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Part-on-Part Mass Finishing, Part 1 – Utilizing Work Pieces as the Media

Mass finishing processes require pressure and constant rubbing to achieve the desired finishing results. In most cases, these applications require media specifically selected for its material, size, and shape to act upon work pieces and achieve the required effects. Some mass finishing applications also seek to eliminate or reduce part-on-part impingement or contact to protect delicate and high-value work pieces.

Conversely, part-on-part mass finishing intentionally exposes work pieces to impingement and encourages contact between work pieces and the resulting pressure to create finishing effects without the need for ceramic, plastic, and other types of media. The only additives required for such part-on-part finishing are water and the respective compounds.

Rosler Metal Finishing designs part-on-part mass finishing machines, known as WTA machines, which help reduce cost per piece through the elimination of media consumption and faster processing times.

Ideal Work Pieces

Part-on-part finishing is ideal for small, bulk parts that are made of brass, steel, aluminum, and even small ceramic components.

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Automotive Crankshafts, Part 1 – Cost-Effective Surface Improvement for Key Engine Components

Crankshafts are a key component of internal combustion engines, be it mass-produced engines for motorcycles and automobiles, engines for heavy trucks, off-high highway equipment, and even large ships.

Crankshafts convert the reciprocating (up/down) movement of the pistons/connecting rods into a rotational movement that drives the wheels and allows a vehicle to move forward.

Rosler Metal Finishing understands the vital importance of these engine components and has developed specific shot blasting and mass finishing machines to process these pieces to perfection.

A crankshaft with connected rods and pistons
A crankshaft with connected rods and pistons

Materials & Production Methods

Considering that automotive crankshafts weigh around 40-60 pounds and rotate approximately 100 times per second, these parts are exposed to tremendous tensile, compressive, and shear stresses. In addition, combustion forces and piston acceleration in an engine can also cause significant vibration.

Therefore, crankshafts must be made from tough, wear-resistant materials, usually high alloy carbon steel. Typical alloying elements are manganese, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, cobalt, or vanadium.

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Spinal Implants, Part 3 – Mass Finishing Versus Shot Blasting Methods

implanted spinal rods
Implanted spinal rods

With worldwide sales at nearly $10 billion annually, there is a high demand for spinal implants. These implants are subject to very specific and strict surface finishing requirements to ensure longevity and fixation to bone.

Mass finishing and shot blasting play key roles in creating the right finish for spinal implants, not only for intermediate surface treatment after forging, casting, machining, additive manufacturing, etc., but also for placing the final surface finish before implantation.

Let’s examine the capabilities of mass finishing and shot blasting for spinal implants and how Rosler Metal Finishing can develop a precise and repeatable finishing process to meet your unique challenges and goals.

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Manufacturing Industry Outlook

At Rosler Metal Finishing, we believe in helping our clients in many industries find a better way to finish and process their products. Part of our success comes from understanding their industry, their process requirements, and market drivers.

Our friends at IndustryWeek are making our jobs easier when it comes to understanding market drivers. The top findings from their recent research The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond include:

Positive outlook for growth and sales

Leaders are overwhelmingly positive about their business growth prospects. Nine out of 10 expect revenues to increase and more than half (58%) anticipate strong growth of 5% or higher per year over the next five years. More than two thirds (70%) of manufacturers expect to increase the number of people that they employ over the next five years.

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Aerospace, Part 3 – Drag Finishing for Airbus Helicopters

The aerospace industry demands high repeatability and adherence to strict production tolerances. As we discovered in Aerospace, Part 2, Rosler Metal Finishing’s drag finishing systems produce exact results every time.

Airbus Helicopters

After using Rosler drag finishing systems for a number of years, Airbus Helicopters knew just who to turn to for help with a new helicopter model.

We took on the challenging task of finishing larger gear components for the new design as well as incorporating expanded capacity for their existing helicopter models, developing an innovative drag finishing system with automatic work piece clamping and a clever work piece handling system.   

Based on numerous processing trials in our test center, Rosler developed an entirely new drag finishing concept that meets all customer requirements. Flexible yet robust, the new drag finisher is capable of finishing approximately 35 different work pieces made from special, high-performance steel alloys with diameters from 40-800 mm and individual weights of up to 75 kg.

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Mass Finishing – Are You Ready to Meet Customer Demand in 2020?

Updating a process to meet increased production demand is a cost-effective way to not only improve your processing times and results, but also increase and prolong your equipment’s usefulness.

Let’s say production has been steadily building over time. How do you know if it’s time to evaluate the process for improvement?

Mass finishing experts suggest examining the final finish accomplished by the process and its ceramic or plastic media and compound usage. Processes in need of optimization will not achieve the desired finish in an acceptable timeframe and will use more media and compounds than necessary.

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AEROSPACE, PART 2 – Innovative Finishing for Aerospace components

The aerospace industry demands high repeatability and adherence to strict production tolerances. As we discovered in Aerospace, Part 1, Rosler Metal Finishing’s surface finishing technology delivers the precision needed for aerospace components both large and small.

For complicated gear components, we turn to our drag finishing systems for exact results every time.

Small to medium size structural aircraft parts

Characterized by its sturdy design and numerous technical features, Rosler Metal Finishing’s drag finishing systems are ideal for high value and sensitive parts such as aerospace components that cannot touch each other during the finishing process.

Consistent, Repeatable, Economical Surface Finishes

Equipped with a rotary carousel featuring 2 to 12 spindles to mount the parts, work pieces are “dragged” through the media mass. The rotation of both the carousel and the spindles guarantee an even treatment of the parts. Drag finishing offers a metal removal rate that is up to 40 times higher than conventional vibratory finishing.

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A Year in Review – Top Blog Posts from 2019

At Rosler, we believe in helping our clients in unique markets find a better way to finish and process their products. According to Grand View Research, Inc., the global structural steel market is expected to reach USD 140.4 billion by 2025. It is projected to expand at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period. Increasing construction spending in emerging economies is projected to drive the demand for structural steel. Maybe that’s why our top posts this year included a series on Structural Steel. Enjoy the following recap.

5. Optimal Media Mix, Part 1 – Identifying and Maintaining Proper Levels

The best mass finishing equipment is useless without the proper media. That’s why the experienced engineers at Rosler Metal Finishing pair their quality equipment with the right type and amount of media to achieve consistent results.

Media comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes

Understanding how your machine, the work pieces it is finishing, and the selected media will interact is key to delivering an optimal finish each cycle. Doing so requires understanding why media levels are important, determining and tracking levels, and evaluating media consumption to avoid issues.

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Joint Reconstruction, Part 6 – Shot Blasting for Surface Finishing, Coating Preparation, and Increased Component Life Span

Like mass finishing, shot blasting is an exceptionally versatile surface treatment technology. Its applications range from general cleaning after casting and forging to shot peening and, even, cosmetic blasting for placing a fine, matte finish on the work pieces.

For shot blasting of orthopedic implants Rosler Metal Finishing recommends mainly air and occasionally wet blasting systems. The blast media is accelerated by compressed air and thrown at the work pieces through a blast nozzle, creating an extremely precise blast pattern compared to turbine blasting. Another advantage of air blasting is that it can be used with metallic, mineral as well as organic blast media.

These attributes and many more make this surface finishing method particularly useful in the medical industry

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Aerospace, Part 1 – Cost-Effective, Mechanical Finishing for Large, Structural Aircraft Components

To this day, the surface of large structural aircraft components is frequently finished by hand. This process is not only costly, but extremely inefficient and hard to replicate with absolute conformity.

Airplane Landing Gear

Rosler Metal Finishing is changing the notion that suitable mechanical finishing equipment is not available for large, structural aerospace components by offering mass finishing technology capable of solving this problem and providing fully automatic finishing of work pieces up to 30 feet long.

We kick off our Aerospace Series with an overview of the cost-effective and mechanical finishing options Rosler offers for the Aerospace industry.

Vibratory Tubs Offer a Solution

Thanks to the development of large, powerful vibratory tubs manual deburring and grinding of large aircraft components can now be eliminated. The development of perfectly controlled mechanical finishing systems offers finishing solutions for applications where the biggest rotary vibrator, because of the size of the parts, might still be too small.

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