Advancements in Non-Woven Abrasives
Abrasive technology is streamlined for metal fabrication applications.
Most economists say the United States industrial outlook for 2014 will show modest growth throughout the year.
While this is good news, industrial manufacturers across various industries—from aerospace and transportation to energy, maintenance/repair operations and metal fabrication job shops—must look for ways to increase productivity while maximizing overall efficiency to keep operating costs down.
The question is: How can industrial manufacturers meet higher demand without increasing overhead?
Metal fabrication processes such as surface preparation and finishing are good places to start. The processes include light stock removal, blending, deburring, preparation, cleaning and finishing. These applications can be very labor-intensive and may represent a disproportionate share of the total job cost for metal fabricators.
As the demands for improved finishes increase—and companies like Ford announce that the F-150 truck is moving to aluminum as the primary material—fabricators need abrasives solutions that streamline their operations. Non-woven abrasives can provide an excellent solution.
What Is Non-Woven?
In its simplest form, non-woven it is an abrasive product where the base is an open nylon filament web to which abrasive grain is bonded.
The advantages of non-woven abrasives are many. It is resilient, comfortable, waterproof, non-loading and non-rusting. This allows for the following advantages when used on portable grinding, sanding and finishing operations:
-A controlled cut with minimal stock removal
-A predictably consistent, uniform finish
-Ease of use and reduced operator training
-Increased safety over other grinding methods
-Ability to be used on irregular surfaces.
Non-wovens have been around for more than 50 years and have been used primarily for cleaning and finishing. Recent advancements in all of the product components have not only improved the core applications but also extended the performance into other metal fabrication applications.