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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.

7 Tips for Getting the Best Results in Cutting, Grinding, and Finishing

By David Jescovitch, abrasive specialist manager, and Stephen Schafer, territory manager, Weiler Abrasives Group
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.
It’s also important to look beyond the specific abrasive application and consider the big picture.  What is happ...

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


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...

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

By David Jescovitch, abrasive specialist manager, Weiler Abrasives Group

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.

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.


The Daily Grind - When it comes to aluminum, the best way to ensure efficient cutting and grinding is to use the correct abrasive

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...