With everything that you’ll be thinking of ahead of a shut down one thing people often overlook is cleaning their compound dosing pump for their mass finishing machine. Whilst usually it’s a case of putting a compound drum at the bottom of the non-return valve and the pump just works when it has the chance to stand idle for a period of time it is wise to give it a little attention. Many pumps contain diaphragms and these use a plastic tube which is opened and closed to encourage the compound to move.
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Surf finishing is a fully automatic, dry and/or wet processing method with; extremely short cycle times, high process stability, repeatability and can provide finishing of precisely targeted surface areas for deburring, surface grinding, smoothing and polishing of delicate, high-value components with complex geometries.
Blast Surface Preparation and Finishing equipment is offered in many variations according to the desired process requirements.
A Blast process can be found to be the most commercial process in terms of high achievement, speed of process, environmental considerations and economics.
To understand what mass finishing is please see our post: Mass Finishing – What Is It And Why Should You Consider Using It?
Mass finishing machines come in different shapes, sizes and styles; from vibratory bowls and troughs, high energy centrifugal disk machines to drag finishing. Machines can often be chosen in batch and continuous flow versions and as such their application range is as wide as it is varied. below are just some of the possible applications:
Barrel, vibratory and high energy disk centrifugal force machines are all precisely controlled methods of processing small and/or large batches of engineered components in order to; remove sharp edges, eliminate tool marks, remove flash, de-scale, radius edges, polish and/or burnish the surface.
Compared to traditional hand finishing methods the equipment brings a host of benefits including; reliability, consistency of finish produced, efficiency and effectiveness as well as reducing finishing cost per part. Added to that machines can be linked to dryers, washers, separators and transfer systems right the way through to being integrated into fully automatic ‘lights out’ production cells.
Sometimes things change … including the starting condition of your parts. Worn tooling, changes in manufacturing methods or materials or investment in a new manufacturing machine can result in you no longer getting a result from your mass finishing machine like the one you have been used to and/or need. We would typically recommend a sample starting condition part is kept by the machine for reference each time parts are to be processed. Should the starting condition prove to be different often this can be accommodated in the mass finishing process itself (i.e. extended time, changes in machine speed, different media, etc…).