A Reliable Deburring Solution is Important to Manufacturers

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When looked at in isolation, a thin raised ridge or a spot of roughness might seem like no big problem. With caution, these areas could be worked around and those dealing with the product could be extra cautious. What’s not considered is how a raised edge or rough area has the potential to compromise the productivity of a manufacturing line as well as jeopardize the safety of those working the line.

Deburring Solution

Therefore, finding a reliable deburring solution is so important to manufacturers. Deburring is a proven process to eliminate thin ridges from a variety of metal materials as well as eliminate rough spots and burrs that can cause damage to a machine and a human. Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) offers several deburring solutions to manufacturers and markets.

Deburring Needs

With the ability to build and configure deburring machine solutions for next to any application, CDMC recommends beginning your needs assessment by looking at some of the standard deburring practices such as gears, sprockets, powdered materials and fluid power parts. Once initial needs are determined, CDMC can help tailor a deburring solution to the exacting requirements of each customer.

Standard Deburring Practices

Fluid Power Parts are available in many sizes and shapes. These components include gearmotors, pump housings and pump gears. When considering a deburring practice, it’s important to consider the parts from many angles. To meet these varying angles, the deburring process must apply consistent brush pressure. This ensures the multi-faceted parts receive adequate preparation on all sides as well as above and below.

Gears are an essential element of machines. The use which dates back into the third century with applications by Greek mechanics. Consistent usage of gears creates burrs. This is true for several gears including a parallel axis gear, a ring gear, bevel gear or a pump gear. Use creates wear and a deburring process, used consistently, can keep gears functioning effectively for the long-term.

Powdered metals are metal parts not yet exposed to the sintering process. As a result, this fragile greenware demands care in handling and deburring. Powdered metals also cannot be magnetized during any part of the pre-sintering process. Do not fear! CDMC is here to help with special needs. We have deburring solutions ready to accommodate any special handling requirements and output needs.

Sprocket is a loose definition for any wheel form possessing radial projections. These offshoots help engage passing chain, track and tread. Applications for sprockets are large and small, from massive tanks on the battlefield to luminous film passing through a projector. CDMC can meet demands for sprocket deburring throughout the automation and manufacturing industries, offering solutions for sprockets on both faces and multi-row sprockets, too.

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Deburring Reduces Unnecessary Workplace Injuries

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Mechanical hazards are always present within the manufacturing environment and in places of mechanical operation. These hazards pop up in any place where bits, blades and presses are in use. With so many potential dangers within the production environment, there are few things as important to a manufacturer as coming up with and maintaining continuous and repeatable safety measures. Better processes used correctly safeguard employees and the machinery they operate.

Avoid Work Stoppages

Despite instituting a host of safety precautions, including the use of safety guards, there can be still be regular safety concerns in manufacturing. These concerns come in the form of burrs on metal and some plastic products. Burrs show up as a thin ridge or area of roughness that occur through the act of cutting and/or shaping during the production process. Although small in nature, burrs can be the cause of stoppages in the production line and safety hazard to employees in the form of workplace injuries like, cuts, bruises, both minor and major.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is certainly true when it comes to the practice of deburring. Any accident or injury can result in lost time and money. In the bigger picture, accidents add costs in the form of increases in company health benefits costs, product recalls and a need for redesign in some cases. One simple way companies can avoid these issues is a consistent investment in deburring processes. Throughout the manufacturing process, deburring can be a way to keep employees safe through the production of consistent, smooth, clean edges on machinery and parts.

Deburring for Safety

Deburring’s effectiveness relates to the strength of metal, making a consistent finishing process necessary. Soft and easily moldable metals have a higher tendency to burr while hard metals like cast iron are less likely to burr. Because burring projections can be difficult to see with the naked eye, it’s always a good policy to deburr whether the piece looks like it needs it or not. Even the smallest burr can carry the potential to hurt an employee through a cut or damage machinery through jamming, electrical short circuiting or burn out, cut wires and/or fractured edges.

Burrs that are not eliminated through deburring can also cause an increase in friction. Friction occurs when small pieces break off and end up inside of machinery, causing an additional safety issue and a potentially costly fix. If small pieces go unnoticed, there’s a related possibility of the machine in question could overheat without notice.

Deburring provides manufacturers with a safe, flexible and efficient system that keeps workers and equipment safe. Considered the so-called last step of the manufacturing process, deburring can also increase productivity and make the maintenance of parts and machinery easier while eliminating downtime from injuries and slowdowns on the line.

Cost-Effective Deburring

The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) offers reliable, consistent and repeatable deburring processes in a range of cost-effective deburring solutions. Our deburring offerings suit high-volume, repeatable processes for flexible, easy solutions. Learn why CDMC is the last word on the last step in the manufacturing process.

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Deburring is a Critical Aspect of Quality Manufacturing Processes

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We live in an age of global manufacturing. While this offers an opportunity to work with a broader range of people across the world, it also means that manufacturing standards of those products are reliant on the manufacturer doing the work. Standards of work often vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and country to country. One example of this is the determination of what’s considered “burr free.” Depending on the manufacturer and the product(s) being deburred, this could mean anything from the removal of burrs that can be seen by the human eye to stricter standards employing total product quality inspections.

What’s not always understood is that shifting definitions tend to produce very different outcomes that don’t always meet the quality and safety concerns of customers. As a trusted designer and manufacturer of deburring solutions, we at CDMC believe deburring standards should meet a stricter standard. This is not only because of the potential for burrs and sharp edges to create safety issues on the manufacturing floor, it’s because deburring is the final step in manufacturing. A step that can extend the life of machines in the plant. Safety hazards, environmental concerns and unexpected downtime in the form of broken machines do not bode well for the company, its employees or the bottom line.

Deburring Maintenance

Standardization of deburring as it pertains to the appearance of the finished product is extremely important. Thankfully, there are a range of processes such as those offered by CDMC that are designed to minimize burrs through tool and process design. Determining the right manufacturing process can help eliminate burr properties such as roughness, shape, thickness and location, in addition to eliminating the troublesome build-up of burrs on gears and sprockets.

Eliminating burrs through these various proven processes can improve edge fitting interference in product assembly, eliminate jamming of mechanisms along the assembly line, decrease wear on parts, improve seals where seams join and minimize unnecessary cuts and bruising for workers on the line. Deburring using a range of surfaces including silicon carbide and diamond brushes is a reliable way to remove troublesome burrs.

CDMC Deburring Options

Model 5000 – deburrs parallel-axis gears with consistent, repeatable results

Model 1220 – uses a large diameter nylon radial brush for ring gears up to 15” in diameter

Model 3000 – perfect for standard bevel gears up to 48” in diameter

Deburring is a critical aspect of quality manufacturing processes and one that should not ever be overlooked. Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) offers customers around the world reliable, consistent and repeatable deburring processes.

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