Mass Finishing Work Piece Handling Series, Part 3 – Maintaining Wear Linings

Adequate wear linings are an important factor in ensuring work pieces are efficiently handled in a mass finishing machine. Along with the method speed of transfer as well as the media selection and separation, the condition of a machine’s wear lining factors into the quality of process results.

Thick linings assist with work piece handling by providing a cushioning effect, yet thin or damaged wear linings allow unwanted knicks, scratches, and dings.

With more than 80 years of expertise in surface finishing, Rosler can assist with all aspects of your mass finishing process including proactively eliminating potential work piece handling issues.

Observing Machine Conditions

Regularly checking the lining of your work bowl(s) and trough(s) for wear is one way to ensure parts don’t get accidentally damaged during processing. Inspecting linings consistently will help identify repairable issues before permanent damage to the machine occurs.

To effectively finish work pieces, media must be matched to the specific finishing task and the initial state of a work piece.

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Testing & Expertise Overcome Shot Blasting Challenges

For nearly a decade, Sales Representative and Interim Product Manager of Turbine Blast Equipment Zack Murray has been one of Rosler’s top shot blasting experts. 

Working with customers and our global Customer Experience Centers, he helps develop and test surface finishing machines and media in addition to dialing in specific process parameters.

At times, adhering to the Rosler motto and guiding principle of “finding a better way…” can be difficult and complicated. Luckily, Murray and the entire Rosler team are committed to delivering world-class surface finishing equipment, consumables, and service in a variety of industries.

In this post, Murray shares the most challenging issue he has tackled at Rosler and how the team developed a solution.

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Blade Technology: Straight vs. Curved Blades Explained

As an expert in the shot blasting industry, Rosler knows about blade technology. All shot blasting machines require blades to propel media towards workpieces. While both straight and curved blades are used, each type offers advantages and disadvantages.

What are the Differences?

Straight blades are, as the name suggests, blades that do not have curvature when viewed from the side and do not possess tangential curvature with respect to the turbine. Curved blades are blades that have some degree of curvature when viewed from the side.

As the newer design, curved blades are generally better than straight blades, but they also have some drawbacks related to longevity, maintenance, and cost of ownership.

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How to Use a Vibrascope to Measure Vibratory Bowl Amplitude and Frequency

When it comes to mass finishing, amplitude and frequency require balance and careful consideration. Amplitude is a measure of movement and intensity while frequency refers to the rate of repetition.

The wrong amplitude, for example, can create lackluster finishing results and longer processing times if it is too low. If too high, it can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the machine.

Creating Vibratory Energy

Whether rotary or tub style, mass finishing vibrators always include two key components: a work bowl containing the finishing media and the work pieces.

Firmly attached to this work bowl is a vibratory drive system generating the energy to put the media and work pieces in motion. The work bowl with an attached vibratory drive system sits on a number of coil springs – in some cases on air cushions – which in turn sit on a machine base. The springs, respectively, act as air cushions allowing the work bowl to “free float” up and down within a certain distance.

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New Deflashing Equipment Assists 30-year Customer Increase Production

For over 30 years, Berker GmbH & Co KG (Berker) has trusted Rosler shot blasting equipment in its manufacturing processes.

A member of the Hager Group since 2010, Berker is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end electrical components, from timeless classical switches to intelligent electrical systems for buildings. The company also supplies switches for electrical appliances and automobiles.

The Situation

Berker primarily uses continuous feed systems such as loop and flat belt machines to deflash plastic components including switching elements, electrical outlet covers, frames, and more.

Increased production volume at its Wenden-Ottfingen manufacturing location led Berker to decide to invest in an additional shot blast machine in 2018. The new investment was intended to replace an existing continuous feed loop belt system with the latest deflashing technology.

Its specifications called for increased capacity and high equipment availability.

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Hot Air and Media-Based Systems Offer Drying Options for Mass Finishing

With few exceptions, mass finishing processes require the addition of water and compounds to produce the desired results. That means finished work pieces discharged from the finishing machine are wet.

Since possible corrosion or problems with subsequent manufacturing steps are possible, the finished work pieces must undergo a drying operation. While not as complex as the mass finishing process itself, drying nevertheless requires careful consideration to ensure that the work pieces are completely dry and free of any water or dirt spots.

Rosler has extensive experience developing dryers for a wide range of work pieces and the expertise to assist with process parameters and settings.

Work Piece-Based Machine Settings

Machine settings for speed and temperature must be matched to the work pieces and their surface condition to ensure the lowest possible energy use to complete the task.

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Mass Finishing Work Piece Handling Series, Part 2 – Preventing Drop Height Damage

Ensuring drop heights are not too high when raw work pieces are loaded into and exiting a mass finishing machine is an important consideration.

Rosler has extensive experience developing mass finishing machines as well as material handling accessories to create a productive and efficient surface finishing system and prevent drop height damage. When evaluating drop heights and machine configuration needs, it is recommended that you consult an experienced equipment provider to help review key machine aspects and suggest solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Issues to Avoid

Falling from a loading container into a machine as well as moving from the machine into a post-process collection can cause damage to work pieces in the form of nicking and scratching caused by contact among work pieces as well as with the machine itself. More delicate and/or sharp work pieces, therefore, require extra consideration and evaluation of drop heights than sturdy and rounded components.

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Comprehensive Mass Finishing System Provides ‘Shear’ Results for Gardena

Improved productivity, increased production capacity, better quality, and lower costs—a leading garden tool manufacturer tasked Rosler with developing a new mass finishing system to improve the deburring and polishing of garden shear knives.

Rosler provided a solution in the form of a tailor-made Keramo-Finish® process carried out within a double-batch centrifugal disc finishing machine. Known as the FKS 35.1 A2-So, the system includes fully automatic work piece handling and a two-stage process that deburrs and polishes stamped and laser-cut knives. Work pieces are subsequently dried in an energy-efficient rotary dryer and prepared for the next manufacturing step.

The Situation

For more than 60 years, the Gardena division of Husqvarna Group has developed a variety of gardening products and tools. The company’s broad product range includes innovative systems for irrigation, soil cultivation, and lawn, tree, and shrub care. Gardena products are used in more than 80 countries worldwide.

To ensure easy and simple handling, produce excellent cutting performance, and guarantee long service life, the Gardena’s shear components are produced with state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Stamping or laser cutting of the upper and lower knives followed by surface finishing is an important step.

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Foundry-Specific Shot Blasting Achieves Increased Efficiency

Replacing a shot blasting machine for a long-time customer requires finding a better way to deliver efficient finishing in a faster, smaller, and more maintenance-friendly way. That’s exactly what Rosler delivered when Linde Material Handling (Linde) returned to us for a shot blasting upgrade.

Linde is a supplier of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment and also provides technical intralogistics solutions and services. With a sales and service network spanning more than 100 countries, the company has a global footprint.

For this particular partnership, Linde’s foundry in Weilbach, Germany, challenged Rosler to supply a new shot blasting system capable of finishing and maneuvering the counterweights it manufactures for forklifts. Our solution was a sturdy foundry version of a continuous hanger shot blast machine known as the RHBD 22/27-F.

The Situation

Linde continuously strives to improve its manufacturing operations. As such, the new machines had to accomplish several goals, including faster processing, more flexible material flow, optimized utilization of available space, improved access to all critical maintenance areas, and increased overall efficiency.

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New Compounds Double Process Water Usability

Experienced manufacturers know that optimum mass finishing process water handling, dosing, and recycling can significantly reduce operational costs and improve finishing results.

With approximately 15,000 different products and the largest, continuously expanding range of media and compounds in the world, Rosler has the machines, consumables, and the experience to develop and maintain precise, efficient, and sustainable surface finishing processes.

Our latest innovation in the field of consumables, Long Life Compounds known as LF compounds, allows mass finishing operations to further optimize their process water cycles.


LF compounds utilize a special combination of raw materials to guarantee a remarkably high degree of sanitary stability. So much so that, in most cases, the addition of biocides to process water can be eliminated or greatly reduced when using these new compounds.

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