Category Archives: Deburring

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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The Importance of Deburring in the Manufacturing Industry

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In the third quarter of 2019, many in manufacturing are waiting and watching to see where the last half of the year will leave the industry after a slight dip in manufacturing production in April. The 0.2 percent year-on-year drop created a revision from the 0.7 rise in March, according to TradingEconomics.com. U.S. manufacturing production averaged 3.79 percent from 1920-2019, according to the data provider.

Calculations from Trading Economics’ global macro models and its associated analysts shared a forecast for U.S. manufacturing of 2181.00 USD billion. Predictions for the long-term, based on econometric modeling, were expected around 2266.00 U.S. Billion in 2020.

Economics and Politics

Economic predictions for 2020 will also be impacted by the upcoming election year. 2020 is already attracting speculation from political pundits. This election like many others will find candidates looking to ally with voters, exploiting the associated economic element of a stronger manufacturing industry. Some within the political world are already touting a manufacturing comeback, crediting current and proposed tariffs on Chinese goods. Others who aren’t ready to give credit still see an imminent boom. Nevertheless, candidates on both sides of the party aisle are casting their bets on the impact manufacturing will have in the upcoming election as many candidates look to regain votes on manufacturing-centric platforms.

One example of this occurred when former vice-president Joe Biden announced his bid as a 2020 Democratic candidate in May. The announcement took place in front of Pennsylvania union workers. Biden told these potential voters they would likely be instrumental in who ultimately wins the candidacy. Biden is one of many looking to capture the vote of Rust Belt voters who seek stronger economic development and growth.

Importance of Reliable Deburring

With elections come campaign promises. Following the last election, several companies pledged to bring their business back to the U.S. In some cases, the outcome of those promises remains unresolved because of the recent trade wars and tariff stand-offs. Despite this or perhaps because of this, there remains an increasing demand for consumer goods. Lower unemployment and more manufacturing jobs create an associated increase in the production of raw materials manufactured stateside.

With an increase in raw materials comes a greater need for reliable deburring and edge finishing processes. Deburring remains an important and recommended finishing aspect throughout the manufacturing industry. The manufacture of sprockets, gears, camshafts and other parts depend on the trimming and polishing inherent in the deburring process.

Deburring is regularly used in a variety of manufacturing industries from automobile and aircraft to the production of computer parts and in toy manufacturing. Each of these areas rely on deburring and edge finishing to remove rough edges, improve cost and performance and enhance safety and appearance. Throughout the world, deburring is a necessary and expected application within the manufacturing process. As the global economy becomes more interconnected, deburring will remain an important element in the production of quality goods throughout the world.

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