New Technology in Deburring Equipment

September 22, 2017

Once again, we’re going to turn things over to AM Machinery Sales President Tony McCue, who recently took time out of his schedule to talk about developments in deburring equipment technology.

As Tony notes at the start of the video clip below, there have been numerous changes in in deburring/finishing technology for the sheet metal industry.

Much of the clip is spent on deburring and finishing, and the Loewer DiscMaster machine. The discs in this machine have the same basic concept as the contact drum in other machines, but are designed to ride up over a part for better abrasive coverage.

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Why use Loewer Deburring Machines

September 13, 2017

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You probably know basic deburring machinery technology.  We would like to point out a few things so you can appreciate how the old technology is still being used, but improved upon, to provide better edge quality as well as savings on your manufacturing cost.

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Small Part Deburring Overview

September 6, 2017

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In this week’s blog post, we’re going to turn things over to AM Machinery Sales President Tony McCue, who recently took the time to make this video on small part deburring.

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Deburring Machines: Old School vs. New School

August 30, 2017

 A lot of things can change in an industry over the course of 40 years, and the machinery and deburring field is no exception.

When you compare the technology used in 1977 to what we work with today, it can seem like traveling from the stone age to the space age. For example:

  • Metal cutting and punching has become so advanced that many manufactures can claim they offer burr-free parts.
  • Laser technology now offers higher capacity and faster cutting speeds.
  • The last 10 to 15 years have seen significant advances in water jet technology.

But there's one area that hadn't changed much during the past 40 years, and that's deburring machines. At least until the advent of the Loewer disc machines, which entered the U.S. market several years ago.

Most manufacturers still use an abrasive belt in their deburring machine. But it's worth asking: With today's technology being so advanced, and with laser cutting available, do you still need the abrasive belt?

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The Pros and Cons of Wet and Dry Deburring Machinery

August 23, 2017

It’s one of the more puzzling questions for people in our industry to answer: Which deburring machinery option is best for my application: wet or dry? In this week’s blog post, we’ll try to tackle this question by looking at some of the pros and cons. If you’re looking to remove metal burrs using a deburring machine, here are some things to consider.

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Choosing a Centerless or Planetary Grinding System for Tube Finishing

August 16, 2017

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This is the fourth and final series of blog posts on tube finishing. Click on these links to read parts one, two and three.

When comparing centerless and planetary grinding systems, remember this fundamental difference: With a centerless system, the machine does the work of carrying the part through.

Once the part contacts the grinding and regulating heads, the part begins to spin rapidly and move forward. For the operator, it’s hands-off.

Planetary grinders you a manual feedOn a planetary system, once the tube is in the work area, the belts are grinding away, but the tube does not move. It is up to the machine operator to move the part through the grinding area, unless it is equipped with an automatic feeding device.

Both centerless and planetary systems offer varying degrees of automation. For the centerless machine, feeding is already a hands-off operation, so automation focuses instead on part loading and unloading.

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Planetary Tube Grinding - Finishing Bent or Out-of-Round Tubes

August 11, 2017

Planetary tube grinding machines do not spin the tubes during the process, which creates a safe environment eliminating the possibility of barber poling.

This is the third in a four-part series of blog posts dealing with tube grinding.Click here to read parts one and two.

Planetary tube grinding machines do not spin the tubes during the process, which creates a safe operator environment and eliminates the possibility of barber poling.

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Centerless Grinding Basics for Tube Finishing

August 2, 2017

AM Machinery discussess the basics of centerless grinding, part 2.

This is the second in a four-part series of blog posts about tube finishing. Click here to read part one.

In centerless grinding, a cylindrical part is supported by a work rest blade and rotated by a regulating, or feed, head.

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Hands-off Tube Finishing

July 26, 2017


Today we're launching a series of blog posts about automated and semi-automated tube finishing solutions. This is the first of four parts.

Tube finishing doesn't have to be a manual operation. Centerless grinding can efficiently finish straight tube, and now planetary grinding machines can aid the finishing of tubes of various shapes, including previously bent workpieces.

The demand for high-quality finishes on tubing has risen over the years, much of it driven by increased use of stainless steel in the medical, food, pharmaceutical, chemical processing, and construction industries, combined with the need for painted, powder-coated, and plated tubing.

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