Abrasive Grain and Finishing Media Information Abrasive grain and finishing media includes crushed grit, metal shot, glass beads or shaped chips for blasting, mass finishing (vibratory or tumbling), bonded wheels, coated abrasives, ball milling, water jet cutting, and other applications. When selecting abrasive grain and finishing media, material composition is an important specification to consider. Choices include aluminum, aluminum oxide, and alumina-zirconia; boron...
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Q & A on Abrasive Grain and Finishing Media

We asked our users for their input on Abrasive Grain and Finishing Media. Here are the results of 64 users familiar with Abrasive Grain and Finishing Media.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing abrasive grain and finishing media?
9 answers
Answers:
Microbiological contamination or cross contamination risks in food manufacturing, testing of the final finish pore sizes. Food safe materials that can not cross contaminate the processes e.g. Dry Ice Blasting for cleaning of product fat and oil deposits.
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
Suspension agents polishing compound slurry mixture where materials react differently.
~Paul L, Optician, Terryville, CT
The ability to flow through internal passages without lodging.
~Tom S, Manufacturer, East Aurora, NY
Cleaning and prepping surfaces and areas not done in the past.
~Paul P, Builder/Contractor, Sherrills Ford, NC
The Green incentives for employers to protect their workers.
~Bob C, Marketing/Sales, Raleigh, Wake
New design equipments and material innovations.
~Restituto L, Design Engineer, Binan, Phillippines
Shot blasting and deburring technologies.
~Banavara Gangappa shadaksharaiah, Manufacturer, Hassan, India
Baking soda
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Green
~Research & Development, St bruno, Canada

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative abrasive grain and finishing media?
9 answers
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For abrasives, it's too numerous to list companies since technology has pretty much not changed. For polishing compounds, whoever supplies Baikowski and Hastilite products are considered the best in term of the smallest particle sizes and the polishing results are met or exceed the expectations.
~Paul L, Optician, Terryville, CT
I was impressed with the Cryonomics media which uses Dry Ice pellets. This innovative solution results in no media mess to clean up if you are using the system on existing equipment in a Food factory. The media is also food safe.
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
3M for one
~Henry L, Design Engineer, Penn Yan, NY
Companies that are concerned about the environment and the future.
~Bob C, Marketing/Sales, Raleigh, Wake
From my knowledge, most great companies are based in the united states.
~Restituto L, Design Engineer, Binan, Phillippines
Eastwood company
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Orint abrasive and carborandum unversial
~Other, Delhi, India
One american company called donal
~Banavara Gangappa shadaksharaiah, Manufacturer, Hassan, India
ADM
~Research & Development, St bruno, Canada

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used abrasive grain and finishing media for?
20 answers
Answers:
Industrial, Bridges, Steel construction, water tanks, Automotive, Fiberglass Hulls, Shipyards, Log cabins, Soda blasting Medical.
~Bob C, Marketing/Sales, Raleigh, Wake
Abrasive blast cleaning for paint and adhesive application abrasive cleaning for weld NDT removal of paint coats
~Engineering, Design, Minneapolis, MN
The deburring and edge braking of exterior surfaces and experimenting with use for internal cross holes.
~Tom S, Manufacturer, East Aurora, NY
Food Grade Finish on Stainless equipment to EHEDG guidelines of < 6 micron
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
Wood finishing, metal prep, headlight restoration, blade sharpening.
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Paint removal. Peening, rust and scale removal, cosmetic finishing.
~Marketing/Sales, St Louis, MO
Shaping and polishing semi-precious gem stones.
~Engineering, Consulting, Atlanta, GA
Paint prep and/or cleaning of various surfaces.
~Paul P, Builder/Contractor, Sherrills Ford, NC
Stainless steel finishing, concrete texturing.
~Architect/Builder/Contractor, Rochester, MI
Rock tumbling, small scale metal polishing
~Purchasing, Glen Innes, Australia
Used as shot blasting and for deburring.
~Banavara Gangappa shadaksharaiah, Manufacturer, Hassan, India
Cutting and finishing of natural stone.
~Manufacturing, Duluth, MN
Coating removal, adhesive removal.
~Research & Development, St bruno, Canada
Deflashing of rubber mouldings.
~Manufacturing, ELLESMERE PORT, United Kingdom
Single double sided lapping
~Engineering, Process/Production, Victoria, Canada
Used in optical fabrication.
~Paul L, Optician, Terryville, CT
Dental consumable items.
~Restituto L, Design Engineer, Binan, Phillippines
Research and review.
~Research & Development, Agri, Turkey
Only been studying
~Quality Control, Whiting, IN
Grinding wheels
~Henry L, Design Engineer, Penn Yan, NY

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that abrasive grain and finishing media has been used for.
5 answers
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May be able to use Dry Ice to create a microbiological kill as the Dry Ice temperature is less than 195 degrees kelvin
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
Monuments, old building restoration and other hard to clean areas
~Paul P, Builder/Contractor, Sherrills Ford, NC
Cutting down cuticles and hand nails.
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Plastics finishing
~Henry L, Design Engineer, Penn Yan, NY
Absorbents
~Research & Development, St bruno, Canada

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of busbars or busways?
0 answers
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
8 answers
Answers:
Well, important is how this product is successfully used even it is shipped whether to any part of the globe, I mean through right and clear manuals or instruction and also the most is the technical support mobilization.
~Restituto L, Design Engineer, Binan, Phillippines
Food safe applications, e.g. media that is not a contamination risk to food processing. Variable finish micron levels.
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
The ability for user to switch from sand and other harsh minerals to a recycled glass media that is 100% green.
~Bob C, Marketing/Sales, Raleigh, Wake
Minerals, metals, organic materials; plastic, porcelain.
~Research & Development, Agri, Turkey
Easy to use, quick set up, thorough performance..
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Create new ways of cleaning sensitive surfaces.
~Paul P, Builder/Contractor, Sherrills Ford, NC
Efficiency
~Henry L, Design Engineer, Penn Yan, NY
LOW PRICE
~Research & Development, St bruno, Canada

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of abrasive grain and finishing media?
6 answers
Answers:
For food grade finishing it is advisable to use a more coarse media. Finer medias can leave small craters that can trap oils from the fingers or water causing stains that can not be removed and leaving potential contamination points.
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
Fully understanding of what grinding and polishing do to a particular material, and their compatibility. Without any understanding then you're out of luck.
~Paul L, Optician, Terryville, CT
Start soft with low pressure and gradually increase each.
~Paul P, Builder/Contractor, Sherrills Ford, NC
Yap, we need to be very very careful in choosing the right media etc, for our applications. Be sure you have tested it and please let your supplier be consistent in putting codes etc., in the content during every shipment. If you get the wrong media without any knowledge or any changes from your supplier without prior advise and you use in your application or production, you will lose much money, not only that, it will cause delays and rejection on your behalf.
~Restituto L, Design Engineer, Binan, Phillippines
Its easier to sneak up to your finish rather than going too aggressively and ruining a piece.
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Price and reputations
~Henry L, Design Engineer, Penn Yan, NY

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using abrasive grain and finishing media?
6 answers
Answers:
Ensure that the supplier can give you some form of quality testing certificate to ensure that the finish meets your specification for food safe finishing. If you are sand blasting carbon steel for painting then ensure that you have very separate paint shop and easy process for moving from one to the other. Typically sandblasted steel will need to be primed within 4 hrs to ensure the integrity of the base metal has not started oxidizing.
~Richard M, Engineer, Pakchong, Thailand
It depends on what people wish to do on their materials. My field of work is in the optical fabrication where material process, planning and estimating is important for ease of productions. This type of work is pretty much standard.
~Paul L, Optician, Terryville, CT
Well, be sure you get the right media or abrasive before you purchase, also make some tests to avoid losing money when buying the product, just in case you're not really familiar with the process.
~Restituto L, Design Engineer, Binan, Phillippines
Be concerned about the disposal issues once completed.
~Bob C, Marketing/Sales, Raleigh, Wake
Use the right grit for the job.
~Tommy D, A regular guy, St. Petersburg, FL
Common sense
~Paul P, Builder/Contractor, Sherrills Ford, NC


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