Adding a Centrifugal Disc Machine


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Q. Our finishing department has three vibrators and a tumbling barrel. We are planning to add a centrifugal disc machine. Will the media and compound we have been using work okay in the centrifugal disc process? Thanks. D.L.


A. You have been using the typical gray, medium cutting media that weighs about 85–90 lbs/cu ft. This media will wear down quite fast and perhaps fracture more easily in the new machine. The newer, heavier, media designed for more aggressive processes will work better, and I suggest changing for all machines. You will get equal, or faster, deburring in the vibrators because of the increased weight, and you will get longer life in all the machines. Most compounds work in all the processes you will have.

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