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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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Eight tips for effective grinding - TheFabricator.com

Eight tips for effective grinding

June 3, 2013 | By Bill Meeker

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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The finishing touch—selecting and using nonwoven abrasives

May 22, 2013 | By Paul A. Krupa

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 | By Eric Lundin

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 | By Simon Wainwright

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 | By Mike Marshall

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 | By Roger Cloutier

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 | By Dave Long

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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Gearing up to grind aluminum

March 14, 2011 | By Patrick Carroll

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 | By Amanda Carlson

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 | By Tony McCue

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 | By Tom Carroll

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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grinding safety

How to make grinding safer and more productive

April 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Dan Davis

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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