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How Automating Your Metal Deburring Process Can Increase Productivity

By Metalworking Blog
Have you ever considered automating your metal deburring process? If so, you’ve probably looked into a few automated deburring tools for metal—and seen their imposing price tags. Indeed, many companies haven’t incorporated deburring machines into their production yet, largely due to upfront costs. What you may not know is that this investment more than pays for itself by driving shop productivity and performance. At Apex Machine Group , our mission is to make your shop more productive with the finest metal...
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Metal Edge Rounding 101

By Metalworking Blog

Edge rounding (also known as edge radiusing) is the process of removing the vertical burrs, nibble marks, or scallops on the holes and edges of a deburred metal part. Metalworkers use edge rounding to break the edge of processed components, allowing for optimal coating coverage and corrosion protection. As you might expect, there are a variety of metal solutions and systems your team can leverage for edge rounding. But which approach will work best for your shop’s unique needs? Today, we’ll…

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Here’s How to Choose the Right Abrasives for Your Metal Parts

By Metalworking Blog
Abrasive tooling is one of the most crucial components of metal finishing. Choose the wrong type, and you’re left with a frustrating deburring process—or a finish that’s not acceptable to your customers. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right abrasives when finishing or deburring metal parts. So then, how should you go about selecting the best abrasive tooling for your shop’s unique needs? At Apex Machine Group, we provide a variety of high-quality metal finishing solutions, including abrasive...
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4 Common Types of Metal Finishes and How to Achieve Them

By Metalworking Blog
Metal finishing is an essential process for producing strong, high-quality metallic products. This is especially true for specialized metal parts that require specific chemical, electrical, or tarnish resistances. There are also many types of metal finishes, which can impact material hardness, workflow speeds, production costs, and more. With so many variables, it can be tough to find the right finishes for your unique metalworking projects, let alone achieve them. So today, let’s review four of the most common (and practical) types...
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6 Applications of Metal Finishing Equipment

By Metalworking Blog
Metal finishing machines are some of the most powerful and versatile solutions on the market. These tools use a combination of abrasive belts, rotating brushes, oscillating discs, and customizable heads to process metal parts in a single pass—and fully automate your metalworking processes. Wet and dry metal finishing machines are also compatible with many types of materials, making them ideal across a wide variety of applications. Let’s explore some of the core applications of metal finishing equipment to give you...
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Repairing a Metal Finishing Machine vs. Buying New Equipment

By Metalworking Blog
Even the best metal finishing solutions break down over time and constant use, especially if your shop runs multiple shift, seven-day-per-week operations. Unfortunately, a busted machine can cause significant downtime and grind your production process to a screeching halt. To avoid that loss in productivity and keep your work running smoothly, you’ll need to service or replace your malfunctioning equipment, stat. Repair or replace—which approach will work best for your unique needs? As a global leader in the metal deburring and finishing...
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Should I Purchase A Deburring Machine?

By Metalworking Blog
Deburring is an essential step across metalworking operations. This process efficiently removes the rough edges and burrs from metal materials that are created from various machining operations, including drilling, punching, and shearing. Traditionally, deburring is completed by hand using specialized tool sets. Unfortunately, these tools are drastically less efficient and productive compared to dry metal finishing machines. If you're thinking about upgrading your shop’s deburring process with a dedicated machine, it’s important to understand the benefits and potential drawbacks of...
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Automating Your Metal Deburring Process

By Metalworking Blog
Whether your shop is machine cutting with a laser, flame, or plasma table, the process of manually deburring flat metal parts is very similar. The cutting machine operator unloads cut parts, places another sheet onto the table, and activates the machine. While the machine is cutting the new sheet, the table operator manually grinds any burrs or slag off the edges of newly cut parts. As the operator finishes grinding parts, the cutting table has completed its next operation. The...
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Intro to Metal Finishing

By Metalworking Blog

Many terms are used to describe metal finishing: straight graining, grinding, finishing, straight-lining, brushing, timesaving, #4 finish, dairy finish, sanding, polishing, and I could keep going. It does not matter what you call it, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder (i.e. your customer). These expectations can vary from aesthetics to engineering callouts and quality control tolerances, or a combination of the two. Whether you are just starting your research, a growing company looking to bring this process…

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