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
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
Metalworking machines are designed for a wide variety of applications, ranging from removing slag and burrs to polishing metal products. Metal finishing (or polishing) is particularly essential when producing metal components or parts. This finishing process makes metal surfaces more resistant to corrosion, rust, and typical wear—significantly improving the quality and lifespan of metal products. As a world leader in the metal deburring and finishing market, Apex Machine Group takes pride in delivering the most efficient and powerful metal finishing
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
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
It does not matter if you are cutting your parts with a state-of-the-art laser or hand-holding a plasma torch, cut quality and consistency will affect down-stream processes. A perfectly square edge from your fiber laser sounds good in theory, but what will you do when your assembly workers start getting cut from the sharp edges? Let’s say your largest customer just added a deburring/edge quality requirement on all of their prints. Do you have enough capacity to accommodate this request?