Metal Finishing

Metal Finishing covers any activity that focuses on changing the surface area of metal. The area focuses on mechanical operations such as deburring, grinding, and polishing. It also covers the application of coatings, such as paint and powder.

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Zirconia-alumina abrasive disc delivers long tool life

March 20, 2017

Pferd Inc. has introduced the POLIFAN® Z SG-Power flap disc. It features product enhancements that deliver up to 236 percent longer tool life than conventional flap discs, states the company. The zirconia-alumina abrasive delivers optimum stock removal on high-powered angle grinders at high...

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Osborn names product marketing manager

March 6, 2017

Richmond, Ind.-based Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds, and buffs, has named Scott Scheider as product marketing manager for its Load Runners® division of standard and custom idler rollers.Scheider has more than seven years of industry experience. He previously worked...

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Ceramic wheels designed for long life

February 16, 2017

Weiler Abrasives Group has introduced the Tiger® Ceramic line of cutting, grinding, and combination wheels. According to the manufacturer, validated end-user testing shows the products provide 25 to 40 percent longer life than other ceramic products. The ceramic grains use a crystalline structure...

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Castolin Eutectic Group acquires Furnace Mineral Products Inc.

February 9, 2017

The Castolin Eutectic Group, a division of Messer Eutectic Castolin GmbH Holding with headquarters in Bad Soden, Germany, has announced the acquisition of Furnace Mineral Products (FMP) Inc., Toronto.FMP specializes in the R&D, manufacture, and application of inorganic-hybrid coatings. The company...

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Burs improve surface finish in aluminum, nonferrous metal applications

February 6, 2017

Pferd Inc. offers the ALU/NF CUT line of carbide burs for use on aluminum, brass, copper, and tin, as well as harder materials such as alloys with a high SiC content, titanium, titanium alloys, and bronze.The burs come in a variety of shapes and dimensions, with shank diameters of 1/8 and 1/4 in....

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Extra protection added to corrosion-inhibiting coating

January 30, 2017

Cortec has added extra vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors (VpCI®) to its VpCI-368 coating. The dark brown viscous liquid dries into a firm, moisture-displacing, waxlike film that can be removed by mineral spirits or alkaline cleaners. The VpCI-368 EVP film can be used for a variety of applications...

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Advanced Heat Treat announces organizational changes

January 26, 2017

Advanced Heat Treat Corp., a provider of heat-treat services based in Waterloo, Iowa, has promoted Adam Dehl and Adam Kane to operations management leadership roles. Dehl joined the company in 1997 as heat treat technician. In 2006 he transferred to the Waterloo Burton facility as a supervisor,...

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IFS Coatings architectural powder coatings now have EPDs

January 6, 2017

Gainesville, Texas-based IFS Coatings has announced that each product in its architectural series—IFS 300SP and IFS 400SD powder coatings and IFS 500FP high-performance powder coatings—has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).An EPD is an internationally recognized and...

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New ASTM standard supports use of steel heat-treated by the induction method

December 16, 2016

A new ASTM Intl. standard will help those who both provide and use induction heat treatment to strengthen metals. While guides and specifications already exist to qualify standard heat-treating furnaces, this new standard will be the first generally accepted guide for qualification of induction...

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Quaker acquires Canadian metalworking fluids specialist Lubricor

December 1, 2016

Quaker Chemical Corporation has acquired Lubricor Inc., a metalworking fluids manufacturer headquartered in Waterloo, Ont., that manufactures and markets value-added metalworking products such as synthetic and semi-synthetic coolants, hydroforming fluids, and stamping products. The company sells...

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Static eliminator preps parts for painting, packaging

November 28, 2016

Exair’s new Ion Air Jet™ removes static electricity, contaminants, and dust from parts before shrink-wrapping, packaging, printing, painting, or finishing. It has attained the CE and UL marks and is RoHS-compliant.New design features include a metal-armored, high-voltage cable to...

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Foerster Instruments hires new president for North America

November 21, 2016

Foerster Instruments Inc., a provider of equipment for NDT, metal detection, and magnetics in Pittsburgh, has hired Jason Wilburn as its new president to handle all operations and oversee all facilities in North America.Wilburn’s experience includes industrial NDT, industrial services to...

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Pferd names steel works technical sales specialist

October 19, 2016

Milwaukee-based Pferd Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of abrasives, brushes, and power tools, has appointed Tim Lee to the position of technical sales specialist - steel works.In this role, he works with customers on their cutting requirements, particularly large-diameter cutoff wheels from 10...

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The final step in achieving a mirror finish on a stainless steel tube is using a buffing wheel and a polishing paste.

Tips on Fine-grinding Stainless Steel

October 17, 2016 | By Aaron Beck

Fine grinding, by definition, is the blending of the weldment to the surface of the metal for a smooth, consistent, and attractive appearance. When you are working on stainless steel grades, whether for appliances, structural parts, unpainted or uncoated sheet metal housings that are visible, or...

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Powder coating 101

September 28, 2016 | By Nestor Gula

Powder coating parts is an option to consider if the parts will be exposed to the elements for a prolonged period of time. It is a better option than painting, because of the durability of the coating.“Paint is more porous and powder is not, so it will not let water or anything get into it....

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