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Loading Vibratory Finishing Bowls for Optimal Quality
Foremost in the understanding of vibratory bowl loading efficiency is a basic understanding of theoretical versus actual working capacity of the machine.
Breaking Old Mechanical Finishing Habits
Changing the process earns one finisher a $2+ million annual contract, therefore when we look at mechanical finishing, the first and most important items that should be considered are the shape and type of part
Taking the (Oxide) Edge Off
Metal fabricators that laser-cut with oxygen take steps to prepare parts better for powder coating.
Microabrasive Precision Shot Peening
Precision shot peening brings an entirely new concept to the field of microabrasive blasting, and it is complementary to its larger cousin. Using glass bead media, several companies have been shot peening for years with microabrasive blasting techno...
In Mechanical Finishing, All That Glistens Is … Or Is It?
Surface finish types for commercially supplied stainless steel sheet are detailed in various standards. ASTM A480-12 and EN10088-2 are two; BS 1449-2 (1983) is still available, although no longer active. These standards are very similar in that they...
Grinding Out a Polished Finish
Enerquip installed a special two-head OD polisher built by Grinding and Polishing Machinery of Indianapolis, Ind., a specialist in designing and building industrial grinding and polishing machinery. It uses the stainless pipes for the sanitary-grade...
Turbo-Charged Abrasive Machining Offers Uniformity, Consistency
Method can deburr, produce edge contour effects rapidly
Drag Finishing of Delicate Parts
For complex parts with high surface finish specs, production deburring and surface prep can be done using the drag finishing process whereby the parts to be deburred and finished are mechanically dragged through the media while attached to fixtures—...
Better Peening Shouldn’t Be a Shot in the Dark
Almost any pilot will tell you that when it comes to airplane parts like wings or engine blades, failure is unacceptable. That’s why more aerospace companies have sought to reduce the possibility of metal fatigue in such critical parts, and why some...
Improving Aerospace Engines with Advanced Materials
Advanced ceramics and high performance superalloys are playing an important role in improving aerospace engines as aerospace manufacturers look for high-temperature materials that increase performance, improve fuel efficiency and satisfy safety stan...