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The new abrasive disks SPX CONTECH operators now use have an abrasive grain
that is a proprietary ceramic aluminum oxide mineral that is designed to cut
through metal quickly.
The disk contributed to a smoother
run with better disk performance,
according to Mike Schieber, the company’s director of operations. The disks
have a one-piece, nylon construction
that is supposed to eliminate button
delamination for better grinding balance and notably smoother running.
The disks SPX CONTECH previously
used produced some vibration because
some of the buttons were slightly off-center.
“The button on the Roloc Disc
988R is precisely centered, providing
better balance,” said Pete Steinhagen,
3M Abrasive Systems Division marketing manager.
SPX CONTECH also found the
abrasive disks to be more durable,
even in corners.
“According to our records, we
were able to use the same disk for up
to three shifts when we were previously using several disks per shift,
substantially improving operator productivity,” Schieber said. “We’re very
happy that we are able to produce
three times the number of parts per
disk, while seeing better product
In this case, easing the daily grind
led to significant cost reductions. ■
SPX CONTECH, 1200 Power Drive,
Auburn, IN 46706, 260-925-4711,
3M Abrasive Systems Division, 3M Center,
Building 223-06-N-02, 800-567-1639,
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