Tips to optimize your surface finishing process – Tip #2

Tip #2 – The need for processing trials

Of course, the selection of the right machine, media and compound can sometimes be a bit intimidating. Not only does a mass finishing user have to choose among a wide variety of machine types and sizes, they must also pick the right media from hundreds of media types, shapes and sizes. And on top of all this Continue reading Tips to optimize your surface finishing process – Tip #2

Tips to optimize your surface finishing process- Tip #1

Tip #1 – The work pieces are always at the center

The development of any surface finishing solution always revolves around the work pieces. Their material, size, shape and above all, the finishing objectives, determine what type of finishing process must be selected.

The work piece size is especially important. For example, the deburring and edge

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3 Things To Consider When Purchasing Mass Finishing Media

Whether it be a process for polishing, surface cut downgrinding, deburring, cosmetic finishing, or just cleaning, an appropriate media is available. Choosing the media can seem daunting at first, with over 1700 various media and compounds available. Therefore, sample trials are of significant importance.  Here are three considerations to think about when choosing the right media: Continue reading 3 Things To Consider When Purchasing Mass Finishing Media

Rösler Turnkey Vibratory Finishing, Washing And Degreasing In Continuous Feed Mode

“No Contaminants < 30 µm” – A Demand Perfectly Met

Vibratory finishing with subsequent part washing represents a process combination that meets ever-increasing cleanliness specifications. By matching the right equipment these requirements can be easily fulfilled in linked, fully automatic processes as well as in stand-alone systems.

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Every Day From Start To Finish

Mass finishing isn’t a term that everyone would necessarily know.  Mention it to most people and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare or a look of bewilderment.  Interestingly though we all come in to contact with the things it does on a daily basis.   So to explain this we thought we’d take you through a day in the life of Rösler mass finishing:

 

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How Big Is 1μm?

When designers and manufacturing companies specify surface finishes more often than not we’re talking in micrometres (µm), but what exactly is a µm?

1 µm is 0.001mm or one thousandth of one millimetre.  In other words it is a very fine measurement and as such it can be hard to comprehend.  So the best way to understand it for many of us is to compare it to everyday things we’d know, such as a cigarette paper, human hair, paperclip wire or needle.

This image from our partners Haas illustrates how these items measure up and what a µm equates to in comparison.   For more details on their range of machining centres please visit their website at: http://www.haas-schleifmaschinen.de/en/

In comparison to microinches (written as µin or µ”) 1 µm = approximately 40 µ”.  1 µ” being equal to one millionth of an inch (0.000001”).  (So a 15µm surface finish = 600µ” and a 320µ” surface finish = 8µm as examples of conversions).

To understand more about surface reading types and how they are calculated, please see our post on A Guide to Understanding Surface Roughness Measurement Types

 

Post written by
Stephen Lewis-Brammer
General Manager

 

 

 

 

The Reasons Why Super Finishing Enhances Component Performance

Super Finishing removes the asperities that are inherent in the manufacturing process. By safely removing these microscopic peaks, the Super Finishing process leaves a much more uniform surface that reduces friction and allows for increased lubrication capability.  While the dimensional integrity of the part remains intact, the result is an improved component that will operate at lower temperatures, have increased durability, quieter operation and increased time between maintenance.

 Better surface properties on gear teeth and other functional surfaces are responsible for:

  • reducing friction and wear;
  • reducing operating temperature, even at high speeds;
  • eliminating any need for ‘run in’ time and reducing the risk of component failure at the initial stages of its life;
  • reduction of vibration and noise within the unit, again increasing its marketability and improving its performance;
  • cleaner lubricant as a result of reduced component wear producing ‘debris’ to pollute the component’s working environment (resulting again in shortening the component life span);

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