Category Archives: Deburring

Deburring Applications for Aerospace & Defense

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Variety is the spice of life. As the go-to source for deburring solutions, Cleveland Deburring Machine Company is proud to work with clients from a range of industries. Those we’ve worked with have discovered how reliable deburring solutions help manufacturing processes run smoother while raising the level of safety for employees working the machines. While a raised edge or a rough spot might not seem like a big deal, overtime these burrs can compromise safety, cause immeasurable damage and be a drain on time and resources if not looked after.

Aerospace & Defense

One thing CDMC prides itself on is the creation of deburring solutions that address specific challenges as it pertains to different parts and metals used within that industry. As you might imagine, these can be highly specialized and require unique solutions. An example of one area of such specialization is with deburring applications for the aerospace and defense industry.

After experiencing a solid year in 2018, the aerospace and defense industry continues to have strong growth as a result of greater demand for passenger travel and global military spending on the rise. Commercial aircraft production and strong defense spending are also expected to rise, according to Deloitte’s 2019 Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook report.

For many industries, aerospace and defense is a desired partner because of the number of jobs it creates. More than 1 million American workers are directly employed, and additional jobs are created through partnerships with other business and manufacturers that serve the aerospace and defense industry. Such numbers are directly responsible for boosting local and national economies.

At CDMC, we’re proud to partner with those in the aerospace and defense industry because it allows us to stretch our knowledge as we create new solutions specific to the materials and parts needs of the industry. This includes solutions for the use of nickel and titanium alloys used for the development of aircraft and defense mechanism parts. Because these alloys can be difficult to machine, deburring is a critical element for the industry when it comes to metal cutting and forming and finishing on a variety of parts.

Aerospace & Defense Deburring

Titanium Turbine Blades

Titanium Compressor Gear Deburring

Pinion Gear Deburring

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. No matter your industry or market, Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) has a deburring solution to meet your needs.

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Why the Pharmaceutical Industry Should Have a Deburring Process

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Accuracy is critical in many industries but in the pharmaceutical industry, accuracy or lack thereof can easily be a matter of life or death. As a result, manufacturers in the industry must have machines and parts that are accurate and dependable. Anything that’s produced on these lines must be predictable and repeatable. Those in the industry know that even the smallest alteration being off spec has the potential to produce disastrous results. As the scale of the operation grows, these tenets become even more important.

The resulting margin for error is often small. A change in calibration or quantity, a small burr or an irregularity in a part, gasket or fitting could all spell trouble. Any one of these things might be the cause of a leak, mismeasurement or an even larger problem that could completely stop production on the line. While a production stop is not good in any industry, it’s downright dangerous when experienced in the pharmaceutical industry.

Many of the pharmaceutical products produced are time-sensitive and an unexpected delay could mean an entire batch needs to be thrown away, an unfortunate waste of time and money. Not to mention how a leak or mix that’s not kept sterile could endanger workers in the process. Therefore, quality deburring machinery is an important asset to all manufacturing processes. Having reliable deburring equipment in place can add an additional layer of safety for the pharmaceutical manufacturers as more and more take on the work of medical-grade components.

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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.

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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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