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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A review of surface finishing with elastic-bonded abrasives

September 1, 2016 | By Dr. Jan Koch

Elastic-bonded abrasives have been around for almost 100 years, but technological advancements associated with such abrasives are by no means complete.

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Abrasive disc line includes depressed-center, cutoff, and flap discs

August 31, 2016

Osborn has introduced a new line of abrasive products that includes depressed-center grinding discs, cutoff discs, and flap discs. The line is designed to deliver fast cutting, heavy stock removal, long service life, application material versatility, and smooth finish.The discs, offered in...

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Blending disc finishes hard-to-reach areas

August 31, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced the Blendex U™ Turbo blending disc. Made with a heat-resistant, nonwoven matrix, the disc provides a consistent finish without smearing, says the company. Self-sharpening grains allow for high material removal on many different surfaces, including steel,...

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PCI launches video series highlighting powder coating toughness

August 30, 2016

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Taylor Mill, Ky., has introduced the video, “Powder Coating, A Better Kind of Paint,” at It also is available by searching #ABetterKindOfPaint on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.This is the first in a series of videos focused...

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Tips for improving spray technician performance

August 30, 2016 | By Jeremiah Treloar

The desire to eliminate waste does not end after parts leave the metal fabrication area. Fabricators that run a paint line also have the opportunity to optimize the finishing operation as well. The first step is to invest in training of the spray technicians.

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Respect for the finishing line

August 18, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Painting and powder coating come at the end of the line, but that doesn't mean it should be the last thing that fabricators think of if they are interested in running an efficient fabricating operation.

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Diamond and borazon grinding pins added to microfinishing tool line

August 17, 2016

Titan Tool Supply Inc. has introduced a line of microdiamond and borazon grinding pins for extremely small, precision ID grinding. The grinding pins, starting at a 0.016 in. dia., are on a carbide shank, which provides extra strength and precision. The working ends of the pins are coated with...

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Aluminum black oxide process produces uniform coating thickness of 1.5 micron

August 9, 2016

Birchwood Technologies’ Lumiclad® aluminum black oxide finishing process produces a uniform coating thickness of 1.5 micron that will not close down hole diameters or change critical part dimensions. The smooth black finish has a slightly porous crystal structure that absorbs an optional topcoat...

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Pferd appoints VP of sales

August 8, 2016

Milwaukee-based Pferd Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of abrasives, brushes, and power tools, has appointed Jon-Michael Raymond to the position of vice president, sales. Raymond previously served as manager of private brand and retail, U.S. and Canada, for Osborn Mfg. He also held several...

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Type 27 blending wheel finishes fillet welds

August 4, 2016

Rex-Cut’s Type 27 blending wheel, designed for controlled blending, helps fabricators blend fillet welds while keeping the integrity of the weld intact. The wheel is shaped into a curved edge, giving the user the ability to create a true radius shape every time, says the company. The disc is...

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Allied Machine acquires Allied Maxcut Eng.

July 29, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp., a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems in Dover, Ohio, has completed the purchase of Allied Maxcut Eng. Co. Ltd. UK, which now operates as Allied Machine & Eng. (Europe). Allied Machine purchased half of Allied Maxcut more than 20 years ago to...

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6-in. belt sander available

July 27, 2016

The model S6MS 6-inch belt sander from Kalamazoo Industries features a 6- by 48-in. variable-position belt with direct-drive coupling, quick belt release, full safety guard, and a reversible platen tilt work table. The machine features a cast-iron frame, heavy-duty steel stand, manual switch,...

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Axalta Coating Systems receives Worthington Industries 2015 Certified Supplier Award

July 21, 2016

Axalta Coating Systems, a Houston-based supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has been recognized as a certified supplier for the eighth consecutive time by Worthington Industries. To become a Worthington Certified Supplier, Axalta was required to meet or exceed a number of product...

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Hetran acquired by Big B Mfg.

July 19, 2016

Orwigsburg, Pa.-based Hetran Inc., a supplier of precision machines for the cold finishing industry, has been acquired by Big B Mfg., Klingerstown, Pa. Now named Hetran-B, the firm will continue to supply the same product line, but under the leadership and service of Big B Mfg. Big B Mfg. is a...

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Osborn appoints product manager, abrasives

July 18, 2016

Richmond, Ind.-based Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds, and buffs, has appointed Ty Weber as product manager for its abrasives division. Weber has more than 12 years of industry experience. He previously worked as a territory sales manager for Osborn. Before joining...

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