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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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Gearing up to grind aluminum

March 14, 2011

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Aluminum is a difficult material to process as it poses a unique set of challenges, particularly when it comes to grinding. The best way to ensure that you’re grinding process is efficient while also providing you with the desired result hinges on using the correct abrasive at all times.

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Changing up the daily grind

March 14, 2011

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A manufacturer of aluminum radar arches found that a simple change in grinding discs yielded big results.

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The basics and benefits of modern deburring - TheFabricator.com

The basics and benefits of modern deburring

September 16, 2010

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When shops examine deburring technology, they have myriad options to consider. Carefully weighing the alternatives is paramount.

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Industrial hand-held grinding and surface finishing — A primer on brush and mirror finishing

April 13, 2010

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The proper finish is important for product quality and durability. This article discusses the steps required to brush- and mirror-finish stainless steel, nonferrous metals, and aluminum using both linear and angle grinders.

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How to make grinding safer and more productive

April 1, 2010

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When it comes to grinding, a more productive worker is often a safer worker, if given the right tools and training.

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Noting advances in powder coating

April 1, 2010

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Customers are asking their metal fabricating suppliers to assume more production responsibilities as they look to reduce the size their vendor bases. As a result, more fabricators are becoming involved in powder coating, either doing it themselves or coordinating the finishing process with a nearby custom coater. Of course, metal fabricators are first and foremost in the business of cutting, forming, and joining metal, but they still need to stay on top of the latest developments in powder coating.

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Finishing off oxide layer problems

December 3, 2009

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General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind.,had a 0.25-in. part that forced them tochoose between stamping and laser cutting tofabricate the part. Luckily, the companydiscovered an oxidation removal machine thathelped to make laser cutting with oxygen thelogical choice for the job.

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Critical surface preparation

October 13, 2009

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An estimated 68 percent of all coating failures are attributed to poor surface preparation that could have been prevented. By using cleaning technology that can achieve near-white conditions, you can ensure that paint, adhesives, and other coatings achieve maximum quality with less waste.

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Hand Held Angle Grinders

Grinding and cutting safely

May 12, 2009

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Hand-held angle grinders, which now are being used more frequently in industries besides metal fabrication and welding, can cause injury if used improperly and without following all safety guidelines. This article covers the safety practices involved when using these grinders with resin-bonded wheels.

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TPJ 2009 Industry Award

More than just southern hospitality

January 13, 2009

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Since its inception in 1924, Plymouth Tube Co. has had a strong faith in the capabilities of its people. Its plant at Eupora, Miss., recently made some changes in the way management formulates strategic plans, and it now includes input from all of the plant employees in executing its strategy. This result is sustained, measurable improvements in safety, quality, and productivity.

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On the level: An introduction to part leveling

October 28, 2008

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Because of thermal distortion, a laser- or plasma-cut part may not perfectly flat. Here, parts leveling helps ensure parts maintain and exceed their flatness requirements.

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Stainless steel surface finish

A 'weld-done' finish

May 13, 2008

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Stainless steel products are used in all parts of our daily life. Certain surface finish expectations must be met, and one of the major challenges in stainless steel treatment is meeting these expectations. The biggest problem has been the time required to rebuild the surface from a weld. While surface finishing of stainless steel still requires a good deal of effort, the proper grinding and polishing equipment makes it possible to create perfect finishes in a reasonable amount of time.

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Perforated Stainless Steel Sheet

Avoiding a snag

January 15, 2008

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A company specializing in perforated sheet overcomes deburring issues with an automated system using nonwoven fiber brushes.

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Lincoln Industries TPJ Winner

Introducing TPJ's Industry Award Winner

January 15, 2008

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TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal® recognizes that Lincoln Industries is an industry leader. Lincoln Industries' combination of business management, employee focus, and community participation has earned it the first-ever TPJ Industry Award.

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Got burrs?

September 11, 2007

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Using a machine to remove burrs from and put a surface finish on sheet metal and plate, also known as deburring and graining, is more complicated than it seems. The factors that go into selecting and setting up a deburring and graining machine are almost as numerous as the factors that cause burrs in the first place. Some of the important factors you have to consider are machine type (wet or dry), setup (the arrangement of sanding belts and deburring brushes), sanding drum hardness and diameter, brush type, and feed rate.

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