As is always the case looking for ways to save money often leads to looking at many different paths. It can be the time invested in a process to vendor supplies and services. One area to look at that often hides savings is finishing.
All stroke sanders "should" have a flat table of some fashion to allow placement of parts or material being worked. The size and weight capacity tends to be where the conversation ends. With the better machines you may even have a twin belt setup to make life and use of the machine better still. But when you get to the very best of stroke sanders an articulating mount comes into play. What they allow you to do is have the machine hold a given 3D or formed part at just about any angle or height. If you are working with a range hood for example, you can have the mount hold the part at the needed angle while you grind down the weld and blend the finish with the second belt. Before you would need to make a fixture to hold the part and it would be a one off fixture no less. With the articulating mount that is not an issue any longer. Together the features of the better stoke sanders save time per part by not needing fixtures and belt changes. Then add in the fact you don't need to remove the part from the machine for a belt or fixture change and you cut down on injury to the part as well as the staff. Watch the video at the link below to see the mount on a KBM stroke sander. And as always feel free to send in any questions we are happy to help.
Due to the demand and lead time we rarely get a unit in stock. We have managed to get an extra unit with our current delivery. The KBM stroke sander is built in Germany and is the twin belt design. This allows you to grain and blend without changing belts or unloading the parts. It is also equipped with the articulating mount for doing formed, welded or odd shaped parts. This is a very flexible configuration and by far the most popular.
We have seen a large increase in demand for wheel finishing in the last year. From smaller custom wheel makers to large volume OEM caliber companies. There has been a general trend in some of the questions asked and in an effort to share the answers I will cover some of them here.
Fabtech is open and running currently in Atlanta. Its a little rainy but the people are coming to see the wide range of machines on display. We have machines on display and welcome every one to stop by. We have factory staff present from Germany and Spain to answer questions and help you choose the right machine. Booth B7711 just to your right as you enter the hall. Feel free to stop in any time during the show and if you are at the show, safe travels.
It is that time of year where the weather is changing and the holidays are approaching. It is also the season for machine shows and a chance to see what is out there and ask questions. We will be at SEMA #48129 and the Fabtech show #B7711 and welcome you to stop in and ask any questions about finishing. From simple bur removal to high mirror polishing we can help. We have increased our inventory of machines in stock so you will not be faced with months of waiting to get a new deburring machine on your floor. We have been hard at work refining the DiscMaster and are bringing an updated version of the machine to Fabtech. With quality of life improvements it is better than ever and will be powered at the show.