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   Abrasive Jet Cutting       Abrasive water jets cut sheet materials or to remove materials from a surface by generating a focused stream of fluid mixed with abrasive particles. Garnet grain is widely applied as the abrasive media in abrasive water jet cutting. Air abrasive jet cutters are employed in cutting softer materials or micro-cutting applications. Precision air abrasive blasters or micro-jets produce extremely fine and precise streams. They are used for drilling, detailing and precision cutting of printed circuit boards and other high quality components. The abrasive grains most commonly used in most air systems are aluminum oxide or silicon carbide. 
   Blasting       Abrasives and media for abrasive blast machines and sandblasters. Abrasive blast machines and sandblasters clean and prepare surfaces by directing a stream of abrasive particles against a part or a surface. Blast wheels, pressurized water or compressed air drive the abrasive or blasting media. Blasting is used for finishing, surface texturing, roughening, frosting / etching, degreasing, deburring, deflashing, descaling, stripping of coatings, and surface preparation of products made of metal, wood, plastic, glass or other materials.  Aluminum oxide, coal slag, glass, plastic media, corncob, and nutshell are commonly used in blasting applications.  
   Blending & Intermediate Cutting       Abrasive products are designed for blending or removing parting lines, seams, or other significant surface imperfections. Medium or medium fine grit products are typically used for light cutting or intermediate material removal applications. 
   Burnishing       Media is designed or suitable for burnishing applications. Burnishing polishes and cleans parts without the use of abrasive compounds. 
   Cleaning / Surface Prep       Cleaning and surface preparation products are finishing media that are formulated for cleaning, degreasing, de-oiling, descaling, texturing, roughening, discoloration removal, and other surface preparation applications. 
   Coated Abrasives       Coated abrasives contain abrasive grains held together in a matrix of resin, rubber, or other binders. They are used to remove surface materials such as metal, ceramics, glass, plastics, and paint. Coated abrasives are used in both grinding wheels and abrasive stones or sticks. Coated abrasives use several different types of abrasive grains. Aluminum oxide, the most common industrial mineral in use today, is used either individually or with other materials to form ceramic grains. Aluminum oxide is also combined with emery and crocus to produce abrasives suitable for finishing applications. Other types of abrasive grains include garnet, tungsten carbine, silicon carbide, and alumina-zirconia. Super-abrasive diamond pastes are useful in ferrous polishing or lapping applications where heat and reactivity are not a factor. Cubic boron nitride (CBN), a superabrasive grain with hardness second to diamond and a cubic crystal structure, provides superior grinding performance on carbon and alloy steel. 
   Deburring / Deflashing       Abrasive products designed or suitable for removing burrs, sharp corners, part lines and flash (deflashing). 
   Descaling / Stripping       Abrasive grit or media designed or suitable for decsaling or coating stripping applications.  http://205.153.241.230/P2_Opportunity_Handbook/section5.html 
   Fast Cutting / Aggressive       Fast cutting abrasives are coarse grit products typically designed for heavy cutting or material removal applications. 
   Grinding / Ball Milling       Media designed for ball milling or grinding down of bulk, powder or granular materials into finer powder forms.  Typically ceramic bead, hard metal shot, carbide balls or other ball shaped media are used.  The hardness of the powder or bulk material being ground will determine the selection of the media's material.  Ball milling processes can disperse or mix pigments or fillers into resins, paints, coatings, plastics, rubber or adhesives.   Media grinding or ball milling is also used in mechanically alloy metal powders allowing the creation of alloys that cannot be formed through fusion processes. 
   Grinding Wheels / Bonded Abrasives       Bonded abrasives contain abrasive grains held together in a matrix of glass, resin, rubber, or other binders. They are used to remove surface materials such as metal, ceramics, glass, plastics, and paint. Bonded abrasives are used in both grinding wheels and abrasive stones or sticks. Grinding wheels are used in a variety of applications and industries, while abrasive stones or sticks are used for sharpening edges and honing internal or external surfaces Grinding wheels are used for metal removal, dimensioning, and finishing. They consist of an integral shank, pin, shaft, or mandrel that drives a mounted wheel or blades. There are many types of grinding wheels, some of which are numbered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Straight wheels are simple, flat discs without any recesses, flaring, or cups. Type 5 wheels are recessed on one side. Type 7 wheels are recessed on both sides. Both flaring-cup and straight-cup wheels are commonly available. Tapered grinding wheels have a thicker cross-section at the bore. Cylindrical wheels feature a length that is equal to or greater than the thickness of the wheel. Depressed center wheels exclude the mounting hardware from the grinding process. Dish wheels often contain superabrasives. 
   Peening       Peening shot and beads consists of small metal balls or glass beads. Peening shot is used impart compressive stresses into the surface of part as well as deburr sharp edges without removing material. Induced compressive stress improves fatigue strength. 
   Polishing       Finer abrasive grains designed or suitable for precision surfacing applications such as polishing, honing, lapping, color buffing, brightening or other high surface smoothness finishing applications. The fine abrasive grit is incorporated in finishing compounds, coated abrasive lapping films, superfinishing bonded abrasive products and/or polishing compounds. Polishing compounds, pastes or creams contain very fine abrasives as well as waxes or oils. Polishing compounds produce highly lustrous, bright and buffed surfaces. Specialized non-abrasive chemical agents are also available for electropolishing or chemical polishing processes.  Color buffing produces a bright lustrous or polished surface. 
   Tumbling / Mass Finishing       Tumbling and mass finishing media is used to deburr, burnish, color, descale, polish or clean parts and components during finishing processes. Tumbling and mass finishing media involve choosing finishing shapes and media for particular tasks. Finishing shapes include balls, cones, ballcones, wedges, pins, tapers, cylinders, cut wire, diagonals, angle cuts, diamonds, cubes, oval balls, eclipses or balls with flats, crushed grit, pyramids, triangles, and stars or tristars. Finishing media consists of metal, ceramic, plastic, natural, wood, nutshell, corncob, carbonate, mineral, and synthetic materials. 
   Specialty / Other       Specialty, proprietary, patented or other unlisted blasting, finishing, grinding and abrasive application 
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   Waterproof / Wet?       Waterproof abrasive products designed or suitable for wet finishing using a water or water-oil coolant mixture. 
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Type / Shape
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   Abrasive Grain / Grit       Abrasive grain or grit consists of smaller, sharp particles of hard materials, minerals, ceramics, carbides or fused oxides. Most abrasive grains or grits have crushed irregular shapes, but a few abrasive grains are available with regular rod or platelet shapes such as precipitated alumina or extruded sol-gel abrasives.  Abrasive grains are typically sized or graded using a series of mesh sieves with specific percentage ranges for each screen depending on grit size. 
   Balls / Beads (Spherical)       Media is a bead, ball or spherical shape.  
   Crushed / Irregular       Abrasive grit or media has a crushed or irregular shape.  Aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, nutshell, glass and mineral abrasives or media typically have a crushed shape. 
   Cubes / Rectangular (Pegs)       Media has a peg, cube, or rectangular shape.  
   Cylinders / Cylindrical       Media has a cylinder, flat ended pin or other cylindrical shape.  
   Ovals / Ellipses       Media has an oval or ellipse shape.  
   Shaped Media       Finishing and shaped media includes coarse regular shapes for mass finishing, tumbling, blasting and ball grinding applications. Finishing media types or shapes include steel shot, cut wire, triangles, pyramids, cones 
   Wedges       Media in the form of wedges or a wedge shape.  
   Specialty / Other       Specialty, proprietary, patented or unlisted media shape. 
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   Bulk Density:       Bulk density is the mass per unit area for a material taking into account internal porosity.  The bulk density is dependent on the theoretical density of 100% dense body and the actual level of porosity between abrasive or media particles.  Tap density and loose pack density are two types of bulk density used to understand particle shape, interparticle friction and flowability.  Loose packed density (LPD) or aerated density is the density of the powder or particulate body without any settlement, mechanical agitation, vibration, or tapping. Usually, loose packed density measurements are made by determining the mass of powder in a sample container of known volume. Tap or packed density is the density of the powder or particulate body after settlement from tapping, mechanical agitation, vibration, or light packing (not compaction or consolidation). Often, both loose packed and tap density measurements are made to determine the Hausner ratio, which is calculated by dividing the loose-packed density by the tap density. Carr index is also related to loose packed and tap densities. The Carr index and Hausner ratio provide an indication of flowability. 
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Media Size
   Media Dimension A / Diameter:       Media size specified by dimension A or diameter. 
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   Media Dimension B:       Media size specified by dimension B. 
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Grit Grade / Shot Size
   Grit Grade / Shot Size:       Applies to products using abrasive grains held in a matrix or bonded to a surface such as coated abrasives, MSL superabrasives, vitrified grinding wheels, dressing sticks, honing stones or grit dressers. Grain, media or grit sizes are based on ANSI, FEPA, JIS, SAE, mesh, micron or proprietary grading system standards.  Grading system standards define a grit size through specified upper and lower limits at certain points in the size distribution.  Media size is also specified by dimensional characteristics such as length, width, diameter, and thickness. 
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   Mesh Graded       Grain or media graded to specific mesh sizes. Mesh size is determined by the number of wires per unit length. A higher mesh number indicates a smaller opening or fine particle. ASTM E-11 Standard (American Society for Testing Materials).  This is the standard most widely used in North America. The opening is defined by a number (number 635 (20 µm) to number 3-1/2 (5.6 mm)) or is defined in inches (1/4 in. (6.3 mm) to 5 in. (125 mm)). ISO 3310-1 Standard (International Standards Organization).  This is the standard used in Canada in the field of construction materials. The opening is defined in micrometers (20 µm to 37,500 µm). 
   Micron Graded       Very fine abrasive grain graded to micron size ranges usually based an average particle size. 
   SAE       Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standard for grit, grain, bead and shot. 
   Specialty / Other       Other unlisted, proprietary, or specialized grading or grit system. 
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Material / Composition
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   Carbonate (Sodium / Calcium)       Abrasive grain or finishing media consisting of sodium carbonate (baking soda) or calcium carbonate (chalk, limestone). 
   Corn Cob       Abrasive grain or finishing media consisting of the soft woody ring of a corncob. Corncob is a very soft and low aggressive media for blasting or coating removal.  Soft metal, wooden, plastic, or composite parts can be cleaned of have coatings stripped off without damage to the underlying substrate.  
   Glass       Abrasive grain or finishing media consisting of glass. Glass is a fused silica based material solidified into an amorphous state. Glass fractures into shapes producing very sharp edges.  However, the edges may not be as hard or durable compared to crystalline minerals or synthetic aluminum or silicon abrasives. 
   Hardwood       Abrasive grain or finishing media consisting of hardwood material. 
   Organic Material       Organic media and abrasive includes corn cob, wheat starch, hardwood, peach pit, fruit pit, walnut shell, coconut shell, and other nut shells. 
   Slag / Coal Slag       Abrasive grain or finishing media consisting of slag residues from coal burning processes. 
   Sponge / Foam       Abrasive grain or blasting media consisting of abrasive grit in a larger polyurethane sponge or foam particles. Sponge or foam blasting media is often used wet and can absorb liquids during the blasting process. 
   Walnut / Nut Shell       Abrasive grain or finishing media consisting of walnut, pecan, coconut or other nut shell materials. 
   Wheat Starch       Wheat starch is a very soft and low aggressive media for blasting or coating removal. Soft metal, wooden, plastic, or composite parts can be cleaned of have coatings stripped off without damage to the underlying substrate. Wheat starch is an organic material that will decompose naturally. http://205.153.241.230/P2_Opportunity_Handbook/5_7.html 
   Specialty / Other       Other specialty, proprietary or patented abrasive grain, grit or abrasive material. 
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   Aggregate?       Aggregates consist of a mixture of abrasive particles and bond crushed or formed into a uniform size. Aggregates provide a longer life with a slightly coarser finish. 
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