By Karen Burke, district sales manager, Weiler Abrasives Group
“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.
While it may seem faster and more convenient to use whatever tool is handy, when a product isn’t well-suit...
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.
For example, when you are using a right-angle grinder, the tool choices include grinding wheels, flap discs, and resin-fiber discs, and each has its own advantages and limitations.
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.
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.
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.
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...