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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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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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LS Industries Cylinder Shot Blaster

Cleaning cylinders internally and externally

August 8, 2007

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Whether you are planning a full scale cylinder testing operation or just want to keep your cylinders looking clean and new, the Cylblast shot blasters from LS Industries are the answer.Other methods of cleaning cylinders are more expensive, time consuming and less efficient than steel shot...

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Piston rods

Vertical integration broadens company's horizons

June 12, 2007

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin visited Industrial Hard Chrome, a chrome plater that provides chrome-plated components for hydraulically powered equipment such as graders and backhoes. He traces the company's development from a plater that provided its services to the paper and pulp industry four decades ago to a plater and OEM with its own product line today.

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Nonlocking paddle switch ginders

Grinding the way to safety

May 8, 2007

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More power in grinders gives rise to additional safety concerns. Having twice as much power in the same-size tool has especially increased the industry wide demand for nonlocking paddle switch grinders.

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Finishing stainless steel tube and pipe efficiently

May 8, 2007

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One big challenge in stainless steel tube finishing is the growing expectations about the surface finish. Tools and abrasives have improved to achieve better surface quality in less time. At the same time, fabricators require finishing methods that address health, safety, and environmental concerns.

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Easing the grind of cost reduction

March 13, 2007

In early 2005 SPX CONTECH decided to evaluate the abrasive disks used in its 22 workcells for aluminum grinding in its Auburn, Ind., facility. By the end of the year the new disks had increased the number of parts processed and exhibited improved life per disk.

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Steel wire brushes

5 tips for better finishing with steel brushes

November 7, 2006

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Steel wire brushes are essential finishing tools in most metal fabrication shops. Fabricators can take five actions to help improve the performance and life span of these brushes: use the highest safe speed, periodically reverse direction; know when to use crimped or knot wire brushes; keep stainless steel brushes clean; and purchase heat-treated, oil-tempered steel wire.

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Anodizing aluminum

March 7, 2006

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Manufacturing deep-drawn aluminum containers requires various fabrication steps and provides many opportunities to pollute. Anomatic Corp. provides an overview of its fabricating and finishing steps and describes its efforts at environmentally responsible manufacturing.

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Ask and you shall receive

November 8, 2005

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Miller Welding & Machine isn't a typical job shop for a lot of reasons. This family-owned and -operated company, in business since 1963, employs almost everybody in the Miller family -- and tackled its complete inexperience in finishing by investing in a full powder coating and wet paint line in a new facility to serve its customers, who started demanding finishing services five years ago.

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Catch it if you can

July 12, 2005

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For tube producers who need a colored coating with no volatile organic compounds, powder coatings have been the only choice until now. A new process provides this type of coating in a liquid form. The coating dries nearly instantly under ultraviolet light and performs well when subjected to a variety of tests.

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How one shop benefited from abrasive waterjet technology

July 12, 2005

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Triplex Systems found that using abrasive waterjet cutting technology combined with a hole-and-tab technique to fabricate its products helped eliminate machining operations and reduced costs.

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Prefinishing trends towards growth

October 12, 2004

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Since its introduction in the 1960s, coated coil has become the raw material of choice for some industries, and its demand has increased steadily, according to the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA). Coated steel and aluminum coil is being used predominantly in the building industry as...

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