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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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Deburring and Finishing are Critical to the Manufacturing Process

Deburring and finishing are critical elements of the manufacturing process. The production of parts would be incomplete without the use of these technologies. Often used as the final step in manufacturing, deburring and finishing are just as important today as when they were applied at the beginning of the industrial age. Deburring is a way to produce smooth, clean edges on parts and machinery. By employing quality deburring processes manufacturers add a measure of safety, consistency and reliability with the production of parts that are free from burrs and edge projections.


A burr is a ridge of roughness on a piece of metal or hard plastic that forms during the shaping or cutting process. Much of deburring occurs with metalwork and related manufacturing. The need to deburr relates to metal strengths. On a spectrum, cast iron rates low. 2024 aluminum used for the construction of aircrafts has a medium tendency for burrs, and 18-8 chrome-nickel steel has a higher propensity for burring because of its soft and easily moldable tendencies. Although such projections can appear to be slight to the naked eye, they have the potential to cause serious issues for people and machinery if not properly removed.

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If not eliminated, these minute inconsistencies have the potential to increase friction. Over time, these small pieces can break off and land in the seams of machinery, eventually leading to interference on the assembly line. If the problem is not rectified, the machine can jam and possibly overheat, causing a dangerous situation on the floor. The imperfection of burrs can also create irregular mating surfaces in parts and machinery. If not attended to, burrs generate unnecessary waste and can be a cause of time lost on the floor for those tasked with remedying these issues.

Machinery and Parts

Some of the most important advantages of investing in quality deburring and finishing services is reliability and repeatability. These processes are a critical part of the manufacturing process and maintenance of machinery and parts prior to installation on the production floor. Beyond enhancing operations, parts and machinery that have been deburred also protect the workforce. The elimination of rough edges lowers the probability of parts jamming in critical mechanisms as well as preventing cuts and bruises for those working the line.

Deburring Solutions

The last step of the manufacturing process is something that should never be overlooked. Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) understands the importance of reliability, consistency and repeatability during processes. We offer a range of cost-effective deburring solutions for high-volume, repeatable processes to flexible, easy-to-adjust solutions. Find out why CDMC is the first word on the last step in the manufacturing process.

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Deburring Racing Components for Performance and Longetivity

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The problem with anything made from metal, be it aluminum or steel, is that there are always imperfections and blemishes that cause a lot of hassle for those looking for performance quality. This is particularly the case in high-stakes situations—auto racing for example, where every millisecond of performance is crucial.

Deburring of the engine and other metal parts of the car is essential for racers. With a lot of patience, you can give your engine block or other key racing components the preparation and maintenance it needs to keep her running smooth and lasting longer after much use. Check out these tips and you’ll see how the deburring process is right for all your performance necessities.

Just Do it

Yea so this might be an overwhelming task. You’ll have to set aside some time for deburring. Both new stock engine and older engines need deburring for optimal performance. However, some drivers have a hard time seeing their beloved hood empty during this process.

Align-honing your mains is time well spent. Cleaning out every nook and cranny of the blocks can really pay off. For best results, leave it to a professional for precision work. However, less-professional racers can sometimes do this at home. Regardless, get your hands dirty or find someone you trust and you’ll see the effects it can have.

Investigate the Ways

There’s a lot of ways that you can get started on that old block to improve performance, and each has its approach, costs, and results. Your choice of approach may differ on your need and your level of racing. If you’re an amateur enthusiast working from your garage, you can go for a “by hand” approach although it’ll take the most amount of time. You can also use abrasives to help you out, which is what most professionals use in their process. A new cold air blasting method has been used for those who don’t want to get all chemical on their intimate engine parts. It uses an icy blast of air to displace the burrs and works wonderfully on cast parts.

More than Just the engine

All the parts of a vehicle used in racing can have blemishes. Whether aluminum or steel, these parts should be taken care of intricately by a deburring process. Take special care of gears, especially in the transmission. Superfinishing can not only extend the life of the parts but increase the performance also.

Remember that these processes and approaches are ideas for maintaining and improving your race car components. While they may take an investment of money and time, they pay off in the long run. If you are unsure about what process is best for your performance parts within the engine, transmission, or drive train, give us a call!

This article brought to you by The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company. CDMC can provide a deburring solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, automotive deburring, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.



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