical, but likewise the contractor must be familiar with sanitary standards so the system and its finish are optimal the demands for this type of application.

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Automating the deburring process - TheFabricator.com

Automating the deburring process

January 10, 2012

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A good deburring process will provide you with that by removing sharp edges, thus producing a better finish. An edge that is properly finished lowers material handling costs and increases workplace safety. Finding the right machine and automating the process seamlessly may allow you to run your machines a little faster, increasing your output, lowering your costs, and most importantly adding profit to your bottom line.

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Coated abrasive fiber disc safety

Coated abrasive fiber disc safety

August 8, 2011

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Following recommended disc storage guidelines, using proper equipment, wearing the right personal protective equipment, and employing safe methods of operation can reduce the likelihood of disc breakage and personal injury when using coated abrasive fiber discs.

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Finishing stainless steel pipe and tube - TheFabricator.com

Finishing stainless steel pipe and tube

July 20, 2011

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Finishing stainless steel tube or pipe can be tricky, especially if the product has quite a few bends, flares, and other nonlinear features. Learning about the tools and abrasives is the first step in developing a sound stainless finishing strategy.

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