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Maximizing Abrasive Performance When Cutting and Grinding Tube


Maximizing Abrasive Performance When Cutting and Grinding Tube

By Rick Hopkins, senior product manager – metal fabrication, Weiler Abrasives


The terms pipe and tube are often used interchangeably, but there are differences in their construction, how they are sized and where they are used. Because pipe is primarily used for transportation and delivery of gas and fluid, internal diameter is most critical. Pipe is sized by internal diameter (ID) and schedule, which refers to wall thickness. Regardless of the size, pipe is always round. 

Choose Your Cutting Wheel Wisely to Reduce Costs in Pipe Operations

Cutting wheels are a cost of doing business in tube and pipe welding operations. But the lowest-cost wheels are not always the best option.

Improve Productivity in Cutting, Grinding, and Finishing

Most welding and fabrication operations look regularly for ways to improve productivity and save time and money. Assessing the cutting, grinding and finishing processes can uncover efficiencies that result in cost savings and improve throughput.

Tips for Choosing Abrasives for Multipass Welding Applications


Tips for Choosing Abrasives for Multipass Welding Applications

By Tony Hufford, category manager – metal fabrication, Weiler Abrasives Group


Multipass welding is typically used to add layers of weld to thick metal joints. This increases the strength of critical welds for applications such as pressure vessels, oil and gas midstream pipeline, shipbuilding and heavy construction. These welds often undergo X-ray or ultrasound testing, since weld failure could be catastrophic.


Trimmable Flap Discs Provide Versatility for Grinding and Finishing Applications


Trimmable Flap Discs Provide Versatility for Grinding and Finishing Applications

By Rick Hopkins, senior product manager,  Weiler Abrasives Group

Flap discs are a commonly used abrasive product in metal finishing applications that offer great benefits for productivity and efficiency. With a flap disc, operators can grind and finish with one product so there’s no need to switch from a grinding wheel to a resin fiber or blending disc. This simplifies product inventory, reduces the downtime spent on product changeover and helps operators complete jobs faster — saving time and money.

7 Tips For Best Results in Cutting, Grinding, Finishing

Getting the best results in metal cutting, grinding and finishing applications is a balance of numerous factors — from choosing the right abrasive product for the job to following best practices for product use and storage.

3 Ways to Optimize the Automated Brush Deburring Process

By Rick Sawyer, senior application engineer, Weiler Abrasives Group
In many manufacturing operations, the deburring of metal components is critical to the overall process, as it can impact productivity and quality, which both affect the bottom line. Deburring components helps simplify part assembly, while also providing greater edge strength — and in some cases, a more uniform finish.
A wide range of operations are good candidates for a switch to automated deburring, especially those in high-volume production applications where deburring parts by hand is difficult and time-consuming.
So how can companies ensure optimization in the automation of a deburring process? Consider these key best practices to help deliver results — from cost savings to improved uptime and productivity.

Consider These 3 Abrasive Options to Improve Performance

“Always choose the right product for the job” is good advice in any grinding, finishing and cutting application. Selecting the best product for the material type and thickness and the desired surface finish can greatly impact productivity, costs and the end results.

Free the Manual Cutting and Grinding Bottleneck

By Ben Lampi, product manager, Weiler Abrasives Group

It’s not an overstatement to say most every fabrication and manufacturing operation cares about throughput. Finding ways to maximize productivity is a top priority.  

Tips for Preparing and Cleaning Pipeline Welds

In pipeline construction, weld quality is paramount. Every weld is X-rayed — so any weld defect costs time and money to repair. Properly preparing and cleaning the base material is the first step toward ensuring quality welds and minimizing defects in the demanding pipeline environment.

The Right Flap Disc Can Save Time and Money

By Rick Hopkins, senior product manager – Welding & Fabrication, Weiler Abrasives Group 
Choosing the right product for metal grinding or finishing applications can save time and money.  The best choice can also minimize the risk of removing too much material and ensure the best possible finish. Flap discs, in particular, provide delicate blending and finishing work, while still offering reliable grinding action. These features make them a versatile and efficient choice for many applications, including those involving thinner materials.

Overcoming Common Challenges in Cutting and Grinding Aluminum

By Tony Hufford, category manager – metal fabrication, Weiler Abrasives Group
Aluminum is a versatile material that is widely used across many applications and industries — from cell phones and household items, such as ladders and utensils, to automotive, manufacturing and construction projects. Most people use or touch aluminum every day.  
The benefits of using aluminum in fabrication and manufacturing applications include light weight, strength, malleability and corrosion resistance.
However, cutting and grinding aluminum effectively and efficiently can be challenging for several reasons. Aluminum is a softer metal with a lower melting point than other materials, such as steel. These characteristics can lead to loading, gouging or heat discoloration when cutting and grinding the material.

How To Choose The Right Surface Finishing Product

Choosing the right product for grinding and surface finishing applications can be daunting. Numerous types of abrasive products can be used for these jobs, and each is available in many different sizes, grains, and styles. While it’s good to have many choices, it can also cause confusion.

Pro Secrets for Maximizing Grinding Performance and Efficiency


By John Hines, district sales manager, Weiler Abrasives

Maximizing productivity in grinding applications isn’t just about improving throughput and boosting the bottom line. Using abrasives properly also helps reduce operator strain and minimize product waste.

That is why proper technique plays such an important role in saving time and money in these applications.

Using the proper abrasive when working on aluminum

Aluminum is an incredibly versatile material that's used in innumerable fabrication applications. Designers take advantage of its light weight, strength and corrosion resistance as well as its strength-to-weight ratio. Manufacturers in the aerospace, marine and automotive markets rely on it for their increasingly fuel-efficient, lightweight designs.

Choosing Consumables for Manual Metal Cutting


There are many tools and consumable options to consider when an application calls for manual metal cutting. Products that can be used span a wide range, including plasma and oxy-fuel equipment, saw blades and diamond cutting wheels.

Cutting Metal with Cutting Wheels


Resinoid-bonded cutting wheels can address a variety of routine manual metal applications in which flexibility and portability are necessary. By following a few best practices, you can extend wheel life, promote safety, and improve productivity and efficiency within the process.

Welding Prep in Pressure Vessel Fabrication


The welds in pressure vessel fabrication have to be of the highest quality. The proper surface preparation tools and techniques can help to ensure those critical welds pass the toughest inspections.

Tips for Weld Cleaning


Proper cleaning plays a key role in a successful welding operation. It impacts quality, since a material surface with dirt or impurities can lead to inclusions or issues such as porosity. Surface cleaning and preparation can also impact the appearance of the final weld, and overall operation costs for rework and labor. Some jobs may require the use of an abrasive product, while other times cleaning can be done with a cloth or chemical solvent.

Interpass and post-weld cleaning are al...